2016 - 2019 Indian Chief Vintage

2016 - 2019 Indian Chief Vintage
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  • Indian Chief Vintage
  • Year:
    2016- 2019
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Thunder Stroke® 111
  • Displacement:
    111 cubic inches
  • Price:
    19999
  • Price:

Now With Ride Modes And Rear Cylinder Deactivation

Indian Motorcycle, under Polaris Industries Inc., keeps a long tradition alive with its 2019 Chief Vintage powered by the Thunder Stroke® 111 engine. The designers build upon 95 years of Chief tradition with this ride, and while all Indians show their historical roots in varying degrees, none is quite as overt as the aptly named ’Vintage’.

Continue reading for my review of the Indian Chief Vintage.

 

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Top 10 Cruisers of 2018

Top 10 Cruisers of 2018

Large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position

Being the closest thing to flying without leaving the ground, Cruisers have been the incarnation of the ‘30s to ‘60s American lifestyles. Large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position define any modern-day cruisers. Traditionally, large V-twins ran under the hoods, but inline engines have become more common these days.

Here is our list of the cruiser motorcycles of 2018 that gets us to simply cruise, at one with our bike, taking in the sights and smells, the cool air washing over, and supposedly cleansing the soul. Basically defining the concept of motorcycling, cruisers keep us wandering off with just a twist of the throttle to the unknown.

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2016 - 2019 Indian Chief Vintage

2016 - 2019 Indian Chief Vintage

Now With Ride Modes And Rear Cylinder Deactivation

Indian Motorcycle, under Polaris Industries Inc., keeps a long tradition alive with its 2019 Chief Vintage powered by the Thunder Stroke® 111 engine. The designers build upon 95 years of Chief tradition with this ride, and while all Indians show their historical roots in varying degrees, none is quite as overt as the aptly named ’Vintage’.

Continue reading for my review of the Indian Chief Vintage.

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Indian Motorcycles gives fresh updates to the 2019 Chief, Springfield & Roadmaster

Indian Motorcycles gives fresh updates to the 2019 Chief, Springfield & Roadmaster

New Ride-Enhancing Technology like ride modes, rear cylinder de-activation, improved airflow and enhanced audio systems

For the year 2018, America’s oldest brand gave the world a brand new lineage of motorcycles that are sophisticated and technologically packed while keeping the core values of its predecessors intact of being the vintage charmers. Three new machines rolled on our streets including the Roadmaster Elite, Springfield Dark Horse) and the Chieftain Elite.

For 2019, the Springfield manufacturer will equip the Chief, Springfield and Roadmaster guns with a fresh sleaze of technology under its belt that enhances riding experience to an all new level. New Ride-Enhancing Technology like ride modes, rear cylinder de-activation, improved airflow and enhanced audio systems improves performance, comfort, and audio quality. The Dark Horses, on the other hand, also gets style updates and expanded color options.

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2015 - 2018 Indian Chief Classic

2015 - 2018 Indian Chief Classic

A Cruiser With Classic Elegance

The base model cruiser in the Indian Motorcycle lineup, the Chief Classic carries the vintage badging and iconic lighted War Bonnet that is still the hallmark of the brand even through the fits, starts and financial turmoil of various owners during the post-WWII years, right up to the turn of the century. Since Polaris acquired it in 2011, Indian has become its top-selling motorcycle brand. Carried forward for 2018 and powered by the Thunder Stroke® 111 engine, the Chief Classic has the styling and valenced fenders that identify it as classic Indian with rider amenities and features such as ABS, cruise control, keyless starting, electronic fuel injection and a manually-adjustable single-shock swingarm.

Continue reading for my review of the Indian Chief Classic.

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2018 Indian Motorcycle Indian Chief

2018 Indian Motorcycle Indian Chief

Old-Fashioned Elegance In a Stately Cruiser

Indian Motorcycle has had a Chief in the lineup since 1922, so it makes sense for the factory to try to take some of that name recognition to the bank. Even more importantly, the new Chief has established itself as a cruiser that is worthy on its own merits with an unmistakable look and powerful 111 cubic-inch engine. Indian goes farther than most — even farther than Harley-Davidson recently — to bring high-fidelity historical design to the market, and the Chief is a good example of that. Indian has seen many false starts since the company folded in 1953, including a disastrous attempt to import and rebadge Royal Enfield’s Meteor, but it’s on an upward trajectory under the Polaris umbrella and models like the Chief prove it.

Continue reading for my review of the Indian Motorcycle Indian Chief.

