First Ride — 2014 Indian Chief Classic

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Indian Chief Classic

First Ride – 2014 Chief Classic

Words: Solomon Photographs: KapilVashist

The Legend

The legendary Indian is back with a vengeance, and the Chief makes a visit to to cement its future. 

In 1962,a enthusiast from New Zealand was on a cargo ship – making his way to the States. His name was Burt and the only prized possession he had him was a 1920 Indian Scout, he had been continuously modifying 1926.Burt was on his way to the Bonneville Salt where he was hoping to take in the annual Speed Week In that visit, Burt set a new speed record in his class at

Since then, Burt set speed records with the Indian motorcycle – and, in he was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle of Fame. Burt Munro a legend, but the Indian Scout he was already legendary.

Indian was the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the by 1910, and by 1920 they had the legendary Scout, which Munro used to set his records. The was the most popular Indian and is without a doubt a pioneer of the stylethat we see today. In 1922, the Chief was born, but it wasn’t the 40’s that the Chief some major design and set the trendfor the legendary Indian

All was not well though. Indian went into financial and eventually went bankrupt. In Indian was taken over by Engineering.

They imported Enfield motorcycles from modified them slightly and sold them as Indian in the US Market. A couple years Indian brand was sold The legendary American motorcycle went through a prolonged during which it changed many times.

Fortunately, Industries acquired Indian in and injected fresh life the brand. Just two-and-a-half later, the Indian Motorcycle made a huge comeback. year at the famous Sturgis Rally, the 2014 Indian was revealed to the world – and it received recognition from across the mainly, the American bike were glad to welcome an American legend – the original makers of the world.

Polaris has also decided to the Indian brand to India, and week I was invited to get a hands-on with the 2014 Indian Classic.

The new Indian Chief has completely developed from the up, but as soon as lay eyes on it you can distinctively see the heritage and classic design exists. The 2014 Chief takes its design cues the 1940’s and 50’s Chief Both the wheels have fairing covers, and the front fairing also gets the and glass Indian war bonnet

Besides the fuel tank and covers, which are painted in the Indian red, every of the bike’s surface is covered in But the main centerpiece of the bike is the new, andbeautifully designed,‘Thunder engine. The Chief gets a mid section that looks it’s been dipped in silver, and every detail of the is brilliantly on display.

The downward facing exhaust is and stretches all the way past the rear The handlebars extend far away the telescopic front forks the rider, and the headlight has a fog light on side. Again, everything is in chrome, including the instrument on the fuel tank and the switch on the handlebars.

Even the whitewall are mounted on chrome 60-spoke The new Chief certainly pays to its heritage design, and everything on the is functional and not just for aesthetic

The new Indian Chief Classic gets keyless start, means you don’t need a key – you’re given a key fob, you can keep in your pocket and the bike by just pushing a If, for some reason, you forget the key fob – you can enter your own personalized code to start the bike. you start the bike, you’re by the deep growl and thump of the

Theair-cooled ‘Thunder Stroke’ is brand new and developed by Polaris. to say, it is incredibly refined. It has a of 1,800cc and can pump out 139Nm of which is transferred to the rear through a belt system. It is super smooth, and you hardly any vibration at all throughout the entire

The throttle response is magnificent as – all you need to do is open the throttle a bit and the bike pulls forward It doesn’t matter what you’re in, even at very low rpm Chief can truly hustle. The refined engine is mated to a gearbox that works well, and the clutch is light – is a good thing for riding in the

As much as I like sports sometimes these big cruisers win you over by being soincredibly – and the Indian Chief is no exception. The is great to sit on. It’s made of leather, which is sourced the same suppliers who used to Indian over half-a-century

The floorboards are at just the right for you to rest your feet, and the are perfect for a relaxed ride. The aluminum chassis is nicely and allows for easy handling. The is a long, slim bike a wheelbase of 1,755mm, and it weighs in at 368 with fuel – but it’s to handle. Plus, the ride is confidence inspiring and extremely

Unfortunately, I didn’t get much time with the Chief and I only got to try it on smooth open – but, from whatever I had riding the bike, there was nothing I could find to about. The bike looks – better than any other styled motorcycle on the market. also very powerful, and easy to ride.

Indian may not be able to trump in terms of numbers, but they’ve superseded them in terms of So if you want the best there is, want to pay the Indian Chief a

2014 Indian Chief

Engine: 1811cc / V-twin / | Transmission: 6-speed wet / multi-plate | Torque: 139Nm @ 2600rpm | Rs 26.5 lakh ex-showroom

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