Indian Motorcycle has just released two new models for 2017; the top-of-the-line Chieftain Elite and the Chieftain Limited.

Only 350 of the Elite models will be sold globally: “With Chieftain Elite we wanted to design the most-premium, feature-packed Chieftain that we could possibly imagine,” said Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian Motorcycle. “In the end, I think the bike exceeded even our own high expectations. It’s an absolute show stopper.”

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The Chieftain Elite features a custom Fireglow Red Candy with Marble Accents paint scheme completed entirely by hand by Indian Motorcycle’s paint facility located in Spearfish, South Dakota. It takes a small, specialised team over 25 hours to hand paint each bike and no two Chieftain Elites look exactly the same.

The Chieftain Elite has a cutback front fender that shows off the new ten-spoke 19″ front wheel, the headlight bezel has been colour-matched to the fairing and the leather saddle is more streamline than the standard model and has contrast stitching.

The Chieftain Elite also comes with the following:

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  • Instead of a standard headlight, it has a Pathfinder LED headlight and driving lights.
  • There’s a flared power windshield
  • Rider and passenger floorboards are made from billet aluminium
  • It has 200-watt sound system (two speakers in the fairing and two in the saddlebags)

It also has the Ride Command seven-inch infotainment system and anti-lock brakes (ABS), a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), keyless ignition and a power adjustable windshield.

SPECIFICATION

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INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM
7” touch screen (glove compatible with pinch to zoom & swipe functionality)
Customisable information displays
Simple, easy to use software

ENGINE – Thunder Stroke 111

Engine type 49º V-Twin
Compression ratio 9.5 : 1
Bore & stroke 3.976″ x 4.449″ (101mm x 113mm)
Displacement 111 cu in (1811cc)
Cooling system Air and oil
Primary drive Gear drive wet clutch
Final drive Belt drive, 152 tooth
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Oil capacity & fuel capacity 5.5 qts (5.2 litres) and 5.5 gals (20.8 litres)
Torque 135 Nm at 2100rpm
Exhaust Split dual exhaust with crossover
Battery 12 V 18 Amp/hour, 310 CCA, sealed glass mat
Charging system 42 amp max output

SUSPENSION

Front  Telescopic fork, 46mm diameter, 4.7 in (119mm) of travel
Rear  Single shock, 4.5 in (114 mm) of travel, air adjustable, pump stored in  saddlebag

CHASSIS

Dry weight 377kg (831lbs)
GVWR 628kg (1,385lbs)
Length 2606mm (98.7in)
Wheelbase 1668mm (65.7in)
Rake & Trail 25º & 150mm (5.9in)
Seat height 660mm (26in)
Ground clearance 142mm (5.6in)

BRAKES

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

WHEELS & TYRES

Front tyre Dunlop American Elite, 130/60B19 61H
Front wheel Cast 19in x 3.5in with tyre pressure monitoring
Rear tyre Dunlop Elite 3, 180/60R16 80H
Rear wheel Cast 16in x 5.0in with tyre pressure monitoring

TECHNOLOGY
Ride Command customisable infotainment system featuring: Map/Navigation with pinch-to-zoom and swipe, Bluetooth compatible audio, Vehicle Status, Vehicle Info, Trip 1, Trip 2, and Ride Data. Keyless ignition, electronically adjustable windscreen, heated grips, dual-stage heated seats, cruise control, ABS and TPMS.

Chieftain Limited

As well as the Chieftain Elite there is also a Chieftain Limited.

“Our goal was to evolve the award-winning Chieftain platform with new models that significantly elevate the bike’s style, while still staying true to the signature design qualities that Indian Motorcycle is known for,” said Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian Motorcycle. “There’s no doubt the Chieftain Limited has a commanding presence and signature details that make it 100 per cent Indian.”

The main visual changes of the Chieftain Limited compared to a Chieftain include a sawn-off front fender and a new ten-spoke 19″ front wheel and 16″ rear wheel, which quickens up the handling. The front wheel has dual 300mm floating rotors with four piston calipers and an Indian logo embossed on it. There’s also a colour-matched headlight bezel and a more streamlined leather saddle to complete the sleeker look.

Along with the Ride Command seven-inch infotainment system and the Thunder Stroke 111 engine, the Chieftain Limited has a keyless ignition, anti-lock brakes (ABS), a 100-watt audio system, chrome front highway bar, a power adjustable windshield and remote locking hard saddlebags.

SPECIFICATION

INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM
7” touch screen (glove compatible with pinch to zoom & swipe functionality)
Customisable information displays
Simple, easy to use software

ENGINE – Thunder Stroke 111

Engine type 49º V-Twin
Compression ratio 9.5 : 1
Bore & stroke 3.976″ x 4.449″ (101mm x 113mm)
Displacement 111 cu in (1811cc)
Cooling system Air and oil
Primary drive Gear drive wet clutch
Final drive Belt drive, 152 tooth
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Oil capacity/fuel tank capacity 5.2 litres/20.8 litres
Torque 135 Nm at 2100rpm
Exhaust Split dual exhaust with crossover
Battery 12 V 18 Amp/hour, 310 CCA, sealed glass mat
Charging system 42 amp max output

SUSPENSION

Front Telescopic fork, 46mm diameter, 4.7 in (119mm) of travel
Rear Single shock, 4.5 in (114 mm) of travel, air adjustable, pump stored in saddlebag

CHASSIS

Dry weight 371kg (817lbs)
GVWR 628kg (1,385lbs)
Length 2606mm (98.7in)
Wheelbase 1668mm (65.7in)
Rake & Trail 25º & 150mm (5.9in)
Seat height 660mm (26in)
Ground clearance 142mm (5.6in)

BRAKES

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

WHEELS & TYRES

Front tyre Dunlop American Elite, 130/60B19 61H
Front wheel Cast 19in x 3.5in with tyre pressure monitoring
Rear tyre Dunlop Elite 3, 180/60R16 80H
Rear wheel Cast 16in x 5.0in with tyre pressure monitoring

TECHNOLOGY
Ride Command customisable infotainment system featuring: Map/Navigation with pinch-to-zoom and swipe, Bluetooth compatible audio, Vehicle Status, Vehicle Info, Trip 1, Trip 2, and Ride Data. Keyless ignition, electronically adjustable windscreen, heated grips, dual-stage heated seats, cruise control, ABS and TPMS.

Tony Carter

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