After a short absence in 2019, the Chieftain Elite is back. Stronger and still as imprint of luxury, this Indian pushes the range under the sparks of beautiful dresses, costumes and sweet receptions. She took the opportunity to change her suitcases, relif her face to the image of other Indian baggers, adopting ‘Precision Machined Elite’ rims, boosting ‘Ride Command’ with a beefier processor and seizing the new generation of the engine. ‘Thunder Stroke’.
As if to provoke its historic competitor, the iconic American manufacturer has taken on the luxury fever. History of teasing Milwaukee on CVO ground ?
Either way, this upscale take on the bagger elevates the bill and the taste of opulence. This special Elite series puts her in the premium clan +.
It is necessary from the outset. Besides its stature faithful to America, the Chieftain Elite impresses with the important paint job carried out. A desire to make the bike unique, because all the stages are done by hand – 25 hours of work just for the decoration. A strong impression of quality emerges from the whole, while leaving the care to highlight the enormous engine. The style and the mechanics explode in the eyes, complementary and detached at the same time. In order to honor its status as a full-caliber roadster, it is thinking of comfort with cruise control, keyless start system, tire pressure monitoring system, a ‘Flare’ windshield and the locking system. distance of suitcases, among others. Too bad, she lost her passenger footboards and her beautiful topstitched saddle, thickly cut for comfort.
The Elite is also distinguished by a series of special parts such as the ‘Select Rider’ aluminum pilot plates, fully LED lighting; and to fully enjoy the entertainment offered by the Ride Command, the sound system is pushed to 400 watts.
Almost enough to forget the sound of the majestic Thunderstroke twin? Not really. Before talking about his 2020 update, let’s recall his update in 2017, where he gained 15 additional horses and more than a mkg. This time, it is 79 cm3 more in the cylinders to result in 1890 cm3 or 116 ci – hence its name. Fed up with metal and Americanism, he passed the 17 mkg mark. To treat its presentation in this Chieftain more premium than the others, it sports rocker rods painted in red, special medallions and a big evocative ‘116’ on its air filter..
Produced in limited series, the American wants to be desired. With this Chieftain Elite, whether on the engine side or on the look side, what looks; what look !
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1811 CHIEFTAIN Elite 2018
Model marketed in
sup 150 km / h
The technical aspect
Indian 1890 Chieftain Elite 2020
- Tank: 20.8 liters
- Width: 1000 mm
- Height: 1440 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,668 mm
- Dry weight: 365 kg
- Weight in running order: 379 kg
- Train before
- Secondary belt drive
- Rear axle
(103.2 x 113 mm)
at 2,900 rpm