Indian Motorcycle expands its lineup of bikes with the new Chieftain Dark Horse, a $21,999 offering with a menacing appearance and, like the top-of-the-line Roadmaster, a full fairing and remote-locking hard saddlebags. The fairing, fuel tank, bags, bodywork, and trim are painted a remorseless matte black, and the engine’s cylinder heads are blacked out as well. The front fender carries discreet chrome accents, but it too can be blacked out with accessory covers, as well as the exhaust pipes. Other key aspects include the solo seat and the short, tinted windshield, which is power-adjustable for height.
Beyond its aesthetics, the Chieftain Dark Horse is built on the same excellent platform that was introduced with the new Indian Chief Classic in 2014. A 65.7-inch wheelbase, a 101.2-inch overall length, and an 803-pound dry weight together contribute to smooth and stable cruising.
The Chieftain Dark Horse also has the same superb drivetrain that is familiar from the Chief. Keyless start fires up the fuel-injected 111-cubic-inch (1.8-liter) “Thunder Stroke” V-twin engine, which boasts 119 ft lbs of torque at 3,000 rpm. The 6-speed transmission’s precision is a source of joy, and the bike pulls strongly from idle and runs with minimal vibration. Stopping power comes from a front disc brake with a four-piston caliper and rear discs with a two-piston caliper. Of course, ABS is standard.
Among other standard features are cruise control, heated handgrips, and a premium audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone compatibility. One-hundred-watt speakers can also be mounted in the lids of the saddlebags. (indianmotorcycle.com)