First Ride: 2014 Indian Chieftain 2013 2014 Motorcycle Review and News

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First Ride: 2014 Indian Chieftain

Wednesday, September 4th 2013. – Indian

Of all the motorcycles Indian introduced last night to actually a packed house on sturgis’ main street, the the one which elicited the largest response due to crowd was the 2014 Indian Chieftain . Along with smart reason. The sculpted fairing possesses a daring, aggressive style, blending the new and exciting with acquainted cues just like the signature Indian valanced fenders barely below it.

It was eventually the one motorcycle its new polaris owners introduced that deviated possibly the most due to norm. As well as a bagger in its initial offerings was a savvy promoting move by Indian motorcycle. 2014 Indian Chieftain continues as being possibly one of the most well-liked segments and there’s varied custom builders doing massive things around with them within the whole aftermarket.

Barely look into paul yaffe’s bagger nation.

Indian brass stated it must one goal in your mind along with the new lineup. to actually build the premier premium american motorcycle. Because 2014 Indian Chieftain moves forward to this goal, it pays tribute in the brand’s springfield heritage and its long history that dates back to actually 1901. The initial 1901 production models coming away from spirit lake will certainly be numbered, and of course the new model launch includes lots of firsts for your own Indian brand.

The forged aluminum chassis may be a 1st on an Indian, the bike’s skeleton providing each the burden savings and rigidity Indian sought because it attempted to actually pull mass away from the frame. The progressive linkage system utilized on the chief vintage and chief classic is another 1st on an Indian motorcycle. The 2014 lineup includes the initial hard-faired bagger the corporate has created, too.

The 2014 Indian Chief lineup unveiling at Sturgis Polaris was pleasant enough, but riding through the Black Hills was a revelation –  and I’m not talking about the stunning scenery (though I could wax on about that for pages).

The balanced Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin puts out a claimed 119 ft/lbs of torque, and that serious grunt is available at any point in the rev range. But it’s not just the engine’s flexibility that was so impressive on the 2014 Indian Chief lineup, which includes the Classic, Vintage and Chieftain,  it was the character that it imbued the bike with as well.

The fantastic exhaust note was extensively worked on by the design team, and they’ve arrived at a soulful throb that is distinct and musical. Likewise the motor’s vibration is that elusive ideal between pleasantly reminding you that the engine is alive, yet not intrusive enough to be fatiguing at any point.

The rear cylinder with its lovely multi-directional fins that is so reminiscent of the marque’s heritage can certainly put out some heat and my right leg did become a little toasty during the day. It has to be said the ambient was into the nineties.  Frankly, any motorcycle worth a damn is going to have heat management challenges in that environment, so I’ll reserve judgment until I can ride the bike in normal temperatures before making too much of it.

But it does look really good, doesn’t it?

The big surprise of course was that Indian revealed not just one “Chief” but three separate models (Classic, Vintage, and Chieftain) that bring Polaris’ $3.2 Billion resources to bear on creating an exceptional, heritage faithful motorcycle. You don’t need to see the classic War Bonnet on the front to know this is an Indian – the aforementioned multi-directional finning on the air-cooled motor, the faithful downdraft exhaust pipes, and the valanced fenders front and rear give that away immediately.

The Classic will appeal to erstwhile Harley-Davidson Deluxe riders. However all three models arrive with ABS brakes, cruise control, and inch and a quarter bars with internal wiring included—and that makes them incredible value for money too.

Indian Chieftain Touring
Indian Chieftain Touring

The Vintage of course is a direct competitor to Harley’s Heritage Softail, although the leather seat and fringed bags are all Indian though.  The big gun of the trio is the Chieftain, and although the batwing style handlebar fairing isn’t necessarily the best looking one out there (but you can be the judge of that), it sure works exceptionally well.

Extensive wind-tunnel testing has resulted in a perfect pocket of air that keeps the rider with a cooling breeze — without any serious buffeting, even at speed. I saw 100 MPH appear easily on the clock one time, and I was surprised how smooth the bike felt and how precisely it handled with that level of windblast. The Chieftain has a shorter wheelbase than the other two cruisers, thanks to a 25 degree rake reduced from 29 degrees.

The Chieftain handles impeccably, and although it’s clearly not as heavy a bike as some, it feels extremely light to maneuver at slow speed.

The chassis has a coil-over spring mono-tube linkage rear shock that works well; the Chieftain has a pneumatic preload that needs to be adjusted correctly for the load you intend to carry.

There’s much more to discuss with these bikes, but as an initial impression, it seems Polaris got this one right the first time. To further show their commitment there is a comprehensive line of accessories and apparel that really pushes these machines from being motorcycles to YOUR motorcycle.

And once you’ve made it your own the bike will have a character and soul that you will have personally defined. The fact that it works incredibly well, and is covered by a comprehensive five-year warranty and has been stress tested to the nth degree is great news as well.

The new Indians come in black, and for $400 extra ($500 on the Chieftain) you can also choose between traditional Red, and Starlight Blue. Base pricing is the Classic at $18,999; the Vintage at $20,999; and the Chieftain at $22,999. Money very well spent I’d say.

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