Indian Motorcycles released two additional variants of the Chieftain, a bagger or touring cruiser powered by the company’s massive 1811cc (111 cu in) V-twin. The unveiling of the new Chieftain Limited and Chieftain Elite follow after the classic-styled Chieftain and the all-black Chieftain Dark Horse.
The Chieftain Limited and Chieftain Elite both receive a new 19-inch contrast-cut alloy wheel with 10 spokes at the front — replacing the Chieftain’s original 16-inch and creating the illusion of an even larger, more imposing diameter. While the other Chieftains use decorative, full valanced front fenders, the Limited and Elite adopt chopped flare-tail fenders for more exposure.
Each motorcycle retains a cast aluminum double-cradle frame around Indian’s 1811cc air and oil-cooled Thunder Stroke 111 V-twin engine with closed loop fuel injection, belt drive, a 6-speed transmission, and wet multi-plate clutch. The work horse produces 161.6 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm. Suspension involves a rear shock with adjustable air preload and 46mm front forks. Braking is done via 300mm dual discs and four-piston calipers up front, with a single 300mm and two-piston calipers in the rear. ABS comes standard. Fuel capacity for the Chieftains reach 20.8L.
The Chieftain Limited and Elite share much of the same features as the standard Chieftain, including the 7-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system (with a split-screen customizable display) as well as hard saddlebags that are remote-lockable and waterproof. Headlight bezels are painted instead of chrome and the motorcycles come with power adjustable windshields, cruise control, keyless ignition, and sleeker premium genuine leather seats.
The Chieftain Limited’s 100-watt audio system delivers high-quality sound through high-output fairing speakers and supports both device cables and Bluetooth. The Chieftain Limited is available in Thunder Black paint for an MSRP of $24,499 USD.
The Elite brings the Chieftain closer to custom culture with an elaborate, eye-catching, clear-coated Fireglow Red Candy color scheme with unique marble accents and pinstriping. The 12-layer paint job and marbled effect are administered on a metallic gold foundation by hand, so no two paint jobs are identical. Color matching can be seen throughout the cruiser’s components.
Other exclusive features for the Elite include a flared windshield, LED lighting from end to end for safer road illumination, and sound delivered by a premium 200-watt audio system. The bike’s floorboards also come in billet aluminum to push the custom look even further. MSRP of the Chieftain Elite starts at $31,499 USD and only 350 units will be sold worldwide.