It’s Among The Least Expensive Of Indian’s Baggers

Indian Motorcycle cashes in on its deep design roots with the Springfield model that hit the market in ’16 and has been carried over into the 2019 model year with nary but a few adjustments to the color palette. Power comes from Indian’s largest production engine along with ABS and keyless ignition on board, but it’s the classic, old-school bagger looks that drive sales of this particular unit. Best of all, it’s among the least expensive of the available baggers, and that positions it well within the boulevard-bruiser/light-tour categories.

  • 2019 Indian Springfield
  • Year:
    2019
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Thunder Stroke® 111
  • Displacement:
    111 cubic inches
  • Top Speed:
    110 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    20999
  • Price:

Indian Springfield Design

2019 Indian Springfield
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The looks of the Springfield display features from as far back as the 1930s, and before the advent of the fiberglass fairing, this setup was the pinnacle of comfort for long distance rides.

Indian delivers a healthy dose of nostalgia with its Springfield model, and of the choices within the genre, the retro-tastic look of the Springfield is outdone only by the antique-looking Chief Vintage. The valenced fender leads the way with a chrome brow and iconic, lighted war-bonnet crest. Chrome beercan fork skirts beef up the stems, as does the headlight nacelle and whisker bar, and the latter supports a pair of passing lamps along with the front turn signals to wrap up the forward lighting.

Much like the early American tourbikes, the Springfield pushes a large, quick-release windshield that punches a hole in the weather for the rider in lieu of a proper fairing, and this leaves you with almost the same level of protection but with much greater visibility forward and down. A chrome instrument panel rides on the 5.5-gallon fuel tank with the on/off button, a round fuel gauge, and large analog gauge for the speedometer. A host of indicator lights are set the face of the speedo, and there’s a small LED screen to handle the remaining metrics and act as an interface for the Ride Modes feature.

A deep-scoop seat pulls you down into the machine with pullback bars and forward footboards to define the relaxed windsock rider’s triangl. The pillion perch comes paired with fold-up footboards of its own to pamper your passenger. Hard bags are paint-matched to the rest of the sheet metal, and they feature a remote-locking feature that’ll keep you from fumbling with your keys in the parking lot.

In the rear, an LED taillight and turn signals complete the lights with a tag mount at the bottom of the rear fender; nothing special, but it does maintain a clean profile. Overall, the looks of the Springfield display features from as far back as the ’30s, and before the advent of the fiberglass fairing, this setup was the pinnacle of comfort for long distance rides.

Indian Springfield Chassis

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It has solid straight-line tracking, but still lively in the corners.

A cast-aluminum skeleton on the Indian Springfield holds it all together, and while that undoubtedly removes some weight, it still tips the scales at 835 pounds wet. It’s not at all what you’d call a “light” bike. Rake and trail measure in at 25-degrees and 5.2-inches respectively for good tracking with a maximum lean angle of 31-degrees to each side, and that should be plenty to take care of business. Cast-aluminum, 16-inch wheels round out the rolling chassis on 67-inch centers, and the rims come set up to network with the stock tire pressure-monitoring system. That’s nifty I guess, but I think a set of laced chrome wheels would be even better. Dunlop Elite 3 hoops make the connection to the tarmac with a 130/90 up front opposite a 180/60.

All-around 300 mm discs work with dual, four-pot anchors to slow the front wheel and deliver around 70-percent of the total stopping power opposite a two-piston caliper that mainly helps to keep the rear end where it belongs: behind you. ABS protection comes as part of the standard equipment no matter which colorway you choose, and that’ll help you keep it dirty-side down as well. The 46 mm forks come with fixed damping values, as does the monoshock out back, but the latter has air-adjustable preload for a cushy ride and stepless adjustment.

Front Suspension/Travel: 46 mm Telescopic Fork - Cartridge Type/ 4.7 in (119 mm)
Rear Suspension/Travel: Single Shock w/ Air adjust/ 4.5 in (114 mm)
Lean Angle: 31°
Rake/Trail: 25° / 5.2 in (133 mm)
Front Brakes: Dual 300mm floating rotors with 4-piston calipers
Rear Brakes: Single / 300 mm Floating Rotor / 2-piston caliper
Front Tire: Dunlop® Elite 3 130/90B16 73H
Rear Tire: Dunlop® Elite 3 Multi-Compound 180/60R16 80H
Front Wheel: Cast 16 in x 3.5 in
Rear Wheel: Cast 16 in x 5 in

Indian Springfield Drivetrain

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It's a thoroughly modern engine, but significant steps were taken to make it sort look like something much older in the way of an old-fashioned sidevalve engine.

