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Published on June 13, 2016 under Born To Ride

2016 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse

Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, has launched the Indian® Chieftain Dark Horse®, a blacked-out hard bagger that allows riders to easily customize their ride and hit the highway in head-turning style.

A bagger with undeniable presence, the Chieftain Dark Horse® offers a ton of matte black, a flicker of chrome, and a wealth of features to roll as one of the most bad-ass American-made V-Twin bikes on the market. The Chieftain Dark Horse® conveys an aggressive attitude that demands attention for all the right reasons.

Powered by a blacked-out version of the celebrated Thunder Stroke® 111 engine and built upon the same highly lauded chassis and suspension as the Indian® Chieftain®, the new Chieftain Dark Horse® comes from the factory outfitted with a solo seat and short, tinted power windscreen, yet maintains its spacious power-locking hard bags, ABS, electronic cruise control, tire pressure monitoring system, premium stereo with AM/FM Bluetooth® and smartphone compatible input, and remote key fob with keyless ignition.

To amplify the Dark Horse® family attributes, not only are the fenders, fairing, fuel tank and bags blacked out, the iconic Indian Motorcycle® headdress, forks, mirrors, handlebars and switch cubes, turn signals, tank console, engine and airbox cover, lower controls, floorboards and taillight housing are also blacked out.

Of course, Indian Motorcycle® also offers a large selection of authentic factory accessories to further individualize your already stealthy ride, including new Blackout series accessory air cleaners, performance cams and slip-on exhausts, as well as pumping up the stereo with 100-watt saddlebag lid speakers.

“The Indian Chieftain Dark Horse’s blacked-out styling and powerful Thunder Stroke® 111 engine will elevate our rider to the top of the pack,” says Indian Motorcycle® Marketing Director Reid Wilson. “Starting with the award-winning Chieftain® platform, the Dark Horse® series signature matte black paint and raw attitude is an open canvas for customization that makes it the perfect bike for riders who are ready to ‘Be Legendary’.”

It’s black from top to bottom, including the wheels, forks, handlebars, engine, bodywork – even the iconic headdress up front.

The proven, powerful Thunder Stroke® 111 engine serves up 119 ft-lbs of torque, and is finished primarily in black.

With a commanding power-windscreen equipped fairing and lockable hard bags out back, you’re ready to rack up miles in style and comfort.

The Indian® Chieftain Dark Horse® features a premium audio system with an AM/FM stereo, Bluetooth® connectivity and smartphone compatible input. 100-watt premium audio from dual high-output speakers in the fairing deliver quality sound, and you can further boost the volume of your tunes with accessory 100-watt saddlebag lid audio.

Keyless starting is secure and convenient. With the Indian®
Chieftain Dark Horse® key fob in your pocket, climb on the bike, push a button and ride. If you misplace the fob, use the individual security code you pre-program into the ignition.

Advanced, automotive-quality braking lets you ride with confidence and helps you stop with great control. Easy to set and adjust, the electronic cruise control enhances your enjoyment during highway cruising.

The engine produces a rich exhaust note from the true dual exhaust. The exhaust was acoustically engineered to eliminate high-pitched sounds, so what you really hear is Indian Motorcycle® thunder.

Fairing mounted instrument cluster featuring electronic speedometer, tachometer, and fuel gauge with odometer, dual trip meters with distance and time, instantaneous and average fuel economy; fuel range; real-time clock; ambient air temperature; gear position display; front and rear tire pressure; engine hours of operation; engine oil life percentage; average speed; battery voltage; radio information display; heated grip level (if optional heated grips installed); and 15 LED telltale indicators: cruise control enabled, cruise control set, neutral, high beam, turn signal, ABS, check engine, low tire pressure, battery, low fuel, security system, low engine oil pressure and MPH or km/h unit designation.

The Indian® Chieftain Dark Horse® comes with a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty and is available now starting at just $21,999. For more information, visit Indian Motorcycle of


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