Indian Ups its Bagger Game: 2017 Chieftain Limited & 2017 Chieftain Elite First Look

2017 Indian Chieftain Elite and 2017 Indian Chieftain Limited

2017 Indian Chieftain Elite and 2017 Indian Chieftain Limited

Ten-Spoke 19” Front Wheel, Open Front Fender and a Host of New Design Accents Offer Riders A More Attention-Grabbing Look Than Ever Before

The new standard in bagger design and style is here. That’s what Indian Motorcycle accomplished with the new custom-inspired 2017 Chieftain Limited and 2017 Chieftain Elite. For these bold new Chieftains, Indian Motorcycle’s designers added tons of style with a variety of features that provide a more sleek, meaner look than ever before. The new offerings represent a bold evolution of the Chieftain line and pave the way for nothing less than legendary riding experiences.

“Our goal was to evolve the award-winning Chieftain platform with new models that elevated the overall style of this bike significantly, while still staying true to the signature design qualities that Indian Motorcycle is known for,” said Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian Motorcycle. “There’s no doubt these bikes have a more commanding presence combined perfectly with the flowing lines and signature details that make them 100% Indian.”

Every detail of these two bikes demands attention. A new lower-profile, sawed-off open front fender showcases Indian Motorcycle’s new front wheel – a ten-spoke 19” contrast-cut behemoth, paired with a matching 16” rear wheel that perfectly complements the powerful dual 300mm floating front rotors with 4 piston calibers. The calipers feature the Indian Motorcycle script logo for a unique custom touch. A color-matched headlight bezel and streamlined leather saddle complete the more sleek, aggressive look.

For those who demand the best of the best, the Chieftain Elite steps to the plate as a limited-edition bike that’s as close to “custom” as possible. It features custom Fireglow Red Candy with Marble Accents paint, all completed entirely by hand at Indian Motorcycle’s custom paint facility located in Spearfish, South Dakota. It takes a small, specialized team over 25 hours to hand paint each bike and since no machines are used, no two Chieftain Elites look exactly the same. The Elite also comes with a wealth of premium accessories, including Pathfinder LED headlight and driving lights, a flare windshield, billet driver and passenger floorboards, and a 200-watt premium audio system. Only 350 will be made available for sale globally.

Both bikes come stacked with all the features that make the Chieftain line the most respected bagger on the road. Along with the industry leading Ride Command seven-inch infotainment system and powerful Thunderstroke 111 engine with 119 ft-lbs of torque, the Chieftain Limited and Chieftain Elite have a wealth of features including key-less ignition, remote locking saddlebags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), chrome front highway bars, power adjustable windshields, and just enough chrome to highlight all the attitude these bikes have to offer.

Indian Motorcycle upped the ante on style with the Chieftain Limited and set a new standard with the Chieftain Elite. Both are designed and engineered to lead any pack. What follows in their wake will be legendary.

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2017 Indian Motorcycles, New Ride Command System Unveiled

2017 Indian Motorcycle Lineup

Newly expanded family of award-winning premium motorcycles includes cruisers, mid-size cruisers, baggers and touring bikes that encourage our riders to stand apart and ‘Be Legendary’

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced its lineup of Model Year 2017 bikes. The 2017 family carries forth all 2016 models including the recently released Scout Sixty, Indian Springfield, and Chieftain Dark Horse models, while featuring an array of new features, new color choices, awe-inspiring infotainment, and much more.

Ride Command Infotainment System
Indian Motorcycle raises the bar yet again, redefining the premium motorcycle segment with Ride Command, motorcycling’s most advanced yet user-friendly infotainment system. Sporting the industry’s largest and brightest touchscreen display, highest resolution and fastest response time, Indian Motorcycle masterfully fuses state-of-the-art technologies with truly remarkable styling. Fully integrated into the dash for an up-close rider experience, Ride Command offers an intuitive interface, customizable information displays, glove-compatible two-finger touch capabilities, and easy navigation to points of interest, like gas stations and restaurants. The breakthrough new Ride Command infotainment system comes standard on all 2017 Chieftain and Roadmaster models. (Read our 2017 Indian Chieftain & Roadmaster First Ride Review for even more information about the new Ride Command center.)

