2014 Indian Chief Classic: MD Ride Review …

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Indian Chief Classic

2014 Indian Chief : MD Ride Review

After several days riding the new Indian Chief models in at the product launch (which we on here ), we asked Indian if we have a Chief Classic for an here in Southern California on roads.

Obviously, our report the Sturgis launch was very with regard to all three including the Classic, Vintage bags) and Chieftain (hard with integrated fairing and All three bikes share the engine and chassis (although the has slightly different steering We chose to further test the which is the essence of the new Indian.

We bore you with all the technical about this bike, we covered thoroughly in early To summarize, the Classic and its siblings an entirely new, ground-up by Polaris based on its thorough of the heritage of the Indian brand, as as its technical expertise gained the development of its other cruiser Victory motorcycles. The very frame houses the heart of the the beautiful and powerful Thunder 111 engine.

A traditional two-valve, push-rod that dynos with a 103 foot/pounds of torque and close to 75 … very healthy numbers for a cruiser (particularly the torque With roughly 800 pounds of weight, the Classic has powerful calipers gripping twin in front to haul it down.

We found the blue Classic unit flawlessly finished, and a joy to at. Even MD test riders who are not fond of cruisers commented the Classic is an attractive machine … and photogenic. Virtually every on this bike is executed great care … down to reservoirs and even footpegs.

I myself visiting the garage to at, and photograph, things such as the gauges and the stitching on the leather

The Classic oozes quality and when you ride it, as well. the hefty, generously wide and clutch levers to the firm, seat (which I understand has slightly redesigned since our unit came off the line), the offered a solid feel and

This is a huge motorcycle and low maneuvers in and around the garage or lot must be handled deliberately and If you haven’t owned or ridden a in this class you might be by the huge wheelbase and overall of the bike.

Once underway, and parking lot speeds, the Chief handles predictably and confidently. It not change direction quickly or however, preferring to carve arcs through corners, than anything resembling Of course, you wouldn’t expect handling from a bike in category.

The appeal of bikes in category boils down to and how the bike makes you feel you are riding it … particularly the power and the sound and feel that from the engine. Judged by criteria, the Chief Classic is a success.

Everywhere we went, the Classic admiring glances, as well as the questions from onlookers at the gas or coffee house.

Indian hard at the other part of the as well, i.e. the sound and coming from the engine is to fault. Cruising down the I found myself rolling on and off the gas to hear the beautiful music from the intake and exhaust. I was never bothered by an irritating of vibration, I appreciated the feel came from each at the top of the 910 cc cylinders.

Big, brawny and fast, the has an effortless feel about it traveling down the road.

The shifted positively, and without although with a frequent characteristic of huge v-twin The brakes are strong and predictable, and as good as it gets in this

The suspension has a welcome firmness to it many large cruisers overly soft, almost suspension action. Although you have to respect its huge and weight, the suspension allows you to the Classic more than of its competition is capable of.

Without a the Classic nevertheless keeps a amount of wind off your depending on your height, due to the huge, high-placed headlight in of you. The headlight offers good illumination. The auxiliary are bright, but their beam is not well directed.

At an U.S. MSRP of $18,999, it is to match what Indian in terms of styling, fit-and-finish, and in a stock cruiser.  Take a at Indian’s web site for further

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