2020 Indian Chief Dark Horse Guide

2020 Indian Chief Dark Horse

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DARK AS THE NIGHT SKY.

2020 Indian Chief Dark Horse:

The 2020 Chief Dark Horse is defined by its matte-finish paint and contrasting gloss black details. This year’s model features a touring chassis with a touring rear air shock standard, Ride Modes and Rear Cylinder Deactivation. Other key features include ABS, cruise control, keyless ignition and unrivaled performance from the Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin engine.

Available in Thunder Black Smoke.

 

 

2020 Indian Chief Dark Horse Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

BIGGER, BETTER & BADDER – LARGER ENGINES, NEW TECH & AGGRESSIVE STYLING HIGHLIGHT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE’S 2020 THUNDER STROKE LINEUP

 MINNEAPOLIS (September 10, 2019) – Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced its 2020 Thunder Stroke lineup, packed with a host of new features and benefits. With the Thunder Stroke 116 engine now available in select models, a completely redesigned Ride Command system, and the introduction of the aggressively-styled Roadmaster Dark Horse and redesigned Springfield Dark Horse, the Indian Motorcycle 2020 Thunder Stroke lineup is bigger, better and badder than ever.

“These new features and upgrades are a result of our consistent communication with riders, listening to their feedback and incorporating it into our ongoing product development efforts,” said Reid Wilson – Vice President for Indian Motorcycle. “Today’s rider wants more power and expects cutting-edge technology. That’s exactly what we’re delivering in 2020.”

 

Thunder Stroke 116 

For the first time in the company’s history, Indian Motorcycle will offer a 116 cubic-inch Thunder Stroke engine in select models. Straight from the factory, the new 116 cubic-inch air-cooled V-twin engine features a new high-flow cylinder head that delivers class-leading performance with 126 ft-lbs of torque.  The Thunder Stroke 116 is now standard on the Springfield Dark Horse, Chieftain, Chieftain Dark Horse, Chieftain Limited, Chieftain Elite, Roadmaster and Roadmaster Dark Horse.

 

Ride Command with Connected Services

For 2020, Indian Motorcycle introduces exciting updates to their Ride Command system with Connected Services – a completely redesigned version of its industry-leading infotainment system. Still measuring seven inches, with glove-touch technology, Ride Command now features a new quad-core processor to provide the fastest infotainment experience available. New connected features include traffic and weather overlays, so riders can plan their ride to avoid traffic and poor weather conditions.

Additionally, Ride Command features intuitive destination search capabilities and improved customizable ride screens. Indian Motorcycle’s Ride Command is the industry’s largest, fastest and most-customizable infotainment system on two wheels.

 

Roadmaster Dark Horse

Drawing inspiration from the overwhelmingly successful Chieftain Dark Horse, the Roadmaster Dark Horse brings a modern and aggressive attitude to Indian Motorcycle’s premium touring motorcycle. With blacked-out finishes and just enough chrome to stand out from the 2020 lineup, the Roadmaster Dark Horse features a streamlined fairing, slammed saddlebags, 19-inch front wheel with an open fender, an extended reach rogue gunfighter seat, blacked-out engine and matte paint color schemes. Powering this mean touring machine is the Thunder Stroke 116, while premium touring amenities abound, including a touring trunk, lower fairings, heated grips and a mid-adjustable windscreen.

 

Springfield Dark Horse

Following extremely positive rider feedback from the 2020 Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Springfield Dark Horse that was launched at Daytona Bike Week, Indian Motorcycle is now offering a similar design package for the 2020 Springfield Dark Horse. While the Thunder Stroke 116 delivers unrivaled power, the bike gains an enormous level of attitude with slammed saddlebags, rogue seat, 12-inch mini apes and premium blacked-out finishes.

 

Chieftain Elite

As it has with previous iterations, the Chieftain Elite is an ultra-premium bagger – combining style, technology and performance. The 2020 Chieftain Elite packs the Thunder Stroke 116 and Indian Motorcycle’s booming PowerBand Audio Plus system with integrated fairing and saddlebag speakers. PowerBand Audio produces crystal-clear sound that is 50% louder than Indian Motorcycle’s standard audio system. The 2020 Chieftain Elite’s premium styling includes a two-tone Thunder Black Vivid Crystal over Wildfire Candy paint with matching motor highlights and badging, precision machined elite wheels, pinnacle mirrors, select rider floorboards, and a flare windshield.

Furthermore, the complete 2020 Thunder Stroke lineup features additional updates. First, the Chief Dark Horse and Chief Vintage will now share the same chassis as the Springfield and Springfield Dark Horse. The result is improved handling and an adjustable rear suspension for both Chief models. Secondly, the Springfield and Chief Dark Horse will each come standard with a 17-inch front wheel for improved stability. Lastly, the 2020 Roadmaster receives a lighter weight and redesigned trunk rack for added style.

 

Pricing and color options for each 2020 Thunder Stroke model is as follows:

  • Chief Dark Horse, starting at $18,499: Thunder Black Smoke
  • Chief Vintage, starting at $19,999: Thunder Black; Willow Green over Ivory Cream
  • Springfield, starting at $20,999: Thunder Black; Burgundy Metallic over Titanium Metallic
  • Springfield Dark Horse, starting at $22,499: Thunder Black Smoke; Sagebrush Smoke; White Smoke
  • Chieftain, starting at $21,999: Thunder Black; Titanium Smoke (with Thunder Stroke 116)
  • Chieftain Classic, starting at $25,499: Thunder Black; Deepwater Metallic over Dirt Track Tan
  • Chieftain Dark Horse, starting at $27,999: Thunder Black Smoke; Ruby Smoke; Titanium Smoke
  • Chieftain Limited, starting at $27,999: Thunder Black Pearl; Radar Blue; Thunder Black Pearl with graphics package
  • Chieftain Elite, starting at $34,999: Thunder Black Vivid Crystal over Wildfire Red Candy
  • Roadmaster Dark Horse, starting at $28,999: Thunder Black Smoke; White Smoke; Ruby Smoke
  • Roadmaster, starting at $29,999: Thunder Black; Burgundy Metallic; Pearl White over Titanium Metallic with black pinstripe; Titanium Smoke over Thunder Black Smoke with silver pinstripe

 Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 lineup of performance accessories for the Thunder Stroke 111 and Thunder Stroke 116 significantly modify the overall look, sound, and performance of each engine. The stage 1 slip-on exhaust, available in black or chrome, improves sound for both the Thunder Stroke 111 and Thunder Stroke 116. Indian Motorcycle’s new stage 1 oval slip-on muffler kit and stage 1 performance air intake together increase horsepower by 4% with the Thunder Stroke 111 and 8% with the Thunder Stroke 116. By adding the stage 2 performance cams, riders will gain 13% more horsepower when compared to a stock Thunder Stoke 111. The Thunder Stroke 116 stage 2 performance kit, which includes cams, higher flowing fuel injectors and throttle body, produce a 17% horsepower boost when paired with both Stage 1 accessories. Riders can also upgrade any Indian Motorcycle model packing the Thunder Stroke 111 with its Thunder Stroke 116 stage 3 big bore kit, which produces 20% more horsepower when compared to a stock Thunder Stroke 111.

For riders looking to add additional passenger accommodations, Indian Motorcycle offers headdress passenger floorboard pads for added cushion to combat road vibration and match the currently available headdress rider floorboard pads, 12-inch quick release passenger sissy bar and a new, more modern-styled passenger backrest pad. Additionally, Indian Motorcycle will offer 12-inch ape hanger handlebars for all Chief and Springfield models.

 

 

 

2020 Indian Chief Dark Horse Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

MAKES A STATEMENT AND BACKS IT UP
The Chief Dark Horse is pure power and one-of-a-kind style. Premium features and an aggressive, blacked-out design, makes sure it turns heads wherever it goes.

THUNDER STROKE 111 V-TWIN ENGINE
The award-winning Thunder Stroke 111 produces 119 ft-lbs of raw torque for passing power in every gear.

EXHAUST THAT ROARS
Turns heads with dual exhaust pipes that deliver a rich, throaty note.

 

CORNER CARVING POWER – CORNER CARVING HANDLING
Engineered to perform with a lightweight cast aluminum frame that delivers easy, nimble control.

 

BOLD IN BLACK
The Chief Dark Horse is pure power and one-of-a-kind style. Premium features and an aggressive, blacked-out design, makes sure it turns heads wherever it goes.

PREMIUM GLOSS BLACK FINISHES
Blacked-out from end to end, and now with premium gloss black details, the Chief Dark Horse makes an impressive statement.

CLOAKED IN BLACK
A part of Indian Motorcycle’s legacy since 1947, the iconic illuminated headdress is now blacked out.

ICONIC TANK BADGE
The smoke gray tank badge celebrates classic Indian Motorcycle styling.

 

INNOVATION IS IN ITS GENES.
The Chief Dark Horse stays true to its roots, continuing a tradition of unmistakable style and uncompromising innovation that started over a century ago.

ALL-NEW RIDE MODES – CUSTOMIZABLE RIDE
Choose between three modes — Tour, Standard, and Sport.

STOP-AND-GO WITH EASE
Rear Cylinder Deactivation automatically shuts off the rear cylinder when the bike is stopped for more comfort in slow-moving traffic. Then when you hit the throttle, the rear cylinder seamlessly kicks back up to full power.

A HIGHER STANDARD
Cruise control, internally wired handlebars, and keyless ignition so you never have to fumble for your keys again.

