Indian Motorcycle Relaunches with a New Line of Bikes

  • Photo © Barry Hathaway 2012
    Photo © Barry Hathaway 2012
  • Photo © Barry Hathaway 2012
    Photo © Barry Hathaway 2012
  • Photo © Barry Hathaway 2012
  • Photo © Barry Hathaway 2012

The U.S.-based Indian Motorcycle is offering its first collections of new bikes since being acquired by Polaris Industries in 2011. Manufactured in Polaris’s state-of-the-art facilities, which also produce Victory motorcycles, the three inaugural Indian Chief models maintain the signature handcrafted leather details associated with the brand’s 112-year-old heritage while adding the all-new Thunder Stroke 111 engine, a 49-degree, air-cooled V-twin with a 6-speed overdrive transmission and 119 ft lbs of torque. The first 1,901 bikes built will be stamped and numbered in homage to the company’s founding year.

The entry-level 2014 Indian Chief Classic ($19,000) features valanced fenders, a leather saddle, tank-mounted instrumentation, a keyless ignition, cruise control, throttle by wire, dual exhaust, chrome-laced spoke wheels, a cast-aluminum frame with integrated air intake, and more. The Indian Chief Vintage ($21,000) has the same engine and much of the same design, plus quick-release soft-sided leather bags, leather fringe, chrome fender tips, a vintage chrome badge on the front fender, and a quick-release windshield. And the showpiece model, the 2014 Indian Chieftain ($23,000), has advanced features such as integrated driving lights and a power windshield set on its fork-mounted fairing, as well as hard saddlebags with remote locks and quick-release anchors, a high-output audio system with integrated Bluetooth connectivity, and a system for monitoring tire pressure.

The 2014 Indian Chief models will arrive in dozens of new Indian Motorcycle dealerships opening in September. More than 125 North American dealers and 70 overseas are set to open by the end of the year. (888.704.5290, www.indianmotorcycle.com)

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