Indian’s Thunder Stroke 111 delivers the goods on the Springfield with a whopping 119 pound-feet of torque that tops out at a low 3,000 rpm. The factory gives you complete control over that power with an all-new-for-2019 Ride Modes feature that delivers a trio of performance profiles so you can dial in for conditions and preference.

It’s a thoroughly modern engine, but significant steps were taken to make it sort look like something much older in the way of an old-fashioned sidevalve engine. The parallel pushrod tubes help to sell the look, but it’s the faux cooling fins on the rocker boxes that really seals the deal since they mimic the cooling fins on the old flatheads.

We find another bit of engine fandanglery in the Rear Cylinder Deactivation feature added for 2019 that kills the rear jug when idling at a stop in a bid to reduce the heat wash from the engine. The 101 mm bore and 113 mm stroke gives it a 1,811 cc displacement with a relatively mild compression ratio of 9.5-to-1, and induction control falls entirely to the 54 mm throttle body, and arguably, the stock cruise control. A standard clutch couples engine power to the six-speed transmission with a belt final drive to carry it to the rear wheel.

Engine: Thunder Stroke® 111
Bore x Stroke: 3.976 in x 4.449 in (101 mm x 113 mm)
Displacement: 111 cu in (1,811 cc)
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Horsepower: N/A
Peak Torque: 119 lb-ft (161.6 Nm) @ 3,000 rpm
Drive/Driven Clutch: Wet, Multi-Plate
Electronic Fuel Injection System: Closed loop fuel injection / 54 mm bore
Exhaust: Split Dual Exhaust w/ Cross-over
Gear Ratio: 1st: 9.403, 2nd: 6.411, 3rd: 4.763, 4th: 3.796, 5th: 3.243, 6th: 2.789
Transmission/Final Drive: 2.2 : 1
Transmission/Primary Drive: Gear Drive Wet Clutch

Indian Springfield Pricing

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Basic black starts at $21k with two-tones fetching $22.1k.

If basic black is your thing, then Thunder Black is the ticket for $20,999. For those of you who want a bit of color, the Metallic Jade / Thunder Black model and Steel Gray / Burgundy Metallic will run you $22,099.

Standard Equipment: Quick Release Windshield; Genuine Leather Seats, Remote-Locking Hard Saddlebags, Highway Bars; Tire Pressure Monitoring; Light Bar; ABS; Cruise Control; Keyless Ignition; Indian® Script Tank Badge
Warranty: 2 Years, Unlimited Miles
Colors:
└ 2018: Thunder Black, Steel Gray over Burgundy Metallic, Metallic Jade over Thunder Black
└ 2019: Thunder Black, Metallic Jade over Thunder Black, Steel Gray / Burgundy Metallic
Price: Thunder Black: $20,999, Two-Tone: $22,099

Indian Springfield Competitors

2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Road King / Road King Special
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2019 Indian Springfield
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Once you figure in the ABS option, Harley breaks even price wise, but has no answer for Indian's ride modes.

Since the Springfield mainly targets the U.S. market, I thought it would be fair to stick to the domestic competition, and the Road King from Harley-Davidson fits the bill quite nicely. Indian’s longtime domestic foe, the MoCo arrives at much the same place with design references that go back to at least the ’40s. Harley runs with chrome trim and skirting on the full-length front fender, but cuts the sides back to make it the opposite of the Indian’s valenced fender.

The headlight nacelle, whisker bar and pimp lights are constant across the board, and while the Road King comes with non-adjustable forks, the stems are Showa’s Dual Bending Valve units that deliver a superior ride to straight-up vanilla. Indian gets some back with its electronics suite since the H-D rolls without stock ABS or any sort of higher electronics like the Springfield’s Ride Modes, for instance.

Harley powers the Road King with its Milwaukee-Eight 107 mill with 111 pound-feet of torque for a difference that won’t even budge the needle on the most well-tuned heinie dyno, so neither gain anything significant in the power department. H-D delivers its 2019 Road King in Vivid Black for $19,289, but it does so without stock ABS, and once you factor that in, it more or less breaks even.

