2014 Heritage Softail vs Indian Chief Vintage — Motorcycle USA

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Indian Chief Vintage
Indian Chief Vintage

2014 Heritage Softail vs Chief Vintage

The 2014 Heritage Softail Classic is one ride. Here how it fared its competitor from the Indian Co. in our 2014 Harley Heritage Classic Comparison video.

the most storied motorcycle in American biker lore. scratched to life in the early developed motorcycles that earned reputations and fostered allegiances that ran deep. The grew by carving their into motorcycle racing books, from the Salt in Utah to as far away as the Isle of

They bred Wrecking and spawned Jackpine Gypsies, battles on board tracks, climbs, and the beaches of Daytona. championed Emde’s and Munro’s, and Parker’s while instigating rivalries. Harley-Davidson and Indian Company have been for a long time.

But disparate fortunes caused the to wane. Indian Motorcycles has and fallen with the tide as its years passed and production in 1953. Several attempts to the brand failed as it toiled the Gilroy era before a British equity firm did its best to relaunch the company with dollar motorcycles built in Mountain.

Now it has landed in the hands of a able partner for the first in many years, parent Polaris with a multi-billion portfolio. That portfolio Victory Motorcycles, which Polaris trim Harley’s but admittedly it lacked a company an iconic American image and heritage.

And so it bought Indian, and the company that has seen its of turbulent times is in the possession of an with the talent and resources to again make it competitive. On August 3, in front of a packed on Main Street in Sturgis, rolled out the first three Motorcycles it had produced, among the traditional-styled 2014 Indian Vintage.

The other company in this has weathered on despite its own hardships to itself as the iconic American manufacturer. Celebrating 110 years in production, Harley-Davidson hosted around the world this and threw a big shin-dig in Milwaukee. And so. It has survived the great World the

The 1690cc Twin Cam 103B of the Harley Heritage Softail put out 82.26 lb-ft of torque @ rpm and 66.33 hp @ 5200 rpm.

The Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin of the Indian Chief Vintage our dyno to the tune of 100.87 torque @ 2700 rpm and 73.33 hp @ rpm.

Depression, the Recessions, and what is as the AMF years. It has done so by staying to itself, true to producing it knows best, and it’s to transcend beyond simply and into a lifestyle is a recipe eager to steal. On Monday, 19, Harley’s introduction of its Twin-Cooled Project Rushmore and a restyled fairing stole the headlines at the of the 2014 models.

But there was a list of Sportsters, Dyna and released for 2014 too, a timeless American cruiser, the Heritage Softail Classic.

Indian Chief Vintage

to stoke the flames of a rivalry stretches over 100 years, we pit the Indian Chief Vintage the 2014 Harley Heritage Classic. Externally, the two are carbon of one another, big classic-cued cruisers in chrome, swooping fenders and suspension, chrome auxiliary and tall windscreens, cush seats and classic leather

The tell of the tape shows are powered by big pushrod-driven V-Twins, the Heritage running a 1690cc Cam 103B while the Indian’s is provided by the 1811cc Thunder 111. Both have transmissions fed by electronic fuel each has ABS and hidden rear Dunlop is the tire of choice for cruisers, whitewalls in the case of the we tested, wrapped around spoked wheels.

Overall the list of similarities is undeniable.

So USA test rider Justin and I set about testing the two under conditions, from the clogged of LA’s 405 freeway to cruising the doing dashes over Highway and inland to secret stops. We lived in their for a week, from stop-and-go to light touring, and the 2014 Heritage Softail Classic won the award with an average of mpg, a bit better than the 33.99 mpg average of the 2014 Chief Vintage.

Given the Indian has a 0.5-gallon tank than the Harley, range is almost identical the Harley good for approximately 177 before a fill up while the should be able to stretch it out to 186 miles. Peeking at the spec the ’14 Chief Vintage has an of $20,999 while the ’14 Softail Classic with the Gold Paint and wheel as tested is priced at $19,259.

And we believed the two would perform identically based on their we couldn’t have been wrong. They offer different riding experiences, the output of their engines to the way handle and steer. One stretches out and feels long and low while the is tight and compact.

From turn-in to braking, are notable differences between the Read on as the 100-year-war reignites, versus Indian, Heritage Vintage.

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