Calling the latest models ‘a new standard in bagger design and style’ its obvious Indian is proud of the latest take on their heavy cruisers. For these bold new 2017 Chieftains, Indian Motorcycle’s designers added tons of style with a variety of features that provide a sleeker, meaner look that certainly catches the eye.
Polaris, the parent company of Indian, enjoyed a motorcycle history of being bold and colorful with breathtaking designs seen in the now-shelved Victory line. When it was first announced they would buy the historic brand, many wondered how Polaris would ride the fine line of their motorcycle creativity while satisfying the more traditional fans of the Indian name.
Under the guidance of Polaris, the first few years of the latest incarnation of Indian Motorcycles is easily of the more successful and respected relaunches of the historic brand, but now it seems the gloves are off. The new offerings represent a bold evolution of the Chieftain line with Indian hoping they pave the way for ‘nothing less than legendary riding experiences’.
“Our goal was to evolve the award-winning Chieftain platform with new models that elevated the overall style of this bike significantly, while still staying true to the signature design qualities that Indian Motorcycle is known for,” said Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian Motorcycle.
Every detail of these two bikes demands attention. A new lower-profile, sawed-off open front fender showcases Indian Motorcycle’s new front wheel, a ten-spoke 19” contrast-cut behemoth, paired with a matching 16” rear wheel that perfectly complements the powerful dual 300mm floating front rotors with 4 piston calibers. The calipers feature the Indian Motorcycle script logo for a unique custom touch. A color matched headlight bezel and streamlined leather saddle complete the sleek, aggressive look.
For those who demand the best of the best, the Chieftain Elite steps to the plate as a limited-edition bike that’s as close to “custom” as possible. It features custom Fireglow Red Candy with Marble Accents paint, all completed entirely by hand at Indian Motorcycle’s custom paint facility located in Spearfish, South Dakota. It takes a small, specialized team over 25 hours to hand paint each bike and since no machines are used, no two Chieftain Elites look exactly the same. The Elite also comes with a wealth of premium accessories, including Pathfinder LED headlight and driving lights, a flare windshield, billet driver and passenger floorboards, and a 200-watt premium audio system. Only 350 will be made available for sale globally.
Both bikes come stacked with all the features that make the Chieftain line the most respected bagger on the road. Along with the industry leading Ride Command seven-inch infotainment system and powerful Thunderstroke 111 engine with 119 ft-lbs of torque, the Chieftain Limited and Chieftain Elite have a wealth of features including key-less ignition, remote locking saddlebags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), chrome front highway bars, power adjustable windshields, and just enough chrome to highlight all the attitude
The Chieftain Limited and set a new standard with the Chieftain Elite, one familiar with any rider who enjoyed the styling of Victory Motorcycles. This new nod to the past exciting styles leaves Indian feeling the latest models are ‘both are designed and engineered to lead any pack,’ with the American manufacturer noting, ‘What follows in their wake will be legendary.’
The Chieftain Limited has a MSRP $24,499 and the Elite starts at $31,499.
“There’s no doubt these bikes have a more commanding presence combined perfectly with the flowing lines and signature details that make them 100 percent Indian,” said Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian Motorcycle.