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Indian Motorcycle unleashes redesigned & updated Chieftain

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company founded in 1901, today announced a redesigned Chieftain lineup. Since its debut in 2013, the Chieftain has consistently won high marks for handling, power and comfort. Now, for 2019, the Indian Chieftain, Chieftain Dark Horse and Chieftain Limited feature more streamlined, aggressive styling that reflects the bike’s well-established performance capabilities. For those loyal to Indian’s classic designs, the 2019 Indian Chieftain Classic will continue to feature its traditional fairing and iconic valanced front fender.

The redesigned Chieftain lineup continues an evolution that started in 2017 with the introduction of the 10-spoke, 19-inch contrast-cut front wheel and open fender on the Chieftain Limited and Chieftain Elite. The response from customers was overwhelmingly positive, paving the way for this lineup expansion.

“As we continue to evolve the Indian Motorcycle brand, we want to expand our lineup with more aggressive style options, while still maintaining the availability of our more classic style options,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle. “What’s most important to us is developing motorcycles that meet a wide variety of customer style preferences, and Chieftain’s new look does just that.”

At first glance of the new Chieftain, riders will notice a restyled fairing and saddlebags with sharper lines and harder edges that give the bike a commanding presence and more streamlined look. A trimmed and slimmed fairing, paired with new fork guards, delivers a streamlined front-end package that’s indicative of the bike’s impressive performance capabilities. The Chieftain’s new, slammed saddlebags with colour-matched fender closeouts also provide the custom-inspired look. While the new Rogue gunfighter seat gives the bike a sleek profile to match the Chieftain’s superior handling and comfort. New badging on the tank and saddlebags and the iconic Indian headdress on the front fender completes the package.

In addition to the styling and design enhancements, the 2019 Chieftain lineup features new ride-enhancing technology for increased performance customisation and rider comfort. For a more customised ride experience, riders can now choose between three Ride Modes  – Tour, Standard or Sport. The throttle map for each Ride Mode was designed with a specific application in mind, resulting in one bike with three distinct personalities. All 2019 Chieftains are also equipped with Rear Cylinder Deactivation for increased rider comfort when the bike is stationary.

Also new for 2019, the Chieftain Dark Horse lineup expands with new paint options, including White Smoke, Bronze Smoke and Thunder Black Smoke. More than just matte-finish body paint, the 2019 Chieftain Dark Horse now features premium black ceramic exhaust and gloss black finishes on the primary cover, valve covers, push-rod tubes, cam cover, and saddlebag hinges for a custom, blacked-out look.

Several enhancements have also been made to Indian Motorcycle’s stock audio system to significantly improve sound quality. First, the tweeters have been separated from the mid-range speakers to optimise sound output and clarity. Second, a dynamic equaliser that’s fully customisable now adjusts specific frequencies at different vehicle speeds to provide peak system performance at all times. As speed increases, the equaliser automatically adjusts each frequency to the optimal level to compensate for road, wind and engine noise. The result is crystal-clear, 100-watts of premium audio at all speeds.

In summary, the 2019 Chieftain lineup packs a host of new features, including:

  • A restyled fairing and saddlebags that reflect Chieftain’s performance capabilities
  • A new Rogue gunfighter seat that enhances the bike’s sleek profile
  • New front and rear turn signals and new badging
  • New ride-enhancing technology that provides a customisable ride experience with three Ride Modes and Rear Cylinder Deactivation for improved rider comfort
  • Enhanced stock, 100-watt premium audio system for crystal-clear sound at all speeds

Also new for 2019, Indian Motorcycle introduces its loudest audio system to date. With PowerBand Audio, riders can choose from audio configurations that are up to 50 percent louder than stock audio. The system is engineered with an integrated amp on speaker and does not require additional amps. The premium audio package is fully integrated with Indian Motorcycle Ride Command so that when PowerBand Audio speakers are installed, Ride Command automatically recognises the upgrade and takes the equaliser from five bands to nine bands with additional pre-set options and volume control. Riders can choose from three kits – PowerBand Audio (fairing upgrade), PowerBand Audio Plus (fairing and saddlebag upgrade) and PowerBand Audio Plus with accessory trunk (fairing, saddlebag and accessory trunk upgrade).

Riders can further customise their Chieftain with a variety of accessories, including custom fit options like extended and reduced reach seats, mid-rise handlebars and reduced reach handlebars. Also available are colour-matched accessories such as Hard Lower Fairings, Saddlebag Audio Lids, a Quick Release Trunk, and for the Chieftain Classic owners, a 10-spoke 19-inch contrast-cut wheel with an open fender can be added to give your bike a custom look.

