Indian launches the Chieftain Dark Horse.


Indian has launched the Indian Chieftain Dark Horse, a blacked-out bagger. It’s black, very black. It costs £19,599.


Powered by a blacked-out version of the Thunder Stroke 111 engine (1,811cc) and using the same chassis and suspension as the Indian Chieftain, the new Chieftain Dark Horse comes from the factory kitted out with a solo seat and short, tinted power windscreen. It also gets hard bags, ABS, electronic cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring system, audio with AM/FM Bluetooth with smartphone compatible input and a remote key fob with keyless ignition.


Not only are the fenders, fairing, fuel tank and bags blacked out, the Indian Motorcycle headdress, forks, mirrors, handlebars and switch cubes, turn signals, tank console, engine and airbox cover, lower controls, floorboards and taillight housing also gets the full-black treatment.




INDIAN Chieftain Dark Horse


Thunder Stroke 111 (1,811cc)

Engine Type                        49˚ V-Twin
Transmission                          6-speed/constant mesh/foot shift
Battery                                   12 volts / 18 amp/hour, 310 CCA
Bore x Stroke                        3.976” x 4.449” (101 mm x 113 mm)
Charging System                 42 amp max output
Clutch                                     Wet, multi-plate
Compression Ratio              9.5 : 1
Cooling System                   Air / Oil
Displacement                        111 cu in / 1811 cc
Exhaust                                  Split dual exhaust with crossover
Final Drive                              Belt drive, 152 tooth
Fuel Capacity                        5.5 gal / 20.8 ltr
Fuel System                          Electronic fuel injection, closed loop/54 mm bore
Oil Capacity                           5.5 qts / 5.20 ltr
Primary Drive                         Gear drive wet clutch
Torque                                       European version 102.4 ft-lbs (138.9 Nm) @ 2600rpm

Front Suspension                 Telescopic fork, 46 mm diameter, 4.7 in /119 mm travel
Rear Suspension                  Single shock 4.5 in / 114 mm travel, air adjustable

Dry Weight                            803 lbs / 364 kg
Ground Clearance                 5.6 in / 142 mm
GVWR                                  1,385 lbs / 630 kg
Length                                    101.2 in / 2571 mm
Rake/Trail                               25° / 5.9 in / 150 mm
Seat Height                           26 in / 660 mm
Wheelbase                           65.7 in / 1668 mm


Brake System Type            Individual front and rear control with ABS
Front Braking System           Dual 300 mm floating rotor with 4-piston calipers
Rear Braking System           Single 300 mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper

Wheels & Tyres

Front Tyre                              Dunlop® Elite 3, 130/90B16 73H

Front Wheel                           Cast 16” x 3.5”

Rear Tyre                               Dunlop® Elite 3 180/60R16 80H

Rear Wheel                           Cast 16” x 5.0”


Thunder Black Smoke

Tony Carter

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