New Indian Chief Line Up. 3 Models. First Official Pictures.

Indian-revealIt was the most highly anticipated event in the motorcycle world in years. A couple of hours ago, after 2-1/2 years of design and of intense engineering. Polaris revealed the fruits of its labor, the all-new 2014 Indian Chief motorcycle. Front of a massive, impatient and very excited crowd of enthusiasts gathered in front of the Sturgis Museum, the Indian launch party started at 8 p.m. with live music, giveaways, a light show, an appearance by History’s Channel “American Picker” and Indian enthusiast Mike Wolfe followed by a video tribute to the 1901 founded America’s original motorcycle company. Then, surrounded by all those who contributed to its conception and introduction, Steve Menneto, Vice President of Polaris Motorcycles, unveiled the three 2014 Indian Chief models.

There are : the Indian Chief Classic Cruiser, the Indian Chief Vintage Soft Bagger and the Indian Chieftain Hard Bagger. Colors available will be only black, red and blue. For all those who were not there to take a glimpse of the new models,  below are the first official pictures. Weather permitting (a lot of rain in the forecast…) I will start riding the Indian Chief tomorrow Sunday morning and will report on my first impressions as soon as possible

2014 Indian Chief Classic (starting MSRP: $18,999)

Indian-Classic1Indian-Classic22Indian-Classic3Indian-Classic44The 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 ft-lbs of torque, this class-leading power plant 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)

Indian-Vintage1Indian-Vintage2Indian-Vintage3The new Indian Chief Vintage is a soft bagger that takes iconic Indian Motorcycle styling to a new level with handcrafted detail and a signature heritage aesthetic.

The Indian Chief Vintage offers top-quality quick-release soft-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)

Indian-Cheiftain1Indian-Cheiftain2Indian-Cheiftain3The 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.

The First 1901 Indian Chiefs Manufactured Numbered 1 to 1901

To pay tribute to Indian Motorcycle’s past, the first 1901 Indian Chiefs to roll off of Indian’s assembly line in Spirit Lake, IA will be identified with a limited-edition badge. Numbered between one and 1901, these rare bikes will reflect the year of Indian’s inception by Oscar Hedstrom and George Hendee in Springfield, MA. “We have been very conscientious about honoring Indian Motorcycle’s storied history while establishing a foundation for what’s yet to come,” said Polaris Vice President of Motorcycles, Steve Menneto. “The lucky few who purchase these limited number bikes will truly own a piece of history, concurrently representing Indian’s rich past and its limitless future.” More information is available at Indian Motorcycle dealers across the country.

Availability

Indian Motorcycle is adding dealerships across the US and globally, and is on plan to have 125-140 North American and 70 international dealers by year end. The full line of 2014 Indian Chief models are available for order now and will arrive in dealerships in September, along with an extensive array of apparel, parts and accessories. Indian Motorcycle demo rides will be available at dealer events across the country starting in the next 2 weeks.

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98 Responses to “New Indian Chief Line Up. 3 Models. First Official Pictures.”


  1. 1 Phil S Aug 4th, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Looking great Cyril , just wish I could have been there , enjoy your ride ,
    Phil ( UK )

  2. 2 HockeyPucker Aug 4th, 2013 at 2:43 am

    I have just seen proof that -The Heritage of The Indian Brand is in Good Hands. The Bikes have an awesome Authentic Retro Look. And if I know Polaris they have backed up that Retro Look with Modern Engineering. Good Work Polaris!

  3. 3 Will Aug 4th, 2013 at 3:03 am

    Looks right, good feature set, price as expected. Can’t wait to see what you think Cyril.

  4. 4 Michiel Aug 4th, 2013 at 3:26 am

    The dimensions look right. Rearfender and the windshield on the Chieftain look like the came from Victory. I hope the bike will be lower and shorter than the prior Indians. Allover this could be a contender. Good luck from Amsterdam, the Netherlands

  5. 5 Mad dog Aug 4th, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Well done Indian / Polaris, three not one an excellent effort.
    I have high expectations for build quality, however with Victory as the benchmark my concerns are diminished.
    Technology such as keyless starting, bluetooth & remote locking saddlebags etc.. and chrome as standard – great.
    Awaiting ride reports and a look myself soon.

  6. 6 Sheridan Aug 4th, 2013 at 4:22 am

    After the long wait I have to admit I’m disappointed with the design. Looking at the profile of that red Chief, cover your hand over the back half and just look at forward of the seat and it looks perfect, the engine, the frame, the gas tank, front end, everything looks classic American and what I’d expect and hope for an Indian. Not put your hand over the engine forward and look at the back half. The back half looks like a cross between a Honda and a Vespa, and looks like it’s made up of nothing but plastic covers like I’d expect to find on a cheap Jap cruiser. I assume the Victory designers worked on the back half? It’s just not balanced right between the amount of body work covering the back half and the body work on the front half.

