Near-£40k Indian Roadmaster Elite Celebrates Company’s History

The Indian Roadmaster Elite arrives in extremely limited numbers for 2024, and with a paint scheme that celebrates Indian’s earliest history

Indian Roadmaster Elite

The Indian Roadmaster Elite has become the newest addition to the American manufacturer’s ‘Elite’ collection of motorcycles.

Based on the Indian Roadmaster, the new Roadmaster Elite brings the same technical specifications, meaning Indian’s Thunderstroke 116 engine produces 126lb ft of torque and an unspecified amount of power (although the same Thunderstroke 116 engine puts out 89bhp in the Indian Sport Chief).

As with all the Elite bikes, the new Roadmaster Elite is not going to be easily sought. Only 350 examples will be built, and each will have an individually numbered centre console, which itself will feature a silhouette of a 1904 Indian Camelback - the first Indian motorcycle to use the brand’s now-iconic Indian Motorcycle Red paint.

That colour has been a part of the inspiration for the new Roadmaster Elite’s paint, which itself has been designed by Indian in collaboration with Gunslinger Custom Paint and Custom Painted Vehicles, and uses a candy Indian Motorcycle Red in its original and a darker shade, and a candy black colour. Indian says it takes over 24 hours to finish the paint job on each motorcycle.

As well as the historically inspired paint, the visuals of the bike are completed by Indian Elite branding and graphics.

Other features on the Indian Roadmaster Elite include the new PowerBand Audio with Bass Boost that was introduced late last year, a Pathfinder adaptive LED headlight, polished finishes on the rider and passenger headdress floorboards, a tinted flare windshield, and 10-spoke machined wheels.

The rider cockpit is also given a premium feel, with a gloss black finish on the dashboard and backlit switch cubes. 

Aaron Jax, Vice President for Indian Motorcycle, said: “Our Elite models take the incredibly high bar we set for all of our products, and raise it even higher, offering something more exclusive for the rider who wants to make sure their bike is a cut above anything else on the road.

“What I love about the new Roadmaster Elite is how we’ve taken the historic Indian Motorcycle Red and given it a tougher, meaner attitude with blacked-out styling.”

Ola Stenegärd, Director of Product Design for Indian Motorcycle, added: “Our design team is always thrilled to work on the Elite models, because we’re essentially given the keys to design our very own custom bike, but instead of just one, hundreds will be available around the world.

“With each new Elite model, we pull through custom bike trends to create something that’s not only current and relevant, but authentically aligns with the Indian Motorcycle brand and complements each model’s inherent DNA.”

None of this comes particularly cheap - pricing for the Indian Roadmaster Elite has been confirmed at £38,695.

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