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2021 Indian Chieftain

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2021 Indian Chieftain : THE POWER IS YOURS.

Introducing the 2021 Indian Chieftain…

Power is nothing without control. The Chieftain is expertly engineered to give you complete control for a riding experience like no other.

Chieftain exists for the riders confident in what they want – aggressive styling with proven performance. A streamlined fork-mounted fairing and slammed saddlebags frame the legendary Thunderstroke 111 engine. Standard features for Chieftain include ride-enhancing technology like ride modes and rear cylinder deactivation. It’s also equipped with seven-inch touchscreen (navigation available as upgrade), USB charging, cruise control, ABS, Metzeler® Cruisetec® tires, keyless ignition, and a push-button power windshield. For 2021, the Chieftain is available in Thunder Black.

 

 

2021 Indian Chieftain Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, announces its 2021 model-year lineup. The new lineup, which includes new model iterations, next-level technology upgrades, and a robust offering of genuine Indian Motorcycle accessories, is made available following the brand’s strongest sales quarter ever.

“We’re extremely motivated by the significant brand momentum we’re experiencing, and we’re as focused as ever to provide our riders with best-inclass products and experiences,” said Reid Wilson, Vice President of Indian Motorcycle. “Our riders are extremely discerning, with high expectations across the board and it’s incumbent upon us to stay on the cutting edge in style, performance, and technology. Our 2021 lineup additions and upgraded features are a result of the hard work and dedication we pour into every bike in the lineup.”

Developed in direct response to rider feedback, Indian Motorcycle’s 2021 enhancements and new offerings span across its Thunderstroke, PowerPlus
and Scout lineups.

 

NEW MODELS & REDESIGNS

Joining the Indian Motorcycle cruiser lineup is the new Indian Vintage Dark Horse. For riders who want timeless style with a mean attitude, the Vintage Dark Horse comes with soft black leather bags and fully blacked-out styling. Featuring significant upgrades in 2021, the Roadmaster lineup is better than ever. Apple CarPlay® is now standard across the lineup, while Roadmaster Limited and Roadmaster Dark Horse models feature Indian
Motorcycle’s all-new ClimaCommand Rogue heated and cooled seat with Ride Command integration.

Joining the Roadmaster lineup is the Roadmaster Limited, which features gloss paint, chrome finishes, a modern fairing design, open front fender
and slammed saddlebags. Meanwhile, the restyled Roadmaster Dark Horse includes fully blacked-out finishes for mean and modern attitude. Each
model is powered by Indian Motorcycle’s powerful, air-cooled Thunderstroke 116 with premium features, including Metzeler® Cruisetec® tires, lower fairings with adjustable airflow vents, heated grips and a push-button adjustable windshield. Standard amenities across the entire Roadmaster
lineup include remote-locking saddlebags and trunk with over 37 gallons of combined storage, adjustable passenger floorboards, ABS, cruise control,
keyless ignition, tire pressure monitoring and full LED lighting.

INNOVATIVE TECH
The 2021 lineup boasts new ride-enhancing technology, both as standard equipment and as an upgrade.

CLIMACOMMAND HEATED & COOLED SEAT
In addition to being standard equipment on the Roadmaster Limited and Roadmaster Dark Horse, Indian Motorcycle’s new ClimaCommand heated
and cooled seat is also available as an upgrade across all Thunderstroke models. New for 2021, the ClimaCommand seat is available in two style variations, Classic and Rogue, which has more modern, streamlined style. Additionally, the 2021 ClimaCommand seat now allows riders to adjust heating and cooling directly through the Ride Command infotainment system on select 2020 and 2021 models, offering riders a new, and easy way to manage comfort while on the road. With a low, medium, or high setting, the thermoelectric technology is used to independently cool or heat the rider and passenger seat, while a flexible graphene material allows the heating or cooling to disperse through the entire surface area of the seat. The non-perforated seat is 100% water resistant and highly durable. The ClimaCommand seat is available as an added accessory for all 2014 through 2021 Thunderstroke models, though 2020 and 2021 Chieftain and Roadmaster riders can integrate the seat within the bike’s Ride Command system.

