Everything You Should Know About the 2021 Indian Chieftain Motorcycle

motoplex | October 8, 2020 | 0 | Chieftain , Indian Motorcycle

The Chieftain is a true technological gift from Indian Motorcycle. It’s powerful, stylish, smooth, and best of all, ready for you to experience.



Let’s talk power. The Thunderstroke 111ci (1811cc) V-twin produces 119 ft-lbs at 3,000 rpm. Upgrade to the Dark Horse or Limited series, and that goes up to 116ci (1890cc) and produces 126 ft-lb of torque at an astonishingly low 2,900 rpm. When you open up the throttle, you’ll be looking at a top speed of 115 mph. There aren’t many places in the U.S. that allow those kinds of speeds but it’s good to know the power is there when you need it.


How about design? As many of you already know, Indian is great at sticking to its roots. This bike is the perfect blend of the classic Indian physique with a modern touch. The full-length front fender loses the skirting in favor of cut-back sides for a fully visible front wheel. The bold front forks have classic beer can fork skirts with a chrome finish from top to bottom. A cyclops LED headlight is surrounded by a stout dual vent fairing. It features a push button adjustable windshield that can be set for any riding condition. The Chieftain is available in Thunder Black and Titanium Smoke- both of which look amazing on the road. You may even want one of each



Combining design with usability, the 5.5-gallon teardrop fuel tank sports the classic Indian head/war bonnet graphic. The seat is 26.5 inches off the ground which gives you a comfortable rider’s triangle and also makes for an easy reach to the ground. Protect your cargo from the elements in weatherproof remote-locking saddlebags, trunk, and easy access storage in the lowers; giving you over 37 gallons of storage that form stylish additions to your bike.


The double-cradle frame boasts tubular members combined with a strong backbone and dual downtubes for extra strength- it’s a heavy frame that protects its lower cases. Heavy plates brace up the steering head that sets a 25-degree angle of rake with 5.9 inches of trail over a 65.7-inch wheelbase. This gives the Chieftain line a nice balance of agility and stability while maintaining an eagerness for corners with a 31-degree lean angle to both sides.


The Chieftain has cast-aluminum wheels placed with Dunlop Elite tires; a 130/60-19 up front and a 180/60-16 rear tire. Two 46mm inner fork tubes provide the front suspension. Rear suspension is an air-adjustable mono-shock that offers you the kind of ride you can only get from air, and with 4.5 inches of play you’ll barely notice those “less than favorable” road conditions.


What about stopping? The Chieftain has dual 300mm discs and four-piston caliper brakes up front and a twin-piston caliper to grab the 300mm floating rotor rear brake. You’ll also have the added value of stock ABS protection.



The 2021 Indian Chieftain has a long list of standard equipment so buckle up: 7″ Touchscreen Display; Power Windshield; Vinyl Rogue Seat; Selectable Ride Modes; Rear Cylinder Deactivation; ABS; Cruise Control; Keyless Ignition; 100 Watt Audio System with AM/FM, Bluetooth, USB, Smartphone


Compatible Input, and Weatherband. If you upgrade to the Dark Horse or Limited series, you’ll also get 7″ Ride Command® Touchscreen Display with Navigation; Power Windshield; Driving Lights; Highway Bars; Vinyl Rogue Seats (Separate Rider/Passenger Heat Controls); Heated Grips; Adjustable Passenger Floorboards; 36.2 Gallons of Storage; Tire Pressure Monitoring; Remote-locking Hard Saddlebags & Trunk; Selectable Ride Modes; Rear Cylinder Deactivation; ABS; Cruise Control; Keyless Ignition; 200 Watt Audio System with AM/FM, Bluetooth, USB, Smartphone Compatible Input, and Weatherband. To add to the already massive list of features, you’ll also get a 2 year unlimited mileage factory warranty.


We can talk about this bike all day, but talk is cheap. Come check out the inventory at Boise Indian Triumph and schedule a ride today.