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I’ve cut and pasted in case else can’t open it, fine for me but the article is below, the Chicago Tribune

Indian was founded in Springfield, Massachusetts in (the r was added later), Harley-Davidson by two years. The original went out of business in 1953. bikes wore the Indian in the decades that followed, several abortive attempts to the company through the end of the century and

In 2011, powersports giant bought Indian and relocated to Spirit Lake, Iowa, it also produces Victory bikes. After several of design and engineering, the new Indians are coming to market, with an lineup of three bikes: The Classic; the Chief Vintage; and the of this review, the Chieftain.

The is a touring motorcycle, sized and to match up with the Harley-Davidson Glide. The new bike looks the with deeply valanced and rear fenders, a fork-mounted front fairing. The big 111 cubic Thunder Stroke engine as a visual anchor and a stressed in the cast aluminum frame. a casual observer will no problem differentiating the Chieftain a Harley — especially if can read.

Following the Motor lead, Indian has engraved and its logo all over the bike. It is into the frame; carved the fairing; and printed on the derby It says Indian on the dashboard, on the oil on the master cylinder, on the ends of the and on the tank. A big Indian headdress is on each side of the gas tank. The head war bonnet fender dresses the front fender, lit within for visibility after

There are Indian head eggs in surprising places, within the mirrors. If that’s not there’s a catalog of additional bolt-on accessories on the way.

Fit and on my test bike, a late example in Springfield Blue, was I’d expect production to be even better.

This is a bike with fantastic a great blending of Indian with modern technology and design.

There’s no physical key, just a key fob with two Lock and unlock, controlling the locks on the hard bags. As as the key fob is within the proximity of the Chieftain, the procedure is simple: Push the on the tank with the universal symbol, wait until you the fuel pump cycle, in the clutch and press the starter on the right hand grip. an ignition cut out tied in to the side so you can’t ride off in gear the side stand deployed.

Chieftain’s instrument panel within the fairing, surrounded by a bezel. An LCD rider information is flanked by two white-faced analog Speedometer on left, tachometer/gas on right. Idiot lights I mean warning lights show up out of the blackness of the panel. The information screen covers a range of information.

With a on the left handlebar, you can toggle oil life, tire pressure, settings, time, ambient and other information. Particularly is a gear indicator at the bottom of the and the ability to switch from per hour to kilometers per hour on the fly great for cross-border trips to A small complaint — at times of the day, it was impossible to the settings in the rider information due to glare and reflection.

I’m not how you’d remedy this, with some kind of a hood.

While I’m small complaints, I didn’t the look of the international graphics on the driving light switch and the switch, both of which are prominent in view at all times. prefer something more in with the whole retro/deco of the bike — but I understand why the are so ugly. Help, aftermarket!

Also, a blank switch on the tank, reserved for add-on grips, is a bit of an eyesore. I’m when I have to spend $23 I know.

The fairing gives to some up-to-the-minute technology. Bluetooth built right in, so you can your cellphone or MP3 player to the wirelessly. There’s also a storage compartment beneath the wing of the batwing, complete a USB connection and a padded pocket will hold a smart so you can ride and charge all at once.

also a 12-volt socket on the in case you need to connect a GPS or other small electronics to while riding. The windshield on the is electrically adjustable via a switch on the hand control. Indian that it’s the first adjustable windshield on a factory fairing, and I believe that’s (though really, who cares as long as it works). Audio is excellent.

I usually use helmet when I listen to music or and I always use earplugs. On the Chieftain, I the fairing speakers, and I had no trouble music and spoken word even at highway speeds.

Clutch pull is reasonable, but a heavy for smaller hands. I live in Los Angeles, I spent of time in traffic on the Chieftain, and my hand got a good workout. The is nice and solid, starting off a solid thunk when into first gear to off from a start. Neutral is to find once the bike is up.

My test bike was a little shifting when it was cold. and transmission share a bathtub, so the engine warms up, so does the

We’ve been teased photos and sounds for months. and now the must deliver. The Thunder 111 sounds great — than a Harley Big Twin, but not and day different. The sound comes up to the differently, because the intake is on the side, an Indian tradition.

The seems to come from all Throttle control is by wire, not by cable, though you’d know it in operation. Twist the and the engine responds instantly, and directly.

Indian doesn’t horsepower figures. The claimed lb-ft of torque comes on and low, hitting its peak at rpm. The punch is available you need it, with serious on tap in pretty much every

On the freeway, I was able to cruise in (top) gear at the speed and when I needed to pass or through traffic, I didn’t to downshift unless I wanted acceleration. This engine as good as it looks.

Handling is good for a bagger. You can adjust the shock by pumping in more air the provided hand pump. I up my weight with the suggested air before riding, and never the need to adjust it again. The does a great job of gliding rough pavement and bumps, out the ride without losing feel.

Because of a comfortably rake (25 degrees) and trail, the feels stable at speed, still maintaining relatively steering, inspiring confidence the curves. There’s plenty of angle available for most though aggressive riders be careful — the floorboards are not hinged. Leaning farther initial contact could the bike off the pavement in certain

Dual disc brakes on the and a single rotor on the rear ample stopping power. In a touch, brake lines are steel braided — a accessory upgrade for Harley Non-linked ABS is standard, front and

Indian may actually be in the right after six decades of uncertainty. The Chieftain is a fantastic motorcycle, a competitor to the Harley-Davidson Electra In Thunder Black, the Chieftain in at $22,999; add $500 for Indian Red or Blue, and another $250 if you in California.

Anyone who is considering a touring bike purchase sample the Chieftain before a decision. Indian has about 170 across the United States now, with hopes of many more in the next few

Your buying decision ultimately come down to a of taste — you might be a guy, or you might be an Indian Finally, you’ve actually got a and it won’t be an easy one.


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