2018 Indian Motorcycle Lineup. Introducing 2 Brand New Models. The Roadster Elite And Springfield Dark Horse.

Unveiled this Wednesday morning July 26 at the Las Vegas Dealer Show along the newly introduced Indian® Scout® Bobber, headlining the 2018 model year are the ultra-premium Indian® Roadmaster® Elite and blacked-out, toughed-up Springfield Dark Horse. Also receiving a noticeable upgrade is the Chieftain Dark Horse, starting at $23,999. Riders will see a 19” ten-spoke blacked-out wheel with an open front fender and the industry-leading Ride Command infotainment system now included standard.

A limited production model, the ultra-premium Roadmaster Elite features custom-inspired two-tone candy paint that takes 30 hours to complete and is finished by hand, with real 23K gold leaf badging on the tank and lowers. Starting at $36,999, the Roadmaster Elite comes standard with a large number of premium amenities, including the industry-leading Ride Command system, a 300-watt premium audio system, passenger armrests, billet aluminum passenger and driver floorboards, a premium touring console, and stylish pinnacle mirrors.

Joining the Roadmaster Elite in 2018 is the Springfield Dark Horse – a blacked-out, toughed-up bagger, starting at $20,999. Similar to other Dark Horse models, the Springfield Dark Horse features matte black paint with gloss black details. The Springfield Dark Horse features an open fender to showcase the new 19” ten-spoke, blacked-out front wheel. Its quick-release windshield features a blacked-out bracket. The stylish windshield protects riders from the elements, or can be easily removed to give a more mean, slimmed down look.

“The Roadmaster Elite and Springfield Dark Horse feature two very different attitudes. The Roadmaster Elite packs all the bells and whistles perfect for riders looking for the best of the best, while the Dark Horse brings blacked-out style to the Springfield line,” said Reid Wilson, Marketing Director – Indian Motorcycle. “Beyond these two offerings, we have elevated each and every model – listening to our consumers to bring new features and colors they have asked for.”

Continuing through the 2018 Indian lineup, the Chieftain platform receives notable upgrades – adding a Chieftain Classic model, starting at $23,999, that will feature the brand’s iconic valanced front fender and genuine leather seat with fringe, available in three colors, including Indian Motorcycle Red, Thunder Black Pearl and Star Silver Smoke. The Chieftain Limited, starting at $24,499, remains at the head of the pack and adds three new color, including Thunder Black Pearl, Blue Fire and Bronze Smoke. The Chieftain, available in Steel Gray, receives a lowered price of $21,499, and also receives a 19” blacked-out ten spoke wheel and open fender as standard.

For those looking to add a more modern style, the 10-spoke 19” wheel, in both black and contrast cut, along with an open front fender, are available as an accessory for the Roadmaster, Roadmaster Classic, Chieftain, and Springfield motorcycles. The wheel and open fender will fit those models from model year 2014 onwards.

The Indian Chief Classic also receives upgrades, now available with white wall tires, wire wheels, and full chrome hand controls. Available starting at $19,499, it is available with gorgeous Burgundy Metallic paint.

Indian’s iconic Chief Vintage line receives new offerings for 2018, starting at $19,999. Thunder Black and Star Silver over Thunder Black will for the first time ever feature black genuine leather saddlebags and seats to add to its beautiful styling.

Joining Indian’s recently announced Scout Bobber in the 2018 lineup is the Scout Sixty and Scout. The Scout Sixty, starting at $8,999, receives two new colors, including Polished Bronze and Thunder Black over Titanium Metallic. Meanwhile, the Scout, starting at $11,499, receives a new look and improved performance. Now standard are a cartridge fork front suspension and Pirelli tires, along with passenger accommodations, including a genuine leather passenger pillion and pegs. Scout receives two new colors for 2018, Metallic Jade and Willow Green over Ivory Cream.

Indian’s 2018 model lineup will be available at dealers in the U.S. and Canada starting in September. You can be the first to see and demo the entire 2018 line-up by visiting the Indian Motorcycle display at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally from August 5-13. More at Indian Motorcycle.

37 Responses to “2018 Indian Motorcycle Lineup. Introducing 2 Brand New Models. The Roadster Elite And Springfield Dark Horse.”

