Indian Motorcycle has finally launched new Indian Chief in India at a price tag of 21.99 lakh. The Indian Chief dark horse is already listed on company’s official website. After being purchased by Polaris Industries, Indian Chief Dark Horse is sixth model in Indian portfolio. Polaris Industries bailed out the new bike in order take on Harley Davidson in rising market. The new bike truly deserves the tag line given by Indian Motorcycle, Raw, powerful and genuine. It is whole a new addition to company’s bike lineup, in the form of the all-new 2016 Chief Dark Horse. Indian Chief Dark Horse is built on the same Indian Chief classic bike already on sale in the Indian market. Apart from blackened out theme new bike differentiate visually from Indian Chief classic like Dark Horse are the missing lights on either side of the headlamp and alloy wheels instead of spoke wheels. As the name suggests it is matte black finish styling from end to end including the wheels, forks, handlebars, engine, bodywork, even the Warbonnet up front. Indian chief Dark Horse is a premium high performance cruiser made to deliver pure luxury and comfort. The Dark Horse is tuned for tinkering. Riders can add on some 40 accessories, including “ape hanger” handlebars, heat shields, and black fender trims to fully blot out silver metalwork.
“We are targeting a younger guy with this bike,” says Indian Motorcycle Sr. Product Manager Ben Lindaman. “We’re targeted more around the 40-year-old instead of the 55-year-old. We’re doing that with the look and with the pricing so that we have a more entry-level bike for heavyweight Indian.”
Indian Motorcycle made no secret that the new Dark Horse would be built on the same platform as the rest of the air-cooled big-bore beasts. The Dark Horse is now the lightest Chief by virtue of elimination of parts and by the use of cast wheels in the same dimensions and with the same Dunlop tires. But in the grand scheme, it’s not exactly light, tipping the scales with a claimed dry weight of 751 pounds. The standard 2015 Chief is 778 pounds dry. The fuel tank features distinctive monochrome Warbonnet graphics seen only on the Indian Chief dark horse. It consists of single saddle, disc brake at the front, strips on the engine, long silencer and a stripe curving off the rear fender are the only chromed parts standing out from the completely blacked out bike. Suspension duties are carried out by telescopic front forks, and an adjustable, pneumatic single shock does duty at rear. Braking is carried out by ABS-equipped disc brakes up front and a single disc brake at rear. The 2016 Dark Horse was designed primarily as a solo machine, but if you want an additional rear seat can be added as optional feature. The engine is the same Thunder Stroke 111 units, whose 1,811cc v-twin cylinders produce just over 73 hp at 4,500 rpm, and 161 Nm at 3,000 rpm. It also consists of dual exhaust features designed acoustically in order to to remove the high-pitched sounds.