Limited and Elite - New Indian Models Show a Hint of Victory

Fans of Indian motorcycles who want to ride the best of the best have two new choices from the historic brand, new custom-inspired Chieftain Limited and Chieftain Elite.

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.

title_5b2dffedf143d12196186451529741293
title_5b2dffedf14c711705257001529741293
title_5b2dffedf154e18745741071529741293
title_5b2dffedf15cf19619065651529741293

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.

title_5b2dffedf18e5827008631529741293
title_5b2dffedf196b14261592961529741293
title_5b2dffedf19f112242123771529741293

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.

title_5b2dffedf1db012618648121529741293
title_5b2dffedf1e3212077576651529741293
title_5b2dffedf1eb913963711101529741293
title_5b2dffedf1f3d10357469481529741293
title_5b2dffedf1fcd5263367121529741293

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.

title_5b2dffedf23af9724596871529741293
title_5b2dffedf243414666678711529741293
title_5b2dffedf24ba2356498621529741293
title_5b2dffedf253d10808290661529741293
title_5b2dffedf25be4510448971529741293
title_5b2dffedf263e14850484291529741293
title_5b2dffedf26c010124271901529741293
title_5b2dffedf277c17936897071529741293

Share this article

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated. HTML code is not allowed.

About us

Clutch and Chrome covers every aspect of the motorcycle lifestyle. Daily news, in-depth articles, reviews and anything that would interest a rider.

 

We not only produce our own motorcycle related videos but scour the internet to bring our readers the latest, greatest two-wheeled hits online.

Last posts

Newsletter

Want to really stay in touch? Here's our newsletter!