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Indian Debuts 3 New 2014 Chiefs at Sturgis

Saturday, August 3, 2013
Indian Chief Classic cruiser, Indian Chief Vintage soft bagger, and Indian Chieftain hard bagger models make powerful debut and light up Sturgis, South Dakota

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced the highly anticipated details for the all-new 2014 Indian Chief family of motorcycles. Before thousands of motorcycling fans at the site of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame in downtown Sturgis at 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, Indian Motorcycle unveiled the three models that comprise the Indian Chief line up. The reveal ceremony and party signaled an inflection point in motorcycling history with the renewal of America’s oldest and most legendary brand.

2014 Indian Chief Classic (starting MSRP: $18,999)
The new Indian Chief Classic is a pure, powerful cruiser forged from key heritage design elements yet wrapped in advanced design, engineering and technology. It features iconic styling like valanced fenders, rich genuine leather saddle, classic tank-mounted instrumentation, tear-drop fuel tank design, and sculpted and lighted front fender war bonnet. The 2014 Indian Chief Classic comes standard with a host of premium features including endless chrome, keyless ignition, ABS, cruise control, throttle-by-wire, true dual exhaust, high quality chrome laced spoke wheels, brake caliper covers, cast aluminum frame with integrated air intake, and much more.

The Indian Chief Classic, like all 2014 Indian Chief models, is powered by the all-new, clean sheet design Thunder Stroke 111 engine. Offering 111 cubic inches of pavement-pounding power and 119 lb-ft of torque, this class-leading powerplant draws powerful design cues from heritage Indian Motorcycle engines merged with brilliant engineering and advanced technologies. The Thunder Stroke 111 is a 49-degree, air-cooled V-Twin with 6-speed overdrive transmission, and features unmatched premium exterior finishes and touches. It offers owners the peace-of-mind that comes from over two million miles of on-road and test-lab verification and Polaris Industries’ 60 years of engineering prowess.

2014 Indian Chief Vintage (starting MSRP: $20,999)
The new Indian Chief Vintage is a soft bagger that takes iconic Indian Motorcycle styling to a whole new level with handcrafted detail and a signature heritage aesthetic. The Indian Chief Vintage offers top-quality quick-release soft-
2014 Indian Chief Vintage
2014 Indian Chief Vintage
2014 Indian Chief Classic
2014 Indian Chief Classic
sided leather bags, leather fringe, chrome fender tips, vintage chrome badging on the front fender and a quick-release windshield for easy installation or removal. It includes the same premium standard features as the Indian Chief Classic, and sports the same iconic design elements like valanced fenders, laced wheels, whitewall tires, tank-mounted instrument cluster and extensive chrome finishes throughout. It is also powered by the new Thunder Stroke 111 engine.

2014 Indian Chieftain (starting MSRP: $22,999)
The first Indian Motorcycle of its kind, the 2014 Indian Chieftain maintains the legendary Indian Chief styling, while taking this progressive machine to new heights with advanced features and premium comfort. Unlike any Indian Motorcycle ever made, the Chieftain features a fairing with integrated driving lights, and its power windshield is an industry-first for a fork-mounted fairing. Standard features include hard saddlebags featuring remote locks and quick-release anchors, a high-output audio system featuring integrated Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

“When we acquired Indian Motorcycle two and a half years ago we set out to capture the heart, soul and legendary heritage of this iconic American brand and then infuse it with unparalleled design, engineering and state-of-the-art technology,” said Scott Wine, CEO of Indian Motorcycle parent company Polaris Industries Inc. “On Saturday night we revealed three stunning new Indian Chief models that represent the results of our journey and the future of this brand. It was a triumphant day for all of us, and I know motorcycling fans around the world proudly join us in celebrating Indian Motorcycle and the realization that choice in American motorcycles is here to stay.”

