For its 100th anniversary, one of America’s most iconic motorcycles has been completely reimagined by Indian, the country’s first motorcycle company. The Indian Chief debuted way back in 1921 and was designed by the legendary Charles Franklin, the dirt track racer and engineer who also dreamed up the Scout.
The original Chief was powered by a 61-cubic-inch V-twin with dual cams and a low seat. Early adopters were said to be wowed by its reliable power, formidable torque, and agile frame. In the 1940s, the Chief helped fuel the post-war era of bike racing and customization in America.
New Model Line-Up
On to the new… The 2021 Chief line up offers fans a new range of cruisers, namely the Chief Dark Horse, Chief Bobber Dark Horse, and Super Chief Limited models. All are designed to be a blend of old and new – a timeless design supplemented with modern technology and performance. They all retain the classic compact stance, simple steel frame, and 64-inch wheelbase.
The Chief’s design offers a simple steel frame, compact sporty wheelbase, exposed rear shocks, a comfortable low seat, and loads of grunt. The Thunderstroke 111 produces 108 ft-lbs of torque for tractability in all 6 gears, says the maker.
Add to this design package, bobbed fenders, exposed rear shocks and a steel welded tube frame. The bold block lettering is also a modern celebration of the Motorcycle legend, according to Indian. A low seat height and compact wheelbase is aimed at creating a more nimble ride at every speed. With a low seat height, a solo saddle, and mid-mount foot pegs that keep your feet underneath you. The 19 in front wheel also adds to the sporty stance
Off the line, every Chief comes with keyless ignition, cruise control, and super-sticky Pirelli® Night Dragon tires. Full LED lighting is standard too. As with other models, riders can choose between three ride modes – Tour, Standard, and Sport – to alter your riding style.
Chief $14,499; Chief Dark Horse $16,999; Chief Bobber $15,999, Super Chief $18,499; Chief Vintage $20,499