  1. 1 BobS Jul 26th, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Lame. Still trying to convince us the Emperors robes are magnificent. Fool me once…

  2. 2 Jim Tom Jul 26th, 2017 at 8:25 am


  3. 3 Chuck Swolejack Jul 26th, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Roadmaster Elite is beautiful but 36K? Yikes! I’ll wait two years then buy an ultra low mileage one from some lily white weekend warrior

  4. 4 Sharkey Jul 26th, 2017 at 8:32 am

    As a Harley rider, I find these bikes somewhat attractive. I’d consider someday renting one AND testing the dealership network on the road. HD’s dealers have always taken care of any needs when touring…
    Colors are a bit dissapointing; burgundy is THE color of “old”.

  5. 5 Chief Waldo Jul 26th, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Amazing upgrades!
    Better radios!
    White wall tires!
    More fringe!

    What years is this?

  6. 6 Skeeter Jul 26th, 2017 at 8:34 am

    New shade of lipstick, same old pig.

  7. 7 Mdkuder Jul 26th, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Maybe one day they will put the inline 4 back into production. I’d be happy with it really close to the original!

  8. 8 Rick Kcir Jul 26th, 2017 at 9:10 am

    A few nice colors in there. Nothing to make most current owners trade in, but should continue the uptick for PII.

    Funny how many people go on and on about ‘that’s it??” no new motor? No new models? Well, of course not. CARB never reflected it, so why did you expect it?

    Maybe come Daytona Bike Week time frame, we’ll see that new motor that is rumored to be out there … in a new model.

  9. 9 beentheredonethat Jul 26th, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Good stuff
    I just wish they could redesign that area under the seat, it is with a doubt the ugliest part of the big twin Indians.
    It looks like a Vespa design.

  10. 10 Marc J Beaulieu Jul 26th, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Is it just me Cyril or are the price points on the new 2018s ridiculously high…too high for the average rider looking for a new ride or to upgrade to a big bagger…$36,999 MSRP for the new Roadmaster??? Starting at MSRP is the manufactured suggested price and excludes delivery, setup, tax, title, license, and additional fees and expenses. Bikes may be shown/advertised with optional accessories which of course, are not free. Final sale price determined by authorized Motorcycle dealer. Specifications and MSRP are subject to change. …and, due to California emissions regulations, additional costs will apply when purchasing or leasing a Motorcycle in California. Thank goodness for the great pre-owned inventory out there. By the way, I have a 2014 Indian Chieftain with 40,000 miles on it and its awesome. I am just finding that pricing on new motorcycles today is not sustainable and is keeping many potential riders out of the marketplace. MyPOV — Motorcycle Marc

  11. 11 bd Jul 26th, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Jim Tom No Double Yawn !!!!!!

  12. 12 Xenu Jul 26th, 2017 at 10:48 am

    I wonder why they don’t wrap that Chief engine in a simple Dynaesque rolling chassis without the endless sheetmetal and elephantine forks. Some riders actually don’t give fig for sound systems or
    a glowing Indian head on the fender.
    They could market that as new model just by omitting features.
    Oh, that would lower the price. Silly me.

  13. 13 X HD Rider Jul 26th, 2017 at 10:51 am

    If Polaris would of put this much interest into Victory they would of been more popular then HD

  14. 14 Fzzzz Jul 26th, 2017 at 11:45 am

    My Gawd, under the seat it does look like a Vespa! The rest looks ok.

  15. 15 1550tc Jul 26th, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    I like the strategy 3 bikes to nibble away at 7-10 in the HD line up.

    Scout takes on dynas and sportys…………

    less is more

    victory had no legacy……… let it go just like buel

  16. 16 Chief two dogs humpin Jul 26th, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    The top of the line Roadmaster is a competitor to the CVO line, at that price point it’s competitive as CVO LImited top $40K now. Custom paint, custom radio, other extras included, it’s for that market that wants to write the check because they can, and ride off with a fully optioned bike. Smart move for Indian you paleface HD riders that complain about Indians offering, make the same lame complaints every year about HD, no new engine, what? vivid black?, they need to do this, they need to do that, well, ride up toe Milwaukee and apply for Willie G’s job, since you guys have all the right complaints, no answers though LOL… Hiuh hiuh hiuh, Chief Two Dogs humpin have squaw to ride, needs no help… How!