  7. 7 Boomer Aug 4th, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Sheridan; if you look at pic of a 1940 Indian Chief, which is the look they were going for with these models, you will see a lot of similarities in the back end. Then move forward in time 74 years and look at the Chief Classic just released. That’s not a lot of change in looks for such a long time. Now it does sound like they plan on coming out with more modern styling over 5’s and 10’s of years. I imagine your opinion will be more accurate then but they will be other models. Someday, hopefully after I’m long gone, bikes will all be electric for the masses. The gas engine models will be pieces of art in our homes then I guess. Check out this pic: http://motorbike-search-engine.co.uk/classic_bikes/indian_chief_1940.jpg

  8. 8 steve-o Aug 4th, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Yuck!!!! These are hitting one segment and one segment only. The old rider waxing nostalgic!

  9. 9 TodT Aug 4th, 2013 at 7:01 am

    I think they did a great job considering how quickly they went from design to production. The price point
    is much, much better than previous Indian Chief models. I just want to see one in person, sit on it and take it for a ride…..

  10. 10 Boss Hawg Aug 4th, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Launched with a mission well performed. In the cruiser market, Indian will start knocking the legs out from HD now.

    Newer product choices and keen competition is good for all. I’ll now sit back and watch the move forward as Indian planned. Can’t wait to ride them myself at Biketoberfest.

    OoRah
    Boss Hawg

  11. 11 Homer Aug 4th, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Looks fantastic !

  12. 12 Vrat Aug 4th, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Interesting, I like it with some reservation. If it has a cast aluminum frame with the integrated air intake what the heck is that frying pan looking air cleaned on the left side? The cast aluminum frames the Polaris is using on the Vics have the air cleaner in the frame not the side of the motor. And I spy the exact swing arm that Vic uses on all of there bikes.

    Like I said I like it but will need to see it in person.

  13. 13 Harleynot Aug 4th, 2013 at 8:05 am

    They look much better in person Haters ! Peace Out from Sturgis !

  14. 14 Calif Phil Aug 4th, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I think they look great. If I was in the market I would love to add a new Indian to my garage. Well done Indian. I hope you sell all you can make.

  15. 15 Blackmax Aug 4th, 2013 at 8:18 am

    YES !!! Exceeded expectations by launching with 3 models instead of just 1
    Yes they are aimed at the Older Touring market but if you had listened / read the previous article
    it says when they did their focus group(s) they specifcally looked at older riders with a greater amount of disposable income. Not to say they won’t be something coming on down the line
    I’m sure there will be. but for right now We know what the engine sounds like it has character.
    The basic body work is what I expected from a Chief model, even the soft bags are not that much of a departure, form what came before. But to come out with a hard bag fairing model that just blows my mind. Yes, I can see some resembleance to the Victory line, but it seems to work for it’s own sake. Looks like I made a good choice in waiting on the Cross Country tour.
    So Cyril, We are all waiting with baited breath!!!
    Get on one of theses suckers & tell us what you think of the performance & the ride quailty
    & if all of this hype was worth the wait ???

  16. 16 troll Aug 4th, 2013 at 8:20 am

    They all look good, with the exception of that hard bag disaster…looks like a cross between the ugly cross tour and their weird space ship dresser. The soft bag bike is VERY nice….but having crossover dual exhaust is more like the Road house kit for a Vulcan.

  17. 17 Bud Aug 4th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I really like the motor. I want to like bike, but don’t. The huge neck gusset makes the tank look too small. The covers under the seat can go. The handlebars…nah. Bring on the customizers.

  18. 18 BluDog Aug 4th, 2013 at 8:32 am

    These certainly provide fodder to those that were warning of the coming of Kings Mountain/Gilroy redux. That doesn’t necessarily move me off, but does seem to undermine the enthusiastic marketing. May be more to them in person and I am especially fond of the Vintage.

  19. 19 Dave Blevins Aug 4th, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Looks good. Really waiting for Cyril’s opinions on ride, power, braking, handling, etc.
    The price point seems right for this type of bike as well.

  20. 20 Matt W. Aug 4th, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Aside from the some what bulbous looking headlight housing and airbox cover I would say Indian has hit the design of the Chief out of the park! The Chieftain was and unexpected surprise as well and I think represents not only Polaris’s devotion to Indian’s heritage but it’s future as well. Seeing the new Chief and how far Victory has come in only 15 years makes me optimistic for the future of Indian as well as the American motorcycle industry as a whole.

