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Indian Chieftain Touring
Indian Chieftain Touring

Spirits Awakened: 2014 Chieftain Tour

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from the catacombs of American once again, Indian lives. When the purchase of first Motorcycle Company was by Polaris (manufacturer of Victory the faithful waited with breath as the rumors flew. Victory, like others, together parts and pieces and the “Vindian?” That proved not to be the

Resurrected from the ground up, is a completely separate division of and their engines do not share a part with the existing line. I am seated on a stunning Indian Chieftain and I too wonder. may have brought Indian from the …, but is its spirit

The Chieftain is the first fairing-wearing, bagger ever to sport the badge. A 1950’s art deco inspired the fairing, and the flowing bags are trimmed in chrome. The is “tribal leader” of the Indian The faring is loaded with technology, complete with a display that reads from tire pressure to grip levels. Bluetooth is right in, so you can link your phone or MP3 player to the bike

A compartment in the batwing, complete a USB connection and a padded pocket will hold a smart so you can ride, listen and charge all at Did I mention the 100 watt stereo The windshield on the fairing is electrically via a switch on the left hand

It’s the first electrically windshield on a factory fork-mounted

Performance-wise, what separates the from the Chiefs (both and Vintage) is its steering geometry and monoshock, which can completely the ride feel. This is comfortable; damn comfortable. triangulation is relaxed and roomy.

I the electric windscreen and it may have motorcycling forever – it could be one of “once you have it, you won’t be it” kind of features… Around it’s completely out of the way when and the 4-inch travel makes flying a breeze, a very breeze. The difference is dramatic the rider to easily hear the 100 stereo at full speed.

The Thunder Stroke 111 engine devours the highway; a completely new from the former Power 100 and 105 that is just amazing, in a cast aluminum frame. The is visceral, and I gotta admit it put a … grin on my smug mug as I well, everybody. Even at a twist of the throttle easily me at triple digits. The primary features a large wet clutch excellent feel and the six-speed is solid yet smooth.

The 49-degree demands a balancer for smoothness, but is ample mechanical personality through the bars and floorboards. from the outside in it’s Indian and doesn’t share a proprietary part with any engine, or any engine ever for that matter. It’s a beautiful, modern interpretation of a Indian power plant, a claimed peak torque of foot-pounds at 3000 rpm.

you stop with this a crowd is sure to gather. Polaris has captured the spirit of and the abundant badging never you forget. I think I counted Indian logos and emblems on from mirrors, to handle to saddlebags.

This is designed to be a “World” so Indian has designed it to be compliant import specifications world-wide. For Australia’s maximum handlebar is just a tad narrower than in thus it’s made to dimension.

The seat height of 26 makes the Chieftain feel even though the bike in at 848 lbs wet; The Chieftain’s steeper (25 degrees), shorter wheelbase in.) and lower bar height it nimble-feeling but decidedly tour-ready. Not at low speeds but also during cornering, where it requires low effort. The Chieftain’s lean is also increased.

All bikes with ABS, cruise keyless start, a light bar (or lights for the Chieftain) and leather The Chieftain gets the stereo, hands-free calling and tire-pressure pretty impressive even at its price of $22,999.00. ($500 for “Indian Motorcycle Red” as and $250 for California).

Indian Chieftain Touring
Indian Chieftain Touring

I have a minor criticism 5.5 gallon gas tank. The display does not display miles when in reserve and is hard to in sunlight. (I was told there’s a way to the display but never figured out). I ran the gauge to empty 165 miles then filled up the

It took exactly 4.8 gallons, a 0.7 gallon reserve left, normal. (Admittedly I was doing most of the time and engines more gas at higher speeds and it all freeway) With the wind in the direction and slower speeds, 200 per tank may be possible. I only this up because the Chieftain is touring friendly. For the serious the Chieftain may need a tour We all know that touring more about the princess the chief.

By the way, that gas cap on the tank? It’s just for

Ultimately this motorcycle 5 stars for style, comfort, technology and flat-out cool I am even a big fan of the kickstand kill If you put down the kickstand it kills the and you can’t start in gear will never ride off the kickstand down again.

like the Stage 1 Slip-On amplify its rich, throaty note allowing the Thunder 111 engine to breathe more unleashing additional power and throttle response. While consider the dual exhaust to be weight, Indian says stopped counting when the went over 800 pounds, and it gives a measurable performance If you buy the Chieftain, spring for the optional grips and the Saddlebag Audio

Using the color-matched Concert Lids to replace the stock the integrated audio system powerful, premium-quality audio.

home on Hwy 74 through the mountains of San I can confirm that this handles amazingly well in mountain roads with lean angles. The purr of the Stroke 111 allows deep Some motorcycles disappear you, they are transparent. The reminds you you’re alive, you seeking ever more. I that Indian motorcycles have very few naysayers.

There are those that add one to their collection, a piece of but most will ride motorcycle to all the wondrous places has to offer, inspiring us to see this its people and awaken our sleeping

Postscript: Champion Sidecars in California is the very first to a stunning matching side car for the

Indian Chieftain Touring
Indian Chieftain Touring
Indian Chieftain Touring
Indian Chieftain Touring
Indian Chieftain Touring
Indian Chieftain Touring
Indian Chieftain Touring
Indian Chieftain Touring
Indian Chieftain Touring

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