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2014 Indian Chieftain | RIDE

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Everyone knew Motorcycles was going to unveil its 2014 Indian Chief at year’s 2013 Sturgis Rally. The big surprise, however—even for us attending the highly produced unveiling in downtown Sturgis night—was the introduction of an all-new called the Chieftain.

Obviously to go head to head with the Harley-Davidson Street Glide, the Indian Chieftain is priced at only $3200 more its competitor. Indian’s math the Street Glide would cost $27,904 equipped the Chieftain’s cruise control and pressure monitoring, and a 110 kit to bump it up to displacement.

The Chieftain uses the unit-construction Thunder Stroke 111 as the other Indian Chiefs, the and the Vintage. Read first of big twin in action here. of the chassis is also the same, just one component of the forged modular frame being

The front end is actually set up with a 25-degree rake by using a top rail and neck frame, and clamps with a different The Classic and Vintage models a more kicked-out 29-degree The effect of these small changes is dramatic, resulting in handling for a big bagger. On a quick out to Mt.

Rushmore, it was possible to put the bike on control and whip through with two fingers on a single

Riding the Chieftain alongside the models revealed no clumsiness the 815-pound (claimed dry) at slow speeds, either. The is, in fact, only 14 lbs. than the Chief Vintage. In testin g, all three models really felt as heavy as might seem on the stat

The Chief Classic weighs in at the at a claimed 778 lbs. dry. simply seem to hide weight completely once A confident rider of any size easily handle any of these bikes.

The seat height is a 26 inches off the deck, and accessory are also available to bring riders more forward and it easier to get their feet

The Chieftain has the obvious bagger such as top-loading, remotely hard bags with push-button latches (with operation as opposed to H-D’s

The Chieftain’s fairing takes its cues from the 50s streamliner trains.

Right up front, and out as a polarizing styling element, is the fairing. Because Indian has never made a bagger Indian’s designers had no heritage to back to when designing the so they went back to time period from the majority of the Chief’s styling is the 1950s. They also for something that had the same a rider would want in a fairing—powerful-looking, aerodynamic, classic

They settled on the ’50s freight trains, and once you of the styling in this perspective, it to make more sense and fit the It also makes sense you feel the 119 lb.-ft. of torque the puts out.

The Chieftain the first power windshield on a fairing on any production motorcycle. Its travel of 4 in. is just enough to the screen out of your line of if it becomes a nuisance, or adapt to such as headwinds or nearby While riding around there weren’t too many to go very fast, but at normal speeds the pocket of air was excellent no head buffeting.

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With the stock screen accessory screens are available) at height, the protection was very even for tall riders.

makes the Chieftain really out is the number of technological bells and it incorporates. All three Chief have features such as ignition systems, anti-lock cruise control, and a digital with fuel-mileage readout and calculation. The Chieftain adds extras like tire-pressure and Bluetooth syncing so you can listen to phone’s music through the without plugging it in.

You can even talk on the phone you’re riding—if that’s thing.

Heat management on is always a concern. You can consider well-tested during the press in Sturgis. Quite a bit of time was the huge, 111-cube, air-cooled while idling through traffic and in the sun during photo shoots, but has gone the extra mile in heat management into the

Ceramic-coated headers and shields as much exhaust heat from the rider as possible. sitting still or doing the St. Shuffle” during Sturgis, going to get some noticeable but as long as the bike was rolling at any whatsoever, no heat issues—like the calf barbecue—often typical of air-cooled V-twins were

The Chieftain is powerful, stable, and at speed, striking in design, has a performance profile in terms of and braking, and has all of the modern features want from a bagger for or touring. That and classic, styling. Not a bad way to start.

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The fairing takes its styling from the 50s streamliner freight

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