  21. 21 Motorcycle Marc Aug 4th, 2013 at 8:46 am

    The lineup looks great. Price points should sell. Handling and reliability?
    Yet to be seen. So far, great job Polaris.

  22. 22 Garlic Indian Aug 4th, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Harelynot, was it an all nighter?

    Looking forward to seeing it in person before rendering my opinion….

  23. 23 Brett Aug 4th, 2013 at 9:12 am

    They have the specs on the Indian site…the seat height is 29 inches, the wheel base is 68.1 & the total length is 103….so these are the same size as the Indians from 2003 & later….but I think the seat is moved up closer from pictures I have seen with a rider on board

  24. 24 Brett Aug 4th, 2013 at 9:20 am

    As a Gilroy Indian Chief owner…there is nothing here getting me excited about this bike that would make me want to ditch mine for this.

    I also do not see anything getting Harley overly nervous. Anyone who says negative about Harley are not Harley owners because they are all over Indian’s Facebook & are saying they won’t be switching.

    That leaves the Jap bike owners or people who do not own bikes now as the people who will have to make this go.

  25. 25 Roadking Aug 4th, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Can’t wait to get our hands on one and start making aftermarket parts, # 1 on list “air cleaner”! Good job Polaris!

  26. 26 TodT Aug 4th, 2013 at 9:33 am
  27. 27 Rodent Aug 4th, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Within five minutes of announcement both the New York Times and Forbes had a ride report on the new Indian. Obviously Polaris had invited them to a preview that the motorcycle industry was not invited too attend. So much for Polaris.

  28. 28 Doc Robinson Aug 4th, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I was there at the launch and spoke with several of the ‘celebrity’ riders who rode them before the release. These are people I know personally, including Laura Klock who’s opinion I highly respect. She, and the others, all said very positive things about the power and the handling and I know they were being straight up with me and not pushing the Polaris spin. I think they well do extremely well across the globe. I’ll be riding one in the next day or so and can’t wait!

  29. 29 H-D Heathen Aug 4th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Thumbs up to Polaris ! The Chiefs looks as I expected,not so sure about the Chieftain but had Indian not designed one,there would likely have been an outcry asking why it one was missing.

    Ok next up , “Bring back the Scout ! “—- Dyna / V Rod / Diavel market segment.

  30. 30 Iron Horse Aug 4th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I really like the looks of the Classic and the Vintage, but someone else can have my share of the Chieftain and it’s Victory styled fairing.

    Overall, I think they have a winner on their hands. Great job Indian and Polaris!

    By the way, I’ll take a Vintage in black please.

  31. 31 Vrodder Aug 4th, 2013 at 10:49 am

    A few items of note. The Chieftain has a 25 degree rake compared to the other two Chiefs that have 29 degrees. Listed in the standard equipment is a POWER WINDSHIELD! Also listed in the accessories is hard lowers (no picture yet).

    My guess is that the HD Roadglide retooling is being done to incorporate a power windshield. I have one on my Victory Vision, and once you try it, it becomes a must have. I am sure there are a few Victory Cross Country owners saying “what about us??”

    Other than the bland color choices, I am very impressed. I didn’t see the Chieftain coming. Looks like Polaris is in it to win it. Three viable choices for American motorcycling… It’s a damn good time to be a rider these days!

  32. 32 666 Aug 4th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Kind of japanese looking..Kawasaki drifter ish

  33. 33 THUNDERHORSE Aug 4th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    THE CHIEFTAIN HARDBAG GOT GO ,IT LOOK LIKE IT CAME OFF PEE WEE HERMAN BIKE

  34. 34 roscoe Aug 4th, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Wow,
    Some of the negative comments made are just ridiculous.
    Drifter-ish looking?
    It looks like plastic?

    Jesus Christ. The only way to please some of these people is to keep remaking the same shit over and over again.
    Thank goodness some people appreciate the past, but don’t stay in it.
    Anybody heard the new Scorpions record? It rawks!

    While I don’t like the whole retro look (obviously), I do like the Chieftan with the modern looking fairing.

  35. 35 Seymour Aug 4th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I would say they came in line with my expectations. I am GLAD they got rid of the teardrop headlight – it was very corny. I am still not a fan of hiding the rear frame with the fender. Anyway, this is just the beginning, good luck Indian!

  36. 36 Lady Lorraine Aug 4th, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Hmmm…. I’ve always loved the look of the Indians, and these do please the eye. I admit that I like the Vintage best, but then I am of that “certain” age group as well. If I were in the market for a new bike, I would definitely have a look see at the new Indians. Since Polaris seems to be looking toward the future, do you think they will come out with a “Casino” model for the younger crowd?

