STURGIS, S.D. - Moving beyond its vintage marque, Indian Motorcycle on Aug. 3 unveiled three new Chiefs during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The 2014 lineup includes the Chief Classic, Chief Vintage and Chieftan. The new motorcycles will be availableby the end of 2013.
The revival of Indian is backed by Polaris Industries, who acquired the Indian name two years ago. The 2014 models mark the first to come out under the revamped brand, and they are all powered by the new Thunder Stroke 111 engine. Color choices for the models include Springfield Blue, Indian Motorcycle Red and Thunder Black.
One of the most notable aspects of the line is the severely reduced price point compared to other Indian re-incarnations in recent years.
The Chief Classic has a starting retail price tag of $18,999 and stands as the most basic of the three new Indians. Even still, it features perks like keyless ignition, antilock brakes and cruise control.
The Chief Vintage bagger (MSRP $20,999) features soft leather bags, leather fringe, and a quick-release windshield. It has additional chrome accents as well as vintage-style badging to further differentiate it from the Classic.
The Indian Chieftan, at $22,999, is Indian’s first model designed with a molded front end that has integrated lights and a power windshield. The hard bags have remote locks and a quick-release system. Technology has not been overlooked: the audio system has integrated Bluetooth connectivity and there is a built-in tire pressure monitoring system.
The first 1,901 Indians that come off the assembly line will have a limited-edition numbered badge, a nod to Indian’s beginnings in 1901.
Indian is anticipating signing on between 125 and 140 North American dealers and 70 international dealers by the end of 2013. The 2014 Indian Motorcycle models are available for order now and will arrive in dealerships in September. A line of parts, accessories and apparel will debut at the same time.
Posted by Beth Dolgner. Images courtesy of Indian Motorcycle.