  17. 17 Mark Bright Jul 26th, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Talk about same ole pig different lipstick…have you been in a Harley dealership lately? Black, Flat Black, Red, or Blue. Don’t get me wrong, they are a great bike with good dealership support. But everywhere you go its the same ole bike – boring. And yes the Indians are too expensive with no wiggle room at purchase time – especially compared to the Harley. If Kawasaki can offer a big bagger at $17,500 why can’t Indian or Harley???

  18. 18 Rafael Jul 26th, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Was looking forward to trade my FLH shovel for a light weighted Chief as the Scout is just too little…i guess is waiting time for the 2019 lineup…i do like the chief but some riders would like something dyna like with the chief engine…oh well…

  19. 19 Stephen Jul 26th, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    All nice bikes. Glad to see Indian moving forward. I’m not one for sound systems so I would be happy for an “audio delete” option but I might be in the minority.

  20. 20 Rafael Jul 26th, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Even at the price of a black horse a chief bobber would get many buyers at the dealers.Sorry but is disappointing

  21. 21 James just another crazy kiwi Jul 26th, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    is it that the Tourer market is that big.Is this the reason for Indian and HD to be so enthused ? or is there more margin to be made… more margin I guess…
    We are all aging and huge big bikes will be redundant in the next few years

    Like the Stripped down Indians though

  22. 22 Dante Jul 26th, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Wow, tough crowd!

    I’ve owned Hondas, Suzukis, Yamaha and several Harleys and one Indian Roadmaster. The engineering that went into these bikes is amazing.

    We rented an Ultra in Sturgis for a couple of days a few years back when my shovel was acting up and went on a couple of demo rides on Indians and there was no comparison.

    Y’all should really be bitching at HD for resting on their laurels for too many years – competition is good for everyone (well, except maybe HD).

    All of you naysayers – have you ever ridden one?

    If not, STFU.

  23. 23 garagedog Jul 26th, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    I am with you. I like to listen to my bike when I ride,
    if I want to listen to the radio I will take the truck.
    My last new H-D was an ’05 Standard but you cannot purchase
    a new one now without the sound system. We are in the minority.

  24. 24 Matt W. Jul 27th, 2017 at 7:16 am

    garagedog: I like the sound of the motor as well but even my favorite song gets a little monotonous listening to it for 12 hours strait. 🙂

  25. 25 Danceswithwolfsburg Jul 27th, 2017 at 7:21 am

    I love the Vespa comment. I couldnt put my finger on what the seat area looked like and you nailed it Fzzzz. To add, is it just me or is the front end geometry on this frame all wrong? I’m sure it works but its damn ugly to the eye and ruins the line. I test rode The Frilly One ® recently. It rode like my old Royal Star Venture.

  26. 26 Harleyhub Jul 27th, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I’ve been a Harley rider for more than 40 years The chief that I own is the best Motorcycle I’ve ever ridden

  27. 27 Papifun Jul 27th, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Have a 2011 Flhx motor upped to 107. 2015 scout, 2014 Concours… Rented a Roadmaster in Vegas … both great machines. Indian I think better bang for buck but it’s getting to a point I just wanna ride a great all together touring bike,,, now yamaha has a new machine. What will I do…. it’s all about riding and not badging anymore. Prices just getting to steep lately. At least Indian listens to what people want vs HD what they want 😉 .. gotta say Polaris came a long way in paint quality ..

  28. 28 Mdkuder Jul 27th, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Don’t understand why they don’t touch the stock 111 motors on any of their so called premium models!

  29. 29 BobS Jul 27th, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Dante, yes I have ridden them. They’re a very nice riding bike. And I have ridden many other very nice riding bikes too. This may come as a shock to some, but a pre-2009 FL isn’t the only other choice out there. The engineering that went into the new Indian Chiefs is amazing, and we first saw it in 2008. The engineering that makes the RM handle so well is a frame that was developed and first released in the Victory Vision. Ten years ago. The TS111 isn’t really anything other than melding the top half of an X Wedge onto the bottom half of a Freedom 106 and puting fake old valve covers on it. ..engineering that dates back to 1999. Good yes, absolutely! That’s not what’s being hated on. “Indian introduces two brand new models…” No they didn’t. They changed the paint. Otherwise known as resting on their laurels with engineering that’s ten to twenty years old now. Who does that remind you of??? If we’re going to bitch when Harley does it we should be just as critical when Indian does it too. No free passes.

