Premium features and stellar performance make the Roadmaster Limited a luxury tourer

Indian Motorcycle adds the Roadmaster Limited to the lineup ahead of MY2021 as an alternative to the vanilla Roadmaster at the bottom of the fully dressed tour-bike price range. The standard electronic suite and Ride Command infotainment system supports long trips as is, but new equipment really adds comfort through the ClimaCommand Rogue saddle that can heat or cool your nethers underway. Front fairing protection and a trio of hard bags round out the touring package to make it ready for the highway right off the showroom floor.

  • 2021 Indian Roadmaster Limited
  • Year:
    2021
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V-Twin
  • Displacement:
    1890 cc
  • Top Speed:
    115 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    30749

2021 Indian Roadmaster Limited Design

  • Premium amenities, including LED lighting and keyless ignition
  • ClimaCommand Rogue heated/cooled seat
  • 36+ gallons storage capacity
  • 7-inch display with Apple CarPlay® integration
  • Heated grips
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Indian sticks to the tried-and-true classic American tourbike design in the Roadmaster Limited, but without any pretense as to its vintage since the bodywork is thoroughly modern. It starts with the front fender that favors cut-down sides over the old-school valence, though the iconic war bonnet fender ornament persists to this day and I imagine that will continue into the foreseeable future.

The front end bulks up behind the fender with fat front forks complete with beer can skirts up top. A modern, batwing-esque fairing splits the wind and extends out to cover your hands, plus the push button-adjustable windscreen lets you dial in the top of the rider’s pocket to suit. Stock engine guards mount the fairing lowers that shunt the weather away from your legs and include adjustable air vents that lets cooling air through as needed.

The Roadmaster Limited debuts Indian’s new ClimaCommand Rogue seat that, interestingly enough, can both heat and cool, just dial it in as you like. Both you and your passenger feel the benefits of temperature control butt-comfort.

Inside the fairing are dual round gauges for the speedo and tach, both with a built-in LED screen to complete the mundane instrumentation. But, the star of the show here is the seven-inch color touchscreen for the infotainment center that bundles navigation, traffic, and weather info along with Apple CarPlay support for your music and a Bluetooth connection for hands-free phone calls. Share your music with everyone around you through a 200 Watt system that pumps up the volume via drivers in both the trunk and the front fairing for that surround-sound effect.

The top case doubles as a wrap-around backrest for your passenger and secure, dry storage. Add that to the slammed sidebags and you have just over 36 gallons of stow-space that can be remote locked and unlocked via key fob.

2021 Indian Roadmaster Limited Chassis

  • Cast-aluminum frame
  • Surprisingly eager in the corners for a big ol’ touring bike
  • TPMS
  • ABS
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A cast-aluminum frame takes care of the main structure and keeps weight down, though at 890 pounds wet the Roadmaster Limited is definitely not a light bike by anyone’s standards. That said, the 25-degree rake angle and 5.9 inches of trail turns in a fairly responsive performance in the corners with solid tracking on the straights, even at speed.

The 46 mm front forks ride on fixed values to leave the rear shock alone with any sort of adjustability in the form of an air-pressure preload, but nothing in the way of variable damping adjusters. Suspension travel is plush for the genre with 4.7 inches of travel up front opposite 4.5 inches out back, though the lack of fork adjustment is disappointing.

This is a heavy bike – it’s true – but the factory gives you the anchors you need to keep it under control with dual, four-piston calipers up front that bite 300 mm discs for a tremendous amount of brakeage. Out back, find another 300 mm disc with a twin-piston binder, and brakes at both ends benefit from the stock ABS feature so you can count on safely getting the most out of the system.

As for the rubber, cast-alloy rims mount Metzeler Cruisetec hoops in a 130/60-19 ahead of a 180/60-16, the latter of which is mostly hidden under the bodywork in keeping with longstanding Indian tradition.

Front Suspension/Travel: 46 mm Telescopic Fork/ 4.7 in (119 mm)
Rear Suspension/Travel: Single Shock w/ Air adjust/4.5 in (114 mm)
Rake/Trail: 25° / 5.9 in (150 mm)
Lean Angle: 31°
Front Brakes: Dual 300 mm Floating Rotor, 4-Piston Caliper
Rear Brakes: Single 300 mm Floating Rotor, 2-Piston Caliper
Front Tires: Metzeler Cruisetec 130/60B19 66H
Rear Tires: Metzeler Cruisetec 180/60R16 80H
Front Wheel: 10-Spoke Contrast Cut 19 in x 3.5 in
Rear Wheel: 10-Spoke Contrast Cut 16 in x 5 in

2021 Indian Roadmaster Limited Drivetrain

  • Thunderstroke® 116 engine
  • Very grunty at low rpm
  • Three Ride Modes
  • Rear Cylinder Deactivation
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As with the rest of the Roadmaster line, the new “Limited” packs the largest production Thunder Stroke powerplant, the Thunder Stroke 116. This lump follows the usual classic design that includes faux cooling fins on the rocker-box covers and two pairs of parallel pushrod tubes to capture the look of the flathead/sidevalve engines of old.

Blackout treatment on the engine cases and cylinder is offset by a chrome nosecone, rocker-box lid, and pushrod tubes along with polished cooling-fin edges to make this a mill of monochromatic contrasts. If you’re into big V-Twins, you’ll appreciate both the looks and the performance as the TS 116 churns out a whopping 126 pound-feet of torque at 2,900 rpm with 92 ponies at the redline.

The Limited comes stock with a trio of Ride Mode profiles – Standard, Sport and Tour – so you can dial in the power-delivery personality to suit. Plus, it sports the Rear Cylinder Deactivation feature that helps reduce the apparent waste heat by killing the rear jug at stops. All you have to do is roll on, even just a skosh, and the system switches back to normal operation.

Power flows through a gear-type primary (instead of chain-type like H-D) and six-speed transmixxer to turn in a top speed around 115 mph.

Engine: Thunderstroke® 116
Displacement: 116 cu in (1,890 cc)
Bore x Stroke: 4.063" x 4.449" (103.2mm x113mm)
Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
Horsepower: 92 hp
Peak Torque: 126 lb-ft (172.2 Nm) @2,900 rpm
Drive/Driven Clutch: Wet, Multi-Plate, Assist
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, 6th: 2.789
Transmission/Final Drive: 2.2 : 1
Transmission/Primary Drive: Gear Drive Wet Clutch

2021 Indian Roadmaster Limited Price

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No matter whether you pick the Crimson Metallic or the Thunder Black Azure Crystal paint package, you can expect to shell out $30,749 to get on a 2021 Roadmaster Limited. Both colors come with stock ABS with no option for a non-ABS model.

Standard Equipment: 7" Ride Command® Touchscreen Display with Navigation and Apple CarPlay® integration; Power Windshield; Driving Lights; Highway Bars; Genuine Leather Seats (Separate Rider/Passenger Heat Controls); Heated Grips; Adjustable Passenger Floorboards; 36.2 Gallons of Storage; Tire Pressure Monitoring; Remote-locking Hard Saddlebags & Trunk; Selectable Ride Modes; Rear Cylinder Deactivation; ABS; Cruise Control; Keyless Ignition; 600 Watt Audio System with AM/FM, Bluetooth, USB, Smartphone Compatible Input, and Weatherband; Passenger Armrests; Chrome Front & Rear Bumpers; Pinnacle Mirrors; Premium Floorboards; Paint Matched Engine Badges; 12V Charging Port
Warranty: 2 Years, Unlimited Miles
Color: Thunder Black Azure Crystal, Crimson Metallic
Price: $30,749

2021 Indian Roadmaster Limited Competitors

2019 - 2020 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited / Ultra Limited Low
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No doubt about it, Harley-Davidson has to be the go-to competitor here, and the MoCo even has a Limited of its own with the fully-dressed Ultra Limited.

Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited

2019 - 2020 Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited / Ultra Limited Low
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Like Indian, Harley-Davidson helped shape the American motorcycle scene, but it went with a thoroughly modern look that includes many of the same high points. A similar cut-down front fender, Batwing front fairing, and fairing lowers lead the way, though the windshield is fixed in the fairing to leave the Roadmaster alone in the adjustable windshield category.

Both brands boast top-shelf infotainment systems, but H-D arguably gets a win in the safety department with its Reflex Defensive Rider System that adds Vehicle Hold Control, Drag-Torque Mitigation, corner-sensitive ABS, and traction control. Yeah, I don’t get to say that very often about H-D, but it looks like the brand finally leapt feetfirst into the 21st century.

The engine is special, too. The Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 114 runs the show, but falls behind a tad with 122 pounds o’ grunt on tap versus 126 pound-feet from the Thunder Stroke 116, but not even the most carefully calibrated heinie-dyno will tell the difference.

Harley scores a minor win at the checkout with its $28,699 starting price for the Vivid Black package. However, the price goes as high as $32,799 when looking at the 19 paint selections and include Fire Department, Law Enforcement, and Shriner packages.

Read our full review of the Harley-Davidson Ultra Limited and Ultra Limited Low.

He Said

“These bikes are similar, no doubt, but unfortunately for Indian I feel like the electronics package H-D brings to the table is a dealbreaker for America’s oldest motorcycle marque. Yeah, I’m picking a model based mainly on its safety equipment. Perhaps I wouldn’t if it were a smaller model, but a full dresser can be a handful to manage and personally I would want as much help as I could get.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “Oh, what a nice bike! This new Roadmsater Limited has upgraded features like gloss paint, chrome finishes, a modern fairing design, open front fender, and slammed saddlebags. Apple CarPlay® is standard now, as it is across the lineup for 2021. The Thunder Stroke engine is so grunty way down low and the performance is surprisingly agile for a big bike. It’s a very comfortable tourer. Consider that the old engine map is now the ’Tour’ Ride Mode, the Thunder Stroke engine in ’Sport’ will having you smiling for the whole trip.”

