Indian Motorcycles New Bomber and Dark Horse

July 8, 2009
Courtesy of Indian Motorcycles
Indian Motorcycles introduced its new Bomber at its first-ever dealership meeting under its new regime.
Indian Motorcycles introduced its new Bomber at its first-ever dealership meeting under its new regime.

The Indian Motorcycle line is expanding. Two new bikes were introduced at Indian Motorcycle’s recent dealership meeting, the first-ever under its new regime. For styling on the first bike, the Bomber, Indian engineers drew upon cues immortalized in vintage World War II aircraft. The second motorcycle, called the Chief Dark Horse, follows the current trend of blacked-out components and a darker edge, an obvious appeal to the younger demographic. The new models will be on display at Sturgis, where the Indian Motorcycles rig will be set up at the corners of 4th and Lazelle in downtown Sturgis. Motorcycle USA will be sure to stop by and grab some pics of the new bikes for you, but until then, here’s what Indian had to say about its latest motorcycles. – ed

Indian Motorcycle revealed two additional models – the Dark Horse and the Bomber – to an excited dealer network. Fifteen Indian Motorcycle dealerships are open worldwide and representatives from each location were on hand for the first official dealership meeting June 22-24th.

Inspired by WWII aircraft, the Bomber is a limited edition Chief model and will only be available for one year. The Bomber is available in Military Green and Silver Smoke finishes. The pin-up girl tank artwork is inspired by the Bomber nose art of that era. The leather used on the seat and saddlebags are reminiscent of the feel and color of an old bomber jacket. The price of the Bomber is $30,999.

The Chief Dark Horse is a dark, sinister, mechanical looking motorcycle with a smoke “matte” finish and is available in Thunder Black, Indian Red and Deep Water Blue. The colored headdress on the tank is a new twist on the colored versions of the past. The dark components on the bike including the blacked out headlight, tappet blocks, suspension, engine components, exhaust system, and hand controls make the remaining chrome components stand out. The Dark Horse is priced at $27,999.

The new Classic is the entry level Chief and is the only Chief model available with short fenders. It features the Indian script tank logo and is available in standard Indian Red or Thunder Black. Optional colors are also available in Dark Water Blue or Starlight Silver. The price starts at $25,999.

All Chiefs feature a 105 cubic inch PowerPlus V-Twin powertrain with electronic closed loop sequential port fuel injection. Engine cylinders are Nikasil plated and the stainless steel exhaust system is an integrated 3-way catalytic converter with heated oxygen sensors.

A six-speed Baker transmission delivers power through the belt drive. Stopping is achieved via Brembo 4-piston calipers, with 11.5” dual rotors up front. Standard 5.5-gallon tank helps extend cruising range. Seats are all-leather and built to exacting specifications.

“We’re very excited about the new Indian models which bring a more distinct range to the Chief line,” said Chris Bernauer, General Manager. “Releasing new, superior product is a legacy that we are happy to continue.”

Assembly takes place in Kings Mountain, NC with an incessant emphasis on quality and craftsmanship. For more information on Indian Motorcycles, dealerships, apparel, and accessories visit
In other news, Indian has already cut back prices on its Chief Standard. Originally marketed at $30,999, you can get them now for $5K less, at $25,999. It also continues to expand its accessories and apparel catalog.