Indian Motorcycles has reinvented the Chief, changing it into a lighter and more airy layout. With a steel-tube frame and dual rear shocks, it’s like an Indian version of the dearly departed Harley-Davidson Dyna platform.
The Chief is actually three Chiefs. The standard model has cast aluminum wheels and is joined by a Bobber version and the windshield-and-bags-equipped Super Chief, both fitted with wire-spoke wheels. Pricing begins at a very reasonable $14,499 and stretches up to $18,499 for the Super Chief.
Each new Chief features full LED lighting, cruise control, ride modes, and keyless ignition. Standard versions use the existing 111-cubic-inch Thunderstroke V-Twin.
The high-end Dark Horse and Limited Chiefs use a touchscreen TFT instrument panel as an upgrade from the traditional gauge on the regular models, as well as a bigger 116-inch mill.
We sampled the three models of the new Chief platform over two days in the desert locales around Sedona, Arizona. These new Indians proved to have the performance and dynamic chops to run with the big dogs, and their handsome styling has received widespread praise. Stay tuned for a full review in the May issue of Thunder Press!