* Check back soon as we'll have more pictures from the Sturgis Unveiling and full specs in an updated report.
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RockyCharleston   August 23, 2013 10:28 AM
Wow! The new Indians are awesome looking motorcycles! Retro cool combined with modern features. A classic in the making? I am already looking to another cross-country trip, this time via an Indian. Hmm, but which one to take?
ChicagoCyclist   August 7, 2013 04:03 PM
I'm reading that people wanting less weight and lower price tag. Maybe Indian's next bike should be the "Scout"? That should make most happy. I love the all the Indian's as they are now. However,i'm looking forward to see what the future holds.
RaptorFA   August 5, 2013 08:38 AM
Allworld, I hear you. I was so stoked to see the Motus coming. I sat on one and looked it up and down - and I was sure that it was going to be my next bike - until I saw the price. I was never so disappointed! No way am I paying $30K for a motorcycle - And by the time you trim the Motus out the way you want it it will be more like $35K out the door. that is just stupid. So scratch them. And EBR only offers one bike at the moment for over 40 that is not what I'm looking for either. That may change now that he has backing from Hero. We'll see. Bottom line, Motus forced my hand to look at the Indian - and I have to say I'm intrigued. It's suddenly looking alot better to me!
qatesting   August 4, 2013 06:26 PM
Tessier   August 4, 2013 05:57 PM
Burt Monro has got to be rolling in his grave wondering what the hell happened to Indian!
Allworld   August 4, 2013 05:43 PM
Not my type of bike, but I'm sure those who ride cruisers, this is no doubt a welcome alternative to HD, Victory and the Metrics. I'm look to Motus and EBR to supply my new bikes.
jeffnam69   August 4, 2013 03:54 PM
Having owned Polaris snowmobiles I'm not so sure about that engineering prowess. I just hope they don't try to pretend the new Indian has anything at all to do with the history of the original company. I'm probably doomed to disappointment there. But, it's good having yet another 800lb barge to choose from.
seefriedm   August 4, 2013 02:22 PM
You really have to see the videos of the Indians on You tube. I've got several friend at Stugis that have riden them and NOT a SINGLE one has had a bad thing to say. Fast as HE!, stable at 100MPH AND the audio is still rockin out clearly on the Chiefton. Low speed handling in the parking lot is BETTER the a Scout or HD 883. That is saying alot.
Pyropenative   August 4, 2013 02:06 PM
Nice except: the weight, no teardrop & too much chrome for my taste. Indian; build a bike weights less that 600lbs and very little chrome. it started out as a race bike; now go back to the roots. the new bike with the shield looks like "Aliens" movie monster... i'm 6'4 @ 210 lbs; i'm NOT a old overweight dude that needs a bagger... i'll leave that to Honda Davidson Indians are lean and mean baby
RaptorFA   August 4, 2013 01:53 PM
Oh, for what it's worth, I don't do fringe either! But the Vintage will appeal to some. I would be having them cut off any fringe that ended up on the bike that I will buy, that's for sure.
RaptorFA   August 4, 2013 01:50 PM
Spyglass, on the Indian site they have a really nice video on the all the bikes including the Chieftain, in which they offer what appears to be very nicely engineered genuine Indian accessories. I saw some very nice backrests as part of the accessory offereings. Not sure about the rear trunk. I think I get what you are sayig about the front fender. maybe something could be done about that for those that want it. If we tell 'em these things, I think they will be responsive and offer an alternative. This is only the beginning, and I think they are off to a great start.
spyglass   August 4, 2013 12:26 PM
I wonder if they'll offer a trunk/backrest for the Chieftain.....and maybe a different front fender? The huge fenders may be fine on the original, restored v-twins at shows, etc, but seem a little ostentatious on a new scoot....like they're tryin' too hard to be retro/cool. Other than that, I think they've got a winner. But the other two.....whitewalls, fringy leather bags, etc....pass.
RaptorFA   August 4, 2013 11:29 AM
Oops! I'm wrong! I looked again and you guys are OK with the photos! I got confused with the Chieftain up top. Sorry about that.
RaptorFA   August 4, 2013 11:26 AM
First, with all do respect, you have the photos wrong. You have the Chieftain where the Classic should be and Vice-versa. The reveal obviously caused quite a stir, because their servers quickly got overwhelmed and the imagery showed up very late. This seems to be the norm these days, as companies never plan and put enough infrastructure in place to handle the surge. But the fact that there was a surge was actually a good sign. It showed that people were interested in the product! Personally, I really like the look of the bikes. The Chieftain is especially striking. I love the line of the machine, and the fairing is well placed, well shaped and properly sized. I also like the marriage of classic design principles and new technology. I like it enough to want to go and see one in person. Looking forward to the ride report guys!
ChicagoCyclist   August 4, 2013 10:13 AM
I think the new bikes look true. Love the mix of new tech with the old styling. At first, the styling of the chieftain seemed off to me. However, the more I look at the photos, the more I'm coming around to liking it. The art déco styling of the faring holds true to what was poplar back in the 40's. Awesome job!!
BigDave357   August 4, 2013 10:10 AM
Wow, I guess all one can say about this is....buahahahahahahah!!!!!!! That hulking piece of folk art is hilarious! No suprises here, Indian will once again be an EPIC fail. Polaris management, note to self: When investing 10 million dollars into a new product, DO NOT hire junk collectors as consultants.
sloppy   August 4, 2013 09:50 AM
Home run! Well done Polaris. This is what the American cruiser fan has been wanting from Indian's return!
JSH   August 4, 2013 08:28 AM
The bikes look OK, and the price is reasonable. I suspect Indian will do fine against the HD Road King and Ultras. I was disappointed in the launch. I went to the Indian website at 8 pm expecting a live stream of the launch and found nothing, not even info on the new bikes. Checked back at 10 and 11 and still nothing. This is the 21st century, but I guess Polaris missed the memo that in the internet age, car and motorcycle launches are live streamed so that the whole world can watch.
Madfoxx   August 4, 2013 07:35 AM
Awesome! Congrats to Polaris for making Indian a brand riders can count on. really nice machines that are affordable. Watch out HD! There is a new, old gentleman on the scene and he ain't going away. Might have to trade in my Victory now!