Hit the road Jack: Indian tease fifth Jack Daniel's special to mark 80 years of Sturgis Rally

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Indian Motorcycles have announced their fifth collaboration with whiskey experts, Jack Daniel’s, and will reveal a new limited-edition motorcycle at the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, in South Dakota, USA.

Although it’s unclear exactly what bike the special machine will be based on, teaser images on Indian’s website including an air-cleaner badged with the words ‘Thunder Stroke 116 cubic inches’ and a dimly-lit side profile of a petrol tank suggest it will be a Chieftain model.

Costing £22,899 as standard, the 1811cc bagger produces 111.4ftlb of torque at just 3000rpm. Designed with cruising at its core, there is also an electric screen, in-built satnav, keyless ignition, cruise control and 100-watts of audio from its speaker system. Exactly what will be different on the limited machine remains unclear.

From the images shown, it would appear the new bike will come finished in a black and grey livery, complete with gentle rose gold accents. Like the four bikes before it, the new machine is produced in partnership with American custom house; Klock Werks Kustom Cycles and will be revealed between August 7-16.

This year’s bike draws inspiration from the drink Gentleman Jack, which according to the Jack Daniel’s website: ‘Undergoes a second charcoal mellowing to achieve exceptional smoothness.’ Nice.

The 2019 Indian Springfield Dark Horse special

Last year’s creation was based on the Indian Springfield Dark Horse (seen above) and was limited to just 177 units, with Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom being the only markets to get any stock across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 

Whether or not the UK will get access to the new machine remains to be seen, however MCN will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.

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