2014 Indian Chieftain — First Ride — Road & Track

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Indian Chieftain Cruiser

By Zach Bowman October 22, / Photos by Zach Bowman

Gray, product director at Motorcycles, says everyone has an story. That-s the kind of that typically makes me and wait for a lethal onslaught of PR Except I fall right that generalization.

After my got out of the Navy in the late -40s, he a summer bombing around on an old Details like the exact or even the model are long but a more crucial aspect of the survives: at a shave under feet, he was too short to successfully to a stop on the machine. My uncle, tears of laughter in his eyes, that my grandfather had to drop the every time he parked it.

said every Indian was glamorous.

Genetics were to me, so I-m a foot taller than my Looking at the 2014 Indian I-ve never been so of my comparatively long legs.

A big cruiser like the Chieftain is a thing. Distinctly American in its audacity and its price tag, the is a loping status symbol. The Stroke 111 V-twin engine the motorcycle-s look and sound. the old Indians, the new mill is left-hand and right-hand drive. Designers to talk engineers into the lump with parallel tubes and a faux flathead to draw as many parallels as to the bikes of old.

The uninitiated see a of billet and chrome, but for anyone with what Indian was, it works.

Parent Polaris gave Indian, its acquisition, free reign to up with a bike that was to the brand-s heritage. Gray that started with I-m not talking about poring old ads and build sheets, either.

Every soul on the design and teams spent time a collection of vintage Indians, to know them and learning made them historically

As a result, the new engine is a beautiful Press the starter once, and the cranks until the engine typically in about half a Then you-re shaking panes. The sound is intoxicating; and mellow but distinctly V-Twin.

Harley-Davidson, but smoother. It takes serious throttle to induce any of the and bark I traditionally associate the big Vs. Instead, you-re left an exhaust note that you in your chest long you hear it in your helmet.

of Milwaukee-s finest, I ask Gray if is directly targeting Harley-s base with the Chieftain.

see them more as sister he says. -It-s not a rivalry, you-d expect.-

Even so, Gray admits the Indian buyer is wealthy, and white: right in line the guys and girls bringing new Harley baggers.

Like any the Thunder Stroke delivers of vibration, but Indian did a smart job of the rider from the worst of it. thanks in part to those 1.25-inch handlebars. Here designers opted to draw a between the new machine and its ancestors, the same striations on the grips and boards as found on the late Chief. Clever details are from the standard real-leather to the full-chrome controls.

The execution is

There-s 119.2 lb-ft of available from the fuel-injected Polaris says that -as a of policy,- the company doesn-t horsepower figures for its motorcycles or nor does its major competitors.

As as that omission is, the hefty belies the Chief-s 848-lb There-s enough torque to get in second gear on flat without riding the clutch oblivion, and pulling yourself out of a gear choice is as simple as on more throttle. That on-demand torque is addictive and

Ripping into the throttle is a in sound, momentum, and mass. The swings to redline abruptly, and up a gear on the six-speed transmission a satisfying thunk that-s so and charming you can-t wait for the gear.

The Chieftain is surprisingly given its weight. The suspension so soft as to compromise handling, and the will hustle through turns with just a convincing. There-s more than you-d think with those big, running boards, and the confident make for a rewarding ride.

sees Indian as the company-s brand, and as such, the topped-out comes with standard features like anti-lock a power windscreen, cruise and keyless ignition. A proximity fob the owner simply throw a leg the bike, hit the starter, and take The fob also locks and unlocks the removable panniers.

An in-dash computer serves up a of information, including tire oil life, fuel economy, and You can also pair your audio via Bluetooth, and the stereo FM, AM, and weather band, all controllable via a switch on the left handlebar.

The is impressive, and like most baggers, it-s not cheap, at $22,999, plus destination. a few options at it, and the bottom line quickly.

Indian knows that you can only go so far selling cruisers to deep-pocketed riders. says the company doesn-t to stick solely to cruisers forward. He-s cagey what exactly that but says that personally, like to see modern resurrections of the Scout and Four, complete their more accessible tags.

-[The cruisers] are the foundation of the Gray said. -We had to restore People had to understand that we got the Indian will be able to any type of motorcycle in the world. As we forward, you-re going to see pretty interesting things Indian Motorcycles that necessarily tied to our past.-

I wait to ride them.

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