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Indian Chief Classic

New Bike Evaluation: 2014 Chief Classic, Chief Chieftain

The mere fact you’re looking at pictures of the new motorcycles within these pages is an incredible achievement. Perhaps not on your but it is on the part of Polaris and the team at The motorcycle you see before you was imagined, developed, and produced in an astonishingly short time 27 months, to be exact.

As a former employee of an parts manufacturer, I can personally attest this time frame is When I was in the industry, I that sometimes one machine take three years to go drawing board to driveway. And did an entire vehicle in a little two years?

To me, that’s astonishing!

in mind, this isn’t an the last two attempts at reviving the Motorcycle brand. This is a clean sheet and you’re not looking at some together test mule. That’s me the actual bike, and as you this, new Indian Chief , Chief Vintage, and Chieftain are on floors.

I cannot sum up how impressed I am by feat and by this trio of

Sure, technology has come a way since the days I worked for an parts company and that may be of the reason this is in the flesh so quickly. But teamwork, and a positive attitude on the part of employees are what made it Git ’er done is more than a catchphrase here.

These got it done! No meetings on to schedule a meeting. No infighting. a decision, use the technology available it work, move onto the phase. I’m sure there plenty of late nights at the pissed-off spouses, weekend hours, and vacations in order to do so.

But it has resulted in a truly amazing machine runs and rides well, pulls from any throttle angle, instills in the rider, and is a fitting extension of the fine Motorcycle brand.

Excuse me if you think I’m And no, I’m not on the Polaris payroll. It is my opinion if these bikes had taken years to develop (which I was estimating), I’d still be impressed them. But 27 months?

 And the end is so good? I gotta give credit it’s due. But for now, enough of I’ll move on to what’s so about the new Indians. The three available are the Chief Classic, an named cruiser that I not call … or basic for loaded with features and the Chief Vintage, which with what I consider the look, thanks to tan leather and a clear, tall windshield (all release); and the Chieftain, a modernized interpretation of a loaded touring bagger be had Indian not gone out of so many years ago.

is available in the three classic offerings of Thunder Black (base Indian Motorcycle Red, and Blue (red or blue at additional cost). While all are great looking on this bike, the red screams Indian to me. But I must that the black Vintage with the buckskin-colored bags and seat, is tasteful.

All three are powered by the Thunder Stroke 111″ engine by a smooth-shifting six-speed transmission belt final drive. The Stroke 111 is fed by an electronic fuel-injection system air from the left side of the Indians so famously used to do. The chrome cover on the side is a stylized electronics

Straight pushrod tubes, downspout pipes, and finned valve were all staples of the Indian and are represented here in modernized fashion. The cover is actually a valve inside a valve cover transmitted heat; much into reworking the exhaust for that down-exiting headpipe, and the inside the tubes are angled slightly to with the three-camshaft system of valve

The 111 is balance shaft equipped, and the rotating mass was low with the help of slim beam con The engine holds 5-1/2 quarts of there’s no separate primary so a one-fluid engine, and the oil bag is not a tank at all; it’s a at the rear of the engine. Engineers set a goal of 115 of torque, which they to obliterate with an actual 119 ft-lbs. 91 octane fuel is preferred.

service intervals (after the service) will be appreciated I’ve been asked by folks about my impressions of the new Indian and the that it’s “hard to always comes up. This engine hard from anywhere in the rpm range.

The isn’t vibey at all, There’s no audible transmission noise in my opinion, the Indian is a nicer bike than its Victory cousins. A on that: there are no shared components between the Indian and bikes, and they are assembled on assembly lines. For that, I call the two brands sisters, rather cousins.

During the press in Sturgis, South Dakota, joked that Polaris to send the Indian transmission over to help the Victory out. If you’ve ever been in the way a Victory transmission shifts have), you won’t find any of problems here.

While all three Indians the same engine, you’ll differences in the chassis layout. The and Vintage are direct clones and have the rake and trail figures degrees/155mm. However, the Chieftain from a steering geometry for quicker handling and better It has a 25-degree rake and 150mm a shorter wheelbase.

