When it comes to heavy cruisers there is one key specification that speaks to a motorcycle’s character; torque. It is the essential ingredient, the authentic, usable muscle that is felt when the throttle is turned. For 2020, Indian Motorcycle introduces the new Thunder Stroke V-twin, an air-cooled 116 cubic-inch engine that delivers an astonishing 126 ft lbs of the magical, visceral element of torque, granting select models in the Indian lineup seductive performance.
The 116 platform is equipped with 3 selectable ride modes (Tour, Standard, Sport), allowing the rider to tailor engine response to riding situation and personal taste. The individual engine mappings—easily accessible with the touch of a button while riding—have their own distinct personality; the Tour setting providing a smooth distribution of power, Standard adjusted for crisp, but predictable throttle response, and Sport granting instant throttle response mated with a more aggressive power delivery.