If you have been sitting on the fence about purchasing a new Indian Bagger, Indian Motorcycles may have just pushed you over the fence. Two new models of Indian Baggers have been introduced, and the best way we can describe them is retro modern. Obviously, thousands of Bagger owners have responded to the vintage feel of the Indian Baggers, but how many more riders are out there that might not gravitate towards that 1950’s styling?
When Polaris acquired the Indian Motorcycle brand, they completely redesigned the motorcycles including a new powerful drivetrain. There was definitely a pent up demand for another iconic American Bagger brand. The first generation of Indian Baggers paid tribute to the original brand, with a fully skirted front fender, the classic Indian head on that big front fender, and the Indian script on the tank. Buyers loved the traditional brown seats and fringe bags that were available on some models. How do you go from selling tens of thousands of motorcycles to hundreds of thousands? With the Indian Scout, Polaris proved that they could deliver a new model for the masses that handled as well and performed as good as, or better than, any bike in its class, and they delivered a retro industrial styling.
Indian has delivered two new Baggers that are going to shake up the industry! The Chieftain Elite and Chieftain Limited are game changers in the competitive American Bagger market! These two Baggers will be going head to head with the Harley-Davidson Street Glide, and it will be fun to watch.
The Chieftain Elite is hand painted in Spearfish, South Dakota. The Fireglow Red Candy finish can be seen from space. Key components have been color matched for a nice contrast with the chrome. A 19” contrast cut wheel rides up front and with the new low profile front fender so you can see all of that pretty wheel.
Chieftain Elite Performance features high flow air cleaner and a chrome performance 2-into-1 exhaust. If you thought the stock Thunderstroke 111 was powerful, get ready! Check out the new billet floorboards.
The first thing you notice about The Chieftain Limited is the black paint; some purists feel a Bagger should only be black. The 19” contrast cut front wheel compliments that black paint and with the chopped front fender you can see all of it.
The Chieftain Limited Performance has blacked out everything they could think of. The 2-into-1 performance exhaust, the engine guards, contrast cut floorboards, and the high flow air cleaner jump out at you.
Your 2017 American Bagger buying decisions just got harder! For information on the complete lineup for 2017, log on to www.IndianMotorcycle.com/en-us.
Story by Staff Report Photos Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle