Indian Motorcycle Announces The 2017 Chieftain Limited And Elite

1- Chieftain Limited.

Indian’s new Chieftain Limited represents a bold evolution of the Chieftain line and paves the way for even more legendary rides. Indian Motorcycle’s designers have added just the right amount of style to give the Chieftain a sleeker look than ever before.

Our goal was to evolve the award-winning Chieftain platform with new models that significantly elevate the bike’s style, while still staying true to the signature design qualities that Indian Motorcycle is known for,” said Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian Motorcycle. “There’s no doubt the Chieftain Limited has a commanding presence and signature details that make it 100 per cent Indian.”

The main visual changes of the Chieftain Limited compared to a Chieftain include a sawn-off front fender and a new ten-spoke 19″ front wheel and 16″ rear wheel, which quickens up the handling. The front wheel has dual 300mm floating rotors with four piston calipers and an Indian logo embossed on it. There’s also a color-matched headlight bezel and a more streamlined leather saddle to complete the sleeker look.

Along with the Ride Command seven-inch infotainment system and the powerful Thunder Stroke 111 engine, the Chieftain Limited has a keyless ignition, anti-lock brakes (ABS), a 100-watt audio system, chrome front highway bar, a power adjustable windshield, remote locking hard saddlebags and just enough chrome to highlight all that this bike has to offer.

Features Of The Chieftain Limited

Indian Motorcycle’s Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin engine serves up a tasty 135Nm of torque so you can accelerate hard in every gear and have power to spare.

Pinch. Swipe. Tap. All without removing your gloves. Offering the industry’s largest, fastest, and most customizable infotainment system, the seven-inch Ride Command system allows you to get turn-by-turn directions, quickly navigate top points of interest, play Bluetooth audio, check vehicle information and status, plus a whole lot more via its easy to use interface. And thanks to split- screen technology, you can easily customize three rider screens to display the information that matters to you most.

Premium Audio. Two speakers located in the fairing deliver 100-watts of power at crystal clear quality. Use Ride Command to switch between the AM/FM stereo, Bluetooth or USB input, giving three different ways to listen to music as your ride.

Keyless Ignition. Put the Chieftain Limited key fob in your pocket then just climb on the bike, push the ignition button and ride. If you misplace or lose your fob, use can enter an individual security code pre-programmed into the ignition to start it up.

Stopping Power With Style. The front wheel is adorned with powerful, dual 300mm front rotors with 4-piston calipers. For a custom touch, the caliper housings feature the Indian Motorcycle script logo. The rear wheel features a single 300mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper to ensure that you can come to a halt quickly. An advanced anti-lock brake system (ABS) lets you ride with confidence and helps you stop with greater control.

Touring Amenities. With a commanding power-windscreen and remote lockable hard saddlebags you’re ready to rack up the miles in style and comfort. A tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and cruise control enhances your ride during highway cruising.

Exhaust. The Thunder Stroke 111 engine produces a rich, deep exhaust rumble from the exhaust. Which was acoustically engineered to eliminate high-pitched sounds, so what you really hear is Indian Motorcycle thunder.

2- Chieftain Elite.

As well as the Chieftain Limited, there is also a Chieftain Elite (a even more exclusive version with a special paint finish) Indian Motorcycle’s designers have reimagined what a top-of-the-line Chieftain should look like and have added custom paint and other design features to create a more premium look than ever before.

Only 350 of these will be sold globally. “With Chieftain Elite we wanted to design the most-premium, feature-packed Chieftain that we could possibly imagine,” said Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian Motorcycle. “In the end, I think the bike exceeded even our own high expectations. It’s an absolute show stopper.”

For those who demand the best of the best, the Chieftain Elite steps up to the plate as a bike that’s as close to custom as possible. The Chieftain Elite features a custom Fireglow Red Candy with Marble Accents paint scheme completed entirely by hand by Indian Motorcycle’s paint facility located in Spearfish, South Dakota. It takes a small, specialized team over 25 hours to hand paint each bike and no two Chieftain Elites look exactly the same.

The Chieftain Elite has a cutback front fender that shows off the new ten-spoke 19″ front wheel beautifully. The headlight bezel has been color matched to the fairing and the leather saddle is more streamline than the standard model and has contrast stitching.