2017 Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System

2017 Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System

Features include:
– 7-inch display, 800×480 pixels, 2-finger capacitive with swipe and pinch to zoom
– Fastest boot time – ready in about 10 seconds
– 100-watt premium audio system (Chieftain) output (Chieftain), 200-watt Roadmaster, with both touchscreen and handlebar audio controls
– Bluetooth audio, AM/FM/weather band, USB flash drive support with USB song shuffle
– GPS navigation with turn-by-turn directions, points of interest, compass, and more
– Critical information always displayed, like clock, air temperature, compass heading, fuel level and fuel range
– Convenient phone features available through easy Bluetooth pairing, including phonebook download, incoming call notification with name display, voice activated calling, incoming text notification, and more

2017 Indian Scout

2017 Indian Scout

2017 Midsize Lineup
Indian Scout – Riding a landslide of awards, accolades and phenomenal sales success, the ever-classic Indian Scout is back for 2017. This middle-weight cruiser’s weight has been reduced to 538 pounds (dry) and extends its legacy of dominance with perfect balance, precise handling and category-leading power and quickness. With a low 25.3-inch seat height and available extended and reduced reach accessories, the Indian Scout is the perfect bike for riders of many sizes and skill levels. Featuring a liquid-cooled 69 cubic inch V-twin engine, an exhilarating 100 HP of raw power, and starting at $11,299, the 2017 Indian Scout is the thoroughly modern rebirth of an American classic. Available in Ivory Cream, Thunder Black, Silver Smoke and Thunder Black Smoke. Indian Scout featuring ABS is offered in Burgundy Metallic plus a pair of two-tone finishes starting at $12,299.

Scout Sixty – For 2017, the Scout Sixty returns in all its glory, encouraging riders to “Start Your Legend.” With the legendary handling and performance of the Scout, the Scout Sixty is offered at a very attainable $8,999 starting price. Powered by a potent 60 cubic inch engine mated to a silky smooth 5-speed transmission, this mid-size cruiser is arguably the best buy in motorcycling today. Available in Thunder Black and Pearl White. Scout Sixty with ABS is offered in Indian Motorcycle Red starting at $9,999.

2017 Cruiser Lineup
Chief Classic – Powered by the proven and award-winning Thunder Stroke 111 engine, the aptly named Chief Classic has set a new benchmark as the classic American cruiser. Its iconic lines, world-class finishes, heritage inspired design, balance, and unrivaled engineering make it the ultimate choice for pure cruiser enthusiasts. The 2017 Chief Classic is available starting at $18,499 and is available in Pearl White and Burgundy Metallic over Thunder Black two-tone.

Chief Dark Horse – Embrace the darkness with the 2017 Indian Chief Dark Horse, the baddest, boldest bike on the road. With the endless power of the award-winning Thunder Stroke 111 engine, end-to-end matte black finish and just a touch of chrome, every other bike on the road seems tame. Featuring ABS, remote key fob for keyless ignition, electronic cruise control, a dry weight of 751 pounds and starting at just $17,499, the Indian Chief Dark Horse has it all – including a seriously bad attitude.

2017 Bagger Lineup
Chief Vintage – The 2017 Chief Vintage is the ultimate retro-vintage bagger, turning heads with its classic styling, iconic soft-sided saddle bags crafted from Desert Tan Genuine Leather – dripping in fringe and Indian Motorcycle nostalgia. Featuring the classic power of the Thunder Stroke 111 engine, the Chief Vintage is offered in Thunder Black and three gorgeous two-tone vintage color schemes. MSRP starting at $19,999.

2017 Indian Chieftain

2017 Indian Chieftain

Chieftain & Chieftain Dark Horse – Indian Motorcycle proudly offers riders an opportunity to “Lead the Pack” with two of America’s most commanding, versatile and awe-inspiring bikes. Both feature the Thunder Stroke 111 engine, TPMS, ABS, fairing with integrated driving lights and power windshield, cruise control, remote locking hard bags, keyless ignition, and much more. The Chieftain Dark Horse, starting at $21,999, is the newest addition to Indian’s bagger family. Sporting a premium 100W audio system and an ominous nose-to-tail matte black finish with minimal chrome for a menacing presence that refuses to be ignored. The Indian Chieftain starts at $23,999 and comes standard with the all-new Ride Command system, blasting out 100W of premium audio and all the infotainment features a rider leading the pack could ever want. The Chieftain is available in Thunder Black Pearl, White Smoke, Silver Smoke, and a pair of two-tone palettes.

Indian Springfield – Named after the birthplace of Indian Motorcycle, the Indian Springfield offers classic styling blended with thoroughly modern technology for a purist’s take on both touring comfort and urban versatility. The Springfield can be quickly converted into a cruiser with the quick-release windshield and saddlebags removed, or transformed into a high-capacity touring model with Genuine Indian Motorcycle accessories. Remote locking hard bags and adjustable passenger floorboards come standard along with genuine leather seating, ABS, TPMS, cruise control, and a powerful headlight and dual driving lights. Indian Springfield is offered in Thunder Black or Indian Motorcycle Red. New for 2017 are stunning Steel Gray/Burgundy Metallic and Blue Sapphire/Star Silver two-tone finishes. Starting at $20,999.

