One of the popular truths of cruisers is that custom bikes sell stock ones because they appeal to buyers’ dreams. Try to think of any recently cruiser model that didn’t have a factory-sponsored custom. With the release of the 2016 Indian Springfield, we figured that a custom example was only a matter of time, predicting that it would be a venue for showing off the factory accessory catalog, but when builder Len Edmonson of Azzkikr Custom Baggers took the wraps off his latest creation, the Pioneer 111, we were stunned. He’d created a bespoke springer front end for the Springfield, which lengthened the bike to close to 10 feet.
The springer front end wraps its arms around a 26-inch front wheel, embracing what looks similar to a vintage hub. Instead, the Springfield’s dual discs are covered to achieve the effect. The rear suspension has an air adjustable shock to keep the bags low to the ground when parked but allow them to be jacked up to a more street-reasonable height for riding.
The extensively redesigned tank is actually the OEM tank recovered so that the fuel system’s operation will still meet DOT standards. In fact, all of the performance modifications to the engine were made with the goal of them being OEM-quality in terms of performance and reliability. On top of the tank, the customized dash has a more vintage look. All of the changes are hand-made while maintaining the stock frame – meaning the foot controls (including a pedal-operated clutch and hand shift assembly), levers, handlebar – even the futuristic headlight nacelle plus the integrated turn signals – and the huge saddlebags that carry Azzkikr’s signature styling. The saddlebags also have internal supports to hold the lids open while loading.
If you’re interested in seeing the Pioneer 111 in the flesh, drop by the Indian display at the Motor Speedway’s vendor area throughout Bike Week.