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Indian Motorcycle unveils gold & black Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Scout Bobbers

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, and Jack Daniel’s, America’s first registered distillery, has unveiled the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Scout Bobber.

Only 177 of these bikes will be built globally with the build number a nod to the “Old No. 7 Brand”.

For the third straight year, Indian Motorcycle joined forces with Klock Werks Kustom Cycles to create these bikes, taking inspiration from the gold and black fire trucks used by the Jack Daniel’s Fire Brigade, the only distillery in the world with its own fire brigade.

Steve Menneto, Indian Motorcycle President said: “Our partnership with Jack Daniel’s celebrates American craftsmanship of the highest order. This year’s limited-edition bike draws inspiration from the incredible story of Jack Daniel’s Fire Brigade, while honouring the passion and dedication of firefighters and emergency medical responders who serve our country.”

Each of the 177 individually numbered motorcycles are accented with Jack Daniel’s Fire Brigade themes. The bike has subtle two-tone matte black paint, a first for Indian Motorcycle, and is covered in real 24-karat gold graphics on the tank and fenders. The 24-karat gold carries through to the Fire Brigade emblem on the tank and the “Bottles and Throttles Don’t Mix” emblem on the front fender.

Other custom details include a perforated genuine leather seat with Jack Daniel’s embroidery and custom grips, pegs, and shift levers inspired by the Old No. 7 Brand.

Premium gloss black finishes on the fender struts, hand control levers, engine valve covers, and exhaust tips, while a gold coloured Indian Scout badge further showcases the attention to detail given in the design of this limited-edition bike.

Also unique is a one-of-a-kind Montana Silversmith badge that’s individually numbered and coated with real 24-karat gold.

“The public’s response to the motorcycles that Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniel’s have collaborated on has vastly exceeded our expectations year-over-year,” said Greg Luehrs, Director of Events and Sponsorships for Jack Daniel’s. “In celebration of this great partnership and our own Jack Daniel’s Fire Brigade, we are delighted to deliver a bike that honours firefighters and EMS first responders while also reinforcing the message that “Bottles and Throttles Don’t Mix.”

The Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Scout Bobber will be available for order starting 12pm EST on Tuesday 13th March.

To reserve one, visit or call your local Indian Motorcycle dealership.

Pricing starts at $15,999 in the U.S. and $19,999 in Canada. Prices in EMEA to be announced. Please note – not every country in the EMEA region will be able to sell this model due to alcohol advertising rules.

Each comes with a five-year unlimited mileage factory warranty and free membership in the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group™ for one year.

The limited edition Scout Bobbers will be hand-painted and built, with delivery starting in July 2018.

The original collaboration began in 2016 when the two iconic brands came together to create the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Jack Daniel Distillery. These 2016 models sold out in less than eight hours, while the 2017 Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Chieftain sold out in less than 10 minutes.


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The Chieftain Elite in a hand-painted Black Hills Silver

Indian Motorcycle has announced the return of the Chieftain Elite, but this time in a Black Hills Silver colour scheme. The ultra-premium bagger is hand-painted and comes with top-of-the-line amenities for the rider who demands the best of the best.

The focal point is the stunning paint scheme – a high-flake Black Hills Silver colour. As the name suggests, the paint was inspired by the silver mines in the Black Hills of South Dakota, which is near to Spearfish, where Indian Motorcycle’s custom paint facility is located.

A team of Indian Motorcycle experts mask the bodywork, lay the graphics and hand-spray each Chieftain Elite with each one taking 25 hours due to the time-intensive, painstaking processes that are completed by hand. Incredibly, no two bikes will look the same due to the level of human touch involved. There’s no question that this bold, one-of-a-kind bike will stand out in any crowd.

Reid Wilson, Senior Director – Marketing and Product Planning for Indian Motorcycle says: “Whether cruising around the city or touring on country back roads, the Chieftain Elite delivers on its promise of being the best bagger that money can buy. This bike was born to turn heads and provide an unmatched riding experience with all of the premium amenities it includes.”

The 2018 Chieftain Elite has a commanding stance from its 19-inch, 10-spoke, contrast-cut front wheel and is equipped with premium features, including a 200-watt premium audio system, a Pathfinder LED headlight and driving lights, a push-button power flare windshield, billet aluminium rider and passenger floorboards and genuine leather seats.

New for this year’s Chieftain Elite are pinnacle mirrors and updated, smaller hand controls for improved ergonomics.

A host of other features come standard, including Ride Command® – the largest, fastest, most customisable infotainment system on two wheels. The seven-inch, glove-compatible touchscreen features turn-by-turn navigation, customizable rider information screens and Bluetooth® compatibility.

