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October 6, 2020

Indian Chieftain Dark Horse

Indian Chieftain Dark Horse - Stand out from the crowd

Since its debut in 2013, the Indian Chieftain has consistently been a pleasant surprise in the handling, power and comfort stakes. The Chieftain Dark Horse now features a more streamlined, aggressive styling that while very American, performs like something we would be quite happy to live with here in Europe. The bike has a whole lot of character. Details such as its iconic valanced front fender make it stand out from the crowd.

Speaking of things that make it stand out, we just love that ten spoke, 19-inch contrast-cut front wheel. It gives the bike that certain presence when parked up and once rolling it looks really fantastic.

Indian Chieftain Dark Horse - Iconic

When it was launched last year, Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle said, “As we continue to evolve the Indian Motorcycle brand, we want to expand our lineup with more aggressive style options, while still maintaining the availability of our more classic style options. What’s most important to us is developing motorcycles that meet a wide variety of customer style preferences, and Chieftain’s new look does just that.”

The lines on the restyled fairing and saddlebags are sharper with harder edges that give the bike that commanding presence and more streamlined look. Meanwhile, the fairing is slimmer and married with new fork guards, the bikes front end looks the part. The Chieftain’s new saddlebags give the bike that custom bagger look. A new set of badges on the tank and saddlebags along with the iconic Indian headdress on the front mudguard completes the package.

Throwing a leg over the bike and settling in to the new Rogue gunfighter seat. The look of luxury is now complimented by the feel of luxury. The keyless ignition is a nice touch and the big PC style on button is hard to miss. Switch it on and the technology hidden behind the classic styling is obvious. As the bike does a self check the screen entertains the rider by showing off the depth of colour in the screen by playing a rolling wave scene. This is a machine that promises a high end experience.

Indian Chieftain Dark Horse - The Feel Of Luxury

All this new ride-enhancing technology offers increased performance, customisation and comfort. I can now choose between three ride modes, Tour, Standard or Sport. The throttle map for each one is very different. It really does feel like three different bikes with very different performances in each one. When riding across the city in stop start traffic I was more that impressed with the rear cylinder deactivation. When the bike is stationary it switches off the back half of the engine so that the inside of the riders legs don’t melt.

The Chieftain Dark Horse on test was finished with the companies Bronze Smoke body work. This is complimented with premium black ceramic exhaust and gloss black finishes on the primary cover, valve covers, push-rod tubes, cam cover, and saddlebag hinges for a custom, blacked-out look. It looks mean! The sound quality from the speed sensitive stereo is exceptional.

The biggest surprise is how well the bike rides. High in torque, it pulls from low in the rev range and is surprisingly dynamic in twisty stuff for such a large bike.

Prices start at a little over €30,000 and depend on how you spec up the bike. Give any of the team in Franklin's a call on 015385005 to find out more.

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