2017 Indian Roadmaster

2017 Indian Roadmaster

2017 Touring Lineup
Indian Roadmaster – The Roadmaster returns for 2017 as the industry’s flagship tourer and the epitome of luxury and comfort. Powered by the rock solid Thunder Stroke 111 engine and offering nearly 38 gallons of storage, Roadmaster is “Your Ultimate Ride.” It offers a wealth of ergonomic luxury and innovations for rider and passenger alike, including a power-adjustable windscreen, heated grips, individually controlled heated seats for driver and passenger, ABS, TPMS, keyless ignition with remote locking storage, electronic cruise control and adjustable passenger floorboards. New for 2017, Roadmaster comes standard with the Ride Command™ infotainment system, delivering a glorious 200W premium audio experience, along with state-of-the-art GPS/Navigation, a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen display, seamless Bluetooth integration, hands-free calling, a wealth of vehicle information, and more. Offered in Thunder Black, Burgundy Metallic, and three two-tone palettes starting at $28,999.

Experience the 2017 Lineup at the 76th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Sturgis attendees are cordially invited to view the entire new 2017 lineup at the Indian Motorcycle Factory display on Lazelle St. throughout the rally, or to experience them firsthand with a Factory Demo Ride at 2100 Whitewood Service Road (I-90 at Exit 30) from August 6 – August 12 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. The entire family of 2017 models will be available for demo rides, including a selection of accessorized models.

2017 Indian Chieftain & Roadmaster First Ride Review

2017 Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System

The Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System features a 7-inch capacitor touchscreen teamed to a fast processor. (Barry Hathaway Photos Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle Co.) 

Biggest. Fastest. Most Customizable.

These words are running through my head as I sit roadside pushing buttons on the Indian Roadmaster’s new infotainment system trying to decide what I want to see on the display of my split screens. Seeing how a 5,000 foot climb to the Blue Ridge Parkway lies before me, I opt for the digital compass that has an altimeter so I can chart my ascension for the left half. On the right I run the motorcycle’s navigation system so I can chart my course through these marvelous ribbons of asphalt in the Appalachians. I bump the volume up a couple of notches on the music I’m streaming through Wi-Fi to set the tone for a spirited ride up the mountain. Welcome to the 21st Century Indian tourers.

During the presentation of its 2017 heavyweight motorcycles, Polaris’ President-Motorcycles Steve Menneto said that while Chieftain and Roadmaster sales were good, the bikes lacked one essential part consumers wanted. That missing part was a multi-functional, state-of-the-art infotainment system. Count us among those who scratched their heads wondering why Indian’s touring motorcycles didn’t come with nav as a standard feature. Now we know why. Indian was already in the process of developing it, and just like its motorcycles, the company doesn’t rush to launch something until they’ve got it right. In order to one-up its competitors, the Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System reportedly has the “biggest screen, fastest processor, and is the most customizable.”

To assess these claims, let’s peek at some of the primary features of the Indian Motorcycle Ride Command System and Harley’s Boom! Box Infotainment System. The Indian features a 7-inch capacitor touchscreen with an 800 X 480 pixel resolution while Harley’s Boom! Box is offered with either a 4.3-inch or 6.5-inch high resolution touchscreen. Both systems can be linked via Bluetooth and have voice activation, the Indian featuring “Voice Activated Call” and “Voice Activated Siri or OK Google” through a headset while voice-operated commands of H-D’s 6.5-inch Boom! Box system controls “mobile phone functions, media, radio tuner, navigation, and help.” Navigation comes standard for both Indian tourers while Harley’s navigation system comes standard only on models with the Boom! Box 6.5GR system. The Indian audio system is 50 watts-per-channel (100 watts on Chieftain; 200 watts on Roadmaster) while audio output on the Harleys is 25 watts-per-channel through either a two-channel or four-channel system.

2017 Indian Motorcycles 7-inch touchscreen

The 7-inch touchscreen of the 2017 Indian heavyweight motorcycles is mounted close to the rider and the fairing has been stretched a tad to accommodate it.

