SOME WERE BORN TO BE BOLD.
2019 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse:
A fully blacked‑out engine with gloss black accents. Now available in more colors.
Blacked-out from nose to tail and dripping with premium gloss black finishes, the newly redesigned Chieftain Dark Horse is a bagger that combines aggressive style with premium riding amenities.
Change Is Good When It Looks Like This.
This bagger’s streamlined look matches its impressive performance capabilities. It’s powerful, loud and loaded with ride-enhancing technology.
2019 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
INDIAN MOTORCYCLE UNLEASHES REDESIGNED & UPDATED CHIEFTAIN
Restyled Fairing & Saddlebags, Combined with New Features, Offer Riders a More Streamlined, Aggressive Style
New PowerBand™ Audio Upgrade Package is Loudest Audio System in Indian Motorcycle History
Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company founded in 1901, today announced a redesigned Chieftain lineup. Since its debut in 2013, the Chieftain has consistently won high marks for handling, power and comfort. Now, for 2019, the Indian Chieftain, Chieftain Dark Horse and Chieftain Limited feature more streamlined, aggressive styling that reflects the bike’s well-established performance capabilities. For those loyal to Indian’s classic designs, the 2019 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse Classic will continue to feature its traditional fairing and iconic valanced front fender.
The redesigned Chieftain lineup continues an evolution that started in 2017 with the introduction of the 10-spoke, 19-inch contrast-cut front wheel and open fender on the Chieftain Limited and Chieftain Elite. The response from customers was overwhelmingly positive, paving the way for this lineup expansion.
“As we continue to evolve the Indian Motorcycle brand, we want to expand our lineup with more aggressive style options, while still maintaining the availability of our more classic style options,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle. “What’s most important to us is developing motorcycles that meet a wide variety of customer style preferences, and Chieftain’s new look does just that.”
At first glance of the new Chieftain, riders will notice a restyled fairing and saddlebags with sharper lines and harder edges that give the bike a commanding presence and more streamlined look. A trimmed and slimmed fairing, paired with full LED lighting and new fork guards, delivers a streamlined front-end package that’s indicative of the bike’s impressive performance capabilities. The Chieftain’s new, slammed saddlebags with color-matched fender closeouts also provide a sleek and custom-inspired look. While the new Rogue gunfighter seat gives the bike a sleek, low-slung stance, Chieftain maintains its superior handling and comfort with more than four inches of rear suspension travel. New badging on the tank and saddlebags and the iconic Indian headdress on the front fender complete the package.
In addition to the styling and design enhancements, the 2019 Chieftain lineup features new ride-enhancing technology for increased performance customization and rider comfort. For a more customized ride experience, riders can now choose between three Ride Modes – Tour, Standard or Sport. The throttle map for each Ride Mode was designed with a specific application in mind, resulting in one bike with three distinct personalities. All 2019 Chieftains are also equipped with Rear Cylinder Deactivation for increased rider comfort when the bike is stationary.
Also new for 2019, the Chieftain Dark Horse lineup expands with new paint options, including White Smoke, Bronze Smoke and Thunder Black Smoke. More than just matte-finish body paint, the 2019 Chieftain Dark Horse now features premium black ceramic exhaust and gloss black finishes on the primary cover, valve covers, push-rod tubes, cam cover, and saddlebag hinges for a custom, blacked-out look.
Several enhancements have also been made to Indian Motorcycle’s stock audio system to significantly improve sound quality. First, the tweeters have been separated from the mid-range speakers to optimize sound output and clarity. Second, a dynamic equalizer that’s fully customizable now adjusts specific frequencies at different vehicle speeds to provide peak system performance at all times. As speed increases, the equalizer automatically adjusts each frequency to the optimal level to compensate for road, wind and engine noise. The result is crystal-clear, 100-watts of premium audio at all speeds.
In summary, the 2019 Chieftain lineup packs a host of new features, including:
- A restyled fairing and saddlebags that reflect Chieftain’s performance capabilities
- A new Rogue gunfighter seat that enhances the bike’s sleek profile
- New front and rear turn signals and full LED lighting
- New ride-enhancing technology that provides a customizable ride experience with three Ride Modes and Rear Cylinder Deactivation for improved rider comfort
- Enhanced stock, 100-watt premium audio system for crystal-clear sound at all speeds
Also new for 2019, Indian Motorcycle introduces its loudest audio system to date. With PowerBand™ Audio, riders can choose from audio configurations that are up to 50 percent louder than stock audio. The system is engineered with an integrated amp on speaker and does not require additional amps. The premium audio package is fully integrated with Indian Motorcyle® Ride Command® so that when PowerBand™ Audio speakers are installed, Ride Command® automatically recognizes the upgrade and takes the equalizer from five bands to nine bands with additional pre-set options and volume control. Riders can choose from three kits – PowerBand Audio™ (fairing upgrade), PowerBand™ Audio Plus (fairing and saddlebag upgrade) and PowerBand™ Audio Plus with accessory trunk (fairing, saddlebag and accessory trunk upgrade).
