Indian Motorcycle Introduces 2018 Ultra-Premium Bagger With Stunning Paint Completed Entirely by Hand

Indian Motorcycle announced its new ultra-premium bagger, the 2018 Chieftain Elite. This limited-edition bagger pairs custom-inspired paint that’s completed by hand with top-of-the-line amenities for the rider who demands the best of the best. Indian Motorcycle meticulously thought through the design to ensure every line, texture and material complemented the contours of this aggressive platform. The focal point of this bagger is the stunning, specialty paint featuring high-flake Black Hills Silver. As the name suggests, this paint was inspired by the silver mines in the Black Hills of South Dakota, which is near Indian Motorcycle’s custom paint facility in Spearfish, SD. A team of Indian Motorcycle experts mask the bodywork, lay the graphics, and hand-spray each Chieftain Elite. Each bike takes nearly 25 hours due to the time-intensive, painstaking processes that are completed by hand. Incredibly, no two bikes will look the same due to the level of human touch involved. There’s no question that this bold, one-of-a-kind bike will stand out in any crowd.

The 2018 Chieftain Elite has a commanding stance that’s punctuated by its 19-inch, 10-spoke, contrast-cut front wheel and marbled graphics package. It’s equipped with premium features, including a 200-Watt premium audio system, Pathfinder LED headlight and driving lights, a push-button power flare windshield, billet aluminum Select Driver and Passenger Floorboards, and genuine leather seats. New for this year’s Chieftain Elite are pinnacle mirrors and updated, smaller hand controls for improved ergonomics.

A host of other features come standard, including Ride Command® – the largest, fastest, most customizable infotainment system on two wheels. The seven-inch, glove-compatible touchscreen features turn-by-turn navigation, customizable rider information screens and Bluetooth® compatibility. The Chieftain Elite also features ABS, cruise control, tire pressure monitoring, remote-locking saddlebags and keyless ignition. At the soul of this bike is the Thunderstroke 111 engine, an award-winning American V-Twin that delivers a monstrous 119 ft-lbs of torque and power to spare in every gear.

A large number of accessories are also available for riders looking to add power or further customize the Chieftain Elite. The Thunder Stroke® 116 ci Stage 3 Big Bore Kit adds 20 percent more horsepower and 15 percent more torque for those looking to take performance to the next level. Color-matched accessories are also available for riders who want extra protection, style and storage, including a Quick Release Trunk, Hard Lower Fairings and a Valanced Front Fender.

Only a limited number of these motorcycles will be built. Pricing starts at $31,499 in the U.S. and $37,999 in Canada. Available at Indian Motorcycle dealers starting March 1.

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27 Responses to “Indian Motorcycle Introduces 2018 Ultra-Premium Bagger With Stunning Paint Completed Entirely by Hand”


  1. 1 BobS Mar 2nd, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Does the marketing team get paid by the adjective?

  2. 2 Opera & Iron Mar 2nd, 2018 at 10:50 am

    These photos don’t really do the paint justice, in sunlight this thing screams bass boat bling.

  3. 3 Tony Klock Mar 2nd, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Love that front fender! I think Polaris is doing a great job bringing us some decent Indians.

    I know, a positive comment on this website, crazy…..

    Ride Safe Everyone!

  4. 4 BobS Mar 2nd, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Tony you are correct that the front fender is very well shaped. It comes right off a Victory Kingpin first released in 2004, I’ve liked it ever since.

  5. 5 fuji Mar 2nd, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    I like how a good looking bike can eat into the thin skin of morons

  6. 6 Mdkuder Mar 2nd, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Beauty but why keep the awful air cleaner on it?

  7. 7 X H-D Rider Mar 2nd, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    so what part is hand painted. The robot couldn’t of done it.
    Why can’t they do something with those terbiel bag hinges

  8. 8 Seymour Mar 2nd, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    At this rate, soon Indian and Harley will only have to sell one bike per year to make a profit.

  9. 9 Mike Mar 2nd, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Polaris is up to its old tricks I see. The paint department (first Victory, now Indian) just love to do stripes, and other dumb graphics on the bikes. Hey folks, it is okay to do quality paint jobs in solid colors or maybe a two tone classic style. Really, its okay to just stop with the farkles.