While the two systems are definitely comparable, what sets the Indian apart is its ability to customize screens and the amount of features it offers. There are eight screen options total, including Vehicle Status (tire pressure, voltage, engine hours, oil change), Vehicle Info (speed, fuel range, RPM, gear position), Trip 1 (fuel range, miles, average fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy time, average speed), Trip 2 (fuel range, miles, average fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy time, average speed), Ride Data (heading, moving time, stop time, altitude, altitude change), Audio, Bluetooth and Map/Navigation. The 7-inch digital display is flanked by two analog dials, a speedo and tach, each with small digital windows at the bottom of the dials. The tach window includes a gear indicator and an odometer, while the speedo has a digital fuel gauge. Radio controls can be accessed either from the display or through the pad on the left control housing on the handlebar. There is also two finger triggers on the back of the control housings to accept and decline navigation functions displayed on the screen, green on the right for accept and red on left for decline. The screen can also be turned off altogether if riders just want to kick back and enjoy the ride.

Look for the full ride review of the 2017 Indian Chieftain and Roadmaster in an upcoming issue of American Iron Magazine.

In the meantime, be sure to check out plenty more custom and classic motorcycle features, tech stories, events and more in past issues of  American Iron Magazine

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Screen Size: 7”
Pixel Count: 800×480
Number of Buttons: 5
Brightness: 1000 Nit’s
Touch Screen: Two-Finger Capacitive
Glove Touch Screen: Swipe and Pinch to Zoom

Maps: (turn by turn with 3D birds eye view)
Point of Interest List
Point of Interest Search
Address Search
Audible Route Notifications
Show List of Nearby Gas Stations Upon Low Fuel Indication

Clock from GPS
Consumer Adjustable Clock
Ambient Air Temperature

Customizable Information Displays
Vehicle Information (From CANbus)
Trip Information
TPMS Display
Output power per channel (RMS), 50W (External Amp)
Display User Interface Customization (Main Screen Field Data Selection)

Radio Control from display
Radio Control from handlebars
AM, FM & Weatherband
iPod Control over USB (no old iPods with 32 pin connector)
Songs from USB flash drive
USB Song Shuffle
Bluetooth Audio
Album Art

Driver Smartphone Bluetooth Capable
Driver Bluetooth Headset

Phonebook Download (Bluetooth )
Incoming Call Notification
Incoming Call Friendly Name Display
Place a call from phonebook
Dial a number to call
Voice Activated Call (with headset)
Voice Activated Siri or “OK Google” (with headset)
Incoming Driver Text Notification
Incoming Driver Text Friendly Name Display
Send a quick text from driver device (Android only)
* Smartphone must support this feature

2017 Indian Chieftain bagger

It’s easy to see why the Chieftain bagger is a big seller for Indian Motorcycle Co.


Engine Type: 49˚ V-Twin
Transmission: 6-speed/constant mesh/foot shift
Battery: 12 volts / 18 amp/hour, 310 CCA
Bore x Stroke: 3.976”x 4.449” (101mm x 113mm)
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Compression Ratio: 9.5 : 1
Cooling System: Air / Oil
Displacement: 111 cubic-inch / 1811cc
Exhaust: Split dual exhaust with crossover
Final Drive: Belt, 152 tooth
Fuel Capacity: 5.5 gal / 20.8 ltr
Fuel System: Electronic fuel injection, closed loop/54mm bore
Oil Capacity: 5.5 qts / 5.20 ltr
Primary Drive: Gear drive wet clutch
Torque (claimed): 119.2 ft-lbs at 3000 rpm

Front: Telescopic fork, 46mm diameter, 4.7 in. / 119mm travel
Rear: Single shock 4.5 in. / 114mm travel, air adjustable

Dry Weight: 828 lbs / 376 kg
Ground Clearance: 5.6 in / 142mm
GVWR: 1,385 lbs / 630 kg
Length: 101.2 in. / 2571mm
Rake/Trail: 25° / 5.9 in. / 150mm
Seat Height: 26 in. / 660mm
Wheelbase: 65.7 in. / 1668mm

Brake System Type: Individual front and rear control with ABS
Front: Dual 300mm floating rotor with 4-piston calipers
Rear: Single 300mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper

Front Tire: Dunlop Elite 3, 130/90B16 73H
Front Wheel: Cast 16” x 3.5” with tire pressure monitoring
Rear Tire: Dunlop Elite 3 180/60R16 80H
Rear Wheel: Cast 16” x 5.0” with tire pressure monitoring

Thunder Black Pearl $23,999
Silver Smoke $24,499
White Smoke $24,499
Wildfire Red over Thunder Black $25,199
Star Silver over Thunder Black $25,199

Thunder Black $28,999
Burgundy Metallic $29,599
Willow Green over Ivory Cream $30,399
Thunder Black over Ivory Cream $30,399
Steel Gray over Thunder Black $30,399 US

*Does not include California emissions.