2020 Indian Thunder Stroke 116 Lineup First Look

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The 2020 Roadmaster Dark Horse is the new bike on the block this year. It was designed to give the touring crowd a bike with a bit more attitude. (Indian Motorcycle/)

Indian has been hitting a lot of home runs lately and for 2020, the original American motorcycle company unveiled three new models and an updated Ride Command infotainment system that will help keep their bikes on the cutting edge of the cruiser market.

At the heart of the new lineup is the new air-cooled Thunder Stroke 116 engine that utilizes new high-flow heads, which help it produce a claimed 126 pound-feet of torque. This 116ci engine will be standard on the Springfield Dark Horse, Chieftain Dark Horse, Chieftain, Chieftain Limited, Chieftain Elite, Roadmaster and Roadmaster Dark Horse.

On the technological side of things, Indian is also releasing a redesigned version of the Ride Command infotainment system The glove-compatible 7-inch screen now offers traffic and weather overlays to help improve the riding experience while retaining the industry-standard GPS-style predictive destination, search, route planning overlays, and access to the selectable ride modes on corresponding models.

“These new features and upgrades are a result of our consistent communication with riders, listening to their feedback, and incorporating it into our ongoing product development efforts,” said Reid Wilson, vice president for Indian Motorcycle. “Today’s rider wants more power and expects cutting-edge technology. That’s exactly what we’re delivering in 2020.”

For the first time, Indian Motorcycle will offer a 116ci Thunder Stroke engine in select models including the 2020 Roadmaster Dark Horse.

For the first time, Indian Motorcycle will offer a 116ci Thunder Stroke engine in select models including the 2020 Roadmaster Dark Horse. (Indian Motorcycle/)

2020 Indian Roadmaster Dark Horse

The new 2020 Roadmaster Dark Horse infuses a bit of attitude into Indian’s premium touring model. In addition to the standard touring trunk, protective lower fairing, heated grips, adjustable passenger floorboards, tire pressure monitoring, full LED lighting, and adjustable power windscreen, the 2020 Roadmaster Dark Horse also features low-slung remote locking saddlebags, a stylish streamlined front fairing, 19-inch front wheel, the rogue gunfighter seat, blacked-out engine, and your choice of three matte paint color schemes.

Rider and passenger comfort with attitude is the name of the game with the 2020 Roadmaster Dark Horse.

Rider and passenger comfort with attitude is the name of the game with the 2020 Roadmaster Dark Horse. (Indian Motorcycle/)

Color options for the 2020 Roadmaster Dark Horse include Thunder Black Smoke, White Smoke, and Ruby Smoke. MSRP will start at $28,999 and will go up from there, depending on the options and accessories you choose to tailor the bike to suit your personal taste.

The 2020 Indian Springfield Dark Horse owes its new and improved look to the Indian Motorcycle owners who saw the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition version and loved it.

The 2020 Indian Springfield Dark Horse owes its new and improved look to the Indian Motorcycle owners who saw the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition version and loved it. (Indian Motorcycle/)

2020 Indian Roadmaster Dark Horse Specifications

PRICE $28,999
ENGINE Air-cooled, Thunder Stroke 116 49-degree V-twin
BORE x STROKE (103.2 x 113mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 11.0:1
FUEL DELIVERY Electronic fuel injection, closed loop; 54mm bore
TRANSMISSION/DRIVE 6-speed/constant-mesh, foot-shift belt
CLUTCH Wet multi-plate
FRONT SUSPENSION 46mm telescopic fork, 4.7-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Single shock adjustable for preload; 4.5-in. travel
FRONT BRAKE 4-piston calipers, dual 300mm floating rotor w/ ABS
REAR BRAKE 2-piston caliper, single 300mm floating rotor w/ ABS
TIRES, FRONT/REAR Dunlop American Elite, 130/60B-19 61H / Dunlop Elite 3, 180/60R-16 80H
WHEELBASE 65.7 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 26.5 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 5.5 gal.
CLAIMED DRY WEIGHT 868 lb.
WARRANTY 1 year (limited factory warranty)
COLORS Thunder Black Smoke, White Smoke, Ruby Smoke

If you love baggers, then the 2020 Indian Springfield Dark Horse should be just the motorcycle to deliver the performance and attitude you are looking for.