The Chieftain Elite also features ABS, cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring, remote-locking saddlebags and keyless ignition.

At the heart of this bike is the Thunderstroke 111 engine, an award-winning American V-Twin that delivers a monstrous 119 ft-lb of torque and power to spare in every gear.

Colour-matched accessories are also available for riders who want extra protection, style and storage, including a Quick Release Trunk, Hard Lower Fairings and a Valanced Front Fender.

The Chieftain Elite is a strong addition to Indian Motorcycle’s iconic line-up. Only a limited number of these motorcycles will be built.


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Indian strikes a partnership with Anvil Motociclette to build a special Scout

Anvil Motociclette was formed by San Marco and Phonz and has made a name for themselves in creating clean, solid builds with a black and silver theme. To date their portfolio consists of 18 builds for many different manufacturers. Based on the looks of these 18 bikes, Indian is excited to see what the guys can come up with for the Scout.

Grant Bester, Vice President / General Manager for Indian in the EMEA region said: “The advantage of having a brand with such a rich legacy as Indian Motorcycle, means you have so many stories to tell and of course recreate. When the talented guys at Anvil approached us with an idea, it got me thumbing through the history books. We won’t say too much about what they’re planning yet, but it’s going to be a great project and we’re really excited.”

Fans will be able to keep an eye on the build through social media channels as San Marco and Phonz work their magic.

Phonz says: “This project with Indian is a great opportunity for us, since it is an historical brand with strong innovation. We work in a similar way and we are glad to collaborate with such an open minded brand and share in the storytelling.”

San Marco adds: “The synergy we have found between our two brands is the perfect solution to make a successful project. We feel rewarded that Indian is letting us develop the whole theme for this Indian Scout Sixty, and giving us the chance to show our inspiration and creativity.”

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A Tribute To Oscar Hedström

Anders Lundgren and Lasse Sundberg have built this incredible Super Scout and the pair say it’s a tribute to the Swedish co-founder of Indian, Oscar Hedström.

When asked what it’s like to ride Anders smiles and says: “It feels amazing, like you have moved back to the 1920s with a rocket between your legs.”

Featuring a water-cooled Garret 25 turbo, the Super Scout was built during 2017 in their Stockholm workshop and now makes 150 to 200hp at the rear wheel depending on the boost pressure.

Anders says: “We wanted to build a bike that was related with the Indian history of board track racing and at the same time included the new era of technology that Indian stands for today. The Scout model was the perfect choice and we came up with the name Super Scout to honour the old Scout models that were almost unbeatable on the race tracks.”

The engine, fuel pump, headlamp and shifter pedal are from a modern day Scout, but the frame is a one-off built from three sections. Lasse Sundberg (from Roth Engineering) built the frame up in-house and says it was the most difficult part of the build, surprisingly even more tricky than the fitting the turbo.

The Garret 25 turbo itself has an external wastegate (wait until you hear it) and boost control. The headpipes and downpipes to the turbo and the wastegate are all in stainless steel and fitted as tight as possible to the frame so to not interfere with the slim lines of the bike.

Anders explains the rational behind mounting the turbo: “We wanted to give the bike some extra boost of power and to also show that we can combine an old school look with modern technology.”

The Super Scout has some seriously impressive electrics too. Anders fitted a fully programmable ECU and there is a key fob system with Bluetooth for monitoring engine data and tuning the ECU via an iPad.

The amazing paint job is by Pobben’s Colour & Custom shop in Hagfors and the colour is Springfield blue.

Anders is excited for the coming months: “I am still test riding the bike and we are just in a phase to finish the engine tuning,” he says. “The Super Scout is planned to be a daily runner…if it’s not already sold by then.”


  • Front wheel:  23 x 3,75” 60-spoke crossradial laced, Pirelli tyres
  • Front brake: Beringer inboard system, wire operated to front master cylinder (K-tech hidden)
  • Rear wheel: 23 x 3,75” 60-spoke crossradial laced, Pirelli tyres
  • Rear brake: Harrison billet sprocket brake, K-tech cylinder
  • Front fork: W&W Indian leaf spring
  • Handlebar: Roth Engineering Boardtrack style, internal throttle control, LED turn signals in handlebar
  • Dummy Fuel tank: Styled like a 1920 Indian Scout. Hides all the electronics, throttle body, front master cylinder, etc
  • Fuel tank: Homemade by Roth Engineering, uses Scout internal fuel pump, and is fitted under the saddle
  • Saddle: H and F Mesinger boardtrack replica
  • Rear fender: Homemade by Roth Engineering
  • Front Headlamp: Indian Scout LED
  • Tail light: LED light under saddle, combined tail/brake/turnsignals
  • Engine: 1133cc Indian Scout 2016, sandblasted to an old-school finish
  • Radiators: From a Honda CRF450, electrical fans
  • Fuel: E85 1,600cc injectors, fully programmable ECU
  • Electrical system: Fob system with Bluetooth for monitoring engine data and tuning via an iPad


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New ‘1901’ T-shirt designs from INDIAN

As in previous years, Indian continues to bring out fresh designs for 2018, with these new styles now available from dealers.

Here’s a look at the ‘Indian Motorcycle 1901’ collection in detail. The Indian Motorcycle 1901 Fashion Fit tees feature hand painted graphic designs that gives the range a distinctive style, as well as a fit that is closer to the body than other styles in the Indian range. Made in California, these t-shirts use a lighter weight cotton fabric for a more contemporary style.

1901 Motor Oil Tee
The graphic on the front of this tee is inspired by a vintage oil can and shows the Indian logo plus a mention of Spirit Lake where Indian motorcycles are currently built.

FABRIC: 100% cotton slub jersey
GRAPHICS: Large hand painted style graphic on front FIT: Men’s Fashion Fit T-Shirt

1901 World’s Fastest Tee
The graphic on this features the outline of a vintage Scout coloured like the USA flag and the fabric has been given a vintage wash.

FABRIC: 100% cotton slub jersey
GRAPHICS: Large hand painted style graphic on front
FIT: Men’s Fashion Fit T-Shirt

1901 Grand National Tee
This tee celebrates Indian’s historic return to pro flat track racing and winning the championship in 2017. Indian expects this one to be a top-seller!

FABRIC: 100% cotton slub jersey
GRAPHICS: Large hand painted style graphic on front
FIT: Men’s Fashion Fit T-Shirt

1901 Factory Team Tee
Another tee to celebrate the Indian Factory Racing team and it’s historic return to racing. With a simple distressed looking headdress and typography, this is going to be a popular style in 2018.

FABRIC: 100% cotton slub jersey
GRAPHICS: Large hand painted style graphic on front
FIT: Men’s Fashion Fit T-Shirt


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Order your Scout or Roadmaster in five exclusive colours

Custom paint has been the most frequent dealer and customer request over the past few years and Indian is proud to finally be able to offer five exclusive colours for Scout and for Roadmaster.

The Icon Paint Series aims to deliver paint schemes that have the ‘wow’ factory while having the high quality expected from an OEM and offering that all-important factory warranty.

Scout can be ordered in:

– Solar Flare Yellow
– Brilliant Blue Smoke
– Sunblaze Orange
– Dirt Track Smoke and Thunder Black Smoke
– Thunder Black, White and Red

Roadmaster can be ordered in:

– Metallic Jade
– Blue Sapphire and Brilliant Blue
– Black Hills Gold and Thunder Black
– Mesa Red Smoke and Thunder Black
– Thunder Black and Snakeskin Green

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Indian Apparel And Gifts Range Expanded For 2018

Indian continues to offer an incredible range of apparel (on sale through dealers) and for 2018 the range is bigger than ever. A new addition for 2018 are sunglasses; the first time these have been available from Indian.

There are also new riding and casual jackets, casualwear and a comprehensive collection of personal accessories and products for a rider’s garage or man-cave.

The riding jackets include the Shadow Mesh and Drifter Mesh, perfect for the summer, while the Bomber Jacket and Loretto Jacket are designed to be worn off the bike.

Helmets include the Route Modular, the Freeway Full Face and Liberty Jet.

Indian’s first eyewear range consists of the Lifestyle, Entry, Semi-Pro and Performance Sunglasses, each designed for motorcycle riding with differing levels of features. The top of the range Performance Sunglasses have photochromic lenses that react to light, along with foam eye-cups that will allow you to ride with these glasses in all conditions.

Finally, Indian has partnered with the Rokker Company® to offer branded Original and Raw Jeans, using premium denim combined with Schoeller®-Dynatec for abrasion resistance.

Indian’s Head of Parts, Garments & Accessories, Andreas Geisinger comments:

“We now offer pretty much anything you can think of for the Indian Motorcycle rider and fan of the brand. Our apparel range has been designed for all kinds of owners, from the midweight Scout to the heavyweight Roadmaster. We have a mix of clothing; some focused for serious riding with other items for everyday wearing that are more lifestyle orientated.”

“For 2018 we’re particularly happy to offer new jackets, sunglasses, helmets and denim jeans, based on requests from customers for these items. We are very pleased with the T-shirt designs for 2018, with styles based on flat track racing, Scout or the World’s Fastest Indian.”