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If Santa was a rider, this would be his pick

If Santa was a rider, this would be his pick

’Top Mountain’ by Markus Krasser from Styrian Motor Cycle

Christmas is over, but the excitement stays on. Thanks to this custom build of the 2016 Indian Chief Vintage. Called the ‘Top Mountain,’ this over-the-top bagger is a one-off made by an Austrian Indian Motorcycle dealer, Markus Krasser from Styrian Motor Cycle (SMC).

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2016 - 2018 Indian Chief Dark Horse

2016 - 2018 Indian Chief Dark Horse

Black-Out Details and Matte Black Finish; It Defines "Dark"

Indian Motorcycles shows its dark side with the Indian Chief Dark Horse. Built as a cruiser/boulevard bruiser, the ’16 through ’18 CDH models marry a low-slung stance with gobs of Indian’s trademark details and a dark-and-menacing matte black finish. The powerful 1,811 cc Thunder Stroke 111 mill supplies over 100 pounds of grunt to push the CDH into the power-cruiser category, so you can be sure that you get plenty of "go” along with the “show.”

Continue reading for my review of the Indian Chief Dark Horse.

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What made a record at the recently concluded El Mirage was history, repeating itself.

What made a record at the recently concluded El Mirage was history, repeating itself.

In a glorious tribute to the legend Burt Munro, Indian Motorcycle built a Scout prodigy.

There is no apprehension about the fact that Indian Motorcycle doesn’t just make luxury yachts on two wheels. This American dream production house also makes racers, trackers and land-speed record breakers.

Home to Land Speed Racing (LSR) for more than half a century, it was race week at the El Mirage dry lake bed. Having speed trials there was one of the oldest American motorcycles manufacturer, Indian Motorcycle. With three of their thoroughbred machines, a 2015 Chief Classic, a 2015 Indian Scout and the 2017 Spirit of Munro Scout, the folks at Indian set out to go on trial runs and made not one but three land speed records instead.

The highlight of this event is the Spirit of Munro 50th anniversary 2017 Indian Scout. A motorcycle that is celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Burt Munro’s 1000cc class record of 183.59mph on his Indian Scout Streamliner at the Bonneville Salt Flats. And the jaw-opening part of this story is that the chaps that worked on this Spirit of Munro volunteered to be a part of this historic attempt, working on the project “after hours.”

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Indian Sets Three Land Speed Records On The Salt Flats

Indian Sets Three Land Speed Records On The Salt Flats

Indian Motorcycle Gets Serious At El Mirage

Ya know that feeling you get when you accidentally break a world record? How about three world records? Yeah, me neither, but apparently the folks over at Indian Motorcycle do. See, the factory had some people down at the dry lakebed at El Mirage, California to make preparations and practice for the upcoming Burt Munro 50th Anniversary commemorative run. The commemorative run itself is not about breaking speed records, but what are you gonna do when you have fast bikes on the Salt Flats? Yeah, ride fast.

Continue reading for more on the speed records.

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Singer Gives Indian Motorcycle Chief Classic The Swarovski Treatment

Singer Gives Indian Motorcycle Chief Classic The Swarovski Treatment

Angelica Ganea may not be a household name in the music industry yet, but after her collaboration with Indian Motorcycles, I’m willing to bet that her name will be remembered in the motorcycle industry. The up-and-coming singer recently embarked on a project that involved covering the entire body of an Indian Motorcycle Chief Classic in Swarovski crystals.

We’ve seen this kind of project before, some on even bigger canvases, but Ganea’s work is special because she did it by hand and more importantly, all by herself.

The idea of actually covering a Chief Classic with Swarovski crystals sounds difficult, and in reality, it is. But once all that work is done, the final product looks absolutely amazing, provided whoever ends up owning takes really good care of those crystals. The bike, which has been christened the “Crystallized Indian Motorcycle”, now has almost 200,000 Swarovski crystals glued on to it and is actually available for display or as an event attraction. At some point, Ganea hopes to sell the bike to raise money for charity and also help fund Ganea’s music career.

It’s an unconventional way to secure the necessary funding for your album, but it’s not that weird to someone who is used to covering anything she can get her hands on with Swarovski crystals. Ganea’s fascination for these crystals has extended into making crystallized microphones, musical instruments, and if you can believe it, an actual company caled "Emporium A" that customizes, among other things, monogram cake toppers.

I’m not sure how much the Crystallized Indian Motorcycle will sell for in this market, but there’s enough room for this kind of quirky attraction for a buyer to take a stab at buying it. I hope that it sells well enough for Ganea to have enough to give to charity and cover the costs of her music career.

After spending close to 1,500 hours to complete this project, I’d say Angelica Ganea has earned whatever good fortune she gets out of it.

