I put over a hundred miles on the Springfield this last week in Daytona during the IMRG ride out to Standard Motorcycle Co (more on this soon) in Orlando, FL. We had a great turnout and got to spend some time with Ralph Wessel who is the current AHRMA Class C Handshift championship holder.
First Swing of the Leg
It is always a bit intimidating stepping off a small and nimble bike like the new Octane and swinging a leg over a full and proper bagger like the Springfield. Pulling in to the hangar on the little ripper that is the Octane (More on this @ theVOG.net) I get a chance to do a solid walk around of the Springfield.
At first glance, the Springfield carries all the classic lines that are unmistakably "Indian." It is not until you break out the tape measure that you see where this Springfield is something completely different.
The Springfield features an all-new chassis that is most similar to the Roadmaster, but with a few key differences. The rake angle is identical at 25 degrees, but the trail is slightly different coming in at .7 inches (5.2 in) less than that of the Roadmaster. This translates to a quicker turn-in and a bit more lively steering attitude out of the Springfield. This is controlled by a set of beach bars with loads of pull-back for an upright seating position and leverage on the steering head.
At low speeds, most big baggers can feel a little tippy and top heavy, but not the Springfield. Within the first 4 or 5 sub-25 mph turns, I had the hang of it and was ready to dip into the turns with ease. The huge crank at the heart of the Thunderstroke 111 motor is more than enough to provide gyroscopic stability. The absence of the full fairing up front does well to bring the center of gravity down in the overall chassis quite a bit....
SXSW has grown every single year, and this year it is in full swing down here in Austin, TX. Downtown is crammed to the gills with folks here to take in the sights and the sounds of SXSW. Last week was the Tech Week of South By and Indian Motorcycle teamed up with Mophie for a special treat. They took to the streets with something of a spectacle. Indian Sidecars equipped with Mophie portable chargers and big, lovable St. Bernards were on hand to recuse folks with low and dying phones and portable devices.
Who doesn't love a side hack and a big dog?! No one. That is who. Indian knocked it out of the park with this one and smiles were seen wherever they went. Not only from the St. Bernards, but also from the free Mophie Chargers that they handed out. Talk about a life saver.
March 16, 2016 – Daytona Beach, FL: Today Full Vision Productions announced that the second annual Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis (VCR) will be hosted in summer 2016 and a new nomination program, “Hero’s Ride of a Lifetime,” has been added. Starting in Los Angeles, California on July 30, the nine-day ride to Sturgis, SD will provide twenty veterans a chance to use motorcycle therapy as a way to decompress from the challenges of post-war life.
Founded in 2015 by veteran Army Paratrooper Dave Frey and Emmy-award winning director Robert Manciero, VCR uses motorcycle therapy to provide a healing and fun experience for a select group of veterans who need support.
“Giving veterans an outlet for their stress, and creating a way for them to find emotional balance, is critical,” said ride founder Dave Frey. “As a veteran myself, I’ve used long motorcycle rides for years as a mechanism to decompress. It occurred to me that others would benefit from the power of motorcycle therapy. VCR provides a group of veterans with the benefits of riding, plus a camaraderie and brotherhood that veterans often have difficulty finding on their own.”
The challenges for veterans are well documented. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and difficulties with re-assimilation to civilian life are common. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans – many who are still young individuals – are facing a major crisis, with an estimated 20 percent of those veterans having PTSD and/or depression according to a 2014 survey*. Motorcycle therapy is one of several effective therapies for veterans seeking relaxation, peace of mind and enjoyment.
VCR 2016 will give 15 ambulatory and five amputee/disabled veterans of various military branches – the majority of whom...
Azzkikr Custom Baggers' Len Edmondson Plies His Art on Indian Motorcycle's Newest Bagger
MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwired - Mar 15, 2016) - Indian Motorcycle®, America's first motorcycle company, is proud to present the "Frontier 111" crafted by Azzkikr Custom Baggers of Phoenix, Ariz., as a radical interpretation of the new Indian® Springfield™ motorcycle.
The first custom to be built based on the 2016 Indian Springfield, Azzkikr's Frontier 111 showcases builder Len Edmondson's exceptional talents for creating award-winning and fully functional artwork. With this bike, his acute attention to detail and outrageous craftsmanship offer a truly show-stopping example of a thoroughly modern retro bagger that features classic lines via contemporary, artistic flare.
The Frontier 111 has obvious salutes to pedigree by incorporating the heritage of the Indian brand's skirted front fender, a leaf-spring equipped springer front end, jockey shifter with foot clutch, and historically inspired color palette surrounding Indian Motorcycle's powerful Thunder Stroke® 111 engine.
"We have been working on the cutting edge of the custom bagger movement for years now, but it's not often that you get to reveal a custom based on a motorcycle the factory just introduced," says Azzkikr's Len Edmondson. "From Day #1, we wanted something that reflected the big front wheel trend but still spoke to the heritage and style that is uniquely Indian."
The sleek Frontier 111 incorporates a sweeping line from its hand-built headlight housing to the tip of its expertly crafted rear fender. The front clip includes a custom-made triple tree sourced from KewlMetal, a springer-type suspension utilizing a leaf-spring, a 26-inch...