APPLE CARPLAY®
Standard on all 2021 Roadmaster, Chieftain, and Indian Challenger models equipped with Ride Command with navigation. Apple CarPlay® delivers an easier, more customized level of control for music, navigation preferences, and mobile device information.

PATHFINDER ADAPTIVE LED HEADLIGHT & PATHFINDER S LED DRIVING LIGHTS
Available as an accessory upgrade, Indian Motorcycle introduces the all-new Pathfinder Adaptive LED Headlight for most 2015-2021 Thunderstroke models, and Pathfinder S LED Driving lights for most Chieftain, Roadmaster, and Indian Challenger models. The all-new Pathfinder Adaptive LED Headlight senses the bike’s lean angle and activates individual LED projector beams to provide unprecedented visibility. With 15 individual beams, and featuring patented, cuttingedge technology that monitors the bike’s lean angle in real-time, the Adaptive Headlight delivers unmatched illumination of the road ahead – whether upright and traveling in a straight line or leaned over to carve a turn. In addition, the Pathfinder S LED Driving Lights can be added to complement the Pathfinder Adaptive LED Headlight. With the same superior LED illumination as the Pathfinder Adaptive LED Headlight, riders will benefit with even more nighttime visibility.

Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, today announced its 2021 model-year lineup. The new lineup, which includes new model iterations, next-level technology upgrades, and a robust offering of genuine Indian Motorcycle accessories, is made available following the brand’s strongest sales quarter ever.

“We’re extremely motivated by the significant brand momentum we’re experiencing, and we’re as focused as ever to provide our riders with best-in-class products and experiences,” said Reid Wilson, Vice President of Indian Motorcycle. “Our riders are extremely discerning, with high expectations across the board and it’s incumbent upon us to stay on the cutting edge in style, performance, and technology. Our 2021 lineup additions and upgraded features are a result of the hard work and dedication we pour into every bike in the lineup.”

Developed in direct response to rider feedback, Indian Motorcycle’s 2021 enhancements and new offerings span across its Thunderstroke, PowerPlus and Scout lineups.

 

Indian Thunderstroke and PowerPlus Models                                                            

Joining the Indian Motorcycle cruiser lineup is the new Indian Vintage Dark Horse. For riders who want timeless style with a mean attitude, the Indian Vintage Dark Horse comes with soft black leather bags and fully blacked-out styling.

Featuring significant upgrades in 2021, the Roadmaster lineup is better than ever. Apple CarPlay® is now standard across the lineup, while Roadmaster Limited and Roadmaster Dark Horse models feature Indian Motorcycle’s all-new ClimaCommand Rogue heated and cooled seat with Ride Command integration.

Joining the Roadmaster lineup is the Roadmaster Limited, which features gloss paint, chrome finishes, a modern fairing design, open front fender and slammed saddlebags. Meanwhile, the restyled Roadmaster Dark Horse includes fully blacked-out finishes for mean and modern attitude. Each model is powered by Indian Motorcycle’s powerful, air-cooled Thunderstroke 116 with premium features, including Metzeler Cruisetec® tires, lower fairings with adjustable airflow vents, heated grips and a push-button adjustable windshield. Standard amenities across the entire Roadmaster lineup include remote-locking saddlebags and trunk with over 37 gallons of combined storage, adjustable passenger floorboards, ABS, cruise control, keyless ignition, tire pressure monitoring and full LED lighting.

Furthermore, the power buttons on the Chieftain, Roadmaster, Indian Springfield, and Indian Challenger models have been relocated to the switch cube on the handlebars to accommodate a new 12-volt charge port on the dash. The charge port conveniently provides riders with an opportunity to plug in and connect to a wider range of electronics.

