New models celebrate Indian Chief milestone

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Words: NZ Autocar
11 Feb 2021

To mark 100 years since the launch of the original model, a new range of Indian Chiefs has just been released. There are three new models, all utilising the Thunderstroke 116 V-twin that pokes out 162Nm of torque at 3200rpm.

Described by Indian as marking “the intersection of simplicity and power”, all three new variants utilise a steel tube frame and a thumping 1890cc V-twin.

Each model is aimed at a slightly different rider. The new Indian Chief delivers a stripped back ride “where power, minimalism and attitude lead the way”. The Indian Chief Bobber features bulky tyres wrapped around spoke wheels, a muscled-up front end and a solo seat, paying homage to the classic post-war V-twins. Meantime, the Indian Super Chief appeals to the distance rider with leather panniers, a removable windshield and added seat comfort.

Ola Stenegard, Director of Industrial Design for Indian Motorcycle, commented “We wanted to capture a timeless look. This is a bike that evokes emotion with simple mechanical styling and raw American muscle, a pure riding machine.”

The three bikes have a relatively short wheelbase of 1626mm, and a low seat height of 662mm, while wet weight kicks off from 304kg. These design parameters are meant to inspire confidence and make the range approachable for any rider. With 46mm front forks, 28.5 degrees of lean angle, and comfortable ergonomics, the Chief is evidently set to tackle “even the most technical of ride routes”.

Key features shared across the range include keyless ignition, three different ride modes, cruise control, rear cylinder deactivation and LED lighting. Dark Horse and Limited models feature a four-inch touchscreen gauge. Riders can use the hand controls or touch screen display to cycle through various gauge configurations, bike information, and turn-by-turn navigation. The facility also allows riders to listen to music via Bluetooth and answer phone calls when equipped with a Bluetooth headset device.

Accessories include exhaust and air intake upgrades for added performance. There’s also a range of windshields, storage options and seat enhancements available, along with heated grips and accessory lights.

Pricing kicks off at $24,995 for the Indian Chief Dark Horse, through $26,495 for the Chief Bobber Dark Horse while the Super Chief Limited goes for $28,995.


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