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Indian Chief Thunder Stroke 111 Dyno Chart

Friday, October 11, 2013
We became enamored with it when it first rolled out on stage at Daytona Beach. The ribbed heads of Indian’s Thunder Stroke 111 engine glistened, thick pushrod tubs streaked up the side, while multi-directional cooling fins spiraled up to
Introducing Indian Motorcycles new powerplant  the 1811cc Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin.
We recently got an opportunity to ride the 2014 Indian Chief Vintage so we threw it on the dyno to find out what type of power numnbers its 1811cc Thunder Stroke 111 engine puts out.
the offset fins on the rocker boxes. With its left-side intake and down-firing exhaust, traits from the Chief V-Twin of the 1940’s were apparent. We listened as American Picker Mike Wolfe flipped the switch and brought it to life that evening in front of a standing-room only crowd, a deep- seated rumble from big hammering pistons.

“It’s got a rumble and a lope that when you gas it, you feel it in your chest,” said Motorcycle USA Editor Justin Dawes after a recent ride.

We would get our first chance to sample the new Indian Motorcycle powerplant at the 2013 Sturgis Rally, riding both the Chieftain and Classic. We were impressed by its bottom-end punch and enjoyed the almost immediate access to the bulk of its torque.

“It just seems, when you gas it, it kinda tugs on your arms and pulls on your shoulders and it pulls out,” added Dawes.

Roll-on comes on with a surge before smoothing out at highway speeds. By the time you throw it into sixth gear, it maintains speed with little effort.

We recently got a chance to spend a little more time o the 2014 Indian Chief Vintage, so we took the opportunity to put it on our in-house dyno. Results confirmed it is a torque monster, the 1811cc mill putting out 100.87 lb-ft @ 2700 rpm and 73.33 hp @ 4500 rpm. At 2100 rpm, you’ve already got 94.94 lb-ft of torque to play with. While it peeks at 2700 rpm, another mid-range surge soon follows as it again produces over 100 lb-ft at 3100-3200 rpm. We thought you might be interested to see some of the first dyno numbers provided by an outside source, so we graphed a 2014 Indian Chief Vintage dyno chart for your perusal.

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coolridge   February 14, 2015 12:36 AM
Hi guys, don't get me wrong on this, I just ordered an Indian Chief Dark Horse. The thing is that the early 1930's Brough Superior SS100, my 1993 BMW K75S and my humble little Kawasaki ER6N all deliver 71HP. For me that is the absolute minimal, so my Indian will be a show pony, no teeth!
ThingKing   October 29, 2013 02:27 AM
Well that's ok, don't worry.
nathan   October 18, 2013 05:04 AM
Sure, I'd ride that before a Vulcan.
ThingKing   October 15, 2013 02:09 PM
Thanks, Nathan. If you don't like big ugly bikes and radiators, you might want to try this: http://tinyurl.com/ktzkmz
nathan   October 14, 2013 06:40 AM
The Vulcan may have 110hp, but it's a Vulcan, so who cares. Big ugly radiator and big ugly bike.
ThingKing   October 14, 2013 12:55 AM
Vulcan 2000 riders seem to look out for the Indian. Same here, I was very interested. BUT: My 2004 Vulcan 2000 with Vance&Hines and Power Commander will produce around 110hp on the back wheel. No way I can switch to Indian and 73hp.
nathan   October 12, 2013 08:24 AM
101ftlbs is nothing to sneer at out of a box stock emissions controlled air cooled twin.If it's anything like a Harley it will really wake up and run stronger with a free flowing air box, pipe and tune. Maybe 110ftlbs is in there somewhere.
jimmihaffa   October 11, 2013 07:41 PM
Pretty disappointing numbers to be honest. I ride a Vulcan 2000, which to my mind has a soft motor, yet its easily outproducing the Thunderstroke's output. I guess I was hoping for more.
Piglet2010   October 11, 2013 06:36 PM
@ Racer1 - The Trumpet lacks the grunt of the Indian below 3000 rpm, but revs higher and has another 1000 rpm of useful power on top: http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/71002/Motorcycle-Photo-Gallery-Photo/2011-Triumph-Thunderbird-Storm.aspx
alang   October 11, 2013 04:48 PM
not exactly a screamer at 4500 rpm
Racer1   October 11, 2013 12:22 PM
I'd like to see a comparo with the Triumph Thunderbird Storm for torque...