The Chieftain Elite also comes with a wealth of premium amenities:
• Instead of a standard headlight, it has a Pathfinder LED headlight and driving lights.
• There’s a flared power windshield
• Rider and passenger floorboards are made from billet aluminium
• It has 200-watt sound system (two speakers in the fairing and two in the saddlebags)

It also has the industry leading Ride Command seven-inch infotainment system and anti-lock brakes (ABS), a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), keyless ignition, a power adjustable windshield and just enough chrome to tastefully highlight all the attitude this ultra-exclusive bike has to offer.

Imfotainment System. 7” touch screen (glove compatible with pinch to zoom & swipe functionality)
Customizable information displays
Simple, easy to use software
ENGINE – Thunder Stroke 111
Engine type
49º V-Twin
Compression ratio
9.5 : 1
Bore & stroke
3.976″ x 4.449″ (101mm x 113mm)
111 cu in (1811cc)
Cooling system
Air and oil
Primary drive
Gear drive wet clutch
Final drive
Belt drive, 152 tooth
Wet, multi-plate
Oil capacity & fuel capacity
5.5 qts (5.2 litres) and 5.5 gals (20.8 litres)
135 Nm at 2100rpm
Split dual exhaust with crossover
12 V 18 Amp/hour, 310 CCA, sealed glass mat
Charging system
42 amp max output
Front Telescopic fork, 46mm diameter, 4.7 in (119mm) of travel
Rear Single shock, 4.5 in (114 mm) of travel, air adjustable, pump stored in \saddlebag
Dry weight
377kg (831lbs)
628kg (1,385lbs)
2606mm (98.7in)
1668mm (65.7in)
Rake & Trail
25º & 150mm (5.9in)
Seat height
660mm (26in)
Ground clearance
142mm (5.6in)
Brake System Type
Individual front and rear control with ABS
Dual 300 mm floating rotors with 4-piston calipers
Single 300 mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper
Front tyre
Dunlop American Elite, 130/60B19 61H
Front wheel
Cast 19in x 3.5in with tyre pressure monitoring
Rear tyre
Dunlop Elite 3, 180/60R16 80H
Rear wheel
Cast 16in x 5.0in with tyre pressure monitoring
Ride Command customisable infotainment system featuring: Map/Navigation with pinch-to-zoom and swipe, Bluetooth compatible audio, Vehicle Status, Vehicle Info, Trip 1, Trip 2, and Ride Data. Keyless ignition, electronically adjustable windscreen, heated grips, dual-stage heated seats, cruise control, ABS and TPMS.
Fireglow Red Candy with Marble Accents.


37 Responses to “Indian Motorcycle Announces The 2017 Chieftain Limited And Elite”

  1. 1 Tom Ryan Apr 4th, 2017 at 11:19 am

    This Indian Chieftain looks pretty damn good!

  2. 2 blu dog Apr 4th, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    They are what they are. Prolly save some folks time and effort customizing a chieftain, but taking on a more homogenized “Street King” look to me. Hope all the ingenuity at Indian hasn’t moved to the racing program and there’s still some new things on the horizon, like perhaps a 111esque beast on a lighter, more aggressive platform. Baggers aren’t for everyone everyday.

  3. 3 Iron Horse Apr 4th, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    That should shut up all those complaining about not having a sleeker fender option.

    I agree with blu dog…a lighter bike based on the 111 motor would be a welcome addition.

  4. 4 BobS Apr 4th, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    They took a Victory Kingpin front fender, put it on a Chieftain, and call it “bold evolution”. *sigh* I’m pretty sure in a few more years when Polaris shuts the doors on Indian it will be gone for good.

  5. 5 Matt W. Apr 4th, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Although I would have preferred that Victory remain, It’s at least nice to see some of the Vic attitude added to the Indy line up. Looks like they are putting that new paint facility to good use.

  6. 6 ChadBroChill Apr 4th, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Chieftain Magnum? BFD

  7. 7 big doug Apr 4th, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    so it’s a cvo indian,wonder where they got that idea from.

  8. 8 James just another crazy kiwi Apr 4th, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    When Harley bring out another paint and fender change many go “more of the same”

    Indian need a 111 Bobber in a shorter more compact frame.

    I would assume the design is already in a conceptual stage but the money/marketing people go, but that will take sales from the Chieftain…Just like the HD people would not bring out a V-Rod sports tourer.

