New 2014 Indian Chief and Chieftain Review From Sturgis

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Indian Chief Classic

Indian Summer Straight Sturgis, our latest take on the Indian Chief cruisers and bagger.

Photographer. Barry and Tom Riles

Much of what one at Sturgis Bike Week in the “OMG, I wish I hadn’t that!” category. But it’s not swinging …, lumpy and sunburned beer bellies hog up the scene in South Dakota. The bikes rolling around the Plains can also be unsightly.

front wheels, anyone? But year, thank God and America, was one double take well the head turn: the unveiling of the Chiefs from Indian

One Little, Two Little, Three Indians…

Everyone knew the Chief was on its way, but the world equal parts shocked and to find there would be Polaris-borne Indians available out of the gate. A truly remarkable when you remember how all this about.

The iconic brand, became America’s first company in 1901 and enjoyed a 40 years, has seen a bumpy since it was first sold in Decades of slumber were by misalignments of would-be profiteers, a sad start in 1999 and, a heartfelt resurrection by Stellican, the responsible for breathing some back into the iconic Craft line of boats. trouble was, the Indian didn’t float.

Known as the Mountain Indians, the iffy of this era were overpriced and eventually fizzled. In 2011, 60 years after the last Indian rolled off the line in Massachusetts, Polaris Industries was to rescue the beloved brand. The giant, well known for its prowess, heartland values and workforce, gently laid to the Kings Mountain platform reinventing one of America’s most marques.

That it took the design and engineering team at a mere 27 months to create the ground up these all-new distinctly different motorcycles—is a And after riding them, it like a miracle.

Bob Almond of Rapid City, Dakota, likes his ’09 Kings Spirit, but was very impressed by the new He says he could almost buy two new for the price he paid for his one bike.

It’s Just A Victory Different Bodywork”

Hardly. no matter how good something is, how executed and well intended, will be haters. For the informed, the comparison is tiresome. In fact, 25 years of testing motorcycles many of those spent as the of a cruiser-specific magazine, I can say with that these new Indians resemble anything else But you don’t need to be an expert to that; you just need to a ride on one.

If I had a dime for time I heard someone “Sold!” as they stepped off a at the demo circuit I’d have myself to a nice buffalo

One guy who grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, had in his eyes when he got off a Chieftain. said he needed another ride to make sure his ride wasn’t a dream. Two with Harley tattoos comment at all.

They they were late for a If you can’t find anything bad to say …

One you didn’t hear from demo riders, or the crowds gathered at every stop to tap and talk about the Chiefs and in person, was that they in any way like, sounded like or like Victory motorcycles. doesn’t mean to say the two brands share critical things, do. Specifically, quality and intelligent

The Chieftain in red was a showstopper. The only we missed were the Dunlop Elite whitewalls found on the and Vintage. Indian says the higher GVWR precluded use of the

World’s Most Functional

The favorite Indian among riders and looky-loos alike was the with its beautifully-styled hard and 1950’s-flavor fairing, modeled the streamliner trains from the As its name implies, it is the leader of the not just for its bold presence as the faired hard bagger to wear the Indian badge, but for its top-of-the-line positioning and price.

Performance-wise, what separates the from the Chiefs is its steering and air-adjustable monoshock, which change the ride feel. All of the new are a snap to ride, but the Chieftain is the that riders report most “effortless” and “light,” though it’s slightly than the others.

And it’s The Chieftain’s steeper rake (25 shorter wheelbase (65.7 and lower bar height make it the nimble-feeling of the bunch at low speeds and during aggressive cornering, it requires extremely low effort.

Not you can feel the weight of the amenity-laden on the fork in the form of a slight in fast sweepers, and major that involve braking cornering—say, when some rider coming the other way into your lane—can a hinging effect high on the scale. Fortunately, the Chieftain’s clearance is excellent, allowing you to even deeper instead of down.

The Classic and Vintage use a traditional rake (29 degrees), along with positive-offset (the Chieftains are negative results in a 68.1-inch wheelbase. The shock features mechanical adjustment. Both of these feel more like steering is a little heavier but predictable, with rock-solid no matter your speed.

The difference between the two Chiefs is the of fringed leather saddlebags and a for the Vintage, which does to the nostalgic set. Hard for the record, are not intended to go on the Classic or says Indian, because of geometry concerns, load and potential stability issues.

the cornering clearance on all of the new Indians is and the cast aluminum frame and suspension eat up every type of surface. The gear-primary and six-speed uses an oversize clutch and is but faultless, while the brakes, standard ABS, are more adequate.

Despite all of the lavish chrome, leather and creamy paint, the Stroke 111 remains the new Indians’ beautiful element.

