‘ New 100 cubic-inch Indian PowerplusTM 100 V-Twin engine,
‘ New chassis design with 60 percent more rigidity for improved handling,
‘ New cantilever swingarm and rising-rate rear shock configuration for smoother ride and more precise handling,
‘ New ergonomically-designed, hand-stitched seat for added comfort and reduced fatigue,
‘ Reinforced rear structure for added passenger comfort and durability,
‘ Larger 5.8-gallon fuel tank for increased range
‘ Larger speedometer with digital odometer for increased visibility.
The heart of the Chief is the Powerplus 100 cubic-inch (1638cc) 45-degree, V-Twin engine designed and developed by Indian. Distinctive and unique to Indian, the serrated appearance of the polished rocker boxes and the black, rounded cylinders pay tribute to Indian’s past. This combination gives the engine a strong, unique profile, while the rounded cylinders increase the area of the cooling fins for improved air circulation and engine cooling.
The engine is fed by a 42mm, Mikuni “flat-slide” carburettor that is mounted on the left side of the engine, which is unique to early Indian motorcycles. This carburettor package delivers smooth throttle response throughout the entire RPM range. To ensure optimum lubrication and scavenging, the motor features a gerotor oil pump system. The Chief’s drivetrain features a constant-mesh, five-speed transmission, primary chain drive and rear belt drive.
The Indian Chief is a road machine in every detail, featuring an all-new chassis design and swingarm configuration delivering 60 percent more rigidity while reducing overall weight by 14 percent. This robust chassis features a reinforced, large diameter backbone and all-new KW rising rate, single-shock rear suspension with adjustable preload. Confidence inspiring handling and a full inch more rear travel combine to provide a comfortable ride in many different road conditions.
Up front, the Chief features 41mm hydraulic, dual-damping front forks. The rake angle has been decreased from 36 degrees to 34 providing more responsive handling. Adding to the comfortable ride of the Chief are wide MT/90-16 tires mounted on 60-spoke chrome wheels. Brembo 4-piston brakes front and rear complete the package.