 

Innovative Technology

The 2021 lineup boasts new ride-enhancing technology, both as standard equipment and as an upgrade.

 ClimaCommand Heated & Cooled Seat

In addition to being standard equipment on the Roadmaster Limited and Roadmaster Dark Horse, Indian Motorcycle’s new ClimaCommand heated and cooled seat is also available as an upgrade across all Thunderstroke models. New for 2021, the ClimaCommand seat is available in two style variations, Classic and Rogue, which has more modern, streamlined style. Additionally, the 2021 ClimaCommand seat now allows riders to adjust heating and cooling directly through the Ride Command infotainment system on select 2020 and 2021 models, offering riders a new, and easy way to manage comfort while on the road. With a low, medium, or high setting, the thermoelectric technology is used to independently cool or heat the rider and passenger seat, while a flexible graphene material allows the heating or cooling to disperse through the entire surface area of the seat. The non-perforated seat is 100% water resistant and highly durable. The ClimaCommand seat is available as an added accessory for all 2014 through 2021 Thunderstroke models, though 2020 and 2021 Chieftain and Roadmaster riders can integrate the seat within the bike’s Ride Command system.

Apple CarPlay®

Standard on all 2021 Roadmaster, Chieftain, and Indian Challenger models equipped with Ride Command with navigation. Apple CarPlay® delivers an easier, more customized level of control for music, navigation preferences, and mobile device information.

Pathfinder Adaptive LED Headlight & Pathfinder S LED Driving Lights

Available as an accessory upgrade, Indian Motorcycle introduces the all-new Pathfinder Adaptive LED Headlight for most 2015-2021 Thunderstroke models, and Pathfinder S LED Driving lights for most Chieftain, Roadmaster, and Indian Challenger models. The all-new Pathfinder Adaptive LED Headlight senses the bike’s lean angle and activates individual LED projector beams to provide unprecedented visibility. With 15 individual beams, and featuring patented, cutting-edge technology that monitors the bike’s lean angle in real-time, the Adaptive Headlight delivers unmatched illumination of the road ahead – whether upright and traveling in a straight line or leaned over to carve a turn. In addition, the Pathfinder S LED Driving Lights can be added to complement the Pathfinder Adaptive LED Headlight. With the same superior LED illumination as the Pathfinder Adaptive LED Headlight, riders will benefit with even more nighttime visibility.

PowerBand Audio

New for 2021, riders can now upgrade the Indian Challenger’s audio experience with PowerBand Audio quick release trunk amplified speaker kit.  When paired with PowerBand Audio Plus, this system delivers exceptional sound and clarity from high-output fairing and saddlebag speakers that are 50% louder than the Indian Challenger’s stock audio system.

 

Touring & Comfort Accessories

In 2021, Indian Challenger riders can pack for the long haul and enjoy new touring amenities. The Indian Challenger quick release trunk adds 17 gallons of additional storage. Similar to the Indian Roadmaster trunk, the Indian Challenger trunk is lockable via key fob and can fit two full-face helmets.  When paired with the Slim Trunk Passenger Backrest Pad, passengers have up to 2 inches of additional room for comfort.

For both Indian Challenger and Thunderstroke models, a new low-profile quick release padded sissy bar with low-profile passenger pad, is available to those who want added passenger comfort without sacrificing the bike’s low-profile and sleek styling.

Additionally, Indian Challenger and Thunderstroke riders can add even more wind protection with taller accessory windshield options and added comfort with an extended reach seat, infinite highway pegs and a pinnacle heel shifter. For those riding two-up, a quick release passenger sissy bar, passenger backrest pad, and passenger floorboards add passenger comfort.

For Thunderstroke models, Indian Motorcycle offers a full package of comfort and passenger accommodations, including extended reach seat, mid-rise and 16-inch ape hanger handlebars, rider and passenger back rests, color matching quick release trunk, passenger arm rests and more. Indian Challenger riders can upgrade with mid-rise handlebars, a tinted curved windshield, and front highway bars.