  30. 30 yagoddabeshidnme Jul 27th, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Just in case some of you that don’t want to hear tunes while riding are unaware of a new feature on these bikes, it’s call the power button, you press the button and bam, no tunes, amazing, took me a while to find it going through 20 pages of instructions but I’ll be danged if it didnt work as advertised. Also you can simply take the volume control, turn it down and still use the GPS, unless of course you prefer to toss your watches at the beginning of each ride and just take a bead on the northern plains
    and just rolled that power on, oh wait that’s from a song, whoops!

  31. 31 Barry Van Dyke Jul 27th, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    I’m beginning to sound like a broken record but, Indian, please, a street version of your incredible flat tracker! One of the most beautiful bikes I’ve ever seen. Simple, lighter, faster, and cheaper to produce than any of these bikes. Certainly a different consumer base, but come on, it would sell like hotcakes!

  32. 32 Dante's9th Jul 27th, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Yeah I have Dante . Suffice it to say I was less than impressed . Fact is riding one felt like Dante’s Inferno had just gained a whole new level of pain and punishment which is why I put my money down on Beemer . Quality, the real deal and German engineering ‘trumping’ the pretense of Made in America with a wanna be moniker on the tank .

  33. 33 Felix Jul 27th, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Maybe I’m way out of line here, but after owning a liquid cooled Indian Scout, which is amazing, I couldn’t spend all that money on an air cooled Indian Chief. Now if they doubled the size of the Scout engine and stuck it into a Chief frame, I would be interested. Of course, the new Indian 4 would be my first choice.
    And for our new young Indian riders, 250, 500, and 750cc Indian motorcycles are needed.

  34. 34 Boris Jul 27th, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Indian: it’s time to punch out the 111 ThunderStroke motor to 118 for the Chief series, and produce a hot-rodded ThunderStroke engine in a light frame with cut-down fenders for those who want it.

    Can we have gloss black in addition to the flat black on the Dark Horse models? Flat black is so 2005.

    Meanwhile, the Scout series needs two things: fins on the engine to mimic the ThunderStroke air-cooled model, AND a modification to the radiator (and frame) so it’s narrower and doesn’t stick out so far. The radiator is very obtrusive and that glitch in the styling is a deal-breaker for me.

    All that said, Indian makes great bikes. I covet the Springfield.

  35. 35 beentheredonethat Jul 28th, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    ahh the radiator situation
    Why such big ugly radiators? They seem to want to show off the water cooled part of the bike in the front and the rest of it they design to resemble a ’39 Knucklehead.
    This goes for Indian and HD.
    Why is it that the Japanese bike companies can make smaller radiators handle the heat and can hide the radiator
    between the down tubes on many models?

  36. 36 Felix Jul 30th, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    beentheredonethat I have to agree with you on the big ugly radiators. It’s like “we have a radiator and you’re going to like it.” Especially the V-rod. But on the other hand, the V-rod and the Scout are probably the most reliable American motorcycles.

  37. 37 John Curtis Jun 15th, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Serious props for bringing back Indian Motorcycles. Unfortunately the price point appears to be guided towards the preppies and not those that ride to ride. Oddly enough yet true as I speak. I have yet to see a daily rider on an Indian headed to work or commute. Only see them on weekends. Polaris stock is up due to the richer fortunes not the blue collar dude or dudets. No value in a ride you can’t afford. Already killed Victory because of price point. Greed is not the future. Politics has no place for those that love the two wheelers. Longevity will prove to be short term in the Polaris market. In today’s income world nothing is safe. If you do purchase an Indian be sure to get the GAP insurance. Another gimmick. Folks listen. Live your life. But make life choices. Don’t get me wrong all bikes are bitchen. Don’t blow your wad on an impulse. Ride on. Peace

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