Chieftain Elite with one-of-a-kind Black Hills Silver paint
Indian Motorcycle is offering another limited-edition special - a new “ultra-premium bagger”, the 2018 Chieftain Elite. The company says it “pairs custom-inspired paint that’s completed by hand with top-of-the-line amenities for the rider who demands the best of the best.”
Described as a “meticulously thought through design,” they say that “every line, texture and material complement the contours of this aggressive platform. The focal point of this bagger is the stunning specialty paint featuring high-flake Black Hills Silver. As the name suggests, this paint was inspired by the silver mines in the Black Hills of South Dakota, which is near Indian Motorcycle’s custom paint facility in Spearfish, SD.” [The former Lehman Trikes facility].
“A team of Indian Motorcycle experts mask the bodywork, lay the graphics, and hand-spray each Chieftain Elite. Each bike takes nearly 25 hours due to the time-intensive, painstaking processes that are completed by hand.”
Reid Wilson, Senior Director Marketing and Product Planning for Indian Motorcycle said: “Whether cruising around the city or touring the country backroads, the 2018 Chieftain Elite delivers on its promise of being the best bagger that money can buy. “This bike was born to turn heads and provide an unmatched riding experience with all of the premium amenities included.”
The “commanding stance” is described as being “punctuated by its 19-inch, 10-spoke, contrast-cut front wheel and marbled graphics package.” Goodies include a 200 watt premium audio system, Ride Command with seven-inch, glove-compatible touchscreen – “the largest, fastest, most customizable infotainment system on two wheels - Pathfinder LED headlight and driving lights, a push-button power flare windshield, billet aluminum Select Driver and passenger floorboards, ABS, cruise control, tire pressure monitoring, remote locking saddlebags and keyless ignition and genuine leather seats. New for this year’s Chieftain Elite are pinnacle mirrors and updated, smaller hand controls for improved ergonomics.
The engine is the 119 ft-lbs torque Thunderstroke 111. Available add-ons include the 116 ci Stage 3 Big Bore Kit that is said to add 20 percent more horsepower and 15 percent more torque.