Continue reading to read more about Angelica Ganea’s Crystallized Indian Motorcycle.

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Indian Confirms Arrival of New Chief Dark Horse With Ride-Through in Chicago

Indian Confirms Arrival of New Chief Dark Horse With Ride-Through in Chicago

A few weeks after CARB Documents revealed some interesting details about the Indian Chief Dark Horse, Indian Motorcycles finally let the cat out of the bag, announcing its plan to stage a rally in Chicago to coincide with the bike’s launch.

The Polaris-owned motorcycle brand took the unusual step of announcing the model’s return to the Indian lineup with a challenge to anybody who is “tough enough” to join the company in the Dark Horse Challenge.

What exactly is the Dark Horse Challenge? Indian didn’t really dive into the specifics of what it has in store for those who take up the invitation, but from what I can tell, everyone’s invited to join the group as it descends into downtown Chicago on February 13, 2015.

More importantly, Indian has promised to give those who do take up its offer exclusive access to attend the launch of its “new model.”

Care to venture a guess that said “new model” isn’t the Chief Dark Horse?

Riders of all types are free to join in on the fun, provided they sign up and register to join on the event’s dedicated web page. It’s the link below, if you’re having trouble finding it on Google.

Oh, allow me to extend a hat tip to the folks over at Motorcycle.com for breaking the news about details of the Chief Dark Horse found in those CARB documents.

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CARB Documents Reveal Details About the Indian Chief Dark Horse

CARB Documents Reveal Details About the Indian Chief Dark Horse

You never really know what kind of information you’ll find in certification documents. Turns out, Indian Motorcycle is finding that out first hand after cert docs from the California Air Resources Board revealed that one of the company’s 2016 offerings is the Chief Dark Horse.

It’s not that much of a bombshell considering that the Chief Dark Horse has long been a staple of Indian’s Chief model lineup, together with the likes of the Chief Classic, the Chieftain, the Chief Vintage, and the Roadmaster. The executive order from CARB also certifies that the 2016 Chief Dark Horse will make use of the same 1811cc Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin engine that currently powers the aforementioned Chief models.

The document also showed a few specs about the new Dark Horse, including its equivalent inertial mass of 470 kg (1,036 pounds), making it around 10kg (22 pounds) lighter than the Chief Classic. Should that be the case, expect the 2016 Dark Horse to come in with a fueled-up weight of around 800 pounds.

All told, the information from CARB pretty much identifies the new Chief Dark Horse in similar terms as its predecessors. While there’s still a possibility that it could have some subtle engine updates, that scenario looks unlikely given the size of the engine it’s going to use.

Whatever the case may be, we can at least look forward to the possibility of seeing the new Chief Dark Horse sometime this year, possibly even at the 2015 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Indian’s been known to debut some of its models during the event in the past so don’t be surprised if Indian somehow brings the new Chief Dark Horse with it at Sturgis this coming August.

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2014 Indian Chief Vintage

2014 Indian Chief Vintage

Indian has released its entire range of 2014 motorcycles. The new Chiefs were totally revamped and are fitted with high end technologies and a comprehensive list of modern features.

All bikes keep their classic Indian appearance, but the Chief Vintage’s style is the most oriented toward the company’s past.

The 2014 Indian Chief Vintage has a starting MSRP of $20,999 and comes with a lot of handcrafted detail and fist class comfort features.

On the long list of features offered by the 2104 Indian Chief Vintage you’ll find quick-release soft-sided leather bags, leather fringe, vintage chrome badging on the front fender, chrome fender tips, and a quick-release windshield. You also get a tank mounted instrument cluster, whitewall tires and Indian’s iconic valenced fenders.

Needless to say that it shares all the standard features with the Indian Chief classic and is powered by the same all-new THUNDER STROKE 111, EFI unit that cranks out a peak torque of 161.6 Nm at 3000 rpm.

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2014 Indian Chief Classic

2014 Indian Chief Classic

Indian Motorcycle, is America’s first motorcycle company, and during its long history it always rewarded its customers with high quality products that offered a perfect mix between classic designs and modern technologies.

With its new 2014 lineup the company continues the trend that made it famous and the new models keep their classic Indian appearance. However the old-school look is combined with modern accents and high end technologies, so the new Indians are able to keep their heads up with dignity against their best rivals.

The 2014 Indian Chief Classic 2014 has a starting MSRP of $18,999 and is a classic cruiser designed for long journeys.

In terms of style it comes with unique features such as valanced fenders, rich genuine leather saddle, classic tank-mounted instrumentation, tear-drop fuel tank design and sculpted and lighted front fender war bonnet.