 

 

 

2020 Indian Chief Dark Horse – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $18,499
USD
Canada MSRP Price: $21,999 CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See Dealer for Pricing in GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

RIDE COMMAND INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM
Screen Size: 7 in
Response Time: 15 seconds from key-on
Premium Audio System: 100-Watt with AM/FM, Bluetooth® and USB input
Connected Services include traffic and weather overlays
GPS Navigation: Turn-by-turn directions, built-in points of interest
Customizable Route Builder: Add up to 100 way points

ENGINE: THUNDER STROKE 116
Engine Type 49˚ V-Twin
Transmission 6-speed/constant mesh/foot shift
Battery 12 volts / 18 amp/hour, 310 CCA
Bore x Stroke 4.063 in x 4.449 in (103.2 mm x 113 mm)
Charging System 42 amp max output
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Compression Ratio 11.0 : 1
Cooling System Air / Oil
Displacement 115 cu in / 1890 cc
Exhaust Split dual exhaust with crossover
Final Drive Belt drive, 152 tooth
Fuel Capacity 5.5 gal (20.8 ltr)
Fuel System Electronic fuel injection, closed loop/54 mm bore
Oil Capacity 6 qts (5.68 ltr)
Primary Drive Gear drive wet clutch
Torque 126 ft-lbs at 2900 rpm (168 Nm at 2800 rpm)

SUSPENSION
Front Suspension Telescopic fork, 46 mm diameter, 4.7 in (119 mm) travel
Rear Suspension Single shock 4.5 in (114 mm) travel, air adjustable

CHASSIS
Dry Weight 798 lbs (362 kg)
Ground Clearance 5.1 in (130 mm)
GVWR 1,385 lbs (628 kg)
Length 98.7 in (2506 mm)
Rake/Trail 25° / 5.9 in (150 mm)
Seat Height 25.6 in (650 mm)
Wheelbase 65.7 in (1668 mm)

BRAKES
Brake System Type Individual front and rear control with ABS
Front Braking System Dual 300 mm floating rotor with 4-piston calipers
Rear Braking System Single 300 mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper

WHEELS & TIRES
Front Tire Dunlop® American Elite, 130/60B19 61H
Front Wheel Cast 19″ x 3.5″ with tire pressure monitoring
Rear Tire Dunlop® Elite 3, 180/60R16 80H
Rear Wheel Cast 16″ x 5.0″ with tire pressure monitoring

COLORS & MSRP*
Thunder Black Smoke $27,999 US / $34,499 CAN
Ruby Smoke $28,749 US / $35,249 CAN
Titanium Smoke $28,749 US / $35,249 CAN
*Does not include California emissions. Price subject to change.

 

2020 Indian Chief Dark Horse – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details

Engine and Drivetrain

Bore x Stroke

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

Compression Ratio

9.5:1

Displacement

111 cu in (1,811 cc)

Drive/Driven Clutch

Wet, Multi-Plate

Electronic Fuel Injection System

Closed loop fuel injection / 54 mm bore

Engine Type

Thunder Stroke® 111

Exhaust

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

Peak Torque

119 ft-lb (161.6 Nm)

Peak Torque RPM

3,000 rpm

Transmission/Final Drive

2.2 : 1

Transmission/Primary Drive

Gear Drive Wet Clutch

Dimensions

Fuel Capacity

5.5 gal (20.8 L)

Ground Clearance

5.6 in (142 mm)

Lean Angle

31°

Overall Height

46.3 in (1,176 mm)

Overall Length

101.7 in (2,583 mm)

Overall Width

39.4 in (1,000 mm)

Rake/Trail

25° / 5.2 in (133 mm)

Seat Height (Laden)

26.0 in (660 mm)

Weight (Empty Tank / Full of Fuel)

736 lbs / 768 lbs (334 kg / 348 kg)

Wheelbase

67.0 in (1,701 mm)

Brakes

Front Brakes

Dual / 300 mm Floating Rotor / 4 Piston Caliper

Rear Brakes

Single / 300 mm Floating Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper

Tires and Wheels

Front Tires

Dunlop® Elite 3 130/80B17 65H

Front Wheel

Cast 17 in x 3.5 in

Rear Tires

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

Rear Wheel

Cast 16 in x 5 in

Suspension

Front Fork Tube Diameter

46 mm

Front Suspension

Telescopic Fork

Front Travel

4.7 in (119 mm)

Rear Suspension

Single Shock w/ Air adjust

Rear Travel

4.5 in (114 mm)

Features

Color / Graphics

Thunder Black Smoke

Factory Warranty

2 Years, Unlimited Miles

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

Infotainment

N/A

Lights

Halogen Headlamp, LED Tail/Brake/Turn Signal

Standard Equipment

ABS, Cruise Control, Keyless Ignition

 

 

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