2014 Indian Chief Vintage and Chieftain Bagger- First Ride Review

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2014 Indian Chief and Chieftain Bagger – First We get an early ride on the all-new and an inside look at its development.

Motorcycles has taken a tremendous in the decades since the 1953 of the factory proper, but the nobility of the is so deep and the cultural imprint so that it has endured. In recent Indian was a bit like watching a but aging prize fighter his … kicked in his “comeback,” to the that you almost wished just go down and get his suffering—and of his loyal fans—over with.

But just too much heart in for anybody to give up.

Not that the in 2011, when Polaris Indian, was ripping along Nor is it amazing now in 2013 as Indian it debut, but Harley-Davidson is still more than $1 billion per in motorcycles only (not gear, parts, clothing, on three engines and five with target shipments of new set around 260,000 units. You can’t ignore that.

is why everybody makes a Harley of some kind, all looking for a of this very big action.

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But this is not a Harley knockoff. It is American-made, linked to Indians of yore its styling and all-new from the up. And while a huge amount of has been done to the brand the decades, its strength has endured.

Now it rolls forward, back by engineering and manufacturing.

Why the Chief and say, something sportier a Scout? “A couple of different says Gary Gray, of product for Indian. “One is we did a lot of on the heritage of the brand and where it off in 1953, and looked at what remember. The Chief is at the top of what think about when think about Indian so that’s where you start.

as much we like to think this as glamorous, and art and fun to do, it’s a at the same time. When you at the motorcycle market today, cruisers and baggers are huge now. So from a financial it also looks really

Those two things together me to say, this is the place to to use that as a foundation for the brand. we’ve developed a strong once we’ve heavily us and our consumers back to the heritage of the we can look at spreading out from

It’s not a small job to start nothing and deliver running, motorcycles in the span of just two years. It doesn’t hurt Polaris built Victory scratch 15 years ago and that key involved back then are in with Indian. Gray is one of people, first hired as an at Polaris in 1996.

He was part of the design team on the Victory, the V92C, and has been on motorcycles there ever

2014 Indian Chief (Springfield Blue)

What were learned from and applied to Indian? “Every one of Gray says with a “In the beginning, there wasn’t a ton of experience at Polaris. We had to develop a lot of it. We developing a new bike, test validation strategies and go-to-market all at the same time for the very time, and that’s a lot of work.”

cites the progression from to Vegas as one of the great leaps then Vegas to Vision as the with a smaller jump Vision to Cross Country. ridden all these bikes the years and, in every the improvements from aesthetics to to overall performance have very clear. You also see it on the and design side with the aluminum frames, for example, an in play on the Chief, despite its brand” positioning.

Continues “The jump when we got to do a new and a ground-up new bike for Indian is huge one, bigger from V92C to Vegas or to Vision because there is a new engine and a much bigger and undertaking. It’s a much leap forward in terms of driveability, low-speed handling, handling.”

All of this showed in my first on the Chieftain bagger and Chief the latter with leather and copbike-style windscreen. I flew to a location. Okay, I flew to an ( coughminneaopliscough ), then drove to a location where the black awaited, their identifying and war bonnets taped off for stealth.

As if no one recognize those valanced

2014 Indian Chieftain Motorcycle Red)

Thumbing the on these keyless bikes lets you know that the of the package is the Thunder Stroke 111 . This is one of the best sounding in a motorcycle, period. Exhaust and notes are fantastic, with the delivering its own sonic signature.

“We did of work in sounds and refinement,” Gray. “We have a guy with a good musical background who is our NVH vibration, harshness] engineer, and going to the level of putting sets in musical thirds and so, while we took all the noises out we could, the tiny bit left, complementary sounds. It’s a other level of refinement and

Power is ample, with at a claimed 119.2 foot-pounds at rpm. You feel that as the tach runs through 3K, and is vigorous for what are pretty bikes. Throttle response the range is excellent, but the return feels a bit light with a indefinite “on” feeling to when the ride-by-wire butterfly first react. The gear drive features a large wet with excellent feel.

I repeatedly launched both hard with no change in performance. The 49-degree Vee demands a for smoothness, but there is ample personality communicated through the and floorboards, particularly under Serene, smooth cruising at 60 mph 2250 rpm.

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Editor-in-Chief Hoyer aboard the 2014 Chieftain (Thunder Black)

the engine is common among the models, the … Classic, and Cheiftain, the frame is not. The headstock and backbone are a different that changes the rake Other than that, the bits are all the same, down to the

Suspension for both bikes is taut and controlled but not harsh. The is a stout 46mm cartridge with dual-rate springs. The preload is adjusted mechanically on the and via air pressure on the Chieftain, Schrader located under a sidepanel.

On the the real difference between the (and Classic with its chassis geometry) comes to steering feel and cornering The Vintage’s “cruiser” geometry of 29 and 6.1 inches of trail definitely it toward the stable side. says that rider from the target customer this. It makes the steering than on the Chieftain with its rake and 5.9-inch trail.

the Chieftain uses negative-offset because of the greater loads on this more-touring-oriented model. offset places the fork behind the steering head to put weight on the front contact which gives more handling when carrying loads.

Despite the heavier, fork-mounted (with highly effective adjustable windscreen), the Chieftain wheelbase) has much lighter and better agility than the (68.1). I did about 80 miles on my day and also earlier spent time at a racetrack (yes!), and under pretty severe and braking loads (within design confines), both behaved very well.

Indian Chief Classic Black)

Gray says one of the challenges was getting that steering feel with steel valanced fenders particularly on the Chieftain, with its which incorporates a good-sounding and the electric motor for that “We worked very hard to the mass up there as close to the axis as possible. It’s why we included the light bar and incorporated the into the Chieftain fairing. We customers would want things and we wanted to control placement.”

As the stable, consistent showed, the aluminum frame is rigid, despite the bare weighing just 64 pounds. is 1385 lb. providing excellent capacity given the 812- to fully fueled weights.

All come with ABS, control, keyless start, a bar (or riding lights for the Chieftain) and seats. The Vintage adds badging, windscreen and leather both items quick The Chieftain gets the aforementioned Bluetooth-push-to-talk hands-free calling and monitors.

All these at pretty impressive in the segment.

Indian also very hard on getting the right. The real leather on the bikes I rode were comfortable. The paint and chrome both smooth and deep. But one we really need to talk is the oil-filler cap. This is a chrome piece with heft, and it is indexed so that you screw it in, the Indian head on it upright.

The first time I it, I mentioned it to Gray. He was immediately yet amused, and said, “Who you to say that?!” I found out that the dipstick was plastic, “like you’d find on your he said, and that he made a push to get this quality added, damn the much-increased It became “Gary’s Dipstick.”

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