The Indian Chief range of cruiser motorcycles has re-entered the Indian market with a bunch of updates. While it continues with the old-school cruiser styling, a few modern bits bring it on a par with its rivals.
Indian motorcycles India has launched the updated Chief line-up, the prices for which start at Rs 20.75 Lakh (ex-showroom). The Indian Chief range includes the Chief Dark Horse, Chief Bobber Dark Horse, and Super Chief Limited.
All the motorcycles will come equipped with Indian’s Thunderstroke 116 V-twin engine, which displaces 1,890cc. The brand has not disclosed the power figure of the engine, but this massive air-cooled behemoth pushes out 162Nm of torque from as low as 2,900rpm. The engine uses a six-speed transmission to send the power to the wheel.
The motorcycle tips the scale at 304kgs and has a wheelbase of 1,626mm and a low seat height of 662mm, which could help it in its manoeuvrability. All the motorcycles in the Chief range get a 15.1-litre fuel tank, which may seem very low, considering that this range of motorcycles packs a larger engine compared to most economy cars sold in India.
At the front, the motorcycles get 46mm forks with 132mm of travel. The rear gets dual shock absorbers, which are adjustable for pre-load.
The updates include a new 4-inch touch-operated instrument cluster. The unit can be paired to the rider’s smartphone, allowing them to answer or reject a phone call. The smartphone pairing can also be used to stream music on the go. The feature list includes three riding modes, turn-by-turn navigation, adjustable throttle response, cruise control, and keyless ignition.
The entry-level price of the Indian Chief range is higher than its direct rival, the Triumph Rocket 3 range, which has a base price of Rs 19.35 lakh (ex-showroom).