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Will You Choose the New Indian® Chieftain™?

Posted on 27 Aug 2013 in Powersports | 1 comment

The Features to Help You Make the Choice

At Dennis Kirk, we have noticed that the release of the new Indian® motorcycle line by Polaris Industries has certainly made some waves with their campaign.  In case you have missed the ad, here it is below.

So what are some of the features of the new Indian® Chieftain™ that would make this crazy man put a 100th anniversary Harley up for sale?Indian-Thunder-Stroke-111-Engine-

Let’s start at the heart of the bike; the Thunder Stroke 111 power plant.  This engine was designed to invoke a memory of the Indian® engines of old and built with all of the modern advances.  The 111 cubic inches displacement comes from a bore of 101mm and a 113mm stroke.  This 1811cc, 49-degree V-Twin is able to produce more than 119 ft-lbs of torque.  It features a six speed transmission with a very large clutch to create a very light clutch pull.  To keep in line with the classic Indian® inspiration, the primary cover features the Indian Motorcycle® badge.  The multi-directional cooling fins are reminiscent of the older engines, along with the left-side air intake and down-firing exhaust and parallel pushrod tubes.  The Thunder Stroke 111 is made in Milwaukee, WI and could truly be a huge contender with the other American V-Twins.

Now to all the bells and whistles that make the Indian® Chieftain™ stand out.  Everyone that thinks of an Indian®, immediately pictures the valenced fenders.  These fenders, which have been standard since 1940, come with the iconic War Bonnet light on the front fender.  The brake calipers are covered with this design creating clean lines.  The classic Indian Motorcycle® script logo, created in 1910, continues to appear on the bike to reinforce the fact that you are riding a historic American brand.Indian Chieftain

The bike also comes with some new add-ons to make your ride that much more enjoyable.  The Chieftain™ comes with a power-adjusted windshield so the rider can set the height to what they want.  With just a push of a button, the airflow can be customized just the way the rider wants it.  This bike will be the first Indian® to come standard with hard saddlebags.  These bags are mounted on quick-release anchors and have electronic locks.  The stock lids of these bags can be replaced with a saddle bag audio kit to compliment the audio from the fairing speakers that can be synched up with Bluetooth®.  This bike also has keyless starting with a key fob or an individual security code.  And of course, this bike has chrome galore.  All available surfaces have been covered in chrome to give the bike that classic shine.

Under the past management teams, the Indian® line was very spendy, but now under Polaris Industries, they are priced very competitively.  The Chieftain™ starts at a MSRP of $22,999.  Check out the new line for yourself at the Indian® website.

Is that enough to make you choose Indian® to be your go to American V-Twin?  Let us know in the comments what you think of the new release of these heritage inspired heavyweight cruisers.


Ryan is one of the lucky ones who gets to combine their passion with work. He has enjoyed powersports his whole life and now gets to write about it. Ryan has been around the industry since High School and continues to enjoy learning and sharing about powersports with others in his role at DK.

One comment

  1. Rick B / August 28th, 2013 13:00

    Unless someone steps up soon and starts building affordable accessaries for these Indians, no one will be able to afford to personalize them. Indian foot pegs at over $600. Way too much money. I wanted one as soon as I saw tehm, but then looked at the very few items available at this time for them and decided to sit it out and hang on to my 2009 Roadking for a while longer.


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