Indian dates to 1902 and is the oldest American motorcycle manufacturer. More than a century later, the Chieftain debuted as the company's first touring model with hard saddlebags and front fairing.
Along with its styling heritage, the 2018 Chieftain is a masterful touring bike. It boasts a 1811cc with a 111 V-Twin engine with 76 horsepower and a six-speed manual transmission. It advances from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds and completes a standing quarter mile in 13.4 seconds. Top speed for the rear-wheel cruiser is 125 mph.
Imagine the open road while driving a plush machine, heavy of the frame, classically styled and as comfortable as two wheels can get? Combine history with modern accents and versatility and the Chieftain is unmatched as a motorcycle with massive storage and state-of-the-art technology.
Consider: The Indian’s saddlebags are designed with easy-off-and-on, quick-release anchor mounts. Total capacity is 44 pounds (22 pounds each). Convenience rules. There’s a key for the bags, but the console features an electronically controlled release button.
Further innovation is the Ride Command System (RCS) package of features that can enhance any ride. An AM/FM/Bluetooth/USB and smartphone interface are easily accessible on the seven-inch touchscreen. A tire pressure monitoring system and ride data display are also included in the combination GPS and roadmap functionality. And how about a power windshield? The driver has control of the airflow with another easy-to-use push button. Movable floorboards? Yup. The passengers flip up and store out of the way.
It all further enhances the enjoyment of touring with an iconic chapter of motorcycle history with you for a day’s ride in the Las Vegas desert. The Chieftain’s performance is confident and steady. It’s not a speedster with off-the-hook torque. But it will get you wherever you decide to explore in style and comfort. There's not much better than that.