Indian Motorcycle, America's first motorcycle company, has recently unveiled the Sport Chief in the international markets. It is possible that the new Indian Sport Chief might enter the Indian market. The company has brought out the sportier model to expand the Chief line-up of cruiser motorcycles for the current year. The 2023 Indian Sport Chief is claimed to be more performance-oriented and aggressive (in terms of styling) than its stablemates. Interestingly, the Sport Chief is the only motorcycle in the line-up to use inverted, 43mm KYB front forks. It is equipped with Indian's Thunderstroke 116 V-twin engine that displaces 1,890cc. The air-cooled engine gives out 162Nm of peak torque at 3,200rpm and is paired with a 6-speed transmission.
The 2023 cruiser has a rake angle of 28-degrees and a trail of 111mm, which makes it sharper than the standard Chief. It receives twin Fox shock absorbers for compression and rebound adjustments. The Fox units support extra travel of 25mm, making a total of 100mm of travel. The new motorcycle embraces twin radially mounted Brembo monoblock callipers at the front, for improved braking performance. While, other Chief bikes use the axially mounted brake callipers.
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In terms of its visual appearance, the Indian Sport Chief flaunts a smoked visor on top of a front bikini fairing, a new headlight cowl with vents, and taller handlebars that sit on 6-inch risers. The bodywork is mostly finished in black and the seat height is accessible at 686mm. The Sport Chief looks sportier in terms of its cycle parts that include a 15.1-litre fuel tank, 19-inch front and 16-inch rear wheels with Pirelli Night Dragon tyres, and three riding modes that are Sport, Tour, and Standard.
The new Sport Chief will be placed above the Chief Dark Horse in the company's line-up. Apart from the newly-unveiled Sport Chief, the Indian Chief range includes the Chief, the Chief Dark Horse, the Chief Bobber, and the Chief Bobber Dark Horse.
The prices of the Indian Sport Chief are expected to go around Rs 25 lakh-30 lakh (USD 18,999). Prices are ex-showroom. The car is likely to rival the likes of the Ducati Diavel V4, the Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114, and the Harley-Davidson Low Rider S.
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