 

Performance Upgrades

Indian Motorcycle’s lineup of Thunderstroke performance accessories 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 Thunderstroke 111 and Thunderstroke 116. Indian Motorcycle’s stage 1 oval slip-on muffler kit and stage 1 performance air intake together increase horsepower by 4% with the Thunderstroke 111 and 8% with the Thunderstroke 116. By adding the stage 2 performance cams, riders will gain 13% more horsepower when compared to a stock Thunderstroke 111. The Thunderstroke 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 Thunderstroke 111 with its Thunderstroke 116 stage 3 big bore kit, which produces 20% more horsepower when compared to a stock Thunderstroke 111.

For Indian Challenger riders, the stage 1 slip-on muffler and PowerPlus stage 1 air intake improves sound and style.

 

 

 

 

2021 Indian Chieftain Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

THUNDERSTROKE 111 V-TWIN ENGINE
The award-winning Thunderstroke 111 produces 119 ft-lb of raw torque for passing power in every gear.

AGILE HANDLING AND CONTROL
Outstanding steering geometry and a lightweight cast aluminum frame come together to provide responsive handling and agile cornering.

TURN HEADS
Streamlined fork-mounted fairing and slammed saddlebags perfectly frame the legendary Thunderstroke engine and command attention on the road.

ALL THE STYLE. ALL THE PERFORMANCE.
The Chieftain raises the bar by combining the legendary power of the Thunderstroke 111 V-twin engine without compromising on bold styling, unique character, and quality craftsmanship.

ICONIC DESIGN
Open front fender with 19 in 10-spoke cast alloy black front wheel makes a design statement that gets noticed.

CORNER CARVING CONFIDENCE
Low seat height and ergonomically-designed controls provide a confidence-inspiring ride that appeals to riders across the board.

MODERN. MEAN.
The Chieftain’s streamlined profile is enhanced by a Rogue seat.

FORWARD THINKING
Always ahead of the curve, the Chieftain comes loaded with technology for an enhanced riding experience that’s second to none.

PREMIUM AUDIO
Hear every note with high-output speakers in the fairing that deliver 100-Watts of crystal-clear audio. And the dynamic equalizer automatically adjusts for road, wind, and engine noise.

FEATURES FOR THE WIN
The Chieftain comes standard with keyless ignition, locking saddlebags, cruise control and USB charging port.

PUSH-BUTTON POWER WINDSHIELD
With the push of a handlebar-mounted button, this flare windshield will raise or lower to your preferred position.

 

NEW ACCESSORIES
CLIMACOMMAND HEATED & COOLED SEATS
The rider and passenger both enjoy a comfortable ride in all conditions. These well-cushioned seats provide adjustable heating and cooling controls both on the side of the seat, as well as through the Ride Command display. Passenger Armrest Pads and a Trunk Backrest Pad, both with coordinated styling, are also available (each sold separately).

PATHFINDER ADAPTIVE LED HEADLIGHT
Monitors lean angle real-time to deliver optimized illumination. 15 individual beams activate as needed. Optimized lighting in both low-beam & high-beam. Reduces glare from road and directs light where you need it.

PATHFINDER S LED DRIVING LIGHTS
3.5-inch diameter. Powerful, long lasting LED lighting elements. Increases visibility of motorcycle.

LOW PROFILE QUICK RELEASE PASSENGER SISSY BAR AND BACKREST PAD
This Low Profile Quick Release Passenger Sissy Bar provides a passenger with enhanced comfort and support without diminishing the bike’s appealing style. This steel back stop provides reliable support to keep the passenger comfortably in place on the seat. With cushioned Backrest Pad options the pad design also complements the seat’s appealing style. The black vinyl cover material matches the seat covers of original equipment and accessory seats.