The motorcycle is built around an all-new, clean sheet design, V-twin Thunder Stroke 111 engine. This technologically advanced unit has a displacement of 111 cubic inches and cranks out a peak torque of 119 ft-lbs at 3000 rpm. The engine’s power is controlled by means of a 6-speed overdrive transmission.

On the list of standard equipments offered for the 2014 Indian Chief Classic you’ll find chrome finishes, keyless ignition, ABS, cruise control, throttle-by-wire, cast aluminum frame with integrated air-box, dual exhaust, keyless start, chrome laced spoke wheels, brake caliper covers and leather seats.

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2013 Indian Chief Vintage FE

2013 Indian Chief Vintage FE

We present you the Indian Chief Vintage Final Edition which marks the end of an era for Indian Motorcycles. The company says that the Final Edition represents “a tribute to all that was and all that will be” so they’ve struggled to make it as exciting as possible. The company added that the model will be manufactured in an extremely limited run and comes with a unique numbered emblem mounted on the frame.

In terms of style, the Indian Chief Vintage Fe features the 1939 World’s Fair paint scheme of Thunder Black and Indian Red with gold pinstripes, auxiliary driving lamps, black leather solo seat with included detachable passenger seat, black leather saddlebags and lots of chrome.

The 2013 Indian Chief Vintage FE is powered by the PowerPlus 105ci engine which is married with a six speed gearbox.

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2013 Indian Chief Vintage LE

2013 Indian Chief Vintage LE

With its classic design language, low slung stature, massive windscreen and the special seat design the Indian Chief Vintage LE is certainly a looker. This interesting motorcycle combines perfectly the Indian style with traditional elements and modern accents offering a fairly unique visual experience.

The most striking style details include the classic two-tone paint scheme, chrome highway pegs and the arrow-style shift rods.

The motorcycle is propelled by a Power Plus, air-cooled unit with a displacement of 105 cubic inches which sends its power to the ground through a six speed transmission.

The ride quality is kept in check by a 41 mm front fork (travel 4.25") paired with a rear single shock absorber (Travel 2.90").

The Indian Chief Vintage LE sits on 16 inch rims wrapped in 130/90-16 front and 150/80-16 rear white wall tyres.

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Indian released the 2014 Chief's launching program

Indian released the 2014 Chief’s launching program

Indian is building a lot of anticipation for its new 2014 Chief. But after releasing the first image teaser followed by a small video, the company didn’t leak any other detailed picture of its new model, so everyone is eager to see the new Indian in “flesh and bones”.

The good part is that we have only 10 days left until the big revealing and Indian Motorcycles has already publish event schedules.

In the latest press release Indian confirmed that the 2014 Chief will make its worldwide debut on Saturday, August 3 at 999 Main Street at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame.

The event will be spiced up with live music, the presence of Mike Wolfe, a video tribute to the company’s history and test rides.

The 2014 Indian Chief will be available with a starting price of $18,999.

Hit the jump to read the official release of the schedule.

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2013 Indian Chief Classic

2013 Indian Chief Classic

Meet the Indian Chief classic a unique cruiser designed for those who like to travel with style. This unique motorcycle comes with a tasty design language that evokes the glorious past of the United States.

Our favorite features of the Indian Chief classic are the Indian Script tank design, warbonnet front fender and the two into one stainless steel exhaust system.

At the heart of this beauty lies a PowerPlus, air cooled, 105ci engine which delivers more than enough power and torque to help you deal effortless with highway traffic. Its power is kept in leash by a six speed gearbox.

It is also worthy of being mentioned that the motorcycle rides on 16 inch wheels shod in 30/90-16 front and 150/80-16 tyres.

This exotic motorcycle is offered with a starting price of $26,499 and comes with one year warranty.

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2013 Indian Chief Vintage

2013 Indian Chief Vintage

The Indian Chief Vintage looks like a blast form the past. Its unique saddle, the Indian Scrip Tank design, the chromed spoke wheels and the tear drop halogen headlight combine to offer a timeless style.

Needless to say that the motorcycle was also designed with ergonomics in mind, thereby once on board you are welcomed by a comfortable saddle, a large wind screen and a perfectly angled handlebar which offers an upright riding position.

Other features worthy of being mentioned include whitewall tires, black and polished engine with chrome covers, chromed tear drop halogen headlamp, quick release saddlebags and two into one stainless steel exhaust system.

At the heart of the Indian Chief Vintage sits a Power Plus, air-cooled engine with a displacement 105 cubic inches which sends its power to the ground through a six speed transmission.

