As we predicted would happen, Indian Motorcycle has pulled back the cover on a new blacked-out version of its popular Chieftain bagger, the Chieftain Dark Horse.
The release of this model follows the trend of last year’s Chief Dark Horse in aiming the heritage brand at a slightly younger audience. The matte black, almost-no-chrome look certainly plays a part in targeting that demographic; however, perhaps more successful at putting butts in saddles will be the new bike’s lower price tag.
Accessory blacked out engine bars will help protect the roughly 900-pound bike’s delicate bits in a tipover situation. Other accessories include ape-hanger handlebars and additional stereo speakers that integrate with the bike’s panniers, available in any color you like –– as long as it’s matte black.
Meanwhile, the Chieftain Dark Horse will retain the surprisingly light handling, nifty keyless panniers system and keyless start, cruise control, ABS, power screen, and stereo of the Chieftain. Not to mention the delightfully grunty Thunder Stroke 111 V-twin that powers all of Indian’s “big” bikes.
“The Dark Horse series… is an open canvas for customization,” said Indian Motorcycle Marketing Director Reid Wilson.
From what we hear, the Chieftain Dark Horse has already arrived at some dealerships, and will be available at others very soon.