Indian Chief Classic Cruiser review — Hindustan Times

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Indian Chief Classic

Indian Chief Classic review


The name may a few unfamiliar with the brand but is an all-American bike maker has been around since It’s had it fair share of ups and and ownership changes over the of its history. However, since Indian Motorcycles is part of Industries, best known in for its range of specialist off-road

Polaris, and the corresponding money it into the company, allowed to develop a new range of bikes were launched at the Sturgis Rally in USA in 2013.

The ‘base’ model in the Indian if you can call a bike that Rs. 26.5 lakh (ex-showroom, that, is the Chief Classic. the name is not the only element bike shares with the Chief of the 1940s; the new bike like the original too. it’s been given a ‘power’ button here and an LED there, but the whole look is very, very retro.

traditional Indian touches over from the old bikes the motif that sits on the fender (it lights up too), lovely white-wall tyres of course, the trademark swoopy fender. Detailing is superb too studded seats, an embossed logo on the frame and handlebar are just some of the finer And clichéd as it may sound, there’s enough chrome on the bike to up a moonless night.

At 2.5-metres long, the Chief is a long bike. Quite it doesn’t feel as large the saddle, the riding posture is so well judged. You sit low, the handlebar falls easy to and even the footrests seem than they initially

As a result, it’s easy to get so long as you can work around its 368kg kerb weight experienced at traffic lights) and turning circle (worst at U-turns). But the real surprise of the is the engine, namely the new Thunder 111 motor. The ‘111’ here to the engine capacity in cubic which equates to a mid-size-saloon-rivaling

Beautifully crafted, this and fuel-injected, V-twin engine a mighty 14.1kgm at a very low

As the numbers suggest, this is a powerful bike. There’s pulling power in all gears and is very impressive for something so The soundtrack from the twin is very nice too – deep and of bass. Do note, the motorcycle is not from vibrations, but these very intrinsic to the whole riding experience.

A very linear build of and well-weighted clutch also the it relatively easy to ride slow moving traffic.

as it may be in the city, it is at home on the highway. on the straights and game for long the motorcycle also absorbs quite well, with its profile Dunlop Elite providing a lot of the cushioning. Braking is via dual front discs and a rear disc that reign in the momentum under stops.

Clearly, the motorcycle has a lot else to apart from being loud and flashy. It’s got than adequate power as big cruisers go, it’s relatively to ride too. As far as first are concerned, it has made a mark on us.

Indian Chief Classic

then that it will find place in the garages of few (read financially well buyers.

Fact File

Range (in lakhs)*

Ex-showroom Rs. 26.5 lakh (ex-showroom,

Type 1811cc, twin-cylinder, air-cooled

Power 110bhp (estimated)

14.1kgm at 2600rpm


Indian Chief Classic
Indian Chief Classic
Indian Chief Classic


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