  37. 37 Woody's Aug 4th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Well, they aren’t awful. Style is in the eye of the beholder and should be a strong running bike, good competition for the Road King. “course that’s what folks say about Too bad the stupid teasertizing campaign promised the second coming of Christ and talked so much smack about H-D. I think Polaris set eveybody up for disapointment with their launch strategy. If this had been the first time Indian “came back” it might be different also, but we’ve become used to a new big-fendered Road King coming out every decade or so. Had they done a classy inline 4 (longitudinal ) with the overall look of this new Chief, I’d have already sent my order in. Instead, I’ll be getting my next new vehicle at the Ford dealer, and keeping my current bikes. Big “best wishes” to Polaris on the new Indians, and a big kick in the nuts to whomever signed off on the stupid release strategy.

  38. 38 454freak Aug 4th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Excellent releases in my opinion. Most complaints are stylistic so far, so that’s just purely up to individuals – don’t like it don’t buy it I say! Curious to see how soon they do a Cheiftain full-dresser and how they pull off a trunk. The back falls away so fast there they could maybe do a voluminous double decker trunk without much trouble.

    I am always disappointed by the people who feel the need to pick on fairing style, jeez, if the HD fairing is so the one for you, buy HD! It is indeed iconic and beautiful, and if Polaris copied it, there’d be no end of lawsuits, not to mention all the charges of trying to look like HD (probably from a lot of the same critics). I think the Chieftain fairing is very stylish and has a lot of built in potential for superior wind management and lighting. Not to mention lines that will be easy to accentuate for wild custom paint schemes. With all the emphasis on baggers and custom baggers right now, I think Polaris read the wind perfectly with the Chieftain!

  39. 39 Jerry Hatfield Aug 4th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Finally! Gone, is the anguish of “Harley” powered Indians! As the author of seven books about Indian motorcycles, I say: Welcome to Polaris!

    Jerry Hatfield

  40. 40 EL Aug 4th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    It’s to bad about the neck…I wonder if this has a down draft intact . That would certainly help make power.

    ….others have done it by moving fuel storage to some place other than the traditional tank on the frames top tube It appears Indian did not want to do away with the traditional gas tank..and they found another way to do it…

    now what about a scout …..

  41. 41 tundra Aug 4th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Relatively few negative comments and the “hater” label comes out…sheesh. Of course as riders we’re going to compare against other models; we’re going to pick some nits.

    That being said, I’m pleasantly surprised at this initial offering. I expected maybe two models, but three? Awesome! I’m really digging the Classic and the Vintage. I did not expect a faired bike! Jury is still out on the fairing styling, though. BUT as with all my favorite vehicles since I was a kid, the Chieftain has the potential to grow on me. I really want to see a close up of the inner fairing layout.

  42. 42 Kirk Perry Aug 4th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    “throttle-by-wire”
    and a war bonnet windshield. That’s nice.

  43. 43 Vrodder Aug 4th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Go to the Indian site and watch the video on the Chieftain. Items that standout:

    1. Keyless Ignition
    2. TMPS system
    3. 4″ Adjustable Power Windshield
    4. Drive by Wire
    5. Integrated Front LED Turnsignals
    6. High End Electronics/Gauges
    7. Remote Locking Saddlebags
    8. 5 Year Warranty (4 with a $50 deductible)
    9. MANY MANY Chrome Pieces that HD only offers in their accessory catalog or on CVO bikes.

    The last one is interesting. Chrome hand controls, switch housings, lower fork legs, shift lever, brake lever, and a bunch of smaller pieces/parts. Also it has grips/peg/pedal that are actually nice enough to keep on the bike. ALL these are bread/butter of HD’s accessory catalog. Actually seems like Polaris is giving up some accessory revenue here.

    Can’t say enough about the aluminum frame. Superior handling coupled with no more rust spots on any frame nicks. The only real losers here seem to be the previous modern Indian owners particularly the bikes from Kings Mountain.

  44. 44 Rodent Aug 4th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    The sales numbers a year from now will tell the Harley Indian story more than all the senseless rhetoric today.

  45. 45 Terence Tory Aug 4th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    roscoe,It does look like a Kawasaki Drifter draped over a Victory frame and motor.I think it looks cheap and plastic in photos.It may look better in real life,maybe.I would rather see acres of modern polished alloy than heaps of modern chrome,but chroming is way cheaper than casting an alloy that looks good polished.Modern die-cast high-zinc alloy is strong and machines well but looks bad compared to cast alloy from another century.I would rather see a frame than cheap swoopy covers.

    Vrodder,I think if anyone wants or needs all that grab-bag of gee-gaws that go blip-blip,whir and ptzzz they should by an Acura.