    In Motorcycling what the people want is often not what the people get……………………………………..

  9. 9 Mike Apr 4th, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Polaris up to its old tricks. A fender trim here, bold new paint there equals new model. Did the same with Victory, and we all know how that worked out.

  10. 10 seymour Apr 4th, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Will all of those e-lites be going to the UAE?

  11. 11 evo80 Apr 4th, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    They just want to look like harleys to take some .market share

  12. 12 TimS Apr 4th, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Bob is spot on, and now the Vic parts will start to trickle down onto the Indian bikes and call them new. Not like we didn’t see this one coming.

  13. 13 IanJH Apr 4th, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Nice bikes except for the (in my opinion) very ugly standard air cleaner, when I brought my Chieftain it was the first thing I replaced. The original air cleaner looks like a hospital bed pan to me.

  14. 14 fuji Apr 4th, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. More BS from knowledgeable consistent professors of how to design and build motorcycles. Go get a snow cone and challenge the vendor on his diversity of flavors.Get a life snow balls

  15. 15 gtrjoe Apr 4th, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Well let’s see:
    1) New “model” it is not nor is it marketed as such.
    2) Victory Fender – no Vic fender has this profile.
    3) Polaris old tricks – maybe – but they are addressing a “need”, users who dislike the valanced fenders.
    4)Old tricks – EVERY motorcycle manufacturer tries to sell you want you want – Supply/Demand.
    5)Bitching – jealous mavericks will always question “change” – ’cause they know better than everyone else.

    Go Indian ~ The Spirit Live On..
    and to all other “brands” keep on keepin’ on – choice is what we want as consumers!

  16. 16 Boss Hawg Apr 4th, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Emulate from success!

    I like ’em and say keep on rockin Indian!

    Boss Hawg

  17. 17 BobS Apr 4th, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    gtrjoe try paying closer attention “Our goal was to evolve the Cheiftain with new models that significantly elevate the style…” sure sounds like they’re marketing the Limited and Elite as two new models. And if you don’t think that fender looks awefully damn close to a Kingpin fender you’re smoking something. Any closer and it’d be a carbon copy. Let’s see, take a Kingpin front fender, file off a fraction of the rear inside edge, add a touch of flare to the rear…done, two new models. It’s Miller time boys.

  18. 18 Pat h Apr 4th, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    If only they could do something with the fairing

  19. 19 Boots Apr 4th, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I would like to see Indian concentrate on establishing more dealership throughout the country and increase its advertising. I’m from the Midwest and you can go months without seeing an Indian on highway !

  20. 20 JohnnySpeed Apr 4th, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    gtrjoe – I love how everyone who doesn’t agree with your opinion is just “jealous”.lol Might as well go full baby and call them all “haters”.

  21. 21 Highrider Apr 4th, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Well, I will eat my words ( pass the ketchup, this crow is a little dry) They did a nice job on these.

  22. 22 MJ Motors Apr 5th, 2017 at 2:32 am

    nice touches … next fairing and air cleaner

  23. 23 Hdrider Apr 5th, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Starting to look more and more like a Harley Street Glide. Now they need to work on the dealer network.

  24. 24 Matt W. Apr 5th, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Bob S.

    You appear to have strong opinions on what doesn’t constitute the label “new model”. So by that I assume you have a preferred alternative terminology for bikes like the Chieftain Elite or Road King Special in mind that you believe manufacturers should use instead?

  25. 25 Mdkuder Apr 5th, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Don’t get me wrong I love the Indians which explains why I have two. But shouldn’t the Elite have an upgraded engine including exhaust and losing that bed pan air cleaner? The Indian head on the front fender but slightly smaller to fit the scale of the fender? I’m just a consumer what do I know!

  26. 26 SIGFREED Apr 5th, 2017 at 8:58 am


    He, he, he, the more they try to be different, the more they are the same.

    Not saying there is anything wrong with a Pimped Polaris, just intimating, give credit to the MoCo.

  27. 27 Boris Apr 5th, 2017 at 9:19 am

    As mentioned above, these models address prospective buyers who don’t like the valanced fenders. Indian is targeting these bikes to those people, which makes good marketing sense. I agree about the huge air cleaner; Indian needs to design a smaller, round one.

    I love the Streamline-Moderne style Indian fairing, especially with the chrome trim; it’s certainly better that awful “bat-wing” thing that Harley has had around for years.

