2014 Indian Motorcycle Chief Info/Price
As Indian Motorcycle preps for the official unveiling of the 2014 Chief at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this August, the Spirt Lake, Iowa, company continues to aggressively tease the bike.
Besides an ad campaign that psychologically target its nemesis, the iconic Harley-Davidson, Indian has released bits of information teasing the completely revamped Chief from "America's first motorcycle company."
The first major part of this teasing arrived at Daytona Bike Week this past March. In the mecca of American V-Twinery, Indian unveiled the engine that will power the 2014 Chief, the all-new Thunder Stroke 111.
The new engine was the first major redesign since Polaris Industries acquired the Indian Motorcycle marquee in 2011, and the first major redesign of an Indian power plant in seven decades. The Thunder Stroke 111, which was designed using CAD technology, features a 49-degree, 111 c.i. V-Twin that creates “more than 115-ft. lbs. of torque” (for a video of the engine, click here).
And on Monday, Indian released some outline sketches of the 2014 Chief, along with the MSRP. Indian says pricing will start at $18,999, which is $7,500 cheaper than its lowest-price 2013 model, the Chief Classic.
Indian says the 2014 Chief will hit North American dealers later in the year, and additional Indian Motorcycle dealerships open across the country this summer to accommodate bike demand and service needs.
Steve Menneto (Vice President of Polaris Industries) says: “When Polaris Industries acquired this brand two years ago, our goal from the outset was to leverage our engineering, manufacturing and operational prowess as a market leader in powersports to design and build a truly exceptional motorcycle that represents the perfect balance of legendary heritage and brilliant, state-of-the-art engineering and technology.
"All of us at Indian Motorcycle are very proud to offer the 2014 Indian Chief at a starting price of $18,999. We set out to make the power and heritage of this beautiful new bike available at a price point that is competitive and more accessible to people who are looking for authenticity and choice in American motorcycles.”
Indian chose to use the Chief to help revive the brand due to the bike's rich heritage. The original Indian Chief debuted in 1922, and has been the most popular model to date, well respected and recognized by motorcycle enthusiasts.
Indian reports that the Chief "is the flagship of the brand’s 112-year product lineup, and it has come to proudly represent the spirit of the Indian Motorcycle brand."
Steve Menneto says: “We are honored to make today’s important announcements at this time, as it was roughly 112 years ago that the very first Indian Motorcycle prototype was demonstrated to the press on the streets in Springfield, Massachusetts.
"We’re especially proud to reveal that our inaugural model will be the iconic Indian Chief. Riders around the world will be thrilled to know their choice in American motorcycles will now come in the form of an all-new Indian Chief.”
Attached above is a "sneak peek" video of the 2014 Indian Chief.
The new Indian Chief will be revealed at the 73rd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, which runs August 3-11, 2013. Specific details on the launch timing will be announced this summer. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the world's largest motorcycle rally, was started in 1936 by an Indian Motorcycle club, the famed Jackpine Gypsies. Indian Motorcycle is proud to reclaim that heritage and share the historic reveal of the 2014 Indian Chief with the rider community at the 2013 Sturgis Rally.
For additional information, visit indianmotorcycle.com.