If you love baggers, then the 2020 Indian Springfield Dark Horse should be just the motorcycle to deliver the performance and attitude you are looking for. (Indian Motorcycle/)

Good luck getting close to the 2020 Indian Springfield Dark Horse.

Good luck getting close to the 2020 Indian Springfield Dark Horse. (Indian Motorcycle/)

2020 Indian Springfield Dark Horse

Completely redesigned and updated for 2020, the Indian Springfield Dark Horse now boasts styling and performance updates inspired by the wildly popular 2019 Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Springfield Dark Horse. It now features slammed saddlebags, 12-inch mini-ape hanger handlebars, rogue seat, blacked-out finish, and the new Thunder Stroke 116 engine in addition to cruise control, ABS, TPMS, ride modes, and remote locking saddlebags. It will be offered in three colors: Thunder Black Smoke, Sagebrush Smoke, and White Smoke. MSRP will start at $22,499.

Indian Motorcycle’s Ride Command is the industry’s largest, fastest, and most-customizable infotainment system.

Indian Motorcycle’s Ride Command is the industry’s largest, fastest, and most-customizable infotainment system. (Indian Motorcycle/)

2020 Indian Springfield Dark Horse Specifications

PRICE $22,499
ENGINE Air-cooled, Thunder Stroke 116 49-degree V-twin
BORE x STROKE 103.2 x 113mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 11.0:1
FUEL DELIVERY Electronic fuel injection, closed loop; 54mm bore
TRANSMISSION/DRIVE 6-speed/constant-mesh, foot shift belt
CLUTCH Wet multi-plate
FRONT SUSPENSION 46mm telescopic fork; 4.7-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Single shock adjustable for air; 4.5 in. travel
FRONT BRAKE 4-piston calipers, dual 300mm floating rotor w/ ABS
REAR BRAKE 2-piston caliper, single 300mm floating rotor w/ ABS
TIRES, FRONT/REAR Dunlop American Elite, 130/60B-19 61H / Dunlop Elite 3, 180/60R-16 80H
WHEELBASE 67.0 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 26.0 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 5.5 gal.
CLAIMED DRY WEIGHT 758 lb.
WARRANTY 1 year (limited factory warranty)
COLORS Thunder Black Smoke; White Smoke, Sagebrush Smoke

The 2020 Chieftain Elite is powered by the Thunder Stroke 116 and comes ready to rock thanks to Indian Motorcycle’s badass Power Band audio system.

The 2020 Chieftain Elite is powered by the Thunder Stroke 116 and comes ready to rock thanks to Indian Motorcycle’s badass Power Band audio system. (Indian Motorcycle/)

All Thunder Stroke 111- and Thunder Stroke 116-equipped Indian motorcycles utilize throttle-by-wire cruise control and ABS braking systems, including the 2020 Indian Chieftain Elite.

All Thunder Stroke 111- and Thunder Stroke 116-equipped Indian motorcycles utilize throttle-by-wire cruise control and ABS braking systems, including the 2020 Indian Chieftain Elite. (Indian Motorcycle/)

The 2020 Chieftain Elite comes with a two-tone Thunder Black Vivid Crystal over Wildfire Candy paint with Precision Machined Elite Wheels, Pinnacle Mirrors, and Select Rider Floorboards.

The 2020 Chieftain Elite comes with a two-tone Thunder Black Vivid Crystal over Wildfire Candy paint with Precision Machined Elite Wheels, Pinnacle Mirrors, and Select Rider Floorboards. (Indian Motorcycle/)

The remaining 2020 Indian Motorcycle lineup includes the redesigned Chieftain Elite ($34,999) that is now available in two-tone paint and the new Power Band audio system plus the carry over models from last year that include the Chief Dark Horse ($18,499), Chief Vintage ($19,999), Springfield ($20,999), Chieftain ($21,999), Chieftain Classic ($25,499), Chieftain Dark Horse ($27,999), Chieftain Limited ($27,999), and Roadmaster ($29,999). For more information on all of these bikes, visit Indian Motorcycle.

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