2016 Indian Dark Horse First Look

February 13, 2015
Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle
Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, presents the edgiest member of the Indian Chief line-up and first 2016 model — the Indian Chief Dark Horse.

The Indian Chief Dark Horse is a cruiser built upon the successful and award-winning Indian Chief platform. Unlike other bikes in the Indian Motorcycle line-up, it is understated with only a flash of chrome and adds a healthy dose of matte black paint to create one of the most confident silhouettes on the market. By all but eliminating chrome from the motorcycle and swapping to cast wheels, the Dark Horse conveys an aggressive pose, and being the lightest in the series, is the quickest model in the Chief family.

Striking an ideal balance of attitude and features, the 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse delivers the style, quality and power expected from an Indian Motorcycle, and starts at just $16,999. The Dark Horse conveys a bold attitude that demands attention for all the right reasons.

Blacked-out from end to end, the Dark Horse does not lack features. Powered by the highly rated Thunder Stroke 111 engine and wrapped in the same chassis and suspension of the Indian Chief Classic, the Dark Horse also maintains ABS, a remote key fob for keyless ignition, electronic cruise control, and features a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty. The engine produces a rich exhaust note from the true dual exhaust, the pipes acoustically engineered to eliminate high-pitched sounds, so what you really hear is Indian Motorcycle thunder.

Built to be an aggressive solo ride, the Dark Horse loses the oil cooler, analogue fuel gauge and driving lights of Chief Classic. A passenger seat plus either passenger foot-pegs or floor boards are available as part of the Genuine Indian Motorcycle Accessory line-up for those who want to ride two-up.

The Indian Chief Dark Horse is an ideal motorcycle for those seeking to customize their rides. With 40 available accessories rolling out during the spring and early summer, riders can add components to black-out their ride even more.
Items such as ape hanger handlebars, accessory air cleaners, fender struts, slip-on exhaust with black heat shields and exhaust tips, and black fender trim help create the fully blacked-out look.

“The Indian Chief Dark Horse is unlike anything else currently available from Indian Motorcycle,” said Indian Motorcycle Sr. Product Manager, Ben Lindaman. “While it shares the best traits with other models in the Chief platform, its signature matte black paint and minimalist profile give it an attitude unlike any other Indian motorcycle. We’re excited to unveil this new bike at an aggressive price point for a full-size cruiser.”

2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse Specs

ENGINE – Thunder Stroke 111
Engine Type – 49° V-Twin
Transmission – 6-speed/constant mesh/foot shift
Bore x Stroke – 3.976 in. x 4.449 in. (101 mm x 113 mm)
Clutch – Wet, multi-plate
Compression Ratio – 9.5 : 1
Cooling – Air / Oil
Displacement – 111 cu in / 1811 cc
Exhaust – Split dual exhaust with crossover
Final Drive – Belt drive, 152 tooth
Fuel Capacity – 5.5 gal / 20.8 ltr
Fuel System – Electronic fuel injection, closed loop/54 mm bore, w/ cruise control
Oil Capacity – 5.5 qts / 5.20 ltr
Primary Drive – Gear drive wet clutch
Torque – 119.2 ft-lbs at 3000 rpm / 138.9 N m at 2600 rpm

Front Suspension – Telescopic fork, 46 mm diameter, 4.7 in / 119 mm travel
Rear Suspension – Single shock 3.7 in / 94 mm travel, adjustable

Dry Weight (claimed) – 751 lbs / 341 kg
Ground Clearance – 5.5 in / 140 mm
GVWR – 1,260 lbs / 573 kg
Length – 103.5 in / 2630 mm
Rake/Trail – 29° / 6.1 in / 155 mm
Seat Height – 26 in / 660 mm
Wheelbase – 68.1 in / 1730 mm

Brake System Type – Individual front and rear control with ABS
Front – Dual 300 mm floating rotor with 4-piston calipers
Rear – Single 300 mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper

Front Tire – Dunlop American Elite 130/90B16 73H
Front Wheel – Cast 16 in. x 3.5 in.
Rear Tire – Dunlop American Elite 180/65B16 81H
Rear Wheel Cast 16 in. x 5.0 in.

Thunder Black Smoke $16,999 US

              2016 Indian Dark Horse

The big headlight nacelle  forks and bars of the Dark Horse  appropriately black. The 2016 Indian Dark Horse has an MSRP of  16 999. This accessorized Dark Horse is aped-out as there are already 40 Indian accessories available for the motorcycle.