FORM MEETS FUNCTION.
2020 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse:
Featuring the commanding Thunder Stroke 116, the 2020 Chieftain Dark Horse offers ride-enhancing technologies, including selectable Ride Modes, Rear Cylinder Deactivation and Ride Command. Fully blacked out exhaust and gloss black finishes on the primary cover, valve covers, push-rod tubes, cam cover, and saddlebag hinges provide a premium, custom look. Standard amenities include: ABS, cruise control, highway bars, remote locking saddlebags, tire pressure monitoring and full LED lighting. Chieftain Dark Horse is available in three paint schemes, including White Smoke, Bronze Smoke and Thunder Black Smoke.
2020 Indian Chieftain 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.
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 Chieftain Dark Horse Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
FORM MEETS FUNCTION
This bagger’s streamlined look matches its impressive performance capabilities. It’s powerful, loud, and loaded with ride-enhancing technology.
STYLED WITH AN EDGE
A sleek fairing, slammed saddlebags, and a gunfighter style Rogue seat deliver a streamlined, commanding presence.
INDIAN MOTORCYCLE RIDE COMMAND
The largest, fastest, most customizable system on two wheels, it features turn-by-turn navigation with intuitive destination search capabilities, Bluetooth connectivity, vehicle information, plus connected traffic and weather overlays to keep you on the road longer.
LED lighting from nose to tail and a lowered stance complete the custom-inspired look.
MADE TO OUTPERFORM
The Chieftain Dark Horse combines superior power and agile handling to deliver a confident, high-performance ride.
THUNDER STROKE 116 V-TWIN ENGINE
The blacked-out Thunder Stroke 116 engine produces 126 ft-lb of torque for exceptional power at low RPM and responsive ride at any speed.
AGILE HANDLING AND CONTROL
Outstanding steering geometry and a lightweight cast aluminum frame come together to provide responsive handling and agile cornering.
CORNER CARVING CONFIDENCE
A strong, expertly designed cast aluminum frame gives you confidence-inspiring stability and easy handling at all speeds.
ALL THE TECHNOLOGY YOU NEED
A full suite of the latest 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. Model shown has PowerBand Audio upgrades.
A HIGHER STANDARD
The Chieftain Dark Horse comes standard with keyless ignition, cruise control, ABS and tire pressure monitoring.
PUSH-BUTTON POWER WINDSHIELD
With the push of a handlebar-mounted button, this flare windshield will raise or lower to your preferred position.
2020 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $27,999 – $28,749 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $34,499 – $35,249 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)
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
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)
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 Chieftain Dark Horse – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details
Engine and Drivetrain
Bore x Stroke
4.063″ x 4.449″ (103.2mm x113mm)
116 cu in
Electronic Fuel Injection System
Closed loop fuel injection / 54 mm bore
Thunder Stroke® 116
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
126 ft-lb (168 Nm)
Peak Torque RPM
2.2 : 1
Gear Drive Wet Clutch
5.5 gal (20.8 L)
5.1 in (130 mm)
54.5 in (1385 mm)
98.7 in (2,506 mm)
39.4 in (1,000 mm)
25° / 5.9 in (150 mm)
Seat Height (Laden)
25.6 in (650 mm)
Weight (Empty Tank / Full of Fuel)
798 lbs / 830 lbs (362 kg / 376 kg)
65.7 in (1668 mm)
Dual 300mm floating rotors with 4-piston calipers
Single / 300 mm Floating Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper
Tires and 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
4.7 in (119 mm)
Single Shock w/ Air adjust
4.5 in (114 mm)
Color / Graphics
Thunder Black Smoke, Ruby Smoke, Titanium Smoke
2 Years, Unlimited Miles
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.
Ride Command with connected services on 2020 model year bikes includes a complimentary 2-year trial for connected features from the vehicle sales date (after which, fees apply). 7″ Ride Command® touchscreen display with real-time clock; ambient air temperature; heading; audio information display; map/navigation with real-time traffic and weather; Bluetooth status for phone and headset; vehicle status (tire pressure, voltage, engine hours, oil change); vehicle info (speed, fuel range, RPM, gear position); current ride data (distance, moving time, stop time, altitude, altitude change); trip meters; ride mode selection; screen brightness; vehicle trouble code readout.
LED Headlamp/Tail/Brake/Turn Signal
7″ Ride Command® Touchscreen Display with Navigation; Power Windshield; Highway Bars; Vinyl Rogue 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
Manufacturer Specifications and appearance are subject to change without prior notice on Total Motorcycle (TMW).