The chassis is a aluminum frame with double downtubes, which bolt to head. Kudos to Indian for the way the came together. The hardware is the frame is clean and downright even featuring an Indian embellishment near the headstock. I found all to be well-balanced bikes as we played “don’t put foot down/slow race” at

 The rear shock is adjustable, mechanically on the and Vintage, while the Chieftain is All three models benefit a rear suspension pull pin, allows the rear suspension to down extra far for easy tire service. One qualm I did with a chassis-related item is that the was difficult to find with my I kept pushing on the clutch point instead by accident.

something to get used to. On the plus it’s actually difficult to floorboard to pavement during turns and maneuvers, making the Indians fun to through corners. Whitewall tires on wheel rims are standard on the Classic and while the Chieftain wears blackwall on cast aluminum wheels.

One of the conceptual renditions the Chieftain wearing whitewalls, looked hot. I was told for the extra weight-carrying on the Chieftain, the cast wheels beefier blackwalls needed to be fitted.

On the comfort and aesthetics side of the bike, I’d say it! One comment made by Director of Design for Polaris Greg struck a chord with me. At the onset of the question was posed: What if had never gone out of business? would the bikes look like I thought that was a great

You have a clean sheet of to design whatever you like, but to stay true to the brand. not just a matter of picking up Indian left off, but the look to where it should be in today’s world. For example, the War Bonnet mascot on the front was actually adjusted to look down the farther and advanced with

Indian Chief Classic

the use of LED The valanced fenders are true to all metal and proportioned just The tank top instrument panel pays homage to the 1938 actually had an ammeter where the fuel gauge now resides, and a modern, keyless entry start instead of an ignition switch keyhole. wasn’t afraid to layer the with plenty of chrome, which no Indian should be without.

And did you that the Chief Classic Indian lettering on the the Vintage utilizes a tank emblem, and the has a headdress logo appliqué, all seemingly of what was and what should be? On the Classic and Vintage,

facing the in the aforementioned dash nacelle, is the with an inset LCD screen a scrollable odometer, two tripmeters, tach, air volts, clock, and average mpg with a gear indicator all the time. To my eyes, the numerals are a little difficult to and the instruments glow a dark red at compounding the issue.

On the Chieftain, the gauges are moved up to the the info panel is displayed as a background with light numerals, appear somewhat dim to me. I think I

appreciate the reverse: dark on a light background. The Chieftain gets a premium 100-watt system with Bluetooth, and easy-to-operate are on the left switchpod. The fork-mounted features an electronically movable windshield, in the raised position, is quite controlling wind noise at

The sound system absolutely rocks and may be one of the sounding of any touring motorcycle I’ve ridden. There’s a small on the right side of the with a lanyard-attached soft bag your MP3 player. As for the front of the some folks have been on Indian for its appearance. Who cares?

be seeing this bike behind the fairing more in front. But after seeing inspired the look (1940s and trains), the appearance of the Chieftain sense now. The large, headlight surround is chrome-plated surely for weight savings on the seemingly the only cut rate on the bike.

The mirrors are well on all three models and are rock while riding. All models are with major features like ABS and control, and minor ones hazard flashers and genuine leather The saddlebags on the Vintage are ultra to the touch; it feels like you can immerse hand in the leather and the underside of the bag lined with an equally quilted material.

Hardbags on the Chieftain lockable via a small switch on the nacelle. There’s plenty of

room to accessorize your and the factory is busy pounding out there’s plenty of fringe to and I await the heel-toe shifter. My accessory might be the matching tan leather case, which snaps on the accessory rear rack. classy.

In closing, please me to gush a little more. new Indians cannot, and should be confused with the last attempts (and the several before them) at resurrecting the brand. I just prefer to those from my mind and do as designers did: just of this as exactly where the Motorcycle company would be if not for its untimely demise in 1953.

The high tech, well powerful, true to their most of all, fun to ride. grab stares, questions, from most anyone who them. And that’s not because of the backstory of them coming to so expediently. It’s because of proportion and traditional styling that the feeling of a classic American people say Indian is coming

I say, in amazement, Indian is here. M

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