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New Indian Chief Classic, Vintage and Chieftain revealed by Polaris

The entry-level Chief Classic features retro cruiser styling
The entry-level Chief Classic features retro cruiser styling
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Indian Motorcycles gives sneak peek of new Chief bike

Indian Motorcycles dates back to 1901

Indian Motorcycles has given a sneak peek of its new bike which is due to be publically unveiled in August. The model will come with a price tag of $18,999 (£12,450) when it is finally put on sale

Monday, 05, Aug 2013 01:18

by Daniel Mackrell

Polaris revealed three new versions of its Indian motorcycle range on the weekend (4 August).

Indian Motorcycles were first produced in 1901, but these are the first to be produced since Polaris bought the brand over two years ago.

Each bike includes a variety of modern features such as anti-lock brakes, cruiser control and an innovative frame with integrated air intake.

The first is the Chief Classic, which features a tear-drop designed fuel tank.

True to its name the design has a classic feel to it, with spoke wheels and fundamental balanced fenders.

The Chief Vintage includes soft leather tan saddlebags and a quick-release windshield.

The most expensive of the three is the Chieftain, and it has a power windshield which Indian says has never been done with a fork-mounted fairing before.

It is a touring design, and has removable hard saddlebags and a high-output integrated audio system.

Since Polaris bought the Indian name in 2011, it has been working towards this relaunch of a new range of bikes in an attempt to rival the Harley-Davidson models which are currently dominating the market.

Scott Win, Polaris CEO, said: "When we acquired Indian Motorcycle two and a half years ago, we set out to capture the heart, soul and legendary heritage of this iconic American brand and then infuse it with unparalleled design, engineering and state-of-the-art technology."

The three designs all use the new 111 Thunderstroke engine that was introduced earlier this year.

The bikes will be available in dealerships from mid-September, but can be ordered now, priced between £18,100 and £20,250.

To see a video explaining each of the ranges, click below:

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