2012 Indian Chief Dark Horse

Together with the Indian Chief Classic and the Chief Vintage, the Chief Dark Horse is one of three Indian Motorcycle models that will be offered for 2012.

Of the three, you could make a case that the sexiest of the lot is the Chief Dark Horse, which comes with a matte black finish, a classic painted Indian headdress logo on the tank, a two-into-one stainless steel exhaust, a color-matched, die-cast console, a matte black teardrop headlight, smoke black (matte) rims, and a tank-mounted speedometer with controls.

As far as performance goes, the Chief Dark Horse carries the same engine as its brethren: a Powerplus 105 cubic-inch air-cooled V-twin engine with closed loop sequential port fuel injection, six-speed transmission, and belt final drive. In addition, all of those also have Brembo triple-disc brakes, 5.5-gallon fuel tanks, dual 12V accessory outlets, and claimed dry weights around 750 pounds.

The Chief Dark Horse retails for $27,999 and comes with a two-year warranty. Needless to say, it’s the kind of bike that owners will have no regrets buying.

Find out more about the Indian Chief Dark Horse after the jump.

About Indian Chief Dark Horse

Indian Chief Dark Horse

With its stunning warbonnet headdress tank design, matte-black spoke wheels, black engine with chrome covers and a thick, double-stitched solo black seat, The Indian Chief Dark Horse is definitely not a bike for the faint of heart.


Indian Chief Dark Horse

Indian warbonnet Headress on Tank

  • Die cast console - color matched
  • Matte black finish two into one stainless steel exhaust

PowerPlus 105ci engine

  • Closed loop, sequential, port injection with heated oxygen sensors
  • Six speed transmission
  • Black engine with chrome covers
  • 5.5 gallon fuel tank

Solo Black Leather Seat with Fringe

  • Matte Black Teardrop Headlight
  • Smoke Black (matte) rims

Tank mounted speedometer and controls

  • Charging system 42 Amps
  • Lamps: Tear drop head lamp, glass front fender light
  • There are no electrical relays


Indian Chief Dark Horse
Engine TypePower Plus, Air-Cooled
Displacement105 Cubic Inches
Bore x Stroke3.966" x 4.25"
Compression Ratio9 to 1
Fuel SystemClosed Loop Sequential Port Fuel Injection
Primary DriveChain
GearboxSix Speed
FrameHigh tensile steel
Suspension/FrontDia. 41 mm/Travel 4.25"
Suspension/RearSingle shock/Travel 2.90"
Brakes/FrontDual Caliper w/Floating Rotors
Brakes/RearSingle Caliper Floating Rotor
Tires/Front130/90-16 Black
Tires/Rear150/80-16 Black
WheelsWire spoked
Exhaust SystemTwo into one Stainless Steel
Seat Height27.25"
Dry Weight746 lbs
GVWR1220 lbs
InstrumentsAnalog speedometer & multi-function digital display
Charging System42 Amps
LampsTear drop head lamp, fender light
Standard EquipmentLong Fenders; Solo Seat
ColorThunder Black Smoke w/colored head dress


Indian Chief Dark Horse

Totalmotorcycle ---- "The Thunder Black Smoke (matte) paint flattens the Chief Dark Horse while the colored headdress tank design stands out from a distance"

Ridermegazine ---- "The Indian Chief Dark Horse’s matte-finish Thunder Black Smoke paint and rims, blackwall tires, blacked-out engine and chassis, and solo black seat live up to this bike’s ominous name."|
|Suspension/Rear|Single shock/Travel 2.90

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