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

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Indian Chieftain Touring

First Ride: 2014 Chieftain

Wednesday, September 4th — Indian

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

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

Barely look paul yaffe’s bagger

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

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

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

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

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

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

But it does look really doesn’t it?

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

The will appeal to erstwhile Deluxe riders. However all models arrive with ABS cruise control, and inch and a bars with internal included—and that makes incredible value for money

Indian Chieftain Touring
Indian Chieftain Touring

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

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

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

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

much more to discuss these bikes, but as an initial it seems Polaris got this one the first time. To further their commitment there is a line of accessories and apparel really pushes these from being motorcycles to motorcycle.

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

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

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