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2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse Review

2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

Raw. Powerful. Genuine. Blacked-out from end to end, the 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse® delivers pure, premium Indian Motorcycle performance...

Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, presents the edgiest member of the Indian® Chief® line-up and
the first 2016 model — the Indian® Chief Dark Horse®.

The Indian® Chief Dark Horse® is a cruiser built upon the successful and award-winning Indian® Chief® platform. 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.

Striking an ideal balance of attitude and features, the 2016 Indian® Chief Dark Horse® delivers the style, quality and power expected from an Indian Motorcycle®, and starts at just $16,999. The Dark Horse™ conveys a bold attitude that demands attention for all the right reasons.

Blacked-out from end to end, the Dark Horse™ does not lack features. 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 features a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty.

Built to be an aggressive solo ride, the Dark Horse™ loses the oil cooler, analogue fuel gauge and driving lights of Chief® Classic. A passenger seat plus either passenger foot-pegs or floor boards are available as part of the Genuine Indian Motorcycle® Accessory line-up for those who want to ride two-up.

The Indian® Chief Dark Horse® is an ideal motorcycle for those seeking to customize their rides. With 40 available accessories rolling out during the spring and early summer, riders can add components 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.

“The Indian® Chief Dark Horse® is unlike anything else currently available from Indian Motorcycle®,” said Indian Motorcycle® Sr. Product Manager, Ben Lindaman. “While it shares the best traits with other models in the Chief® platform, its signature matte black paint and minimalist profile give it an attitude unlike any other Indian® motorcycle. We’re excited to unveil this new bike at an aggressive price point for a full-size cruiser.”

2016 Chief Dark Horse | Chief Classic | Chief Vintage | Chieftain

For 2016, Indian Motorcycle continues to sell its award-winning Indian Chief models, delivering the power, handling, unmatched engineering and stunning beauty of the industry's hottest heavyweight cruisers and baggers.

The Indian Chief family has impeccable styling and sophisticated performance. The proven Thunder Stroke 111 engine powers them all (an air-cooled version is on the Chief Dark Horse, Classic and Vintage), but each model has its own character and style.

Riders can opt for the Chief Classic (cruiser) with its classic looks, much cleaner now following some re-work carried out for 2016: solo vinyl seat, black switches, single headlight and cast aluminium wheels. It now also only comes in one colour; Pearl White.

Next there's the Chief Vintage (bagger) with its beautiful fringed leather saddlebags and seats, and quick-release windshield (all as standard) making this the option for those who plan to ride on extended road trips. Four colours are available with one of these being new for 2016.

The Chieftain (bagger) has a large fairing with a power-adjustable windscreen (to offer superb cruising comfort), genuine leather seats and hard saddlebags with remote central-locking. It's available in four colours in 2016 with two of these new.

Finally there's the Chief Dark Horse. This is the most striking cruiser on the market. It is matte black from end-to-end with only a few flashes of chrome (accessories are available to fully blacken it out). This bike makes a statement even before you fire it up. It looks intimidating, but its low seat height and balance makes it very easy to swing a leg over and ride, plus it's the best entry point to ride a Thunder Stroke 111 powered Indian Motorcycle. Propelled by 139Nm of torque and the same chassis and suspension from the award-winning Chief Classic, the Chief Dark Horse rolls with ABS, a remote key fob for keyless ignition and electronic cruise control.

The colour options for all of the Chief models this year are:

Chief Classic
Pearl White - NEW
Chief Vintage
Star Silver and Thunder Black - NEW
Thunder Black
Indian Motorcycle Red
Willow Green and Ivory Cream
Chieftain
Silver Smoke - NEW
Star Silver and Thunder Black - NEW
Thunder Black
Indian Motorcycle Red
Chief Dark Horse
Thunder Black Smoke



2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

THE INDIAN® CHIEF DARK HORSE™ MAINTAINS LEGENDARY INDIAN® CHIEF® STYLING, WHILE TAKING AN UNPOLISHED AND RAW APPROACH TO ITS FINISH WITH BLACKED-OUT STYLING.

Standard Features
Blacked-Out Styling Blacked-Out Styling It's black from end to end, including the wheels, forks, handlebars, engine, bodywork - even the Warbonnet up front.