He Said

“If you ever thought about jumping the fence over to the Indian side of things, this may be a good one to do it for. Indian hit the nail on the head looks-wise, and performance-wise as well ’cause the Thunder Stroke is as grunty as a locomotive, and it really pulls the bulk of the bike out of the hole quite nicely. Too bad the price falls so closely to H-D’s Road King; I can’t help but wonder if a little price break would buy them some business from fresh converts.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “The saddlebags and the windscreen come off easily, which is nice for washing the bike. Not surprisingly, the Springfield has stump-pulling torque way down low. The seat is very comfortable and riding position is perfectly upright, so you can seriously ride this bike to the low-fuel warning as long as your bladder lets you. The ride is incredibly smooth and your passenger has adjustable footboards, which is another big comfort point. Comparing the ride quality of the Springfield to the Road King, I’d have to go with the Springfield. I love the Road King, don’t get me wrong, but the Springfield just feels more put-together.”

Indian Springfield Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine: Thunder Stroke® 111
Bore x Stroke: 3.976 in x 4.449 in (101 mm x 113 mm)
Displacement: 111 cu in (1,811 cc)
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Horsepower: N/A
Peak Torque: 119 lb-ft (161.6 Nm) @ 3,000 rpm
Drive/Driven Clutch: Wet, Multi-Plate
Electronic Fuel Injection System: Closed loop fuel injection / 54 mm bore
Exhaust: Split Dual Exhaust w/ Cross-over
Gear Ratio: 1st: 9.403, 2nd: 6.411, 3rd: 4.763, 4th: 3.796, 5th: 3.243, 6th: 2.789
Transmission/Final Drive: 2.2 : 1
Transmission/Primary Drive: Gear Drive Wet Clutch
Chassis:
Front Suspension/Travel: 46 mm Telescopic Fork - Cartridge Type/ 4.7 in (119 mm)
Rear Suspension/Travel: Single Shock w/ Air adjust/ 4.5 in (114 mm)
Lean Angle: 31°
Rake/Trail: 25° / 5.2 in (133 mm)
Front Brakes: Dual 300 mm floating rotors with 4-piston calipers
Rear Brakes: Single / 300 mm Floating Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper
Front Tire: Dunlop® Elite 3 130/90B16 73H
Rear Tire: Dunlop® Elite 3 Multi-Compound 180/60R16 80H
Front Wheel: Cast 16 in x 3.5 in
Rear Wheel: Cast 16 in x 5 in
Dimensions & Capacities:
Fuel Capacity: 5.5 gal (20.8 L) with low fuel warning at 1 gal
Ground Clearance: 5.6 in (142 mm)
GVWR: 1,385 lb (628 kg)
Overall Height: 56.8 in (1,442 mm)
Overall Length: 101.7 in (2,583 mm)
Overall Width: 39.4 in (1,000 mm)
Seat Height: 26.0 in (660 mm)
Weight (Dry / Curb): 803 lbs / 835 lbs (364 kg / 379 kg)
Wheelbase: 67.0 in (1,701 mm)
Top Speed: 110 mph (est)
Electricals:
Gauges: Tank-mounted electronic speedometer with odometer; dual tripmeters; digital tachometer; ambient air temperature; fuel range; average fuel economy; battery voltage; gear position display; real-time clock; vehicle trouble code readout; heated grip level (if heated grips installed); low engine oil pressure; and 9 LED telltale indicators: cruise control enabled, cruise control set, neutral, high beam, turn signal, ABS, check engine, and mph or km/h unit designation; tank-mounted electronic fuel gauge with low fuel LED indicator
Infotainment: N/A
Lights: Headlight; Driving/Tail/Brake Lights; Turn Signals; License Plate Light; Speedometer with Indicator Lights
Details:
Standard Equipment: Quick Release Windshield; Genuine Leather Seats, Remote-Locking Hard Saddlebags, Highway Bars; Tire Pressure Monitoring; Light Bar; ABS; Cruise Control; Keyless Ignition; Indian® Script Tank Badge
Warranty: 2 Years, Unlimited Miles
Colors:
└ 2018: Thunder Black, Steel Gray over Burgundy Metallic, Metallic Jade over Thunder Black
└ 2019: Thunder Black, Metallic Jade over Thunder Black, Steel Gray / Burgundy Metallic
Price: Thunder Black: $20,999, Two-Tone: $22,099

Further Reading

Harley-Davidson Road King / Road King Special

2018 - 2019 Harley-Davidson Road King / Road King Special
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See our review of the Harley-Davidson Road King / Road King Special.

Indian Chief Vintage

2016 - 2019 Indian Chief Vintage
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See our review of the Indian Chief Vintage.

Indian Springfield Dark Horse

2019 Indian Springfield Dark Horse
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See our review of the Indian Springfield Dark Horse.

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