The Indian Chieftain gets the Elite treatment again, with 150 examples of the 2022 Indian Chieftain Elite being produced for worldwide consumption.This year, the Chieftain Elite sports a new Heavy Metal Smoke paint job, along with a wide range of bronze finishes. Indian gives the “premium” bronze treatment to the airbox, primary cover, saddlebag latches, and the iconic Indian Motorcycle headdress on the front fender. Oil-rubbed bronze finishes are found on the cam cover, pushrod tubes, and horn cover.
Final touches include aluminum floorboards, LED saddlebag lights, precision-cut wheels, and an adjustable flared windshield.For those about to rock, the new Chieftain Elite has a 400-watt PowerBand audio system integrated into Indian’s proprietary Ride Command infotainment system that incorporates Apple CarPlay and GPS.Like the three other Chieftains in the line, the Elite is powered by the Thunderstroke 116 motor that cranks out 126 ft-lbs of torque before it hits 3000 rpm.Expect to see the 2022 Indian Chieftain Elite at a dealer before this month is over. The list price is $32,999, a $5000 bump over the Chieftain Limited and $10k more than the standard Chieftain.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!