    Now that they have got over the unavoidable heritage hump ,(that could not be avoided in any case) they can now start to actually build the bikes that modern riders really want.Bring on the chopper and the bare bones bobber I say.

  46. 46 James just another crazy Kiwi Aug 4th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    More bikes for wealthy coffin dodgers
    Hope they do a bobber/scout to bring in a younger group of riders

    Also wish they would stop the negative advertising towards Harley Davidson

    The people that dont want a HD already, own

    BMW
    Honda
    Triumph
    Victory
    Others

    I dont see anything that takes my eye
    Hope all the covers are steel and not composite materials
    The Engines design looks great though that has been out for a while.

    Why make it look like a side valve though
    HD can draw on the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s as well as the 30’s and 50’s for styling
    Indian cannot

    I like my 48 UL Bobber because it really is a flatty ?

  47. 47 morpion Aug 4th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    nice machines,,,retro look engine,,the future will say if polaris has made a good move,,,

  48. 48 golfish Aug 4th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I really like the Indian’s. Seeing a picture of my Grandfather sitting on his 1936 (new) sold me.

    I wish them all the luck in the world.

    LOOK OUT HD…things are coming around

  49. 49 KP Aug 4th, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I’m pretty stoked about this lineup! The Chieftan may have to grow on me a bit (but that power windshield could be a dealmaker). Just blew up my Gilroy stroker a couple of weeks ago and seriously thinking of taking the $5K rebuild cost and throwing it into a new bike instead. I’m not a Harley hater, but definitely an Indian enthusiast, and very pleased with what I see. Standard ABS, cruise, keyless ign., etc.

    Unfortunately, there are those that would have negatively criticized, regardless of what Indian came up with. I think Polaris did the right thing by keeping styling cues from the old Chiefs – these are the bikes that set Indian apart. And who knows? Maybe some lightweights down the road.

    Also, don’t forget that the standard features and chrome accessories on these bikes are typically options (and expensive ones, at that) on many other brands.

    I’ve got nothing negative to say about HD; I was once a proud owner. But I’m a prouder Indian owner! My riding buddies all ride HD’s and people on the street walk right by them to check out my Indian, followed by compliments every time. Of course that was before my engine was nestled in 6 boxes of parts. 🙁

    Good on ya, Polaris!!!

  50. 50 Jim Anderson Aug 4th, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Good comments and observations.
    I agree with the comments on the huge air cleaner cover, the rear fender, massive headlight and the barn-door windshield.
    .I would like to see:
    Instrument pannel that had the original heart shape from 39 to 47.
    Fish tail exhaust tail pipes, the rear fender looks like it will get curb damage.
    A modern version of the hemisphere tail light.
    A removable luggage rack accessory to replace the queen seat.

    I am a traditional Indian rider, had 8 of the originals and ride a 47 daily, but I am glad to see a modern enginered version with nostalgic details. I will buy one.

    Jim
    Cave Creek, Arizona

  51. 51 ALCOHTRAZ Aug 4th, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Heres what i see,

    A S&S Xwedge motor stuck in an aluminum Victory frame with Kawasaki Drifter fenders complete with a Harley under frame exhaust pipe..

    With all the Hype over this bike, I thought I was about to be blown outta my seat. There is absolutely nothing here to see except the return of the round headlamp…

    Now lets see this WCC CFL3 already….

  52. 52 lawretj Aug 4th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Finally, a real Indian Motocycle! I wasn’t prepared for three offerings from Indian, at this primary roll-out at the Black Hills rally. These Indian Motocycles have produced a motorcycle, which is a very natural progression of the brand style. It is easy to extrapolate the image of the 1953 Indian Motocycle into what I see today Polaris has already proven, with the Victory brand, that build quality of their products is superior to the competition. I have no doubt that Indian Motocycle will be the benefactors of this tradition, as well. My guess is that this is only the tip of the iceberg.
    Realizing how quickly Indian has brought the new Chief line-up to the market place, I begin to imagine another engine or two and, at least, three more frame options. Can you say Indian Roadmaster? Indian Scout? Indian Warrior4? Indian Princess? Indian Tomahawk?
    I will have to be patient and let Indian Motocycles surprise me. Congratulations INDIAN MOTOCYCLES!!!!!!

  53. 53 LoneRider Aug 4th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    All of the remarks above are all styling based. As style goes it has lots of old indian style, I suppose with a few tweeks. Yes they are giving away parts sold by HD and aftermarket as accesories, but maybe that is thier plan to have a turnkey bike. Beat the aftermarket at thier own game I guess. My concern will be quality, customer service, and repair. I guess we will all have to wait on that. They have burnt bridges in the add campain before the vaunted reveal. If expectations are met then they have nailed it, If not then what? I am not swayed either way, indian has folded more times than I have replaced tires on my current bike. HOW LONG WILL IT LAST???

