June 24, 2024

The Indian Chieftain Becomes A Dark Horse

2016 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse
Indian Motorcycle has added its Dark Horse treatment to the Chieftain

Indian Motorcycle has added a Dark Horse variant to its Chieftain model after the success of the Chief version.

The company seems to have hit on a successful formula with the Chief Dark Horse, and are hoping to have the same success with the big Chieftain bagger version.

Almost all of the chromed parts are finished in matt black paint on the Dark Horse.

The black finish has been applied to the mudguards, fairing, fuel tank and bags, the forks, mirrors, handlebars, switchgear, indicators, tank instruments, engine and airbox cover. The footboards and rear light housing are also blacked out.

That’s a lot of black!

2016 Indian Chieftain Dark HorseThe exhaust pipes are still finished in chrome and there are a few chrome highlights left on the bike on the fenders, and the fins on the engine.

Mechanically the Chieftain Dark Horse is unchanged, with its 1811cc water-cooled V-twin engine.

The Chieftain Dark Horse comes standard with a single seat and short, tinted power windscreen.

It also keeps the features of the standard model – remote-locking hard bags, ABS, electronic cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring system, audio with AM/FM and Bluetooth and a smartphone input and a remote key fob with keyless ignition.

At this stage Indian Motorcycles hasn’t confirmed availability or pricing for Australia, although it is likely to come in at a price under that of the standard Chieftain.