A touring motorcycle doesn’t have to be complicated. You just want something with a cruiser vibe and comfortable laid-back ergos, nimble handling, and some storage. The 2020 Indian Springfield is a strong tourer kept simple in design and yet has the amenities for a longer ride with classic styling to boot. The remote-locking hard saddlebags protect your belongings from the elements and their swept-back design matches the valanced fairing’s sweeping curvature. Cruise control and the removable tooless windscreen give you comfort options for your ride with the Thunder Stroke 111 V-twin engine at the ready. This classic meets tech: rear cylinder deactivation (shuts off rear cylinder at a stop for cooling comfort), three ride modes, keyless ignition, ABS, and tire pressure monitoring. Want something dark? The Springfield Dark Horse has the amenities listed above but is equipped with the Thunder Stroke 116, while providing a custom look with the blacked-out details, 12-inch mini apes, rogue seat, slammed saddlebags, and 19-inch contrast cut front wheel.
In our 2016 review, we found “Steering was impressively light and precise, with a neutral cornering attitude and excellent stability. Damping is well dialed in, with good straight-line compliance from fork and shock, but no wallowing in corners, even in high-speed sweepers.”
Competition includes the Harley-Davidson Road King and Suzuki Boulevard C50T.
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The Springfield comes in two options: standard and Dark Horse. Base MSRPs are $20,999 and $22,499, respectively. The standard is painted in Thunder Black and Burgundy Metallic/Titanium Metallic and the Dark Horse is available in Thunder Black Smoke, Sagebrush Smoke, and White Smoke. Prices increase from the base depending on the colorway chosen.