Revived US manufacturer Indian is set to publicly unveil its 2011 range – of which this Chief Blackhawk is the star – at the huge Sturgis Rally in South Dakota this week.
hisThe 70th annual motorcycle rally of Sturgis is once again the occasion for Indian of displaying its new model. For 2011 the main new release is the Chief Blackhawk.
This new model, again powered by the American-built, 105 cubic inch Power Plus V-twin engine, is a departure from the North Carolina-based firm’s more conventional cruisers, by featuring panniers, in the popular ‘bagger’ style and adopting a more sporty, hot rod style.
As such it has a short screen, like the Harley Davidson Night Rod Special, and a pillion seat cowl. The black and red colourscheme reinforces the aggressive looks of the bike.
Indian will also unveil two new colours for its Chief Dark Horse, black or red, while all 2011 models will be equipped with a six-speed Baker transmission, Brembo 4-piston callipers, a 21-litre tank and leather seat.
Sturgis also marks the firm’s 110th anniversary.
"We are all excited to be part of 110 years of history. Our new product, accessories and apparel show that Indian Motorcycle Company is looking forward while celebrating our past.
"We strive to achieve a great product through sound engineering, dedication to quality, exceptional dealers and outstanding customer service." Chris Bernauer, Indian Motorcycle General Manager, said.
The Chief Blackhawk will be priced at around £18,900 in the US while the Chief Dark Horse should be around £17,600. There are currently no plans to bring the bikes to the UK.