2022 Motorcycle Previews 2022 Indian Chief Lineup First Look (6 Fast Facts + 41 Photos)

2022 Indian Chief Lineup First Look (6 Fast Facts + 41 Photos)

Indian is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the original Chief’s debut with a new 21st-century version of the iconic V-twin.

One look tells you most of the story—they have stripped down the Chief to its essentials while leaving the superb motor and chassis as-is. Let’s go over the six iterations in the 2022 Indian Chief lineup.

1. There are three basic Chief models with a Thunderstroke 111 motor, and each has an upgraded version with the bigger-bore Thunderstroke 116 powerplant. The 2022 Indian Chief and Indian Chief Bobber are matched with Dark Horse editions, while the light-touring Super Chief is paired with the Super Chief Limited. The Dark Horses have a four-inch round TFT display that links to the Ride Command app on your smartphone—it’s also customizable. The standard models use a traditional analog speedometer. ABS is standard on the higher-end versions of each Chief, and an option on the standard examples.

2022 Indian Chief white
Chief

2. The standard 2022 Chief and Chief Dark Horse are the most modern of the new lineup. The features cast aluminum wheels in a 16-/19-inch combination. Like all six Chiefs, they get Pirelli Night Dragon rubber. The fork tubes are out on display, as are the shocks. Plus, there’s less chrome, and the footpegs are mid-position. Also, the Chief Dark Horse stands out thanks to the premium blacked-out finishes.

3. The 2022 Chief Bobber and Chief Bobber Dark Horse add chrome and a chunky front Pirelli. The Bobbers get wire-spoked wheels, with a 16-inch hoop in the front. Mini-apes and fully forward foot controls give the pilot a riding position made for profiling. The fork tubes and shocks are covered, and the header pipes on the standard Bobber get some chrome. The Chief Bobber Dark Horse gets the serious blacked-out finish. Expect to pay a $1500 premium for moving up to the Bobber from the standard.

2022 Chief Bobber Dark Horse black
Chief Bobber Dark Horse

4. Bagger fans will love both versions of the Super Chief, which is based on the Bobber. Ready for weekend touring—or more, if you’re so inclined—the Super Chief and Super Chief limited have a quick-detach windshield, saddlebags, a mid-rise handlebar, floorboards, and the exhaust system is all-chrome. You don’t have to go it alone on the Super Chiefs, as a passenger seat and footpegs are standard. While the Dark Horse premium models are extra-black, the Super Chief Limited has extra chrome and metallic paint.

5. Here’s what Ola Stenegard, Director, Industrial Design for Indian has to say about the new Chiefs: “We wanted to capture a timeless look that never goes out of style, and looks beautiful whether naked or fully dressed. We also wanted to keep it simple enough to allow riders’ imaginations to take flight with personalization options and possibilities. Ultimately, this is a bike that evokes emotion with simple mechanical styling and raw American muscle. It’s a pure riding machine.”

2022 Super Chief Limited for sale
Super Chief Limited

6. The least expensive 2022 Chief is the standard Chief at $14,449 with Black Metallic paint. At the top of the Chief food chain is the 2020 Indian Super Chief sporting a price tag of $21,499 with either Maroon Metallic or Blue Slate Metallic paint.

2022 Indian Chief (and Chief Dark Horse) Specs

ENGINE

  • Engine type: Thunderstroke 111 49-degree V-twin (Dark Horse: Thunderstroke 116)
  • Bore x stroke: 3.976 x 4.449” (Dark Horse: 4.063 x 4.449”)
  • Displacement: 111 ci (Dark Horse: 116 ci)
  • Peak torque: 108 ft-lbs @ 3200 rpm (Dark Horse: 120 ft-lbs @ 2900 rpm)
  • Fueling: Closed-loop w/ 54mm throttle body
  • Exhaust: Dual exhaust w/ crossover
  • Transmission: 6-speed
  • Clutch: Wet multiplate
  • Final drive: Belt

CHASSIS

  • Frame: Steel tube w/ cast aluminum rear subframe
  • Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable fork; 5.2 inches
  • Rear suspension; travel: Spring-preload adjustable shocks; 3.0 inches
  • Wheels: Cast Black (Dark Horse: Machine Highlighted Cast Black)
  • Front wheel: 19 x 3.5
  • Rear wheel: 16 x 5
  • Tires: Pirelli Night Dragon
  • Front: 130/60 x 19
  • Rear: 180/65 x 16
  • Front: 300mm semi-floating disc w/ 4-piston caliper
  • Rear: 300mm floating disc w/ 2-piston caliper
  • ABS: Optional; $800 (Dark Horse: Standard)

DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES

  • Wheelbase: 64 inches
  • Rake: 29 degrees
  • Trail: 5.2 inches
  • Seat height: 26 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 4 gallons
  • Curb weight: 670 pounds

