Things are going from strength to strength at the new epicenter of all things motorcycling, Franklin Motorcycles, here in Swords. The shop is now fully up and running and stocked with some of the best looking bikes on the market. There is also a host of kit and a huge amount of rider clothing and equipment.
There is, most importantly, a demonstrator fleet with the flagship Springfield being added to the bikes available to ride by appointment with the dealership. This really is an excellent piece of kit with features such as keyless ignition and a remote locking set of panniers, even the windshield has a quick release function so the bike can enjoy getting the wind in its hair on the sunnier days…
As befits a bike of its status there is a set of deep seats for both the rider and pillion. The engine is the Thunderstroke 111which produces class leading power while still tipping its cap to designs of the 1940s.
One of the most powerful icons in the world of motorcycling, the illuminated headdress, sits on the front mudguard leading the way as it does on every other Indian motorcycle in the range. The bike is safe also with ABS as standard on all the models. Meanwhile the lines are kept clean by hiding the cables inside the bars.
Features such as cruise control and keyless ignition make for an easier riding experience and the clocks, while neat, display a host of information. All this is housed in the most wonderful chrome surround. The whole thing sits on a brand new lightweight chassis which makes for a surprisingly agile cruiser. Engine bars offer reassurance while the leather covered seats offer added comfort.
The Indian Springfield is available from Franklin Motorcycles in Swords Business Park. Call any of the team on 01 5385 005. The bike costs €27,790. As part of a current promotion it also comes with €1,000 worth of free accessories.