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Indian Motorcycles updates for 2018

Indian Motorcycle previously announced its MY18 line-up in July, but chose to announce further updates at the EICMA show. For this new model year Indian has introduced Scout Bobber, while the Roadmaster Elite packs all the bells and whistles perfect for two-up journeys and the Springfield gets the Dark Horse treatment.

Here’s a run down of every model and update in Indian’s line-up for 2018. 

Available in 5 colour schemes.

  • 5 models
    • Indian Motorcycle Red
    • Thunder Black
    • Bronze Smoke
    • Star Silver Smoke
    • Thunder Black Smoke


Scout has had updates for 2018 based on feedback from customers over the past three years. It will now come as standard with a pillion seat on the rear and footpegs for a passenger. The Scout’s existing telescopic front forks have now been replaced with cartridge forks, making a real difference to the ride and feel. To improve the handling even further, Scout will now also come with Pirelli tyres as standard.

Scout’s existing colours of Thunder Black, Burgundy Metallic and Brilliant Blue over White will continue for 2018, but will be joined by two new colour schemes ­– Metallic Jade and a Willow Green/Ivory Cream.


Scout Sixty remains the same for 2018 but will come in two new colour schemes, namely Polished Bronze and Thunder Black/Titanium Metallic.


Springfield comes in an extra colour for 2018 – Metallic Jade over Thunder Black with Silver pinstripe.


Like the other existing Dark Horse models, the Springfield Dark Horse has matte black paint with gloss black details. Springfield Dark Horse will feature an open fender to showcase a 19” ten-spoke and blacked-out front wheel. Its quick-release windshield protects the rider from the elements, or can give a meaner cruiser look when removed.


A single version of this bike comes in Steel Gray, offering just the essentials and is a great base bike for further customisation.


Classic style has been given to the Chief in the form of white walled tyres, wire spoked wheels and chrome hand controls. Available only in Burgundy Metallic.


A Chief, but blacked out with the Dark Horse treatment.


Indian’s iconic Chief Vintage is now offered up with black leather saddlebags and seat for the first time. The Thunder Black and Star Silver over Thunder Black versions come with black seat and leather saddlebags, while the Sky Blue over Pearl White and the always-popular Red over Ivory Cream versions will feature brown leather saddlebags.


The Chieftain comes in just one colour scheme for 2018 (Steel Gray) and is now offered with open fenders instead of valanced ones along with a 19” blacked-out wheel, making it a great base bike for further customisation.


This classic version of the Chieftain is aimed at the heritage customer and has the brand’s iconic valanced front fender and a vintage black seat. It comes in three colour schemes; Thunder Black, Indian Motorcycle Red and Star Silver Smoke.


Only a black version of this bike has been available in EMEA until now, but for 2018 it comes in four extra colour schemes with two of these featuring striped graphics on the fairing and the saddlebags.


The Chieftain Dark Horse will now come with RideCommand as standard and showcases a 19” ten-spoke wheel with an open fender.


After the success of Chieftain Elite, Indian is offering a special run of 250 Roadmaster Elite machines. The ultra-premium Roadmaster Elite has a two-tone cobalt blue and black colour that has been completed hand painted, along with real 23K gold leaf badging on the tank. It has the industry-leading Ride Command system and a 300-watt premium audio system, chrome front and rear bumpers, passenger armrests and stylish pinnacle mirrors.


The Burgundy Metallic version of this bike now comes with a tan coloured seat while the other three versions all have black seats. For 2018 there are two new two-tone colour schemes.


This is available in two colour schemes; the classic colours of Indian Motorcycle Red and the Willow Green/Ivory Cream.


Indian has also announced it will be doing a factory custom paint program allowing customers to order certain machines in different colour schemes to the standard offering. More will be released about this in due course. 

Indian’s 2018 line-up will be available in dealers throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa from early 2018.

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More power for Thunder Stroke 111 engines

With motorcycles now having to meet EU4 emission rules, there has been an on-going homologation process at Spirit Lake to ensure Indian Motorcycles offers the best products possible.

As such, for 2018, all of the Thunder Stroke 111 engined models have a 15hp increase in power and a 15Nm increase in torque (models now have 84hp and 150Nm).

Indian Motorcycle’s International Product Manager, Ben Lindaman commented: “Indian’s engineering team achieved the increase in power and torque by removing intake restrictions, equipping the bikes with better flowing exhaust, and optimising the calibration for this setup. The results are a substantial 21% power increase and an improved throaty exhaust tone as well.”