Indian Chieftain

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Indian Chieftain Review

Introduction


Indian Motorcycles launched their exotic cruiser bike in Indonesia few months back christened as Indian Chieftain. The giant will have the same thunder-stroke 111, 1811cc, air-cooled, v-twin engine which is being used by the Chief range. After enlightening the Indonesian two-wheeler market, the company introduced this bike to compete against Honda Gold Wing GL1800 and Harley Davidson Street Glide. It is a true masterpiece with premium elements and features with sheer perfection.

Design


Indian Chieftain comes with a marvelous design scheme. It includes classic proportion and clean, straightforward lines along with the cruiser handlebar. It looks extraordinary with its skirted fenders and desert tan shade, highly informative instrumentation and gigantic yet eye-pleasing engine. At the front, it has a dominating three-eyed xenon headlight that thoroughly goes well with its overall design. From the side one can easily see it's beautifully chromed power mill along with the company insignia on its giant fuel tank. At the rear, it has a dual exhaust pipe and a tail light that has side indicators with LED light in it. In regards to dimension, it has a length of 2571 mm with a width of 1011 mm and height of 1529mm weighing 370 kg with 1669 mm of wheelbase and 140 mm of ground clearance.

Engine, Economy & Performance


Talking about its engine and performance, Chieftain has a 1811cc liquid-cooled, four strokes, SOHC 1.8 litres engine developing the maximum power of 75.9 hp at 4300 rpm and earth shattering torque of 138.9 nm at 2600 rpm which is mated with a gear drive wet clutch and furnished with six-speed transmission system with perfectly optimized gear ratios. The powerful 1811cc engine is quite powerful and impressive to deliver effortless acceleration.

Handling


The US manufacturer has provided Chieftain with the telescopic suspension at the front and pneumatically adjustable single air shock suspension at the rear which can handle irregularities in the road well enough. Bolted on a cast aluminum frame with integrated airbox, its dimensions are pretty magnified to provide a nice grip on curvaceous roads. Indian automakers are offering this bike with flat tyres, the front has 130/90 R16 while the rear has 180/90 R16 with a wheelbase of 1669 mm to deliver a smooth, comfortable and cruising ride in all conditions.

Safety, Braking, and Miscellaneous


For satisfactory braking, Chieftain has a set of disc brakes along with a high-performance integrated ABS unit that offers a more precise and responsive stopping power and secure braking experience to the rider. Furthermore, it also has an electronic cruise control system which automatically controls the speed of the bike as predefined by the rider and a security system with keyless entry function to prevent any blunder.

Verdict


Indian Chieftain has dynamic looks, superb ride quality with a powerful and refined thunder stroke engine to satisfy the customers with its state of the art body design. All these elements make this bike one of the best cruisers touring vehicle in the country.