We don’t drive, we don’t cruise, we don’t travel with an Indian Chieftain Limited – we carry all-American nobility. In her new dress, she gains a surprising dynamism. We were so used to her curves, her skirts, her story… that seeing it retouched brings us a touch of acidity that erases its nostalgic side.
Illustrating the premium of the range, the Limited rightly benefits from the 2019 improvements. They will mark the engine of a very particular evolution, in addition to an even enriched equipment..
The 1811cc twin had the good fortune of a spectacular increase in power in 2018, allowing it to proudly display 84 horsepower against the hearty Milwaukee Eight. Indian drives home the point with the introduction of three driving modes – Tour, Standard, Sport – and deactivation of the rear cylinder to limit the diffusion of heat when stationary.
A sound improvement will delight heavy rollers. The 100 watts of audio are managed by an equalizer that adapts to external conditions to best compensate for external noise and deliver good sound whatever the speed..
Then, the voice is given to the twin Thunderstoke 111. An ode to metal and American power, this huge block pulsates to the rhythm of its 905 cm3 bowls … each. A zest on the right handle, just enough to bring it a little above 2000 rpm, and its maximum torque of 15.3 mkg is expressed. The offer of strength is present everywhere, like bison tempered with steel.
More upscale, the Limited differs from the standard Chieftain by the addition of many chrome parts, machined rims and poles, and more upgrading paints. It especially stood out when it came out when it introduced a 19-inch large wheel and a more conventional front fender, making it (with the Elite) a model apart. Since then, most of the models equipped with the big twin have adopted this front axle..
But the Indian Chieftain Limited is not just a muscular dark and classy bagger. It is also a vehicle piquous with road entertainment, with the infotainment system Ride Command, keyless start, an electrically adjustable windshield, cruise control … and all this will quickly be anecdotal once this liner vibrating on long roads, transmitting emotion to the crew.
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1811 CHIEFTAIN Limited 2018
Model marketed in
about 160 km / h
The technical aspect
Indian 1811 CHIEFTAIN Limited 2019
- Tank: 20.8 liters
- Width: 1000 mm
- Height: 1,388 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,668 mm
- Dry weight: 361 kg
- Train before
- Secondary belt drive
- Rear axle
(101 x 113 mm)
at 2,100 rpm