Indian celebrates 100 years of the Chief with new models - Motorcycle News
Indian motorcycle celebrates the Chief nameplate's 100th anniversary with a modernized trio of new models that pay homage to the past, while embracing the future.
100 years ago in 1921, Indian Motorcycle unveiled the iconic Indian Chief, one of the Springfield firm's most successful models, already sporting a V-twin engine at the time. Since then, the Chief remains to be a historic and influential motorcycle, both for Indian and cruisers in general.
Now, in celebration of 100 years, America’s First Motorcycle Company is unleashing three new, totally reimagined Indian Chief models. Combining iconic, American V-twin style with modern performance and technology, Indian Motorcycle is giving the new Chief series a simplistic and mechanical aesthetic that pays homage to the glory days of American motorcycling, while still integrating the latest technology.
For the Chief’s 100th birthday, Indian Motorcycle will be offering it in 3 new variants. All based these are based on timeless, simplistic steel-tube frame and powered by Indian Motorcycle’s powerful 1890cc V-twin Thunderstroke motor that produces 162 Nm of torque. The new Indian Chief Dark Horse, Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse and Indian Super Chief Limited offer three unique takes on the classic American V-twin, each appealing to a slightly different rider.
Chief Dark Horse
The Indian Chief Dark Horse features stripped-down styling highlighted by drag handlebars, 19-inch cast wheels, mid-mount foot controls, a slim headlight bucket and a solo bobber seat. The Chief Dark Horse is offered in Black Smoke, Alumina Jade Smoke and Stealth Gray.
Chief Bobber Dark Horse
In the Chief Bobber Dark Horse, mini-ape hanger handlebars paired with forward foot controls provide a more upright and commanding riding position. This model sits on 16-inch (40.6 cm) wire wheels, adds fork and shock covers, and features a large headlight bucket wrapped in a nacelle. The Chief Bobber Dark Horse is available in Black Smoke, Titanium Smoke, and Sagebrush Smoke.
Super Chief Limited
Designed for comfort, the Super Chief Limited stands apart with a quick-release windscreen, black leather saddlebags, touring seat with passenger pad, floorboards and traditional cruiser handlebars. The Super Chief Limited features 16-inch (40.6 cm) wire wheels, large headlight bucket with nacelle, fork covers, and a full chrome exhaust that delivers a premium fit and finish. The Super Chief Limited is available in Black Metallic, Blue Slate Metallic, and Maroon Metallic.
To maintain the classic look, Indian has fitted these models with a multi-function LCD dial. It can show vital info in the classic speedometer style or be customized to show alternate views and information more pertinent to the rider. This is thanks to integrated functions like satellite navigation and several other accessible functions. These can easily be adjusted thanks to touch controls, inspired by a smart phone, on the border of the dial. Accessories Like any American cruiser motorcycle, Indian Chief riders will have access to over 70 accessories, including parts specifically designed for Chief models, as well as several existing pieces available for Scout and Thunderstroke models. Indian Motorcycle’s accessory line has been designed to enhance performance, personalized style and add rider comfort. For more info, visit www.indianmotorcycle.com. Source: Indian celebrates 100 years of the Chief with new models - Motorcycle News
So my question is: Should Polaris have kept the Chief name on these new slimmed down Chief models? Or called them something else?
My opinion is they should have kept the Chief as the big fender model, and used a new name for this new version of the Chief.