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Indian Chief Classic

First Ride: 2014 Chief Classic, Vintage and

The bare-bones Indian Chief has old-school looks with cruiser performance.

Sturgis, Dakota, the site of the worlds motorcycle rally, provided a backdrop for Indian Motorcycles to not one but all three of the new company’s new line of Chief motorcycles, and they did so in of an enthusiastic gathering of American-brand bikers at the Sturgis Motorcycle and Hall of Fame. To the delight and approval of the huge crowd, the new Motorcycle company unveiled the Classic, with its original styling; the Chief Vintage, a windshield and leather soft and the Chieftain “bagger,” with a fairing and hard bags, never seen before America’s first motorcycle

Ever since the original company closed up shop 60 ago after getting its start in many have tried to the Indian name but none succeeded, until, let’s now. Just over two ago, Polaris Industries, the of Victory motorcycles and cruisers, the Indian brand and created a new Indian Motorcycle, in hopes of the iconic name, while even more product in the line of heavyweight cruiser

Polaris could have the easy route and simply some of its Victory machines and them off as an Indians, but that not have cut it. Instead, Polaris the smart move and started scratch, using the 1940-style Chief as a model for their new

It took the new company just 27 to produce these three Chief variants, all built the company’s all-new Thunder 111ci 49-degree, air-cooled motor, with dual-valve and downward firing exhaust, was unveiled earlier this during Bike Week at It’s also fitted a six-speed overdrive transmission.

“When we acquired Indian two and a half years ago we set out to capture the soul and legendary heritage of iconic American brand and infuse it with unparalleled engineering and state-of-the-art technology,” Scott Wine, CEO of Indian parent company Polaris Inc. “[At Sturgis] We three stunning new Indian models that represent the of our journey and the future of this It was a triumphant day for all of us, and I know motorcycling around the world proudly us in celebrating Indian Motorcycle and the that choice in American is here to stay.”

Sturgis was a fitting place to re-launch the since those who started the the Jackpine Gypsies, in 1936 Indian motorcycles.

We were the opportunity to be apart of the historic launch of the new Indians and spend a few riding and learning about the while enjoying the beautiful and perfect roads of the Black

What really stood out in my first after riding the for the first time was the motor. power delivery from the new is pretty solid. It’s yet powerful and torquey off the bottom.

It good power on top, as and accelerates nicely when at speed. The meat of the power is right around the low-to-mid and it’s impressive.

Leather bags and removable make up the Indian Chief

Like with any big-bore vibration is present but not overwhelming, and of the vibes disappear in top (6th/overdrive) while traveling at speed.

I did myself wanting a bit more from the Chieftain, though. I call the Chieftain slow by any but hopping off the … and lighter model right onto the Chieftain, you feel a noticeable in power performance. However, does offer its Stage One a slip-on exhaust, that it will liven things up a bit to for the added weight.

You can hear lifter noise while the bikes but only up to about rpm, above that, the disappears and everything is humming again.

Another thing I noticed was significant heat radiates up from the exhaust and the hottest of the three machines the Chiefain, the coolest the Classic. though the pipes are ceramic-coated, still got pretty darn Richening up the fueling should elevate the issue, as the bikes we are come from the factory well on the lean side.

Of sound is very important it comes to cruisers, and the Indian didn’t disappoint, having that right note and not much unlike the bikes come from the other American motorcycle company.

works silky smooth. is solid and the gear shifter has a positive feel without overly cruiser clunky. We did to adjust the clutch cable after experiencing a couple shifts and finding it hard to neutral at an idle a few times. I too concerned, though, when you the bikes we rode only had a few on them and had little chance to in.

The clutch itself works well, too. I felt chatter and no fade even in the conditions. Lever pull is light for such a big motor, was something I was very thankful for the first couple of days of which was spent a lot of the times no higher than 20 mph and in a lot of stop and go

The motor appears to be built though I did experience a knock that came unplugged the harness. Not knowing what the was, I had to limp the bike 50-plus miles. The knock is designed to protect the motor low-octane gas in case you have to up with anything less the recommended 91-octane fuel.

The prevents damaging engine by automatically retarding the ignition

Overall ride on all three is quite pleasing. Chassis is solid. It feels firm yet not and yields excellent feetback the road to the rider. All three of the handle and corner well, as strange as it might seem, the Chieftain has a sportier feel the other two.

The Vintage and models have a 29-degree tube to give them of a lazy steering and heavy feel for those casual rides. The Chieftain, on the other has a sharper 25-degree head giving it a it a little lighter and responsive feel. Even the fairing and hard bags, the which will mostly be ridden on more types of than either of the Classic and models, felt a bit more than the other two.

Suspension provides a comfortable for all three of the bikes. The fork is plush, but dives significantly heavy braking.

All three Chiefs are fitted with a Fox air shocks. A hand pump is for quick adjustments.

Indian Chief Classic

Braking is sufficient but typically soft for big One or two fingers on the large front-brake was usually sufficient for casual

Fitted with Bluetooth cruise control, adjustable and hard bags, the Indian Chieftain is ready to hit the open

A lot of effort went into the ergonomics. The layout is all cruiser but quite comfortable. We did a lot of riding the three days and I never the need to take a break due to or soreness.

The bikes we rode pre-production units, and we were that the seats for the Vintage and models weren’t completely on yet. Either way, the on the bikes we rode were comfortable.

The Chieftain’s fairing and controlled windscreen do an admirable job the rider from the elements. The has four-inches of adjustability, and for my 5’11 it was just enough, though I the lowest setting most of the so I could peak over the Droning along above 60 however, I’d press the and raise it to its fullest height for a bit protection.

The Chiefain’s fairing-mounted display is There is plenty of info to be including tire pressure, oil outside temperature and much and all can be easily accessed via a small on the left handlebar.

To make long rides more the Chieftain is fitted with control and Bluetooth-equipped stereo. The controls, located on the left weren’t as positive as I would liked, but I was told they be improved on the production bikes. however, was quite good and and the cruise control was easy to and very smooth in operation.

the large chrome panels the tank-mounted instruments on the Vintage and models (as well as the chrome on top of the Chieftain’s tank) looked they produced an annoying on the windshield that was quite especially on the Vintage model had the largest windscreen. The glare is in the middle of a sunny day, but there at all times. The folks Indian did say they were of the issue.

I was super impressed the leather saddlebags on the Vintage They connect and disconnect and are made out of ultra-high quality And they even hold a amount stuff.

After all was and done, I was very impressed the quality and performance of the new Indian Classic, Vintage and Chieftain They are without doubt machines that keep to the Indian heritage while at the time moving forward progression. For three days I people breaking their to get a look at these new machines as we past, and the reception we got from the of the Sturgis crowd was extremely

While I enjoyed all three I couldn’t stop myself admiring the Chieftain the most its stunning looks and many features, such as its electronic cruise control, Bluetooth and color-matched hard bags. a machine! I’m going to playing the lottery a lot more now for

Yes, the Indian machines cheap by any means, with the going for $18,999, the Vintage and the Chieftain $22,999, but we guess quickly forget about big check you just wrote as as you cruise down Main for the first time on which Indian Chief model you And be prepared to write more too, as there will be of accessories coming down the for the bikes, too.

Indian that its full line be available in all of its 120-140 dealers acquiring new dealers as we speak) by end and are already taking orders. rides at dealer events be available starting later month. Go check them you’ll be impressed, just I was.

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