I received the Press Release this morning for the 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse Launch. I know it’s labelled next year’s model but I guess this is the start of a big build up ..
‘Unlike other bikes in the Indian Motorcycle line-up, it is understated with only a flash of chrome and adds a healthy dose of matte black paint to create one of the most confident silhouettes on the market. By all but eliminating chrome from the motorcycle and swapping to cast wheels, the Dark Horse conveys an aggressive pose, and being the lightest in the series, is the quickest model in the Chief family.
Powered by the highly rated Thunder Stroke® 111 engine and wrapped in the same chassis and suspension of the Indian Chief Classic, the Dark Horse also maintains ABS, a remote key fob for keyless ignition, electronic cruise control, and will feature a promotional* 5-year unlimited mileage warranty valid for those sold across Europe in 2015.’
With the accent on ‘customisable’ there will be 40 available accessories rolling out during the spring and early summer for owners to black-out their ride even more. Items such as ape hanger handlebars, accessory air cleaners, fender struts, slip-on exhaust with black heat shields and exhaust tips, and black fender trim help create the fully blacked-out look.
Looking at the video, it does share a similarity (they’d say the best traits) with other Chief models, but its signature matte black paint and minimalist profile give it an edge over the others in my eyes. The Chief Dark Horse is going to be launched “with an engaging price point for a full-size heavyweight American cruiser”, and will be available in dealers from Spring 2015.
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