2018 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse Review

2018 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse
2018 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse
2018 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse
2018 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse
2018 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse
2018 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse
2018 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse
2018 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse
2018 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse
2018 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse

 

For 2018, Chieftain Dark Horse receives Ride Command – the largest, fastest, most customizable infotainment system on two wheels. Chieftain Dark Horse retains its blacked-out styling but gets a more menacing look with its 19” ten-spoke, blacked-out front wheel and open front fender.

 

 

2018 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Dark To The Very Core

 

 

2018 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Dripping with matte-black finishes from nose to tail, the Chieftain® Dark Horse® is a bagger with a dark side. Now equipped with an open front fender and 19″ ten-spoke blacked-out wheel. And Ride Command®, the industry-leading, seven-inch touchscreen display with integrated 100-watt premium audio system. Powered by the Thunder Stroke® 111 V-Twin engine and armed with imposing front highway bars. Everything you need to grip the throttle and lead the pack.

Details
  • Blacked-Out Styling: Dripping with matte-black finishes from nose to tail, the Chieftain® Dark Horse® is a bagger with a dark side.
  • Thunder Stroke® 111: Designed from the ground up, the Thunder Stroke® 111 is a powerful, award-winning engine with legendary features inspired by the Power Plus motor of the 1940s: Multi-directional finned valve covers; Downward firing exhaust; Large, parallel push-rod tubes; Organic, asymmetric fin styling; Right-hand drive; Right-hand cam cover; Classic 2/3 head-to-cylinder neck down.
  • Remote-Locking Hard Saddlebags: Your cargo is protected inside convenient, spacious hard saddlebags with weatherproof seals. You can even lock them remotely using a console-mounted button, or via the bike’s key fob.
  • Black Headlight Bezel: Matte-black finishes from nose to tail, including the headlight bezel.
  • ABS Brakes: With ABS brakes, you’ll ride with confidence, knowing you can brake under control in any situation.
  • Open Front Fender with 19″ Wheel: An open front fender exposes a 19″ blacked-out wheel and dual front brakes, giving the bike a custom-inspired look. The flared fender design also offers a subtle nod to Indian’s “open” fenders of the 1920s and 1930s.
  • Push-Button Power Windshield: With the push of a handlebar-mounted button, this windshield can quickly raise or lower electronically. Lower it to enjoy the cooling airflow. Or raise it to block out wind and rain.
  • 119 ft-lbs of Torque: The Thunder Stroke® 111 produces 119 ft-lbs of torque with extraordinary power at low RPM, so you can accelerate hard with power to spare in every gear.
  • 6-Speed Transmission: A 6-speed transmission comes standard so you can easily tap the full potential of the Thunder Stroke® 111.
  • Premium 100-Watt Audio System: Built into this blacked-out fairing is a 100-watt audio system, producing premium-quality sound from dual high-output speakers. Smartphones and other audio sources can be connected via USB cable or Bluetooth®.
  • The Indian Motorcycle® Ride Command® Infotainment System: Pinch. Swipe. Tap. All without removing your gloves. Through this industry-leading seven-inch display, you can get turn-by-turn directions. Quickly find points of interest. Play Bluetooth® audio. Check vehicle information and status, plus a whole lot more. And thanks to split-screen technology, you can easily customize the display to focus on the details that matter to you most.
  • Keyless Ignition: Never fumble for your key again. With the proximity fob in your pocket, just climb on, press the start button and ride away. Misplace your fob? Simply enter your personal security code and go.
  • Cruise Control: Automotive-quality cruise control is easy to set and adjust for smooth, relaxed highway cruising.
  • Internally Wired Handlebars: This high-profile area features blacked-out hand controls. Plus, all of the wiring is routed inside the handlebars for a clean, premium-quality look.
  • Cast Aluminum Frame: This cast aluminum frame is lightweight yet exceptionally strong, providing excellent low-speed handling, and confidence-inspiring stability on the highway.
  • Outstanding Steering Geometry: The steering geometry of the Chieftain Dark Horse is engineered to deliver light, responsive handling, whether you’re riding solo with no cargo or two-up with full saddlebags.

 

 

2018 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $23,999 USD

ENGINE

Engine Type

Thunder Stroke® 111

Displacement

111 cu in (1811 cc)

Bore x Stroke

3.976 in x 4.449 in (101 mm x 113 mm)

Compression Ratio

9.5:1

Electronic Fuel Injection System

Closed loop fuel injection / 54mm bore

DRIVETRAIN

Primary Drive

Gear Drive Wet Clutch

Drive/Driven Clutch

Wet, Multi-Plate

Final Drive

2.2 : 1

PERFORMANCE

Peak Torque

119 ft-lbs (161.6 N m)

Peak Torque RPM

3000 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

SUSPENSION

Suspension: Front – Type/Travel

Telescopic Fork / 4.7 in (119 mm) – Cartridge Type

Front Fork Tube Diameter

46 mm

Suspension: Rear – Type/Travel

Single Shock w/ Air adjust / 4.5 in (114mm)