    I’m in favor of a 111″ bob-job factory bike if they can make it look authentic, like a stripped ’47 Chief. But it should NOT be quicker than a Scout. The Scout must remain Indian’s hottest, best-performing bike.

    Speaking of the Scout, I’d like to see the Scout engine enlarged to about 77″ with a Sport Scout (high-performance) option. No problem with the water cooling (although I’d like to see cooling fins added to give the engine a more vintage look), but I would like to see that huge radiator (and the frame downtubes on either side) narrowed. The radiator is just too obtrusive and the bike is too wide in the front.

    I also think that Indian could punch out the 111″ to 118″ for its top-line big bikes like the Roadmaster and the Springfield.

    I believe that Indian is here to stay. Polaris is doing a fine job with the brand.

  28. 28 Drew Apr 5th, 2017 at 9:58 am

    ATTENTION INDIAN MOTORCYCLE…… I have developed a wonderful marketing idea for your new Chieftan Limited Model. Provide this new machine to an experienced rider from the Midwest (Chesterton, IN) for a 5 year study. Rider would provide own gas money, and report back regularly after various lengthy and enjoyable rides to scenic areas, and flattrack races. I can be reached at 1-800-PICKME1

  29. 29 Vincenzo Apr 5th, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Its never a good sign from a financial / business standpoint when a company starts throwing one ‘ limited / special edition ‘ after another in the futile attempt to increase interest and sales

  30. 30 X HD Rider Apr 5th, 2017 at 11:16 am

    besides paint and a funny new fender what really is the big deal. I don’t see any real change and a different fender and wheels doesn’t really get it.
    Same old bike with new BS hip

  31. 31 Chief Waldo Apr 5th, 2017 at 11:39 am

    A different front fender does not a new motorcycle make.

  32. 32 Kent Apr 5th, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Ok, INDIAN let’s give the MOCO credit they put a motor on a woman’s bike in 1903, what’s that, INDIAN came out as an Motorcycle company in 1901! No credit due the moco, nothing to see here (invented by) moco fans!

  33. 33 gtrjoe Apr 5th, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Haters always gonna hate….

  34. 34 BobS Apr 5th, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Matt W, I don’t see anything wrong with a Roadglide Special or a Chieftain Elite just being called a Roadglide Special or Chieftain Elite. My comment was really aimed at showing the marketing that failed Victory is now being given a second chance at failure with Indian. No, a different fender on an Indian is not a “bold evolution” that “elevates style”. It’s a freaking fender. I’ve always said Polaris has great engineers, the Vic’s I’ve owned have been great bikes. But marketing did turn Victory into a joke. Remember when they teased they were going to “break boundaries” with an all new model like nothing we’ve seen before and it was their existing bagger with apes and flat paint? Or when they promoted they were going to reveal a “Bobber without compromise” and it was a Vegas, a model they had been making for over ten years, only this one had smaller wheels and flat paint? And now they’re doing it again. The engineers took a Victory, converted the engine to pushrods, made it look just like a really old bike, gave it Harley ergos, and called it a Chief from America’s oldest motorcycle company. And now they’re “boldly evolving and elevating” with a fender swap…SMH. It’s a great bike that the bone heads running Polaris will kill, something they have experience at.

  35. 35 BM Jarvis Apr 6th, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Congratulations Indian!!!!

    You now sell Harley Street Glides. What’s next; a trike model? If ya can’t beat, join em.

  36. 36 Sheridan Apr 6th, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Come on do a rigid or plunger rear end!

  37. 37 Coffeebeans Apr 10th, 2017 at 8:13 am

    A goodly number of people hate the fenders, so Indian now makes a non-fender Chief variant.

    The folks who dislike Indian don’t like it anymore now than they did yesterday.
    The folks who like Indian like it the about the same as they did yesterday.
    A few of the fence sitters get picked up because they didn’t like the fenders, and now they have an option.

    It’s a marketing exercise, but not really a bad one. Makes sense.

    We are all still waiting or the next actual new platform from Indian.
    It’s clear that it’s coming, since their Chief of Marketing stated pretty matter of factly, in a recent interview, that within 5 years they will be in segments outside of the cruiser/bagger/touring market.
    Of course, the haters will all say they won’t BE here in 5 years, so, what can you do.

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