Final Forged custom revealed by Indian Motorcycles

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Indian Motorcycle has revealed the final custom Sport Chief build within its ‘Forged’ series with a focus on handling.

The bike, the last of three, is a collaboration between long-time friends and renowned freestyle motocross riders Carey Hart and Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg, with Hart re-engineering the bike and Twitch providing design inspiration.

Discussing his build plans with Twitch, Hart said: “It’s already a great base. The components on the production Sport Chief are great, but for what you’re going to be doing, I’m going to really focus on the chassis, handling, and braking. You’re going to ride the wheels off this thing, so it has to perform. It’s not just a trophy bike.”

The last 'Forged' custom Indian Sport Chief

Hart began by stripping the bike down to its motor and frame. He re-engineered the brakes with race-spec Beringer components and had Trac Dynamics develop a billet aluminium swingarm for increased rigidity and to minimise flex.

He also called upon Barnstorm Cycles to add knee cuts to reduce the tank’s width. The bike also features Hart and ODI bars and grips, sticky Dunlop tires, machined wheels, a chain conversion and a Bassani 2-into-1 exhaust.

Hart also raised the front end an inch and added a Beringer clutch perch to deliver a more moto-like feel that Twitch is accustomed to. To finish the bike off, Schultz Design added a black, red, grey and silver paint scheme.

'Forged' custom Indian Sport Chief paint detail

To watch the videos of the ‘Forged’ Series, visit Indian Motorcycle’s YouTube channel.

Indian get scrappy: Latest Forged custom built for UFC fighter

First published 12 May by Stuart Prestidge

TJ Dillashaw and his Indian Forged Custom Sport Chief

Indian Motorcycles have come out fighting, with the second of three ‘Forged’ custom Sport Chief build designed for UFC fighter TJ Dillashaw.

Jake Cutler from Barnstorm Cycles created the one-of-a-kind custom focusing on designing a locked-in riding position for the former two-time UFC Bantamweight Champion. To do this, Cutler narrowed the tank and added knee cut-outs to allow the fighter to tuck into the bike while riding.

For the seat, Cutler used custom upholstery with gripper fabric while the handlebars were raised two inches with a slight pull back. The front end was lifted an inch with the inclusion of a Bareknuckle Performance Indian Challenger fork extension kit.

The Forged Custom Indian Sport Chief out on the open road

“The end result of the bike is pretty much how I mapped it out,” said Cutler. “The colours are where I wanted them to be, the design is what I was hoping it would be.”

The Indian was finished in a distinctive burnt orange livery with snakeskin textured panels by Blue Moon Kustoms in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.