  10. 10 Woody's Mar 2nd, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    2fugi why go for the name calling? Good-looking bike is not a technical term and there’s no reason to call people morons if they think it looks like a gypsy wagon. Certainly that paint job doesn’t follow the lines of much of anything and looks rather amateurish in it’s layout. As for it being completely finished by hand, what does finished mean? The janitor could hit it with clear coat and that would be finishing the paint job. Wet sanding and buffing is completing any paint job and that’s done by hand. That paint job reminds me of John Lennon’s Rolls Royce.

  11. 11 BD Mar 2nd, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Geeez what a deal only 38K for this fugly POS Where did they get their airbrush people from school for the blind UGLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. 12 Boots Mar 2nd, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    This bike will have its niche purchasers. The ones that put 300 miles a year on it and park it in front of the local bar so everyone can see it !!!

  13. 13 fuji Mar 2nd, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Woody’s you won. Congratulations

  14. 14 Xenu Mar 2nd, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Reminiscent of the Custom Van Craze, but busier.

  15. 15 Woody's Mar 2nd, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Not trying to win anything Fuji, it was an honest question and I almost always enjoy reading what you write which is why I was so surprised at the moron remark. Peace 🙂

  16. 16 NoH2oH Mar 2nd, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    FTR1200 can’t get here soon enough.

    I had high hopes for Indian, but I fear like Victory they will never make a bike I’d actually purchase.

  17. 17 SIGFREED Mar 2nd, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    According to the Polaris website the MSRP = $31.5k. Compared to the near $40k of the HD CVO Street Glide. I would say the 2018 Polaris Chieftain Elite has the CVO’s scalp on this one. Have the Polaris.

  18. 18 Boomer Mar 3rd, 2018 at 12:35 am

    If I were to buy a Chieftain; the Limited in all its forms looks better to me starting at $24.500. This one screams “yuppie” to my eye. If graphics are your thing they have a Limited in black with some decent graphics that will stand out in a sea of bikes. The solid blue is a nice shade I think and there are graphics makers that sell classy thin stick on’s most people would never tell was put on by the owner. They can be clear-coated to be made permanent if desired or just left alone. I’ve found with graphics; ‘less is more’ just like makeup on a woman.

  19. 19 Hubbard Mar 3rd, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Wonder what Arlen could do with it? And to the folks that seem so opinionated, let’s see what you could build that would please the majority of people.

  20. 20 Calif Phil Mar 3rd, 2018 at 9:02 am

    I like it. I want to see it in person. That hate on this site is mind blowing.

  21. 21 glennrock Mar 3rd, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Comments made regarding the terrible looking saddle bag latches and air cleaner, KURYAKYN offers replacements for both, as well as many other cool replacement components. Kuryakyn is placing solid efforts toward Indian aftermarket parts….check it out.

  22. 22 BOSS HAWG Mar 3rd, 2018 at 10:38 am

    “solid efforts”…yeah right!

    Like the bike though.

    Boss Hawg

  23. 23 Dan Mar 3rd, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    If one was to watch the video some things will become clearer. And if you remove the “111” on the aircleaner it cleans it up quite a bit, and it is free…

    I like the bike for sure. like Ca. Phil stated I too would like to see it in person. Maybe there will be one at the Dealer on Beach Street next week.

  24. 24 Biggles Mar 4th, 2018 at 3:55 am

    Yet again BobS drops in his uninformed unresearched and untrue comments. Kingpin?! Really. How’s that white cane working for you?

  25. 25 Pop Mar 5th, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Into Indian dealers twice so far this year. Nope, not happening for me yet. Sure miss my Gilroy with that mongrel Powerplus 100. It was a big motorcycle and a real thumper. Just can’t cozy up to a small techno version.
    At least not so far.

  26. 26 joe Mar 6th, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Just a glorified Victory with a different badge. I’ll stick with the Street Glide thank you. All the originality is gone. I believe the term “lipstick on a pig” directly applies here.

    Instead of doing something unique, Indian just found a super awkward and ugly spot in between Victory and Harley. Lame.

  27. 27 rebel Mar 8th, 2018 at 7:22 am

    not bad but, “super ultra mega limited edition” coming soon with new infinity c. i. engine, it’s not your great grandfathers injun

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