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The fabrication is top notch and it’s hard to spot areas where corners have been cut
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New Indian Chief - first impressions

By David Folch -

First rides & tests

 03 July 2009 14:19

MCN gets the first ride on the Chief, the latest bike from Indian, America’s oldest motorcycle company.

The new Chief is Indian’s entry level bike, costing £15,500.

First impressions are that the bike oozes quality. The fabrication is top notch and it’s hard to spot areas where corners have been cut – deep chrome, premium leather and luxuriant paint are everywhere on the 1716cc V-twin.    

The engine looks identical to previous models, but Indian’s engineers say almost all parts have been subtly altered to increase smoothness and efficiency, and the camshaft has had a complete overhaul.

The riding position is natural, the suspension is pliant, but the bike seems long for small riders – as you can see from the action shots.

To find out more about the Indian Chief see the July 1 issue of MCN.

The Facts
Indian Chief Standard, £15,500
Engine: 1716cc v-twin
Power: 80bhp (estimated)
Torque: 100ft.lb
Weight: 350kg (wet)
Top Speed: 100mph (estimate)
Fuel capacity: 19 litres