The Chief Classic will only be available in Pearl White this year. We will not be offended as this dress suits her well. Now protected and controlled by the Polaris Group, Indian can now quietly cruise into a new era.
The Indian Chief Classic seems to come from a movie, with the scent of great Hollywood. She did not know them but seems to have played with Bogart, Grant, Cooper, Brando. The story rests on its curves that it exhibits without restraint. Its characteristic large skirts, its 60-spoke rims shod with whitewall tires, chrome to cover an avenue: the Chief is both classic and attractive. There are its details, discreet or impactful, which take you into its universe: the Native American headdress placed on the front fender, the saddle with studded edges, the headlight cowling and the row of triple optics, the leather tongue on the tank ending in an atypical on-board console. Encrusted in the huge chrome plate, the large counter graduated to 200 seems to stop its effort at 120, the fuel gauge evolves on an almost complete revolution, and to give life to the custom, a large push button awaits the waking thumb..
Because now, the Chief Classic can do without a key. Just have the key fob in your pocket, get in and drive off. Modern touches run here and there, such as ABS and serial cruise control, the digital screen at the bottom of the tachometer, the LED indicators, the aluminum frame, the ride-by-wire accelerator , the injection … But that’s not what will make you ogle this Indian. No ; it also tempts you (especially) with its big engine: the Thunder Stroke 111.
111 cubic inches; i.e. 1811 cm3. He’s huge, and he’s magnificent. This air-cooled 49 ° open engine is a real pleasure to watch. A sculpture, thought for the generous couple, the sensations, and incidentally to tackle the Twin Cam of the neighbor Harley.
As it should be, it’s a long race; an architecture conducive to torque and filling at low speeds but little inclined to take turns. That’s good, we don’t give a damn about the high revs on a custom of this caliber. Purists will be delighted with its bowels. Distribution is provided by rocker arms, there are only 2 valves per cylinder, and when the bowls explode, huge ladles of fat are sent into the 6-speed gearbox. The Minnesota twin does not swing less than 14.1 mkg at its peak peaking at 2,600 rpm. All this in a sound that brings to mind the great plains of Kansas, the immense fields ofïs from Illinois at a baseball game in the heat of Texas.
Arms spread by the wide handlebars, sidewalls greeted by large steps, straight back and square legs, the pilot is installed in cruising mode. If the chassis can inspire some confidence with an aluminum-fed frame, a thick 46 mm fork, 3 brake discs of 300 mm supported by 4-piston calipers at the front and 2 pistons at the rear, the pleasure of riding must coexist with restraint. The Indian Chief Classic is 2 m 63 long, almost 1/2 meter longer than a Triumph 675 Street Triple, its wheelbase announces 1730 mm and its weight is 370 kgs. We are far from the loving toy to be pushed around.
The Chief Classic is the most accessible of the models in the 111 ci range. A very relative notion because all the models want to be in the premium category. At almost 23,000 euros, the Indian makes the wallet cough before belching his metallic rumblings. But make no mistake: this is not an ordinary custom, it is refinement struck with authentism.
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1811 CHIEF CLASSIC 2015
Model marketed in
about 150 km / h
The technical aspect
Indian 1811 CHIEF CLASSIC 2016
- Tank: 20.8 liters
- Width: 1,012 mm
- Height: 1,176 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,730 mm
- Dry weight: 354 kg
- Weight in running order: 370 kg
- Train before
- Secondary belt drive
- Rear axle
(101 x 113 mm)
at 2,600 rpm