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

Keyless Ignition Keyless Ignition Enjoy keyless starting that's secure and convenient. With the Indian® Chief 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 that you pre-programmed into the ignition.

ABS & Cruise Control ABS & Cruise Control This advanced, automotive-quality braking lets you ride with confidence and helps you stop under control. Easy to set and adjust, the cruise control enhances your enjoyment during highway cruising.

True Dual Exhaust True Dual Exhaust 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.

CLASSIC ICONIC FEATURES
Badging Distinctive Tank Graphics The fuel tank features distinctive monochrome Warbonnet graphics seen only on the Indian Chief Dark Horse®.

WAR BONNET War Bonnet Lighting the way as it has done since 1947 is the iconic Warbonnet. Mounted proudly atop the front fender in a blacked-out frame, this light makes it clear, "This is a genuine Indian Motorcycle®."

VALENCED FENDERS Stylish, elegant and functional, the iconic valenced fenders, standard since 1940, enhance the flowing styling lines of every Indian Motorcycle®. They also provide protection, effectively blocking road spray and gravel kicked up by the tyres.

Brake Caliper Covers Every Indian Motorcycle® is equipped with outstanding brakes, and in keeping with our traditional styling, we choose to cover the calipers. The result is a clean, stylish, beautifully finished sheet metal - iconic Indian Motorcycle® valenced fenders.

Unpolished Style The first Indian Motorcycle of its kind. The 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse maintains the legendary Indian Chief styling, while taking an unpolished and raw approach to its finish with blacked-out styling.

 

 

2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

BLACKED-OUT STYLING
It’s black from end to end, including the wheels, forks, handlebars, engine, bodywork – even the Warbonnet up front.

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

KEYLESS IGNITION
Enjoy keyless starting that’s secure and convenient. With the Indian® Chief 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 that you pre-programmed
into the ignition.

ABS & CRUISE CONTROL
This advanced, automotive-quality braking lets you ride with confidence and helps you stop under control. Easy to set
and adjust, the cruise control enhances your enjoyment during highway cruising.

TRUE DUAL EXHAUST
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.

GAUGES
Tank mounted electronic speedometer with odometer and electronic fuel gauge with low fuel LED indicator ; dual
tripmeters; digital tachometer; ambient air temperature; fuel range; average fuel economy; battery voltage; gear
position display; real-time clock; vehicle trouble code readout; heated grip level (if heated grips installed); low engine
oil pressure; and 9 LED telltale indicators: cruise control enabled, cruise control set, neutral, high beam, turn signal,
ABS, check engine, and MPH or km/h unit designation.

 

CLASSIC ICONIC FEATURES

INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® BADGING
The fuel tank features distinctive monochrome Warbonnet graphics seen only on the Indian® Chief Dark Horse®.

Warbonnet
Lighting the way as it has done since 1947 is the iconic Warbonnet. Mounted proudly atop the front fender in a blacked-out frame, this light makes it clear, “This is a genuine Indian® motorcycle.”

VALENCED FENDERS
Stylish, elegant and functional, the iconic valenced fenders, standard since 1940, enhance the flowing styling lines of every Indian® motorcycle. They also provide protection, effectively blocking road spray and gravel kicked up by the tires.

BRAKE CALIPER COVERS
Every Indian® motorcycle is equipped with outstanding brakes, and in keeping with our traditional styling, we choose to cover the calipers. The result is a clean, stylish, beautifully finished sheet metal - iconic Indian® motorcycle valenced fenders.

Unpolished Style
The 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse maintains the legendary Indian Chief styling, while taking an unpolished and raw approach to its finish with blacked-out styling.

 

COMFORT WITH STYLE

Performance
Boost the performance of your Indian® motorcycle, create more legroom on the left side of the engine, and enhance the style of the Thunder Stroke® 111 V-Twin. The “Big Sucker” intake lets the engine “inhale” more freely for a slight performance gain, and it enhances throttle response.

Ape Hanger Handlebar
Elevate your style with 16" Ape Hanger Handlebars. These comfortably raise your riding position without stressing your arms. They also add style and a customized look to your bike.

Pinnacle One-Up Luggage Rack
Add convenient cargo carrying space quickly and easily by installing this One-Up Luggage Rack. The Luggage Rack bolts directly onto the Indian® motorcycle in place of the passenger seat and provides a convenient place to securely attach cargo.