Riders can further customize their Chieftain with a variety of accessories, including performance packages from Stage 1, 2 and 3 featuring exhaust, air intakes, cams and the 116 ci big bore kit. Custom fit options like extended and reduced reach seats, mid-rise handlebars and reduced reach handlebars are also available. Color-matched accessories such as Hard Lower Fairings, Saddlebag Audio Lids, a Quick Release Trunk, and for the Chieftain Classic owners, a 10-spoke 19-inch contrast-cut wheel with an open fender can be added to give your bike a custom look.
Pricing for the 2019 Chieftain begins at $21,999 in the U.S. and $26,999 in Canada, while the Chieftain Dark Horse starts at $25,999 in the U.S. and $32,499 in Canada. Indian’s Chieftain Limited is available starting at $25,999 in the U.S. and $32,499 in Canada. Pricing for the Chieftain Classic begins at $24,999 in the U.S. and $31,499 in Canada.
2019 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
A restyled fairing, slammed saddlebags and a gunfighter seat deliver a streamlined, commanding presence.
Gloss Black Highlights
Gloss black finishes complement the fully blacked-out engine for a premium look.
Modern And Mean
LED lighting from nose to tail and a lowered stance complete the custom-inspired look.
Designed To Perform
The Chieftain Dark Horse combines superior power and agile handling to deliver a confident, high-performance ride.
Thunder Stroke® 111 V-Twin Engine
The blacked-out Thunder Stroke® 111 engine produces 119 ft-lbs of torque for exceptional power at low RPM and a responsive ride at any speed.
Agile Handling And Control
Combines outstanding steering geometry and a lightweight cast aluminum frame to provide responsive handling and agile cornering.
A strong, expertly designed cast aluminum frame provides confidence-inspiring stability and easy handling at all speeds.
A full suite of included technology adds customization and comfort to every ride.
High-output speakers in the fairing deliver 100-watts of crystal-clear audio. Featuring a dynamic equalizer that automatically adjusts for road, wind and engine noise.
The Chieftain Dark Horse comes standard with keyless ignition, cruise control, ABS and tire pressure monitoring.
A push-button power windshield allows you to easily change the height. Keep it low for wind in your face or raise it up to cruise in comfort.
Control Your Ride With Ride Command®
With the industry-leading Ride Command® system, you control every aspect of your ride on a glove-compatible touchscreen with an easy-to-use interface, customizable vehicle information screens and two-finger pinch-to-zoom.
2019 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $25999 – $26799 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $32499 -$32999 CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Australia MSRP Price: See Dealer for Pricing in AUS
2019 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details
Engine & Drivetrain
Bore x Stroke
3.976 in x 4.449 in (101 mm x 113 mm)
111 cu in (1,811 cc)
Electronic Fuel Injection System
Closed loop fuel injection / 54 mm bore
Thunder Stroke® 111
Split Dual Exhaust w/ Cross-over
Gear Ratio (1st)
9.403 : 1
Gear Ratio (2nd)
6.411 : 1
Gear Ratio (3rd)
4.763 : 1
Gear Ratio (4th)
3.796 : 1
Gear Ratio (5th)
3.243 : 1
Gear Ratio (6th)
2.789 : 1
119 ft-lb (161.6 Nm)
Peak Torque RPM
2.2 : 1
Gear Drive Wet Clutch
5.5 gal (20.8 L)
5.1 in (130 mm)
1,385 lb (628 kg)
54.5 in (1385 mm)
98.7 in (2,506 mm)
39.4 in (1,000 mm)
25° / 5.9 in (150 mm)
25.6 in (650 mm)
Weight (Empty Tank / Full of Fuel)
795 lb (361 kg) / 827 lb (375 kg)
65.7 in (1668 mm)
Dual 300mm floating rotors with 4-piston calipers
Single / 300 mm Floating Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper
Tires / Wheels
Dunlop® American Elite 130/60B19 61H
Cast 19 in x 3.5 in
Dunlop® Elite 3 Multi-Compound 180/60R16 80H
Cast 16 in x 5 in
Front Fork Tube Diameter
Telescopic Fork – Cartridge Type
4.7 in (120 mm)
Single Shock w/ Air adjust
4.5 in (114 mm)
Color / Graphics
Thunder Black Smoke
Fairing-mounted instrument cluster featuring analog speedometer and tachometer with fuel gauge, range, odometer and current gear. 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 MHP or km/h unit designation.
7″ Ride Command® touchscreen display with real-time 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 Status for phone and headset; Ride Mode Selection; Map/Navigation
7″ Ride Command® Touchscreen Display with Navigation; Power Windshield; Highway Bars; Vinyl Gunfighter Seat; Tire Pressure Monitoring; Remote-locking Hard Saddlebags; 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
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