THE BEST OF THE BEST.
2020 Indian Chieftain Elite:
The ultra-premium 2020 Chieftain Elite combines style, technology and performance, including the new Thunder Stroke 116 and Indian Motorcycle’s booming PowerBand Audio system with integrated saddlebag speakers. PowerBand Audio produces crystal-clear sound that is 50% louder than Indian Motorcycle’s stock audio system. The 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 and Select Rider Floorboards, and a Flare Windshield.
Standard amenities, include ABS, cruise control, highway bars, remote locking saddlebags, tire pressure monitoring and full LED lighting.
2020 Indian Chieftain Elite 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 Elite Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
FEATURES THE BEST OF THE BEST
From limited-edition, custom-inspired paint to upgraded 400-Watt audio, Chieftain Elite is fully loaded, and unmistakably on a level all its own.
EVERY STROKE OF PAINT, DONE BY HAND
No two bikes look the same. That’s because it takes a team of experts nearly 25 hours to complete a two-toned, candy paint design on each bike.
PREMIUM 400-WATT AUDIO
Integrated speakers in the front fairing and rear saddlebags deliver surround sound audio with crystal clarity.
PATHFINDER LED LIGHTS
Powerful LED headlight illuminates the road for safe riding, day or night.
LEGENDARY POWER. SUPERIOR TECHNOLOGY. PREMIUM STYLE
Chieftain Elite is for the rider who demands nothing but the best. That’s why legendary power, superior technology, and premium style come standard.
POWERED BY THE THUNDER STROKE 116
Our award-winning V-Twin has 126 ft-lb of torque and power to spare, in every gear.
NEW STREAMLINED LOOK
With its strong edges, slick lines, and bold and superior silhouette, the Indian Motorcycle Chieftain Elite will sure to get looks on and off the road.
LOADED WITH PREMIUM STYLE
Pinnacle mirrors, aluminum billet floorboards, Rogue two-up seats and a tinted, flare windshield come standard.
A COMMANDING PRESENCE FROM INDIAN MOTORCYCLE
With its bold, custom-inspired finishes this bike was born to turn heads.
REMOTE-LOCKING HARD SADDLEBAGS
All cargo is protected inside spacious, weatherproof saddlebags. You can lock/unlock them via a console-mounted button or with the bike’s key fob.
19” FRONT WHEEL
An open fender, inspired by the Indian Motorcycle fenders of the 1920s and 1930s, showcase a 10-spoke, precision machined wheel that completes the custom look.
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 Elite – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $34,999 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $42,999 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)
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 804 lbs (365 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
COLOR & MSRP*
Thunder Black Vivid Crystal over Wildfire Red Candy
$34,999 US / $42,999 CAN
*Does not include California emissions. Price subject to change.
2020 Indian Chieftain Elite – 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)
56.7 in (144 cm)
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)
804 lbs / 836 lbs (365 kg / 379 kg)
65.7 in (1668 mm)
Dual / 300 mm Floating Rotor / 4 Piston Caliper
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 Vivid Crystal Over Wildfire Red Candy
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).