Style
Transform the appearance of your motorcycle with blacked out fender trim. The easy-to-install gloss black parts add a darker style to your ride.

Exhaust
Add the Stage 1 Slip-On Exhaust and enjoy a rich, throaty exhaust note that provides the perfect soundtrack for the open road. This exhaust system allows the Thunder Stroke™ 111 motorcycle engine to breath more freely and unleash additional power and crisp throttle response. Add extra style to your exhaust with a set of Fishtail Exhaust Tips


 


 

2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse - www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $16999 USD


Engine
Engine Type
Thunder Stroke® 111
Displacement
111 cu in / 1811 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.976" x 4.449" / 101mm x 113mm
Compression Ratio
46mm
Electronic Fuel Injection System
Closed loop fuel injecion /54mm bore
Final Drive
2.2 : 1
Drivetrain
Clutch Type
Wet, Multi-Plate
Primary Drive
Gear Drive Wet Clutch
Performance
Peak Torque
119.2 ft-lbs/ 138.9 N m
Peak Torque RPM
3000 rpm/2600 rpm
Gear Ratio (Overall)
1st
9.403 : 1
2nd
6.411 : 1
3rd
4.763 : 1
4th
3.796 : 1
5th
3.243 : 1
6th
2.789 : 1
Chassis
Suspension: Front - Type/Travel
Telescopic Fork/4.7 in (119 mm)
Suspension: Rear - Type/Travel
Single Shock / 3.7 in (94 mm)
Brakes/Front
Dual / 300mm Floating Rotor / 4 Piston Caliper
Brakes/Rear
Single / 300mm Floating Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper
Tires/Front
Dunlop® Elite 3 130/90B16 73H
Tires/Rear
Dunlop® American Elite 180/65B16 81H
Wheels
Cast 16" x 3.5" Front and 16" x 5" Rear
Exhaust System
Split dual exhaust w/ cross-over
DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase
68.1 in / 1730 mm
Seat Height
26.0 in / 660 mm
Rake/Trail
29°
Overall Width (in./mm.)
39.4 in / 1000 mm
Overall Height (in./mm.)
46.3 in / 1176 mm
Ground Clearance
5.5 in / 140 mm
Fuel Capacity (Litres)
5.5 gallons / 20.8 liters
Overall Length (in./mm.)
103.5 in / 2630 mm
Trail
6.1 in / 155.0 mm
GVWR
1260 lbs / 573 kgs
Weight (Empty tank / full of fuel)
751 lbs / 785 lbs 341 kg / 357 kg
Features
Color / Graphics
Thunder Black Smoke
Standard
Standard Equipment
ABS; Cast Aluminum Frame with Integrated Air-Box; Cruise Control; Keyless Start; Vinyl Seat
Electric
Gauges
Tank mounted electronic speedometer with odometer; dual tripmeters; digital tachometer; ambient air temperature; fuel range; average fuel economy; battery voltage; gear position display; real-time clock; vehicle trouble code readout; heated grip level (if heated grips installed); low engine oil pressure; and 9 LED telltale indicators: cruise control enabled, cruise control set, neutral, high beam, turn signal, ABS, check engine, and MPH or km/h unit designation




 


 

2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse - www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $20999 CDN

