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Indian Chief Vintage

Indian rides again!

by Pete Brissette

As the flagship for the revived Indian Motorcycle the 2010 Chief Vintage a synthesis of 1940s-era styling in running form.

It and all the lavishly-executed creations from an American that was born in 1901, two before Harley-Davidson, have known to command a variety of reactions.

From an aesthetic – even though the new Indian Company only bought the in 2004, and produced its first in 2009 – it could be argued this bike already a page on a wall calendar of motorcycles.

From a nostalgic all the new Indians have been to evoke memories for old-time and those who had fathers or uncles or who rode an original one decades

And from a critical perspective, are wondering whether the upscale made in the name of a once-great can be revived in this economy, and in of failures by others who have to restore Indian before.

every one of the seven variations of the the Vintage is hand assembled by a of master bike builders – – at Indian’s factory in Kings N.C. which was established in the of 2006 by its owners, London-based Private Equity Group .

its approximately 45 employees, the company has of these two-man teams to the engine and the rest of the bike. In they can produce two motorcycles per and Indian expects to turn out a of 500 Chiefs (of all sorts) this

All of these bikes are based on the chassis, 105 cubic inch and six-speed transmission. They are to order, and able to be outfitted in a of paint schemes, fender wheel options, leather and bag designs, and more.

Our Chief Vintage – a factory on show at this year’s Bike Week – wore applied Plains Sky Blue and White paint, one of nine choices. While all versions with leather saddles, one had a $499 optional fringed leather” saddle and bags and

Its acre’s worth of chrome was so we wondered whether Indian had alchemists who’d replaced chromium with magically-applied mercury instead. “This be the best quality chrome on a bike I’ve seen to quipped Pete on the Chief’s shiny stuff.

Likewise, the looked and felt like it had produced by a high-end boutique. The is actually supplied by Milsco, the Milwaukee-based saddle-maker that had early-1940s and later Indians for time before the original ceased production in 1953

In the more we examined, the more it apparent that fastidious to detail is being applied to aspect of this and all the Chief And while everything is new to these the company consistently asserts as a bona fide producer of American motorcycles and boasts of its

In keeping with its purchased Indian’s one engine is named an early-20th century trademark the PowerPlus. In present form, it delivers about 72 hp at 5,000 rpm and 100 of torque at 3,200 rpm at the crank. It is based on a Harley-Davidson 45-degree V-Twin that in turn had modified by the previous owners of the name that operated 1999 to 2003 in Gilroy,

According to Chris Bernauer, GM at the Carolina factory, the new company’s left nothing untouched in an to radically improve quality in a that had been plagued reliability issues. “Pretty everything in the engine had to be rebuilt,” he “The entire engine tip to tail has been completely

Many of the company’s 20 or so engineers had experienced hands at Harley-Davidson or Bernauer says, and they the parts book at the project with untold man hours of RD to get it right this time

Included in the engine’s makeover was an of the formerly 100 cubic-inch powerplant to inches in diameter, and it cycles a 4.25-inch …. The two-valve-per-cylinder now uses forged pistons in Nikasil-lined bores instead of sleeves. They are mated to a crankshaft via knife-and-fork style rods.

Bernauer also out that they went a new heat-treated flywheel, oiling redesigned cylinder head, new seals, keepers and more.

The utilizes no counterbalancers, is rigidly and is fed by a Magneti Marelli EFI system via a 52mm throttle-body, which is Indian-style on the left instead of on the as H-D would do it.

Its “Coke bottle style rocker covers retained, and Bernauer said the engine was left visually to the Gilroy design, although are very few interchangeable parts.

“We the styling of it,” Bernauer adding that while air-cooled V-Twin experts recruited from other several asked to be part of the revival of this historical He said a lot of pride and passion has gone into creating a of love while attempting to cut no

According to Indian’s President, Heese, this design is in keeping with Stellican’s for success familiar to himself and the group’s CEO and driving force, Julius.

Together, they revived other distressed brands, and with Indian, do not aim to compete head to head H-D or Victory, but instead Heese “We’ve carved out a niche their heads,” and they aim to let products speak for themselves.

Heese notes the move against otherwise formidable was the only viable way to go for the small

So to give the impressive engine an impressive bike to push, the (base price) Chief is rounded out by such features as a Fox gas shock and Paioli inverted fork set at a relaxed 34-degree

It has a sturdy steel backbone to tie it all together, and state-of-the-art electronics to things running reliably.

