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Indian Chieftain Cruiser

2014 Indian Chief | RIDE

PHOTOS: Barry Indian Motorcycle

Indian unveiled the long-awaited 2014 lineup at Sturgis Motorcycle with the marketing mantra: is here in American motorcycles Throughout it all, Indian has great efforts to not actually “those other guys” by including fellow Polaris holding, Victory. But, of we can all identify the elephant in the room and the is made.

There is a new player in the For riders, competition is a good It can only mean more better value, and higher motorcycles for us to ride.

After the new Indian Chief Classic of three models introduced at the others are the Chief Vintage a removable windshield and a set of retro and the Chieftain (a proper hard-case with a bar-mount fairing)—it’s obvious that this is already well underway. The new fit-and-finish and attention to detail are the first indications to what’s in when you (keylessly) fire up the 111 Thunder Stroke V-twin and a claimed 119 lb.-ft. of torque the six-speed transmission.

2014 Indian Chief – photo by Barry

The exhaust note is beautiful––throaty and without being obnoxious––perfectly by the intake sound. That path uses the top rail of the as part of the airbox. The sound of the was, of course, a high for the engineering team, and they to have succeeded in creating a very pleasing, yet legal,

There is a slight amount of lag in the throttle, but this may actually be a thing. Over-zealous whiskey can threaten to pull your out of their sockets with the freight train-like torque. No one has ever wished his motorcycle had torque, but there won’t be owners complaining for the lack of it.

(A update: The first Chief I had this throttle lag and later in the showed a check-engine light. staffers determined that the wire, probably knocked during transport, was the cause of maladies. [Loss of knock-sensor can make the bike go into home mode.] After a different bike, I can confirm the lag was isolated to that one machine.)

being a relatively heavy (778 pounds claimed weight), the Indian’s handling, and braking are quite good. tracking is solid, and the bike in with precision normally for sportbikes. Or, at least, sportier than the Chief.

This is likely due to the rigidity of the forged-aluminum frame. The geometry well, and the resulting handling no man-handling to keep the bike into a corner or to pull it up at the

The ride quality is excellent, the 46mm cartridge fork 4.7 inches of travel up front and a shock providing 3.7 in. out back. The soaks up the small, rough perfectly, and will handle the bumps up to the limitations of suspension During a morning ride a bumpy canyon at a leisurely the Indian Chief Classic was and compliant.

A more aggressive afternoon in the same canyons revealed the suspension can remain firm to allow a brisk pace, but bumps can reveal limitations. All in certainly impressive enough to off some assumptions about a heavyweight cruiser can be capable of.

Indian Chieftain Cruiser

The have excellent feel and power—as in dual four-piston 300mm discs up front allow easy two-finger stops. Another 300mm in the back, and ABS in both circuits, to peace of mind whether cruising along, hammering the highway or pushing the bike a bit harder through a canyon.

The Indian Chief Vintage has release windshield and saddlebags and the fringe comes off with as Indian’s accessory manager “Just in case you need a from the fringe.”

After a couple of days the Chief in and around Sturgis, clear that Indian has the bar for American cruisers in terms of and performance.

Prices start at for the Chief Classic, run to $20,999 for the Vintage, and top out at $22,999 for the Chieftain. competitive, in other words.

“other” American brand is set to its 2014 models later in No doubt there will be interesting news there, but you have to wonder if the quality and of the Indian, right at the very will push Milwaukee to course even a little Competition between Harley and was fierce “back in the day.” to another round.

The 2014 Indian Chief has quick release windshield and and even the fringe comes off velcro, as Indian’s accessory says “Just in case you a break from the fringe.”

Indian Chief Classic photo by Barry Hathaway


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