The top-of-the-line Indian Chieftain has been given a huge makeover.
Visual changes abound in the new Indian Chieftain Limited. The front fender (or mudguard to us Brits) has been shortened, there are new ten-spoke wheels front and rear and there’s a better saddle too. But the biggest changes are probably down to the ride of the motorcycle itself.
The new 19″ front wheel and 16″ rear combination are claimed by Indian to quicken up the handling whilst the dual 300mm floating rotors and four-piston brake calipers look set to offer greater stopping power.
“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,”- Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian Motorcycle.
Combined with all of the usual bells and whistles you can expect on the top-spec, Indian machine, if this is the kind of bike you’re after, then this might well be your bag(ger).
Or is it?
Because if money’s no object, and you love the colour Red, then Indian may well have an even better version of the Chieftain for you.
Enter the Chieftain Elite.
With only 350 of these ‘elite’ machines being made available globally, you can probably expect them to have all been sold already, and it’s no wonder, because this is the bike that Indian themselves say is ‘a masterpiece for those that want an ultra-exclusive Indian Motorcycle that will turn heads.’
“With Chieftain Elite we wanted to design the most-premium, feature-packed Chieftain that we could possibly imagine.
In the end, I think the bike exceeded even our own high expectations. It’s an absolute show stopper.” – Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian Motorcycle
Although the additions to the ‘regular’ Limted are many; new LED headlight, flared windshield, billet aluminum footboards etc the standout feature of this new special edition Chieftain has to be the paint.
It only comes in one colour – Fireglow Red Candy with Marble Accents – but that pain has been set down completely by hand, and takes over 25 hours on hand painting and pinstriping before it leaves the factory.
If you have to ask the price, you probably can’t afford it.