Indian Motorcycle Debut

June 12, 2020 at 7:59 pm  •  Posted in The Bikes by



Indian Motorcycle announced the return of the premium Roadmaster Elite for 2020, with just 225 examples of the flagship bike set for production.


Built For Those Who Demand The Best. With an endless list of premium amenities, the Roadmaster Elite is the ultimate touring machine made for the long road. It’s built for those with the highest standards, by those who share them.


The extremely limited run of what “America’s first” motorcycle brand bills as its “ultimate touring machine” makes sense when the build process’ meticulous attention to detail is considered. Each Roadmaster Elite’s Thunder Black Vivid Crystal over Gunmetal Flake paint coat, off-set red pinstripes and range-exclusive red badging are applied by hand over 30-plus hours. The mean-but-sporty aesthetic is rounded out by a hefty 19-inch precision-machined front wheel and valanced fender. Powering the high-end hog rival is the company’s highest rated air-cooled engine, the Thunder Stroke 116, which is equipped with a new high-flow cylinder head that puts up to 126 ft-lbs of torque on tap. Three riding modes—Standard, Sport and Tour—offer varied throttle responses for different applications.  Like the 2020 Challenger, the Roadmaster Elite also gets the Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System, touted as the “largest, fastest and most customizable infotainment system on two wheels. The seven-inch, glove-compatible touchscreen features turn-by-turn navigation, customizable rider information screens, Bluetooth compatibility, and pairs with the Indian Motorcycle Ride Command mobile app for remote accessibility to key vehicle information. New for this year are additional weather and traffic alerts, as well the ability to transfer route plans from the Ride Command website directly to the bike via Bluetooth. Other key standard features include ABS, keyless ignition, weatherproof and remote-locking saddlebags, a spacious trunk that fits two helmets, and over 37 gallons of storage space. An optional PowerBand Audio Plus audio system cranks tunes out from high-output fairing, trunk, and saddlebag speakers 50 percent louder when compared to the stock unit and also features features an enhanced nine-band dynamic equalizer that auto-adjusts specific frequencies to the optimal level at different vehicle speeds.

Each Roadmaster Elite undergoes a 30-hour paint process finished by hand, featuring a brilliant two-tone candy with custom off-set red pinstripes. A limited number of these works of art will be made for a truly one-of-a-kind riding experience. An iconic valanced fender and illuminated headdress combine with a 19” precision machined wheel to complete the custom look. The Thunder Stroke 116 engine, featuring premium red design details, produces 126 ft-lb of torque providing a responsive ride at any speed. Integrated Powerband Plus speakers in the front fairing and rear saddlebags deliver surround sound audio with crystal clarity. Control at your fingertips. With the push of a backlit button, activate rider and passenger heated handgrips, or raise or lower the flare windshield to your preferred position. Pinnacle mirrors, genuine leather accents, and spacious aluminum select floorboards combine style and function. Pathfinder LED lighting with driving lights illuminates the road for safe riding, day or night. A plush, genuine leather 2-up heated seat, with controls for both the passenger and driver, plus passenger armrests to get you and your passenger there in comfort. Choose between three ride modes, Tour, Standard and Sport, for an experience that’s customized to your riding style. Use new connected traffic and weather overlays to plan every ride to avoid traffic and poor weather conditions, keeping you on the road longer.


  1. That’s a Thunder Stroke 116 motor in the chassis.
  2. Last year’s Roadmaster Elite had a 16-inch front wheel—now it gets a 19-incher.
  3. Looks matters, and the 2020 Indian Roadmaster Elite has some fantastic paint.
  4. The Ride Command system, with features a seven-inch glove-friendly screen, has a new quad-core processor.
  5. If you’d like even more power, Indian has them for the Roadmaster Elite’s Thunder Stroke 116 V-twin.
  6. “The Roadmaster itself delivers the ultimate touring experience,” says said Vice President for Indian Motorcycle Reid Wilson, “but the Roadmaster Elite takes that experience to an even higher level, designed specifically for riders who pay attention to each and every detail.”

Starting at $38,999, the Indian Motorcycle Roadmaster Elite is available now.


About Indian Motorcycle: An American brand of motorcycles originally produced from 1901 to 1953 in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. Hendee Manufacturing Company initially produced the motorcycles, but the name was changed to the Indian Motocycle Manufacturing Company in 1923. More at

Parent Company: Polaris Industries

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