Brembo four-piston front calipers are mated to a rear single piston caliper. put the squeeze on front and rear inch (292mm) floating that are specially chromed in the for Indian. Instead of hollow holding the discs to their shiny eye-pleasing buttons are

Although these bikes are in North Carolina, all paintwork is in Arizona because Indian its painter there is the best according to Marc Pomerantz, of sales and marketing.

The majestically motorcycle’s instrumentation is uncluttered; a analog speedo is accompanied by right and left turn-signal on the tank-mounted cluster and are hidden – somewhat obscured – behind chromed beauty grilles. is also a neutral indicator, light, high beam and oil lights.

New for 2010, a turn-signal warning indicator has been as has more data from the LCD which can be toggled from the to display trip data, speed, time, and more.

The removable windscreen and saddlebags designed to leave no trace of mounting hardware, so if you want to your beauty queen with or without her extras, she is as pretty either way.

Okay. By now you get the point that is intended to be a very special But assuming the quality is as good as say, the bottom line is it rides and functions just as

Indian Chief Vintage
Indian Chief Vintage

The short answer is, yes, it – in most respects.

While a bike that costs as much as an entry-level Infinity the packed streets of Daytona, or out on the rarefied air I felt I was breathing was by the admiring comments and questions riders had regarding the bike we went.

It is obviously a heavy but its approximately 750 pounds are manageable. the tall windscreen, the sense of in the bike instead of on it never me. When exiting the interstate at 75 although it was not intimidating, I didn’t to push too hard, and imagining it would be like to throw massive showpiece away at speed made for a steady that preferred to err on the side of

Around town, its whitewall gave enough grip to I probably could have scuffing the chrome off the bottom of the but I did not have the heart to. By the way, our footboards were not leather but this high-performance option is from dealers.

Braking was and the sound from the drilled reminded me of a sportbike’s brakes as the quietly buzzed to a smooth from any speed. Considering early Indians came rear brakes only, and no brakes, here is one place we were happy for technological as applied to a classic design.

“Such good braking is remarkable and refreshing in the big cruiser especially so on a classy retro job the Chief,” said Pete.

we can not compliment some of the other this bike’s engine It visibly shook the tank, and resonation came possibly the windshield – or maybe it was just the In top gear at cruising speed earplugs in, it was still audible.

the buzz began at around rpm, and discouraged us from to rev it anywhere near its 5,250 rpm

After riding the Vintage on the Pete said he felt his feet might vibrate off the but I did not feel this affect as Further, Bernauer mentioned the has done work to isolate the and the model we rode was made to this update, so we don’t if newer Indians will this issue.

While the vibration of a large V-Twin not mean the bike lacks it could be a potentially touchy to some, including other who have also commented on the vibrations.

In response, Bernauer Indian’s engineers have as much to reduce the natural as possible in their close-tolerance But he also admitted they are a counterbalancer or rubber mounting in the although he gave no specifics as to or when.

It should be noted Harley-Davidson now either counterbalances its big or rubber mounts them, but it has not and that never prevented popularity. Pomerantz pointed out until 2004, H-D sold 75,000 Sportsters per year rigid mounts and no counterbalancers.

Bernauer and Heese both the new Indians are being raved by existing customers, and they are losing sleep” over as they stand. “The is in the eye of the holder,” Bernauer says, the company’s waiting list for new delivery is about two-months.

And it is undisputed that Stellican have a track record of in the face of critics and proving wrong. Furthermore, by every measure we were able to – and according to the company’s own representatives – it Stellican is on its way to doing it again in of the recession.

According to Bernauer, the “looks bright,” as Indian on top quality, sticks to its guns, and the top-of-the-range Chief Vintage the way toward continued pride in the slogan: “America’s First

We found much to admire our time on Indian’s flagship, notably its impeccable build that compares favorably Harley’s vaunted CVO series of cruisers. And its expressive, big-fendered never failed to draw even among jaded Week riders.

However, difficult for us to rationalize the significant emitted by the non-counterbalanced PowerPlus The vibes won’t be an issue for who buys the Chief for short rides, or profiling down at the shop, but some riders who are about covering a lot of miles at a may wish for something smoother.

Indian Chief Vintage
Indian Chief Vintage
Indian Chief Vintage
Indian Chief Vintage
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