COLORS and PRICES

  • 2022 Indian Chief w/ Black Metallic paint: $14,499 MSRP
  • 2022 Indian Chief w/ White Smoke paint: $14,999
  • 2022 Indian Chief w/ Ruby Smoke paint: $15,799
  • 2022 Indian Chief Dark Horse w/ Black Smoke paint: $16,999
  • 2022 Indian Chief Dark Horse w/ Alumina Jade Smoke paint: $17,499
  • 2022 Indian Chief Dark Horse w/ Stealth Gray paint: $17,499

2022 Indian Chief and Chief Dark Horse Photo Gallery


2022 Indian Chief Bobber (and Chief Bobber Dark Horse) Specs

ENGINE

  • Engine type: Thunderstroke 111 49-degree V-twin (Dark Horse: Thunderstroke 116)
  • Bore x stroke: 3.976 x 4.449” (Dark Horse: 4.063 x 4.449”)
  • Displacement: 111 ci (Dark Horse: 116 ci)
  • Peak torque: 108 ft-lbs @ 3200 rpm (Dark Horse: 120 ft-lbs @ 2900 rpm)
  • Fueling: Closed-loop w/ 54mm throttle body
  • Exhaust: Dual exhaust w/ crossover
  • Transmission: 6-speed
  • Clutch: Wet multiplate
  • Final drive: Belt

CHASSIS

  • Frame: Steel tube w/ cast aluminum rear subframe
  • Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable fork; 5.2 inches
  • Rear suspension; travel: Spring-preload adjustable shocks; 3.0 inches
  • Wheels: Black Wire
  • Front wheel: 16 x 3
  • Rear wheel: 16 x 5
  • Tires: Pirelli Night Dragon
  • Front: 130/90 x 16
  • Rear: 180/65 x 16
  • Front: 300mm semi-floating disc w/ 4-piston caliper
  • Rear: 300mm floating disc w/ 2-piston caliper
  • ABS: Optional; $800 (Dark Horse: Standard)

DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES

  • Wheelbase: 64 inches
  • Rake: 29 degrees
  • Trail: 5.2 inches
  • Seat height: 26 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 4 gallons
  • Curb weight: 694 pounds

COLORS and PRICES

  • 2022 Indian Chief Bobber w/ Black Metallic paint: $15,999 MSRP
  • 2022 Indian Chief Bobber w/ Ruby Metallic paint: $16,499
  • 2022 Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse w/ Black Smoke paint: $18,999
  • 2022 Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse w/ Titanium Smoke paint: $19,499
  • 2022 Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse w/ Sagebrush Smoke paint: $19,499

2022 Indian Chief Bobber and Chief Bobber Dark Horse Photo Gallery


2022 Indian Super Chief (and Super Chief Limited) Specs

ENGINE

  • Engine type: Thunderstroke 111 49-degree V-twin (Limited: Thunderstroke 116)
  • Bore x stroke: 3.976 x 4.449” (Limited: 4.063 x 4.449”)
  • Displacement: 111 ci (Limited: 116 ci)
  • Peak torque: 108 ft-lbs @ 3200 rpm (Limited: 120 ft-lbs @ 2900 rpm)
  • Fueling: Closed-loop w/ 54mm throttle body
  • Exhaust: Dual exhaust w/ crossover
  • Transmission: 6-speed
  • Clutch: Wet multiplate
  • Final drive: Belt

CHASSIS

  • Frame: Steel tube w/ cast aluminum rear subframe
  • Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable fork; 5.2 inches
  • Rear suspension; travel: Spring-preload adjustable shocks; 3.0 inches
  • Wheels: Black Wire
  • Front wheel: 16 x 3
  • Rear wheel: 16 x 5
  • Tires: Pirelli Night Dragon
  • Front: 130/90 x 16
  • Rear: 180/65 x 16
  • Front: 300mm semi-floating disc w/ 4-piston caliper
  • Rear: 300mm floating disc w/ 2-piston caliper
  • ABS: Optional; $800 (Limited: Standard)

DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES

  • Wheelbase: 64 inches
  • Rake: 29 degrees
  • Trail: 5.2 inches
  • Seat height: 26.2 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 4 gallons
  • Curb weight: 739 pounds

COLORS and PRICES

  • 2022 Indian Super Chief w/ Black Metallic paint: $18,499 MSRP
  • 2022 Indian Super Chief w/ Pearl White paint: $19,799
  • 2022 Indian Super Chief Limited w/ Black Metallic paint: $20,999
  • 2022 Indian Super Chief Limited w/ Maroon Metallic paint: $21,499
  • 2022 Indian Super Chief Limited w/ Blue Slate Metallic paint: $21,499

2022 Indian Super Chief and Super Chief Limited Photo Gallery

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With 50 years of riding experience, Don Williams is a fan of all kinds of motorcycles. He enjoys sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, touring bikes, adventure bikes, dual sport bikes, and rideable customs. Ask Don what his favorite bike is and he will tell you, "Whatever bike I'm on."

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