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2015 - 2018 Indian Chieftain / Chieftain Dark Horse

2015 - 2018 Indian Chieftain / Chieftain Dark Horse
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  • Indian Chieftain / Chieftain Dark Horse
  • Year:
    2015- 2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    THUNDER STROKE® 111
  • Displacement:
    1811 cc
  • Top Speed:
    142 mph
  • Price:
    23999
  • Price:

A Tribute To Yesteryear With Sexy Lines And Iconic Emblems

The Chieftain has all the classic elements that identify it as part of the Indian Motorcycle heritage, including classic badging and iconic War Bonnet mounted on the front fender, much like the figurehead on a wooden sailing ship leading the way into the wind. Carried forward into 2018, the Chieftain — powered by the triple-cam, V-twin Thunderstroke 111 engine — wears the same valenced fenders and vintage styling, leaving no question that it has a prominent place in the lineup of this historic brand.

Continue reading for my review of the Indian Chieftain and Chieftain Dark Horse.

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2018 Indian Chieftain Elite

2018 Indian Chieftain Elite

Shine on you crazy diamond

For the year 2018, Americas oldest brand will give 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. For its third installment (the first being the Roadmaster Elite and the second is the Springfield Dark Horse), the Polaris owned manufacturer has launched the 2018 Indian Chieftain Elite.

An ultra-premium bagger boasts worldly comfort, convenience, power, style, infotainment, craftsmanship and most important of all - confidence. It is everything the Chieftain stood for, and this time, the Elite rises higher with the high-flake Black Hills Silver color hand paintjob, industry-leading Ride Command system with a 200-watt premium audio system and much more premiumness.

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Gallery: Indian Chieftain Elite

Gallery: Indian Chieftain Elite

Indian Motorcycle launched a limited edition variant of their highly acclaimed Chieftain model called the Chieftain Elite. An ultra-premium bagger that gets high-flake Black Hills Silver color hand paintjob, industry-leading Ride Command system with a 200-watt premium audio system and much more premiumness.

The model features new 19" Front Wheel showcases a 10-spoke, contrast-cut wheel, electronically adjustable tinted windshield, Ride Command system upgraded to a 200-watt stereo boom box, genuine leather saddle, Billet aluminum rider and passenger floorboards, new pinnacle mirrors and updated, smaller hand controls for improved ergonomics.

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Indian Motorcycles launched the new Chieftain Elite

Indian Motorcycles launched the new Chieftain Elite

Gets a premium hand paintjob of Black Hills Silver color

For the year 2018, Americas oldest brand will give 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. For its third installment (the first being the Roadmaster Elite and the second is the Springfield Dark Horse), the Polaris owned manufacturer has launched the 2018 Indian Chieftain Elite.

An ultra-premium bagger boasts worldly comfort, convenience, power, style, infotainment, craftsmanship and most important of all - confidence. It is everything the Chieftain stood for, and this time, the Elite rises higher with the high-flake Black Hills Silver color hand paintjob, industry-leading Ride Command system with a 200-watt premium audio system and much more premiumness.

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2015 - 2018 Indian Chieftain / Chieftain Dark Horse

2015 - 2018 Indian Chieftain / Chieftain Dark Horse

A Tribute To Yesteryear With Sexy Lines And Iconic Emblems

The Chieftain has all the classic elements that identify it as part of the Indian Motorcycle heritage, including classic badging and iconic War Bonnet mounted on the front fender, much like the figurehead on a wooden sailing ship leading the way into the wind. Carried forward into 2018, the Chieftain — powered by the triple-cam, V-twin Thunderstroke 111 engine — wears the same valenced fenders and vintage styling, leaving no question that it has a prominent place in the lineup of this historic brand.

Continue reading for my review of the Indian Chieftain and Chieftain Dark Horse.

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Indian Expands Color Palette for Chieftain Limited

Indian Expands Color Palette for Chieftain Limited

Indian Gives The King Of Paint A Run For The Money

Indian Motorcycle introduced four beautiful new colorways for the Chieftain Limited, Indian’s hottest selling bagger ever in its history. Originally debuted in basic Thunder Black, the Chieftain Limited sees the addition of Silver Smoke, White Smoke, Star Silver over Thunder Black and Wildfire Red over Thunder Black for the 2017 lineup and should hit the dealers in the middle of June.

Continue reading for more on the Chieftain Limited announcement.

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2017 Indian Chieftain Limited & Chieftain Elite

2017 Indian Chieftain Limited & Chieftain Elite

New Luxury-Laden Chieftains

Indian Motorcycle, under the Polaris Industries umbrella, has been pushing hard to increase its footprint since its relaunch in 2013. The demise of Victory Motorcycles (also owned by Polaris) should lend new impetus to this effort as resources are freed up, but the dynamic duo I want to look at today began life long before this shakeup. I’m talking about the two new additions to the Chieftain lineup; the “Limited” and the “Elite.” Indian took its boulevard bruiser “Chieftain” and steered it even further toward the customized end of the spectrum with a number of aesthetic changes that change the attitude significantly. This is an important move for the factory as it expands its range of top-end rides to square off with its long-time foe Harley-Davidson. Let’s see how it all pans out, shall we?

Continue reading for my review of the Indian Chieftain Limited and Chieftain Elite.

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Indian Motorcycle Expands Lineup To An Even Dozen With New Chieftain Variants

Indian Motorcycle Expands Lineup To An Even Dozen With New Chieftain Variants

Meet The Chieftain Limited and Chieftain Elite

Indian Motorcycle adds two new models to its Chieftain family for a total of four siblings that brings its overall number of bikes up to an even dozen. First, we have the Chieftain Limited that pares down the fat Chieftain front end a bit with a 19-inch hoop and less-than-full fender that does away with the typical skirt and headdress ornament for a clean, custom look. This gives us an unimpeded view of the front wheel which, unfortunately, is of the cast/mag variety. I say “unfortunately” because this bike would look bad-ass with some twisted or diamond-cut spokes to lace the rim to the hub. It ain’t just the front end that lost some mass, the seat comes with a bit of a taper so it doesn’t bite the thighs once your training wheels are deployed. At the top of the food chain we have the Chieftain Elite with all of the above plus a 100-Watt stereo, billet boards and a convertible windshield. Naturally, this is on top of all the stuff that already comes on the stacked Chieftain, so these machines are really carrying almost everything but the kitchen sink, by American cruiser standards anyway. The Limited rolls in any color you want as long as you want Thunder Black (thank you Mr. Ford) for $24,499, while the Elite commands a lofty $31,499 in a dead-sexy, Fireglow Red Candy color that sports marble accents for even more custom seasoning. Sounds like a lot you say? Compare to some of Harley-Davidson’s top baggers and get back to me.

Continue reading for my take on the new models.

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