POWERBAND AUDIO- NEW FOR INDIAN CHALLENGER
With PowerBand Audio, riders can choose from audio configurations that are up to 50% louder than stock audio. The system is engineered with an integrated amp on each speaker (no additional amps required) and is fully integrated with Ride Command so that when PowerBand Audio speakers are installed, Ride Command automatically recognizes the upgrade and takes the equalizer from 5 bands to 9 bands with additional pre-set options and loudness control. Riders can choose between PowerBand Audio (fairing upgrade) and PowerBand Audio Plus (fairing and saddlebag upgrades).

QUICK RELEASE TRUNK FOR INDIAN CHALLENGER
Increase your storage and organize your possessions with simple-to-install trunk accessories. Each trunk has ample storage space, enough to hold two full-face helmets. These trunks feature exceptional color-matched paint options, extra comfort for a passenger and are the perfect addition to any ride and is now available for the Indian Challenger.

PERFORMANCE ACCESSORIES
Indian Motorcycle’s 2021 lineup of performance accessories for the Thunderstroke 111, Thunderstroke 116 and Powerplus significantly modify the overall look, sound, and performance of each engine. Riders will choose their performance upgrade by starting with the stock engine and pick the best stage kit that fits their riding style.

 

 

 

 

 

2021 Indian Chieftain – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $21999 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $2699 CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £  GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine & 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

Thunderstroke ®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/ 138.9 N m

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

5.1 in (130 mm)

Lean Angle

31°

Overall Height

54.5 in (1385 mm)

Overall Length

98.7 in (2,506 mm)

Overall Width

39.4 in (1,000 mm)

Rake/Trail

25° / 5.9 in (150 mm)

Seat Height

25.6 in (650 mm)

Weight (Empty Tank / Full of Fuel)

789 lbs / 821 lbs (358 kg / 372 kg)

Wheelbase

65.7 in (1668 mm)

Brakes

Front Brakes

Dual / 300 mm Floating Rotor / 4 Piston Caliper

Rear Brakes

Single / 300 mm Floating Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper

Tires / Wheels

Front Tires

Dunlop® American Elite 130/60B19 61H

Front Wheel

Cast 19 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

Factory Warranty

2 Years, Unlimited Miles

Gauges

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, battery, low fuel, security system, low engine oil pressure and MHP or km/h unit designation.

Infotainment

7″ Ride Command touchscreen display with real-time clock; ambient air temperature; heading; audio information display; vehicle trouble code readout; Vehicle Status (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.

Lights

Halogen Headlamp, LED Tail/Brake/Turn Signal

Standard Equipment

7″ Touchscreen Display; Power Windshield; Vinyl Rogue Seat; 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

 

 

 

 

2021 Indian Chieftain – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details

Engine & 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

Thunderstroke ®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/ 138.9 N m

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

5.1 in (130 mm)

Lean Angle

31°

Overall Height

54.5 in (1385 mm)

Overall Length

98.7 in (2,506 mm)

Overall Width

39.4 in (1,000 mm)

Rake/Trail

25° / 5.9 in (150 mm)

Seat Height (Laden)

25.6 in (650 mm)

Weight (Empty Tank / Full of Fuel)

789 lbs / 821 lbs (358 kg / 372 kg)

Wheelbase

65.7 in (1668 mm)

Brakes

Front Brakes

Dual / 300 mm Floating Rotor / 4 Piston Caliper

Rear Brakes

Single / 300 mm Floating Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper

Tires / Wheels

Front Tires

Dunlop® American Elite 130/60B19 61H

Front Wheel

Cast 19 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

Factory Warranty

2 Years, Unlimited Miles

Gauges

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, battery, low fuel, security system, low engine oil pressure and MHP or km/h unit designation.

Infotainment

7″ Ride Command touchscreen display with real-time clock; ambient air temperature; heading; audio information display; vehicle trouble code readout; Vehicle Status (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.

Lights

Halogen Headlamp, LED Tail/Brake/Turn Signal

Standard Equipment

7″ Touchscreen Display; Power Windshield; Vinyl Rogue Seat; 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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