MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Indian Motorcycle announces the three Dealer winners of its Project Chieftain custom bike contest during Bike Week in Daytona Beach, FL.
Top honors went to “Tequila Sunrise” (top photo) from Hollister Powersports in Hollister, CA. It features a 23-inch custom front wheel, stretched front fender, raked triple trees, custom gold metallic paint, custom made side covers, custom made air cleaners, and frenched in-turn signals in the saddlebags.
Second place was given to “America Proud” (second photo) from Coastal Indian Motorcycle, Murrels Inlet, SC. It honors the Americans who created Indian in 1901 and recognizes the team that resurrected the brand. It also pays homage to service men and women.
Third place went to “Barnstorm” (bottom photo) from Indian Motorcycle of Central Massachusetts in Worcester.
Barnstorm was modified to elevate the aspects of Chieftain performance. Power output was increased with Indian Motorcycle performance cams, intake and a handmade stainless exhaust. Those modifications, paired with aggressive styling and stunt-inspired bars and controls, bring the bike to an unprecedented level of power, agility and aesthetics, Indian said.
The three-month contest invited Indian dealers to build a custom Indian Chieftain or Chieftain Dark Horse using any theme, style or budget, as long as it incorporated at least three authentic Indian Motorcycle accessories.
“The collection of unbelievable customs that were produced for ‘Project Chieftain’ are a powerful testament to the significant customization capabilities of the Chieftain platform,” said Gary Gray, Indian’s product director, in a company press release. “It’s always such a pleasure to see the creativity and craftsmanship of our dealers, while showcasing for the rider how far one can go to make our bikes more personal to them.”
Fans in February voted online for 11 finalists, and the three winning bikes were on display during Daytona Bike Week. The Dealers took home cash prizes of $20,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place and $5,000 for third place.
Images courtesy Indian Motorcycle