One demo from Nebraska couldn’t keep quiet after he in following a ride on a Classic. wow. The engine … you really to hold on to this thing!” And The Thunder Stroke 111 . the first new powerplant in seven decades, is the thing to happen to the cruiser in a long, long time. “We we had to start with the engine,” Eric Fox, Senior for the Thunder Stroke powertrain. when you’re designing a engine, you start from the out. This was a little because this engine needed to be designed from the in, so that when you look at it, uniquely Indian.”

Folks are when they learn the Stroke doesn’t share a proprietary part with any engine, or any engine ever And not only is this a beautiful, interpretation of a classic Indian with a claimed peak of 119.2 foot-pounds at 3000 it’s also wonderfully by the closed-loop, throttle-by-wire EFI system. for the occasional off-idle hiccup on departures, response is seamless and

And the sound. “I tried to record it my phone, but it doesn’t do it justice,” Red, from Spokane, who was trying to decide between the Chief and Chieftain. “My wife has all meditation tapes she listens to to chimes and crickets and stuff. I want to listen to this Much effort went creating the universally praised note of the Chiefs, as well as the mechanical interaction with the “We wanted to make any unpleasant noise as quiet as possible so we bring out a pure exhaust to the customer,” said Fox. transmission and all of the gear pairs designed from the get-go to off very low mechanical noise.”

“We also wanted to keep the vibrations low,” Fox added, not eliminate them. You still to know that you’re on a just don’t want it to be fingers that remind The result is a motorcycle that vibrate at all through the handlebar, at idle, you can feel a pleasant pulse rise up into hands and seat. At 2600 rpm (70 mph in gear), there is a less-pleasant of high-frequency vibration felt the floorboards and seat, but it’s and easily avoided with a change of throttle.

Lastly, is, of course, the matter of heat off such a huge mill, and engineers worked hard to it. “Power is heat,” explained Director Gary Gray. cooling helps a little but by no means is it the answer to everything.” headers, heat shields and the massive fin area work to direct heat from the legs, but there’s no way to forget knees are hugging a 905cc can of at least not during a South summer.

Everybody admired the of the new Indians, especially the deeply fenders.

Indian Chief Classic

Hail To The Chiefs

“As we on these bikes we had one goal in to build the premium American No questions. We want to put Indian on top,” said Gray at the press conference. “Polaris is a billion powersports company,” he “We go up against giants every And win.”

Polaris Vice of Motorcycles, Steve Menneto, is a more practical when Indian’s charge. “To take an axe to a Sequoia might seem even impossible,” he told us over cocktails. “It could five years. It may take 20 Or 50. But as long as you keep swinging, got a chance.”

What’s more, the new V-Twin-powered and Chieftain are just the beginning of brand’s revival. “It’s the Age of Indian for all of us working on the brand at said Greg Brew, of Industrial Design. “It’s what’s going on right now in my and what’s being invested by You see some of the fruits right but we’re going to blow minds even more in the

The broad design history of the brand gives the team at huge latitude. The possibilities are Will we see a renaissance of the Four? A An Ace? Racing bikes? “I can’t say exactly what doing going forward,” Brew. “I think it’s to say you’ll see us make bikes will appeal to many types of customers in the future.”

other premium, iconic manufacturer might want to the wagons. Not only are these new right on target, Harley’s crowd is certain to accept likewise legendary brand its fold. “I was always wanting a one Street Glide owner us, “I like the lines.” He also his club mates wouldn’t him if he did. “But this is This is an Indian.”

Bob Almond, a City local, longtime and owner of a 2009 Kings Spirit, agreed. He says his has not only been accepted by the crowd, it’s revered. “I to own one of the new ones, though. I’m only that I could have two for I paid for this one.”

1949 Chief is at home on the with its 2014 namesake. of original Indians we interviewed applauded the design and engineering at Polaris.

The Price Is Right

And to end, there’s nothing to the Indian brand from Someone looking at a Heritage same buyer the Chief is vying for—might see a price tag from the H-D that’s $3500 but to make the bikes comparable, have to pony up for the Twin Cam 110 ABS ($1200) and chrome for the fork, and foot controls ($1259). the Harley’s seat will be instead of leather, and internal wiring, cruise control and ignition aren’t even

The Indian team is also to compare the Chieftain to Harley’s Glide, the fared, hard-bagger is The Motor Company’s number one Again, the internal wiring, the monitoring system and cool windshield that come on the Chieftain aren’t even options on the Harley. To make the as similar as possible, you’d to upgrade from the Twin Cam 103 to the add ABS, cruise control and a of chrome.

In the end, Indian say, you’ll spend $5000 more for the Harley.

Us Your New Models”

Aside the requisite boob shows and burnouts, Sturgis felt this year. Everyone was about the Indians. Staring, speculating. Heads would as you rode by.

Mouths turned to It was the beginning of something good.

marketing team calls it The rest of us will enjoy it as There’s certainly room on stage for another iconic motorcycle brand, especially for one gets it right. Next Harley-Davidson will release its own lineup, and rumor has it Milwaukee is big news.

Since when is too of good thing bad? you, America.

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