  54. 54 seefriedm Aug 4th, 2013 at 4:25 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.

  55. 55 Seymour Aug 4th, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    LOL If someone said it looks like a Drifter, well that is pretty damn funny! (Since a Drifter is supposed to look like an Indian!)

  56. 56 Mad Dog Aug 4th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    The more I learn about these new Indians the more I like.
    The style is as expected for an Indian motorcycle, the haters & trolls just want to spoil the party – dickheads.
    I know they’ll be a Chief Vintage in my garage in 2-3yrs time, hopefully it will be a two-tone masterpiece.
    Cudos Indian

  57. 57 Shaz Aug 4th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    Yawn… nice X-wedge…. next

  58. 58 Sheridan Aug 4th, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Are all those covers on both sides of the bike below the seat, between the engine and rear fender made of plastic?

  59. 59 Dale Aug 4th, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    The Vintage is pure gold. The Chieftain is very ugly. The hard bags and faring don’t cut it.

  60. 60 J Aug 4th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Fork rake proportions are a little funky, especially on the Chieftain…. But for $10K less than the last version, lot of value here…..

  61. 61 Big Rick Aug 4th, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Tank too small, neck gusset too big, headlight from the side profile is too shallow, fairing on bagger is wack, parts and covers look like plastic.

  62. 62 roscoe Aug 4th, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I like the Chieftain the best, I might be interested in a few years after the hoopla has died down.

    People like to say how Polaris will beat HD down, but I think Polaris knows that they aren’t going to get that many HD people to switch over. People who buy HD want nothing but HD, performance/value isn’t part of the equation.

    Polaris is very aware that most of their customers will come from the Japanese owning crowd. Harleys have become much like Mustangs and Camaros, everyone has one, they have become boring to a lot of people.
    They just continue to tout the “American Tradition” stuff and the Shadow owners, the VTX owners, the Boulevard owners can now become part of something they never had before.
    HD has nothing to worry about and Polaris isn’t worried about HD.
    Polaris just wants a bigger piece of the huge pie, there is plenty to go around.

  63. 63 Woody's Aug 4th, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Hmm, not sure how/if I butchered the begginning of my previous post, but I thought I wrote;
    “Well, they aren’t awful. Style is in the eye of the beholder and it should be a strong running bike, good competition for the Road King. “course that’s what folks say about the Stratoliner and other cruisers. “

  64. 64 Big Rick Aug 4th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    What’s up with red start button?

  65. 65 Jeffrey Aug 4th, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Yuck! I hate valanced fenders. What happened to the idea of a modern interpetation of the Sport Scout. The original Indian went broke based upon this styling. Yuck!

  66. 66 CallMeRabbit Aug 4th, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    It’s only a start button when it’s not a stop button

  67. 67 ifeelthebreezenow Aug 4th, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Whaw.
    All this wait and hype and its the same old same old.
    You can pick-up a hardly used or still in the crate Kawi VN2000 and drop a few hundred into fenders and get the same results for under 10k

  68. 68 Mack Aug 4th, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I’m liking them…..The vintage is pretty fricking cool ….don’t much care for the buck Rodgers turn signals on the chieftain …but overall their version of the bat wing works for me ….they look like an Indian should …kudos!

  69. 69 Terence Tory Aug 4th, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    ifeelthebreezenow,it was indeed nice of Kawasaki to build both the VN2000 and both Drifters for Polaris to work from.I guess its like a kind of reverse Marshall plan for the U.S.A from K.H.E. Thems the facts Jack.

  70. 70 Septic the Sceptic Aug 4th, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    “Vintage” pertains to vehicles made between 1919 and 1930.

  71. 71 Terence Tory Aug 5th, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Septic the Sceptic : People call sixties Hondas vintage now.Time moves on and is not static.

  72. 72 John Aug 5th, 2013 at 12:17 am

    I like it and am glad Indian is back, but agree with some of the criticisms about the covers under the seat etc. But it is not the type bike I like anyway, I’m a hotrod Dyna rider and like functionality and minimalism. That huge space between the rear wheel and end of the fender looks stupid to me. Like on the Jap cruisers and the Victory bagger, like a dog could fit in there. I hope Indian is reading these comments and comes out with a Dyna-Superglide type hotrod. That after all is what Indian was all about in the early years, racing and innovation.

  73. 73 Stephen Aug 5th, 2013 at 1:47 am

    I am very much a metric cruiser come chopper guy but I would take a long look at the Chief Vintage. I would consider buying it because it’s made by Victory and believe me it will take a lot to get me to buy an American bike.

