100 years in the past, in 1921, Indian Motorbike launched the Indian Chief. On the time, no one might have imagined what a cultural – and motoring – icon that bike would develop into. A century on and loads has modified since then, together with the rise and fall and rise once more of the Indian Motorbike firm. However at the moment marks an essential day, as Indian celebrates the one hundredth anniversary of the Chief with an entire revamp and three new fashions: the Chief, Chief Bobber, and the Tremendous Chief.
To seek out inspiration for this three-pronged design, Indian designers appeared again in historical past to the post-war V-twins of the day. Then, like now, a steel-tube body laid the inspiration however by no means sought the limelight. In line with the easy, timeless design, all three Chief fashions let the muscle of the Thunderstroke engine do the speaking. The fairings maintain modest proportions, the bars aren’t loopy and wild, and the blacked-out body and exhaust power the attention to look the place it issues – on the engine. Widespread amongst all of the fashions is the 64-inch wheelbase, 26-inch seat peak, 46mm fork with 5.2 inches of journey, and 28.5-degree lean angle.
Beginning with the Chief, the thought of a contemporary cruiser stripped right down to its primary components actually takes maintain. There are not any gimmicks. The Thunderstroke 111 engine with combined black/chrome accents sits proudly within the center. A low (26 in.) solo seat is there to greet you, the mid-mount foot controls put your toes and legs in a impartial place, and the drag bars put your palms precisely the place you count on them to be.
The usual Chief is distinguished by its 19-inch solid entrance wheel, uncovered shocks, and slim headlight bucket. Beginning at $14,499, the Chief is accessible in Black Metallic, Ruby Smoke, and White Smoke.
Because the title implies, the Chief Bobber will get its Bobber look because of mini-ape hanger bars that elevate your palms and arms up a little bit bit, however aren’t loopy offensive. Paired with the bars are ahead foot controls, placing the rider in a barely extra upright using place. The Bobber additionally will get 16-inch wire wheels and covers for the fork and shock. The Thunderstroke 111 engine sits within the center as soon as once more. Beginning at $15,999, the Chief Bobber is available in Black Metallic and Ruby Metallic.
For the extra touring-oriented Chief rider comes the Tremendous Chief. You additionally get floorboards as an alternative of pegs and extra upswept bars. The identical 16-inch wire wheels from the Bobber are again on the Tremendous Chief, and different distinguishing options embrace the fork cowl and chrome exhaust, in contrast to the black exhaust the opposite fashions use. As soon as once more, the Tremendous Chief is powered by the air-cooled Thunderstroke 111 engine. This one begins at $18,499 and is available in both Black Metallic or Pearl White.
Chief Darkish Horse
Issues begin to get spicy now with the Chief Darkish Horse. First, foremost, and most significantly, energy for the Chief Darkish Horse comes from the Powerstroke 116 (not 111) V-twin, delivering 120 lb-ft of torque. The blacked-out motif from the solid wheels, body, engine accents, and exhaust stay. Aside from the larger engine, the opposite defining characteristic of the Darkish Horse is the 4-inch spherical show with Experience Command connectivity. With it you’ve entry to turn-by-turn navigation and Bluetooth connectivity to a cellular system so you possibly can hearken to music, reply calls, and rather more.
Chief Bobber Darkish Horse
By now you’re in all probability noticing the place that is going, proper? The Bobber Darkish Horse retains all the identical styling cues as the usual Darkish Horse however comes full of the larger Thunderstroke 116 engine and 4-inch spherical show with Experience Command. The blacked-out theme and 16-inch wire wheels stay, however when finished up within the Black Smoke, Titanium Smoke, or Sagebrush Smoke colorways, it simply appears far more menacing to us. The Chief Bobber Darkish Horse begins at $18,999.
Tremendous Chief Restricted
On the alternative finish of the Chief spectrum is the Tremendous Chief Restricted. Ditching the blacked-out therapy, the SCL proudly wears its Thunderstroke 116 engine in full chrome, together with the chrome exhaust and floorboards. Including to the putting look is the metallic paint choices that make the Tremendous Chief Restricted actually pop within the daylight. These colours embrace Black Metallic, Blue Slate Metallic, or Maroon Metallic. As soon as once more, there’s the spherical show and Experience Command, quick-release windscreen, saddlebags, and 16-inch wire wheels. The Tremendous Chief Restricted begins at $20,999.
What’s a cruiser with out accessible equipment, proper? Don’t fear, as you’d count on, the Chiefs have a ton of choices, solely a few of which we’ll get to right here. From a efficiency side, you’ve Stage 1 exhaust kits and high-performance air filters, in addition to Stage 2 camshaft kits for each Powerstroke engines. In the event you actually felt bold, there’s a big-bore package accessible for the 111 engine, although one thing tells us in case you go down this path then you definately in all probability ought to have purchased the T-Stroke 116 engine to start with.
If you wish to add extra consolation to the Chief line, you possibly can add a windscreen in low, mid, or tall heights. Baggage racks, baggage, and elective saddlebags will enable you to or your plus-one load up for an extended journey, whereas sissy bars and backrests add to the consolation. Optionally available heated grips will maintain your mitts heat and LED lights from Pathfinder will actually brighten up the highway forward.
Joyful Birthday, Chief
Indian is popping out swinging for the Chief’s one hundredth birthday by conserving issues easy whereas honoring the unique. That’s no simple factor to do from a design standpoint. Nonetheless, the brand new Chief household properly fills out Indian’s product lineup to swimsuit virtually any rider any finish of the cruiser-riding spectrum. We are able to’t wait to throw a leg over the brand new Chiefs, and after we do, we’ll make sure to inform you precisely what they’re prefer to journey.