2021 Indian Roadmaster Limited Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain
Engine: Thunderstroke® 116
Displacement: 116 cu in (1,890 cc)
Bore x Stroke: 4.063" x 4.449" (103.2mm x113mm)
Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
Horsepower: 92 hp
Peak Torque: 126 lb-ft (172.2 Nm) @2,900 rpm
Drive/Driven Clutch: Wet, Multi-Plate, Assist
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, 6th: 2.789
Transmission/Final Drive: 2.2 : 1
Transmission/Primary Drive: Gear Drive Wet Clutch
Chassis:
Front Suspension/Travel: 46 mm Telescopic Fork/ 4.7 in (119 mm)
Rear Suspension/Travel: Single Shock w/ Air adjust/4.5 in (114 mm)
Rake/Trail: 25° / 5.9 in (150 mm)
Lean Angle: 31°
Front Brakes: Dual 300 mm Floating Rotor, 4-Piston Caliper
Rear Brakes: Single 300 mm Floating Rotor, 2-Piston Caliper
Front Tires: Metzeler Cruisetec 130/60B19 66H
Rear Tires: Metzeler Cruisetec 180/60R16 80H
Front Wheel: 10-Spoke Contrast Cut 19 in x 3.5 in
Rear Wheel: 10-Spoke Contrast Cut 16 in x 5 in
Dimensions & Capacities:
Fuel Capacity: 5.5 gal (20.8 L)
Ground Clearance: 5.1 in (130 mm)
GVWR: 1,385 lb (628 kg)
Overall Height: 58.7 in (1,491 mm)
Overall Length: 102.1 in (2,593.3 mm)
Overall Width: 39.4 in (1,000 mm)
Seat Height: 26.5 in (673 mm)
Weight (Empty Tank / Full of Fuel): 858 lb (389 kg) / 890 lb (403 kg)
Wheelbase: 65.7 in (1,669 mm)
Electronics:
Gauges: Fairing-mounted instrument cluster featuring analog speedometer and tachometer with fuel gauge, range, odometer and current gear. 15 LED telltale indicators; cruise control enabled, cruise control set, neutral, high beam, turn signal, ABS, check engine, low tire pressure, battery, low fuel, security system, low engine oil pressure and MPH or km/h unit designation. Tank mounted auxiliary analog fuel and voltage gauges.
Infotainment: Ride Command with Connected Services such as real time traffic weather and traffic overlay on 2021 model year bikes includes a complimentary 2-year trial for connected features from the vehicle sales date (after which, fees apply). 7" Ride Command® touchscreen display with real-time clock; ambient air temperature; heading; audio information display; vehicle trouble code readout; Vehicle Status (tire pressure, voltage, engine hours, oil change); Vehicle Info (speed, fuel range, RPM, gear position); Dual Trip Meters (fuel range, miles, average fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy time, average speed); Ride Data (heading, moving time, stop time, altitude, altitude change); Bluetooth Status for phone and headset; Ride Mode Selection; Map/Navigation, Apple CarPlay integration
Lights: Pathfinder LED Headlamp/Driving/Tail/Brake/Turn Signal
Standard Equipment: 7" Ride Command® Touchscreen Display with Navigation and Apple CarPlay® integration; Power Windshield; Driving Lights; Highway Bars; Genuine Leather Seats (Separate Rider/Passenger Heat Controls); Heated Grips; Adjustable Passenger Floorboards; 36.2 Gallons of Storage; Tire Pressure Monitoring; Remote-locking Hard Saddlebags & Trunk; Selectable Ride Modes; Rear Cylinder Deactivation; ABS; Cruise Control; Keyless Ignition; 600 Watt Audio System with AM/FM, Bluetooth, USB, Smartphone Compatible Input, and Weatherband; Passenger Armrests; Chrome Front & Rear Bumpers; Pinnacle Mirrors; Premium Floorboards; Paint Matched Engine Badges; 12V Charging Port
Details:
Warranty: 2 Years, Unlimited Miles
Color: Thunder Black Azure Crystal, Crimson Metallic
Price: $30,749

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TJ Hinton
T.J got an early start from his father and other family members who owned and rode motorcycles, and by helping with various mechanical repairs throughout childhood. That planted a seed that grew into a well-rounded appreciation of all things mechanical, and eventually, into a formal education of same. Though primarily a Harley rider, he has an appreciation for all sorts of bikes and doesn't discriminate against any particular brand or region of origin. He currently holds an Associate's degree in applied mechanical science from his time at the M.M.I.  Read More
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