  74. 74 Sportster Mike Aug 5th, 2013 at 7:37 am

    I’d like to see one in the flesh … here in England
    but at the moment I’d be inclined to buy a Drifter and customise it and put some Indian badges on it and save £15000! Seen a couple of those here (fooled most people)

    Looking forward to seeing a small 750/ 900cc V twin with NO luggage of valanced fenders with MODERN styling cues

  75. 75 morpion Aug 5th, 2013 at 8:35 am

    modern indian is in,,harley still there and strong,,,victory is close to the door,,

  76. 76 Mike Aug 5th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I love the criticisms about any plastic side covers. These same people have been critical of Victory for years on the same basis (despite that being the only place Victory uses plastic bodywork at all on their bikes).

    It’s usually the uniformed that make these criticisms. Worse still, many Harley riders piss and moan about these side covers. Guess these same riders never bothered to notice that their Harley baggers also have plastic side-covers, and have been using them for years!.

  77. 77 fuji Aug 5th, 2013 at 9:51 am

    The real disappointment for some is that “no one can say ” they [ Polaris ] copied the styling of a Harley Davidson.
    As it was in time past. Indian and Harley. The race is on. I’ll go with Underdog.

  78. 78 CafeSportyTC Aug 5th, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I would Gladly own a Indian Chief Classic for a commuter…. and I’m eating my words here…even with those damned skirted fenders. overall the bikes are beautiful. Now like others have said on here , i dont like the chieftains fairing, but i know there are others who will. good luck Indian, get at it , and I’ll be looking forward to see a scout , or a sportster like model.

  79. 79 Vrodder Aug 5th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Lets face it…. Harley needs to be pushed, and Indian can do that in ways Victory can’t. HD riders should be thrilled by these 3 Indian bikes. Their future Harleys will be better bikes because of them!! We need competition to yield a better product to the American Rider.

  80. 80 cbarter Aug 5th, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Well gotta admit, not a fan of the too much exposed neck gusset; stylistically not sure yet about the frame side covers…will have to let that sink in. Fortunately the oil cooler doesn’t appear to be the carbuncle I was fearing it might have been. Overall I’m reserving judgement for an in the flesh viewing.

    On some other points: I love skirted fenders on an Indian. I think the hard bags and fairing look good. Not sure about the headlight, would have preferred the tear drop which is an Indian cue.

    Could care less if some parts are plastic rather than metal, plastic is lighter, doesn’t rust and is indistinguishable from metal in anycase. Prefer polished alloy over chrome but understand the economics. I’m sure the after market parts will be along soonish inorder to tweak certain parts of the bike that aren’t working for some. Overall I think the bike will be a success. I look forward to a Sportster beater.

    The engine looks great. But then I liked the looks of the bottle cap motor in the King’s Mountain bike didn’t care that is was an evo based engine. Of course this new motor will be a better engine all round. I’m a big fan of the King’s Mountain Chief, I think they’re beautiful looking bikes.

    Best wishes to Indian for the future.

    Oh yeah, I think Terry Torrance is a bozo.

  81. 81 Tommy Aug 5th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Supposedly modern… but still look Butt Ugly in design.

  82. 82 cbarter Aug 5th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    After viewing the videos on the Indian website am much more impressed. The pics used in this article don’t do the bike any favours.

  83. 83 JohnJ Aug 5th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    No thanks…

  84. 84 Rick Portella Aug 5th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Hey America, we have been wanting more choice, now we have it at a price that doesn’t have sticker shock attached! I think the prices are very competitive with other types of bikes and the overall styling is a throwback to an era gone by, which for me is great. I fist came to see the flathead engines as a pice of art in the early 80’s as i was helping my older brother restore an original Indian frame back to glory. I have been riding a lot of differant kinds of bikes and recently have been a pretty staunch Harlely rider, I have 2 and they are my 2nd and 3rd bikes. I have to say the new Thunder 111 is just what the American riding commuinty needs right now. I usually put between 10K on my touring bike each year, and last fall i made a 6140 mile trek to the HD headquarters in Milwakee. Then to Rhode Island to see family and then to Wheels Through TIme in Maggie Valley NC. There i became more in awe of the Flathead motors of the past. Whats old is new again and its about damn time! I am empressed with all the new Indian mortocycles have to offer riders. Needless to say I will be trading in my other bikes for the Indian as soon as I can…. Lets keep this one around for another 100 + years.

