The ultra-luxurious ‘Indian’ Roadmaster Elite

Polaris India, a wholly-owned subsidiary of US-based Polaris Industries Inc, on Wednesday expanded its super bike portfolio by introducing its all new iconic flagship motorcycle the ‘Indian' Roadmaster Elite priced at Rs 48 lakh in Mumbai.

Indian Motorcycles is the American oldest brand manufacturing sophisticated and technologically advanced bikes under two categories called cruisers and tourers starting with the engine capacity of 1,000 cc.

The Indian Roadmaster Elite is the most premium bike from its stable which gets gold insignia, a bespoke paint-job and a list of features to justify the price.

Pricing it about Rs 10 lakh over the standard Roadmaster is on account of the bespoke two-tone, blue-and-black colour option that takes a claimed 30 hours to complete and a tank insignia that is painted in 23-karat gold leaf.

The imported Roadmaster Elite bike from America attracts 50 per cent import duties. It is a direct competitor is the Harley-Davidson CVO Limited, with a price tag of Rs 49.99 lakh in India. The entry level Indian Scout bike starts from Rs 10.99 lakh.

The Roadmaster Elite has the same 1,811cc, ‘Thunder Stroke 111’ V-twin engine that powers the Roadmaster bike, making 161.6Nm of peak torque. Suspension duties are handled by a telescopic fork and a monoshock, while dual-300mm discs up front and a single 300mm disc at the rear handle the braking duties.

Apart from its extravagant features, the cruiser gets all-LED lights like the regular Roadmaster, a significant amount of chrome detailing on the front and rear fenders and a 300W audio system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity.

A part of Indian’s Touring range, the Roadmaster Elite is also equipped with features like an adjustable windscreen and floorboards, heated seats, cruise control, a waterproof saddlebag and a waterproof trunk with a storage capacity of more than 140 litres of luggage.

Swaranjit Singh Bajaj from Mumbai is the first owner of the Indian Roadmaster Elite in the country.

“The Indian Roadmaster Elite embodies the rich heritage of authenticity, fine handcrafted quality and legendary American spirit,” Pankaj Dubey, managing director and country head at Polaris India told Financial Chronicle.

“It also features the Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System, which is a pinch, touch, swipe solution for information essential for riders. This product has an attitude for riders looking for the best of the machines,” Dubey said.

He said the 1,000 cc and above superbike market in India was pegged around 2,000 units annually and growing at about 20-25 per cent every year.

Michael Gonsalves