Engine
Fuel System
Closed loop fuel injecion /54mm bore
Engine Type
Thunder Stroke® 111
Displacement
111 cu in / 1811 cc
Bore x Stroke
3.976" x 4.449" / 101mm x 113mm
Compression Ratio
46mm
Electronic Fuel Injection System
5.5 gallons / 20.8 liters
Final Drive
2.2 : 1
Drivetrain
Clutch Type
Wet, Multi-Plate
Primary Drive
Gear Drive Wet Clutch
Performance
Peak Torque
119.2 ft-lbs/ 138.9 N m
Peak Torque RPM
3000 rpm/2600 rpm
Gear Ratio (Overall)
1st
9.403 : 1
2nd
6.411 : 1
3rd
4.763 : 1
4th
3.796 : 1
5th
3.243 : 1
6th
2.789 : 1
Chassis
Suspension: Front - Type/Travel
Telescopic Fork/4.7 in (119 mm)
Suspension: Rear - Type/Travel
Single Shock / 3.7 in (94 mm)
Brakes/Front
Dual / 300mm Floating Rotor / 4 Piston Caliper
Brakes/Rear
Single / 300mm Floating Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper
Tires/Front
Dunlop® Elite 3 130/90B16 73H
Tires/Rear
Dunlop® American Elite 180/65B16 81H
Wheels
Cast 16" x 3.5" Front and 16" x 5" Rear
Exhaust System
Split dual exhaust w/ cross-over
DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase
68.1 in / 1730 mm
Seat Height
26.0 in / 660 mm
Rake/Trail
29°
Overall Width (in./mm.)
39.4 in / 1000 mm
Overall Height (in./mm.)
46.3 in / 1176 mm
Ground Clearance
5.5 in / 140 mm
Overall Length (in./mm.)
103.5 in / 2630 mm
Trail
6.1 in / 155.0 mm
GVWR
1260 lbs / 573 kgs
Weight (Empty tank / full of fuel)
751 lbs / 785 lbs 341 kg / 357 kg
Features
Color / Graphics
Thunder Black Smoke
Standard
Standard Equipment
ABS; Cast Aluminum Frame with Integrated Air-Box; Cruise Control; Keyless Start; Vinyl Seat
Electric
Gauges
Tank mounted electronic speedometer with odometer; dual tripmeters; digital tachometer; ambient air temperature; fuel range; average fuel economy; battery voltage; gear position display; real-time clock; vehicle trouble code readout; heated grip level (if heated grips installed); low engine oil pressure; and 9 LED telltale indicators: cruise control enabled, cruise control set, neutral, high beam, turn signal, ABS, check engine, and MPH or km/h unit designation



 

2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse - www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £TBA GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine
Engine Type Thunder Stroke™ 111
Displacement 1811 cc
Bore x Stroke 101mm x 113mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Electronic Fuel Injection System Closed loop fuel injecion /54mm bore
Performance
Peak Torque RPM 2600 rpm
Peak Torque (95/1/EC Nm) 138.9 N m
Drivechain
Primary Drive Gear Drive Wet Clutch
Clutch Wet, Multi-Plate
Gear Ratio (Overall)
1st 9.403 : 1
2nd 6.411 : 1
3rd 4.763 : 1
4th 3.796 : 1
5th 3.243 : 1
6th 2.789 : 1
Final Drive 2.2 : 1
Chassis
Suspension: Front - Type/Travel Telescopic Fork/119 mm - 46mm cartridge forks with dual rate springs
Suspension: Rear - Type/Travel Single Shock / 94 mm mechanical preload
Brakes/Front Dual / Floating Rotor / 4 Piston Caliper Dual Front / 300mm with Anti-Lock Brakes
Brakes/Rear Single / Floating Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper / 300mm with Anti-Lock Brakes
Tires/Front Dunlop® Elite 3 130/90B16 73H
Tires/Rear Dunlop® American Elite 180/65B16 81H
Wheels 16" x 3.5" Front and 16" x 5" Rear
Exhaust System Split dual exhaust w/ cross-over
Dimensions
Length 2630 mm
Width (INT) 1000 mm
Height (INT) 1176 mm
Weight (Empty tank / full of fuel) 341 kg / 357 kg
GVWR 573 kgs
SEAT HEIGHT 660 mm
Lean angle 31°
Wheelbase 1730 mm
GROUND CLEARANCE 139,8 mm
Rake 29°
Trail 155.0 mm
Fuel Capacity 20.8 liters
Standard
Standard Equipment ABS; Cast Aluminum Frame with Integrated Air-Box; Cruise Control; Keyless Start; Vinyl Seat
Electric
Gauges Tank mounted electronic speedometer with odometer and electronic fuel gauge with low fuel LED indicator ; dual tripmeters; digital tachometer; ambient air temperature; fuel range; average fuel economy; battery voltage; gear position display; real-time clock; vehicle trouble code readout; heated grip level (if heated grips installed); low engine oil pressure; and 9 LED telltale indicators: cruise control enabled, cruise control set, neutral, high beam, turn signal, ABS, check engine, and MPH or km/h unit designation



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