  85. 85 fredp Aug 5th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    So, the one question I have is, How much of the bike parts are sourced from “USA” I am hoping they did not go the way of harley in sourcing most of their parts from “you know who”

  86. 86 Jezza Aug 5th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Hmmm, nice first effort. I guess they had to go the retro route to keep all the nostalgia crowd happy, although IMHO they went too far with those valanced fenders. I’m suspending judgement though until I see what they follow these models up with. Hopefully something lighter and more nimble that will give a nod to Indian’s heritage but be a more modern design, and handle like a Ducati. As far as retro styled Indians go, I still don’t think anyone has done it as well as Mike Tomas and the guys from Kiwi.

  87. 87 Rodent Aug 5th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Gotta hand it to Polaris Inc. they put on a hell of a show Saturday night. P.T. Barnum would be proud! Will the company owners(shareholders) say the same?

  88. 88 Septic the Sceptic Aug 5th, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Terry Tory, Edumacate yourself on the timeframes for vehicles. Veteran, vintage, Pre-war etc. The dates that these apply to do not change. Vintage is, and will only ever be, between 1919 and 1930.

  89. 89 Rick Lossner Aug 6th, 2013 at 6:56 am

    So many clueless haters …. This is the tip of the iceberg. The “scout” is coming…other models are coming soon as well. This is truly just the beginning

    Hold on for the ride!

  90. 90 rob Aug 6th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Will the Vindian be celebrating their 55th aniversary soon. or are they gonna do 113 next year?

  91. 91 RM Ferguson Aug 6th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    As a prior Indian owner,,and after all the surveys we participated in,,,I had higher hopes for these bikes. Front end for the most part looks ok,,,rear end has a Victory/Japanese flavor. I am anxious to see one in person, but I am not nearly as excited about a purchase as I was a few months ago.

  92. 92 N Kotke Aug 7th, 2013 at 4:04 am

    I like the new look of the Chieftan it produces a feel of comfort with the application of technology. I own Harleys and Indians prior to the upfront Indian models produced by men and women of today, without the emphasis on company names! Sure… people are building new bikes with great expectations in short time periods and great minds will have their influences but if it looks good from a picture at all then being up close should blow us all away unless… (there is great trickery done with cameras.) Nice work guys cant wait to see em in person! If anything at all it will further technology comfort power and sound of the great North American power.

  93. 93 Woody's Aug 7th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    For all the, “greatest bike news in decades” hype, I can’t help but notice we haven’t even hit 100 posts here yet. Cyril has gotten over a hundred in 2-3 days just by writing, “Jesse James made a peanut butter & jelly sammich.” 😉

  94. 94 Mark Jags Aug 8th, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    I saw them in person this week and even threw my leg over a few. Very good fit, finish and attention to detail. Love the Cheiftan! Excellent debut Indian!

  95. 95 Jim Anderson Aug 9th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Most of the things I said wanted to see on my 1st post were allready done.
    I ORDERED ONE. Should be here in early Sept. The Scottsdale Arizona dealer is great.
    One factory glitch. To get the Shark Tail exhaust tips you have to buy a new exhaust system for $1,000.00 all told !
    I’m considering starting a riding group like HOG if the dealer is interested. Would be called THE TRIBE.

  96. 96 Nobody Aug 11th, 2013 at 12:43 am

    TL:DR version:
    Not great, but not bad either, Not really my flavour of tea and biscuits

    —————–
    Not a dud, but not a bang either. You can see that Victory bleed into them a bit (more so on the Chieftain which the fairing is a bit cringe inducing.) They look best in the dark colours but look off kilter in the red, mainly in the section right under the seat.

    Much like cars with keyless entry , the key fob / key code entry is a weak point. The blue tooth system will be a good selling point to the technophiles out there. Personally I ride to unplug from the excessive amounts of tech that have crept into modern life, so I’m definitely not in the target demographic for this/these features.

    As for the aluminium frame and “no rust!” point some make, bear in mind that yes it won’t rust , but aluminium still corrodes, and double so if there is road salty or salty water involved.

    Personally I don’t like it enough to get one on purpose. However I wouldn’t mind riding one if it ended up in my fleet of vehicles.

    They might nibble into HD’s turf, but I don’t see a Chuck Norris powered leg sweep that so many seem to think is going to happen.

  97. 97 pedro Sep 22nd, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I just put my deposit down on the cheiftan , have not even test rideden one and mind you here in AUSTRALIA they are selling for 36k , was looking for a tourer and this bike ticks alot of boxs , good motor , styling is ok ,comfort , and they say handles like a breeze , I love my Harley but I wanted something different for a change and i will still hang onto my nitetrain , alot of knockers out there but I will keep the faith that Polaris will end up with a very good riding package and some nostalgia mixed in .

  98. 98 Bike lover Dec 30th, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Really like the new Indians. Like the new triumph thunderbird lt even better. I just can’t believe neither one has a full touring dresser! It would outsell all the Indian and thunderbirds combined.

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