Indian Chief Dark Horse – Cheap(er) and Light(er)

Indian Motorcycles has now officially unveiled the resurrected Indian Chief Dark Horse and in addition photos of the new machine they’ve released full specifications of the bike, pricing and a release date of later this month. That’s great news for Indian fans as it was expected this machine wouldn’t be seen in dealers until later this year.

Obviously the distinguishing feature for the Dark Horse is its matte black paint scheme. Other changes from the donor bike are that there’s no oil cooler, no analogue fuel gauge, passenger seat or driving lights. Those missing items have helped Indian motorcycles reduce the price to $16,999, making it the cheapest bike in the Indian Chief range.

Those changes from the Indian Chief Classic also see total weight drop by 27 pounds compared to its more expensive brother. While it means the Dark Horse is lighter, it’s still not light, weighing 341 kg without fuel or other liquids.

The Indian Chief Dark Horse still uses the same Thunder Stroke 111 engine, chassis and suspension of the Indian Chief Classic and it also retains ABS, a remote key fob for keyless ignition, electronic cruise control, and features a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty. A passenger seat plus either passenger foot-pegs or floor boards are available as part of the Genuine Indian Motorcycle Accessory line-up for those who want to ride two-up.

The 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse will be available in dealers starting mid-February and will be a featured demo bike at the annual Daytona Bike Week from March 7th – 14th. Canadian pricing was also announced at $19,799 with a release in March.


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