• Indian Motorcycle x Workhorse Speed Shop are back with the Appaloosa v2.0

  • specially prepared 1/8-mile and 1-mile ice tracks
  • The conditions here can reach -40°C at night -20°C during the day
  • fully adjustable STX 36 piggyback rear shock absorbers from Öhlins
  • Baikal Mile Ice Speed Festival at Lake Baikal, Siberia
  • The Nitrous Oxide Injection system was replaced with a Nitrous Express
  • carries twin 230mm rotors per caliper
  • solid 4D braking unit by Beringer
  • a new paint scheme designed by Benny Maxwell from Axesent, Japan
  • added up with studs on the SportSmart Mk3 tires hand-fitted by Brice’s mechanic, Dorsan, in the course of four days
  • the “mouth” of the fairing has been closed off with a new carbon-fiber nose cap areas around the wheels have been closed off to control the ice thrown up by the studded tires

Modded to run on the icy surface with tire studs, a new paint scheme, and an upgraded NOS system

Indian Motorcycle and Workhorse Speed Shop announced their comeback at the Baikal Mile Ice Speed Festival at Lake Baikal, Siberia, with the Appaloosa v2.0. This time, it will be modded to run on the icy surface with tire studs, carbon-fiber nose cap, smaller cooling intakes, closed wheel bays, a new paint scheme, and an upgraded NOS system amongst a host of others.

Indian Motorcycle x Workhorse Speed Shop are back with the Appaloosa v2.0 Exterior
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Baikal Mile Ice Speed Festival at Lake Baikal, Siberia
Indian Motorcycle x Workhorse Speed Shop are back with the Appaloosa v2.0 Exterior
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The conditions here can reach -40°C at night -20°C during the day
Indian Motorcycle x Workhorse Speed Shop are back with the Appaloosa v2.0 Exterior
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specially prepared 1/8-mile and 1-mile ice tracks

For its second edition, the Baikal Mile runs on the ice off the eastern shore of Lake Baikal. Laid on the most unique and the most challenging piece of land are the specially prepared 1/8-mile and 1-mile ice tracks. The conditions here can reach -40°C at night -20°C during the day, and the Workhorse Speed Shop team arrived in full prep to tame these situations with their Appaloosa v2.0.

Having traveled thousands of miles to take part in the second running of the Baikal Mile, the Appaloosa v1.0 was modified for the challenges of racing on ice and the extreme Siberian conditions. It first got itself padded up with studs on the SportSmart Mk3 tires supplied by Dunlop Europe, which was hand-fitted by Brice’s mechanic, Dorsan, in the course of four days.

Indian Motorcycle x Workhorse Speed Shop are back with the Appaloosa v2.0 Exterior
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the “mouth” of the fairing has been closed off with a new carbon-fiber nose cap
areas around the wheels have been closed off to control the ice thrown up by the studded tires

Taking such extreme conditions into play, the “mouth” of the fairing has been closed off with a new carbon-fiber nose cap that was first introduced to create better cooling on the v1.0. Since the 1133 cc V-twin did not need as much cooling this time, smaller cooling intakes have been added to the side fairings.

Inside those fairings, areas around the wheels have been closed off to control the ice thrown up by the studded tires. The Nitrous Oxide Injection system was replaced with a Nitrous Express setup or better reliability and power. The Appaloosa v2.0 finally received a full makeover to depict such a departure from its original purpose of tarmac sprints in the form of a new paint scheme designed by Benny Maxwell from Axesent, Japan, and expertly applied by Matthias from Moto Peinture.

Indian Motorcycle x Workhorse Speed Shop are back with the Appaloosa v2.0 Exterior
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added up with studs on the SportSmart Mk3 tires
hand-fitted by Brice’s mechanic, Dorsan, in the course of four days

Originally a Scout Bobber, it took Brice more than 700 hours to design and fabricate around the brutally beautiful factory custom bobber. To set the rider, Grand Prix legend Randy Mamola, for a focused riding position, a new sub-frame was fabricated with lower clip-on handlebars and drag-style foot controls that kept him forward to transfer weight to the front wheel.

At the rear end, an extended aluminum swingarm was welded on to further enhance traction for the perfect start. It was then tethered with advanced, fully adjustable STX 36 piggyback rear shock absorbers from Öhlins and solid 4D braking unit by Beringer. At the front, Öhlins supplied 43mm forks and a steering damper to ensure the best possible grip and stability.

Indian Motorcycle x Workhorse Speed Shop are back with the Appaloosa v2.0 Exterior
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solid 4D braking unit by Beringer
Indian Motorcycle x Workhorse Speed Shop are back with the Appaloosa v2.0 Exterior
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The Nitrous Oxide Injection system was replaced with a Nitrous Express
Indian Motorcycle x Workhorse Speed Shop are back with the Appaloosa v2.0 Exterior
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fully adjustable STX 36 piggyback rear shock absorbers from Öhlins

Modern through and through, engineers at the Indian factory gave their beautiful liquid-cooled, 60-degree 1133 cc V-twin an electronic closed-loop fuel-injection system and huge 60 mm throttle bodies. Without having to nudge through the internals, Workhorse bumped up the power figure from 94 hp to 130 hp, courtesy a bespoke titanium exhaust system from Akrapovič. Also adapted were quickshifter, racing ECU tuned by EVOK3, Power Commander, direct intake, MOTOREX oil.

Another mention needs to be given to those pretty fancy 4D Aerotec braking system from Beringer Brakes. The 4D unit carries twin 230mm rotors per caliper to help stop the bonkers Appaloosa v2.0 as fast as or even faster than it can do the quarter-mile. Beringer Brakes also supplied the CNC machined handlebar controls and buttons, designed by Brice himself. The folks from Vibrant Performance provide this maniac with the cooling system, welded dash connectors, fuel and water tank caps, and heat protection hoses taking the oomph to crazy levels.

Indian Motorcycle x Workhorse Speed Shop are back with the Appaloosa v2.0 Exterior
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a new paint scheme designed by Benny Maxwell from Axesent, Japan

The epic trip to Siberia and the action from Lake Baikal can be followed across Indian Motorcycle social channels with the hashtag #IndianxWorkhorse.

Sagar Patil
Motorcycle industry expert since 1997! - sagar@topspeed.com
Over the years, a deeper conscience of machines moving body and soul has given him a crisp grasp over the concepts of motorcycling. A sucker for details and common sense, he loves getting his hands dirty every once in a while. His love affair with motorcycles ushers in the specialist skillset making Sagar our go-to expert for everything on two-wheels.  Read More
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