CHASSIS

Brakes/Front

Dual / 300mm Floating Rotor / 4 Piston Caliper

Brakes/Rear

Single / 300mm Floating Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper

Wheels/Front

Cast 19 in x 3.5 in

Wheels/Rear

Cast 16 in x 5 in

Tires/Front

Dunlop® American Elite 130/60B19 61H

Tires/Rear

Dunlop® Elite 3 Multi-Compound 180/60R16 80H

Exhaust

Split Dual Exhaust w/ Cross-over

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase

65.7 in (1668 mm)

Seat Height

26.0 in (660 mm)

Ground Clearance

5.6 in (142 mm)

Overall Height

54.6 in (1388 mm)

Overall Length

98.7 in (2506 mm)

Overall Width

39.4 in (1000 mm)

Rake

25°

Trail

5.9 in (150.0 mm)

Fuel Capacity

5.5 gal (20.8 l)

GVWR

1385 lbs (628 kg)

Weight (Empty Tank / Full of Fuel)

802 lbs / 834 lbs (364 kg / 378 kg)

FEATURES

Color / Graphics

Thunder Black Smoke

STANDARD

Standard Equipment

ABS; Cast Aluminum Frame with Integrated Air-Box; Cruise Control; Driving Lights; Keyless Ignition; Remote Locking Hard Saddle Bags; Power Windshield; Tire Pressure Monitoring; 100 Watt Stereo with AM/FM Bluetooth and Smartphone Compatible Input

ELECTRICAL

Gauges

Fairing mounted instrument cluster featuring electronic speedometer, tachometer, and fuel gauge with odometer, dual tripmeters 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; vehicle trouble code readout; heated grip level (if 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

Ride Command®

7″ Touchscreen including realtime clock; ambient air temperature; heading; audio information display; vehicle trouble code readout; Vehicle Status (tire pressure, voltage, engine hours, oil change); Vehicle Info (speed, fuel range, RPM, gear position); Dual Trip Meters (fuel range, miles, average fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy time, average speed); Ride Data (heading, moving time, stop time, altitude, altitude change); Bluetooth connectivity for phone and headset; Map/Navigation

 

 

 

 

2018 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $28,999 CDN

ENGINE

Engine Type

Thunder Stroke® 111

Displacement

111 cu in (1811 cc)

Bore x Stroke

3.976 in x 4.449 in (101 mm x 113 mm)

Compression Ratio

9.5:1

Electronic Fuel Injection System

Closed loop fuel injection / 54mm bore

DRIVETRAIN

Primary Drive

Gear Drive Wet Clutch

Drive/Driven Clutch

Wet, Multi-Plate

Final Drive

2.2 : 1

PERFORMANCE

Peak Torque

119 ft-lbs (161.6 N m)

Peak Torque RPM

3000 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

SUSPENSION

Suspension: Front – Type/Travel

Telescopic Fork / 4.7 in (119 mm) – Cartridge Type

Front Fork Tube Diameter

46 mm

Suspension: Rear – Type/Travel

Single Shock w/ Air adjust / 4.5 in (114mm)

CHASSIS

Brakes/Front

Dual / 300mm Floating Rotor / 4 Piston Caliper

Brakes/Rear

Single / 300mm Floating Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper

Wheels/Front

Cast 19 in x 3.5 in

Wheels/Rear

Cast 16 in x 5 in

Tires/Front

Dunlop® American Elite 130/60B19 61H

Tires/Rear

Dunlop® Elite 3 Multi-Compound 180/60R16 80H

Exhaust

Split Dual Exhaust w/ Cross-over

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase

65.7 in (1668 mm)

Seat Height

26.0 in (660 mm)

Ground Clearance

5.6 in (142 mm)

Overall Height

54.6 in (1388 mm)

Overall Length

98.7 in (2506 mm)

Overall Width

39.4 in (1000 mm)

Rake

25°

Trail

5.9 in (150.0 mm)

Fuel Capacity

5.5 gal (20.8 l)

GVWR

1385 lbs (628 kg)

Weight (Empty Tank / Full of Fuel)

802 lbs / 834 lbs (364 kg / 378 kg)

FEATURES

Color / Graphics

Thunder Black Smoke

STANDARD

Standard Equipment

ABS; Cast Aluminum Frame with Integrated Air-Box; Cruise Control; Driving Lights; Keyless Ignition; Remote Locking Hard Saddle Bags; Power Windshield; Tire Pressure Monitoring; 100 Watt Stereo with AM/FM Bluetooth and Smartphone Compatible Input

ELECTRICAL

Gauges

Fairing mounted instrument cluster featuring electronic speedometer, tachometer, and fuel gauge with odometer, dual tripmeters 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; vehicle trouble code readout; heated grip level (if 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

Ride Command®

7″ Touchscreen including realtime clock; ambient air temperature; heading; audio information display; vehicle trouble code readout; Vehicle Status (tire pressure, voltage, engine hours, oil change); Vehicle Info (speed, fuel range, RPM, gear position); Dual Trip Meters (fuel range, miles, average fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy time, average speed); Ride Data (heading, moving time, stop time, altitude, altitude change); Bluetooth connectivity for phone and headset; Map/Navigation

 

 

 

 

 

2018 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

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