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Indian Chief Vintage

2011 Indian Chief Motorcycle Review

While our staff trip to Daytona to the 70th anniversary of Bike our esteemed, AARP card-carrying Dain suggested we do something Let me go on record as saying, “Not a bad old man.” So, after some and a healthy dose of ginkgo we came up with the plan to our riding in Daytona to production outfitted with soft saddlebags — the types of bikes started the term bagger.

A survey of what is currently from American manufacturers it obvious that our options limited. Having been to respect my elders, I let Dain his ride first. It was no surprise he went with one of his all-time bikes, the Harley Heritage Classic. To be honest, I’m not a big fan of Softails, so I was he chose the Harley, leaving me to one of Indian’s Chief models.

Having ridden and reviewed a in the June 2010 issue of Iron Magazine. I was somewhat with these bikes, so I the 2011 Chief Vintage you see

Let me digress. At its purest definition, a is any motorcycle that has saddlebags on it, Back in the day, these were simply soft satchels strapped to the back of to provide some carrying Since then, things escalated, and nowadays it is not uncommon for the bagger to share equal with dressers and full-boat

Now, there is nothing with wanting or having all the comforts on a motorcycle, but at times, I like things have out of hand. That said, I think about our plan, it was a longing for yesteryear, when were simpler. And Dain was

First and foremost, I am drawn to the Indian Chief Vintage ’s art styling and its fabulous fit and finish. The fenders, teardrop head glass front fender running light, auxiliary and optional dual-tone paint lends the bike a true Indian feel. Mix in the classic tires and Willow Green and Cream color scheme, and you why this bike gets the name.

Using high-quality, distressed leather on the seat and saddlebags to the look. And then there’s the Oh, yeah, the fringe.

A PowerPlus 45-degree V-twin serves as the of this and all the Kings Mountain Bottle cap-looking rocker box and a left-side air cleaner distinguish it other American-made V-twins. A six-speed transmission makes roll while keeping the rpm

I found that the combined was plenty to propel me and the bike around town and the counties Daytona. If anything, the massiveness of the and lack of responsiveness of the closed-loop at low rpm made the bike a little to ride in slow-speed parking lot This all was a moot point I got used to keeping the rpm up while in situations.

For the record, a 2-into-1 stainless exhaust system — with a converter and chrome heat — doesn’t help things by this bike, but we can thank the EPA for

Handling is surprisingly good for a that is just over long and flirts with 800 before adding a rider. A big of that comes from the mono-shock rear suspension did a great job of soaking up all the bumps the threw at me. A Brembo brake all around (dual calipers up and single in the rear) and 11-1/2″ rotors do a superb job of stopping the mass of me and the bike.

It could be better if there was ABS, but not an option.

The combination solo saddle, handlebars, and floorboards made for a seating position. The saddlebags ample carrying capacity, but are not One of my favorite features of this is the fact that the windshield and are designed to detach quickly. I it’s nothing new in the windshield but it was obvious that some went into incorporating the system for the bags into the rear fender struts.

Indian Chief Vintage
Indian Chief Vintage

By loosening two latches inside bag, they can be removed, behind a clean, bracketless to the rear fender. So basically, in no at all, I could change the of this bike from an cruiser to a bagger. Nice

Standard, metric-style controls on the take some getting to if you’re a Harley guy, the analog speedometer and multifunction display mounted to the top of the 5.5-gallon are easy to read and operate to a toggle switch on the bars. Two 12-volt outlets (one in the and one under the rider’s thigh) it a snap to add electronics such as a GPS and gear at the same time.

Indian has been making on and off since 1901. From the in Springfield, Massachusetts, to the garlic of Gilroy, California, to Kings North Carolina, where bike was made, the company has seemed to offer a model features soft saddlebags. To its 110th anniversary, all 2011 will feature a special anniversary speedometer.

This also gets a 110th Anniversary badge mounted to the in the neck area.

Since bike has been ridden, the Motorcycle Company has been by Polaris Industries. At the time we to press, the manufacturing of Indians was moved to Spirit Lake, where, no doubt, Polaris will put their mark on brand. It will be interesting to see how will go with Polaris in but I’m sure soft leather will be provided on at least one keeping the heritage of the bagger and well.

And Dain and his soft-bagging brothers live happily ever MB

NEW BIKE TEST by Joe Knezevic

as published in the September/October issue of Iron Motorcycle Bagger .

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


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