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2013 Indian Chief Dark Horse

2013 Indian Chief Dark Horse

The Indian Chief Dark Horse is certainly a stunning motorcycle. Due to its blacked-out appearance, it’s impossible for it to pass down the street without catching everyone’s attention.

It comes with a tasty warbonnet headdress tank design, matte-black spoke wheels, black engine with chrome covers and a thick, double-stitched solo black seat. You also get a massive headlight and a blacked-out exhaust that further enhance the “badass” look of the motorcycle.

This attractive design is backed up by a pretty lively Power Plus, Air-Cooled, 105 cubic inches engine which is mated on a six speed transmission. You’ll be happy to know that the engine is fed by a 5.5 gallon fuel tank which offers a pretty generous riding range.

The Indian Chief Dark Horse can be yours for no less than $36,899 and comes with two years warranty.

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2012 Indian Chief Classic

2012 Indian Chief Classic

All three words in the name of this bike exemplify the kind of machine this is. The Indian Chief Classic is as iconic a line to ever come out of the Indian Motorcycle brand.

Its design is simple in order to take advantage of its no-frills characteristics. Air-brushed pinstripes, a tear drop head lamp, a glass front fender light, a black and polished engine with chrome covers, a solo seat available in black leather, chrome-spoked wheels, traditional black wall tires, and the signature Indian script complete the custom quality paint on each and every Indian Motorcycle, including the Chief Classic.

The classic looks are a sight to behold and although the design is relatively light on details, the Indian Chief Classic more than makes up for in its performance. Thanks to a modern 105 cc Power Plus engine that comes with a full chrome package and a 2-into-1 stainless steel exhaust system, the Chef Classic is the kind of classic cruiser that holds more purpose and function than people think.

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2012 Indian Chief Dark Horse

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.

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2012 Indian Chief Vintage

2012 Indian Chief Vintage

The 2012 Indian Chief Vintage carries the same elements of the 1840 Chief, the bike it is based on. From the the two-tone paint schemes based on the 1948 Chief, to the chrome Indian tank badge, and the fender light that will bring you back to the era where the Indian Chief ruled the highway, the new Chief Vintage is the perfect antidote to your nostalgia.

The design of the bike is straight out of a time machine. Great tan leather with fringe wraps the solo seat and saddlebags to create a distinctive nostalgic look in the Chief Vintage. It’s then complemented by b60-spoke chrome wheels with classic whitewall tires, resulting in a more complete vintage appearance. Suffice to say, the Indian Chief Vintage is a minimalist’s retro bagger.

Other styling touches done on the new Chief Vintage include fully fringed bags and deeply valanced fenders. This is the Indian bagger for the rugged individualist. Braving the elements, which are protected only by a windshield, will bring you a Power Plus 105 cubic inch powerplant that stretches its legs through a six-speed transmission.

Find out more about the Indian Chief Vintage after the jump.

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Old motorcycle video of Indian Springfield factory

Back in the early days of motorcycling, manufacturers didn’t just do a promotional video of the final product as it was being ridden down the highway as convincing as that might have been for the rebel riders of the time. Instead, they would have taken the viewer (and possibly future customer) through the entire building process so that they knew what they’re machines were made of.

This is an Indian Chief promotional video from their factory in Springfield, Massachusetts. At that time, there were no automatic assembly lines that would take care of at least part of the building process so it was all done by dedicated Indian workers.

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2009 Indian Chief

2009 Indian Chief

Indian Motorcycle marks the greatest 2009 comeback in the wonderful world of cruisers with their Chief lineup, the only one of the oldest motorcycle maker in America. Complex and unique, the models offered by Indian may look like impossible to beat, but Harley-Davidson and the Japanese crowd aren’t going to give up that easily.

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Indian Motorcycles to cut the ribbon at their first dealership on Sunday

Indian Motorcycles to cut the ribbon at their first dealership on Sunday

The revamped American maker will inaugurate on the 4th of October its first modern day showroom in Lowell, close to the plant where the bikes are being produced. Indian plans on sharing the joy of opening the Indian Motorcycle Charlotte with fans so they will be invited on a tour of the nearby factory (Battleground Road in Kings Mountain) and be offered food, refreshments and music from Swampdawamp as well as special music guest Cottonmouth. Make sure to be there at 1pm. The company’s show trailer will be brought to the event.

On next year’s Chiefs, Indian retains the classic design, but brings great touches of modernity such as the electronic fuel injection on the 105 cubic inch V-Twin engine that produces 100 lb-ft of torque. Easy to develop soft spots for and an Indian emblem, the white wall tires are nicely contoured by sweeping fenders while the unique pin striping and studded saddle define Indian Motorcycles.

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