INDIAN CHIEFTAIN (2014-on) Review

Published: 03 August 2015

The heritage and imposing styling makes a Harley look almost meek when compared.

INDIAN CHIEFTAIN  (2014-on)

The heritage and imposing styling makes a Harley look almost meek when compared.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Chieftain sits at the top of the Chief range as the fully-specced touring model. Its heritage and imposing styling makes a Harley look almost meek when compared. Churning along, it’s divine; the engine is smooth and refined, issuing the requisite V-twin vibes, damped, balanced and corralled into a pleasing massage rather than the drumming, numbing tedium of its rivals.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The ride quality is acceptable over small and mid-size bumps but with limited suspension travel it progressively becomes less pleasant over big bumps and is increasingly likely to transmit shocks into the chassis. Hitting bumps with any sort of lean angle means the bike tends to bump steer out of a turn. The Indian has plenty of overtaking stomp, but needs a prod down the gearbox to get drive without a run-up. Pin it from tickover and it sits up on its springs like a startled rhino then clears off. 

Engine 4 out of 5

The Chieftain’s engine is a 49° American V-twin boasting 1811cc with 118ftlb of torque @ 2500rpm. The Bike revels in the classic short-shift into top gear riding style, and has superb fuelling, free of throttle snatch or hesitation slugging over comfortably at 2500rpm. The motor picks up well, but is not snatchy or jerky.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

In general, the Chieftain's detailing and build quality is high. The filler cap is daft though, the left side cap is a dummy. The cap also isn’t hinged so will inevitably end up rolling around on the garage forecourt. 

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The Chieftain is competitively priced with its Harley Davidson counterparts and you get a lot for your money. Service intervals are every 5000 miles with the bike not needing a major service until 30,000 miles. The Bike has a big tank, holding 20.28 litres with a range that will easily top 200 miles. 
2015 models come with a five year warranty.

Equipment 5 out of 5

The Chieftain comes with a lot of high quality equipment as standard Including ABS, keyless ignition, hard panniers (with central locking), and a power adjustable screen. It also comes with an effective stereo that features Bluetooth and smartphone compatibility. 

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £20,499
Used price £14,300 to £23,300
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 100 bhp
Max torque 119 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 200 miles
Specification
Engine size 1811cc
Engine type Air-cooled, ohv, 4v, 49-degree V-Twin
Frame type Modular cast aluminium, cast alloy subframe
Fuel capacity 20.8 litres
Seat height 660mm
Bike weight 385kg
Front suspension Telescopic 46mm forks
Rear suspension Monoshock with progressive link
Front brake 2 x 300mm discs with four-piston calipers and ABS
Rear brake Single 300mm disc with twin-piston caliper and ABS
Front tyre size 130/90-16
Rear tyre size 180/60-16

History & Versions

Model history

Included as part of the original Indian 'launch' range in 2014.

Other versions

Indian Chief Classic, Indian Chief Vintage and Indian Chief Dark Horse.

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