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Scout Sixty
Starting at $10,999 CA MSRP
2020 Indian Scout Sixty Thunder Black is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 350.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ride I purchased my 60 at the end of May and have put almost 4 thousand miles on it thus far. It has been everything I expected and more. Almost every day someone stops to chat with me about the bike and complement me on it. I was concerned about the power for two up riding, but it has been great and has plenty of power for two adults. The rear suspension could use some more travel for two up, but that would be my only feedback. Looks great and runs awesome. How much more could you ask for. Could use some more accessory offerings for it though and the name badge coming standard over the front wiring harness might help grab a few more buyers eyes.
Date published: 2016-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My White 2016 Scout Sixty I bought this White Scout Sixty last year around this time and it was the best investment I have ever made. I am 5' 11' so I purchased the extended seat and controls. The only downside is the seat don't buy the Indian seat it is uncomfortable after 1 hour, instead buy a mustang seat they are real comfortable. Other than that the bike performs great and the handling is excellent, I really do love this bike. It is not a girls bike I mean almost 1000cc and it goes fast and diffidently a mans bike. I also added the rear seat, back pad, saddlebags but bought a different windshield for it. Overall it was a great buy!
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too much fun!! Purchased my Indian Scout Sixty in late July 2016. The motorcycle is an absolute blast to ride! Don't let it's diminutive size fool you. It has plenty of power and handles easily. On the highway the bike holds its own, though I will probably be in the market for a windshield in the future. One downside is the stock seat. I found it very uncomfortable. After the initial break in period the bike developed a very small anti-freeze leak which the dealer repaired. Other than that, no issues whatsoever. IT is just too much fun!
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Bike, not really for long touring I drooled over this bike since introduction, took a demo days ride, and a year later finally traded in my Harley Fat Bob for it. It's lighter, lower, and more powerful, handles much better, and most days of the year is going to be a superior bike in nearly every way. Where does it fall short? Touring. Getting this up past 65mph on the highway and the bike doesn't ride straight as an arrow, it's whipped around easier in the wind, and takes more attention to keep it straight. Not bad on a commute or day ride, but I wouldn't want to deal with it on a long tour. Tires or suspension swap might help alleviate it, but in the meantime it's not a deal breaker since I ride it every day possible, not just for touring.
Date published: 2016-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatest bike built!! I bought this bike a month ago for my wife. She is 5'3" and she loves the balance and sportyness of the Scout. I am 6'2" and I even love riding it around when I don't feel like getting my Cheiftain out. This is not only a great starter bike but is perfect for all riders beginner or expert.
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's definitely an experience You ever just want something and don't know why? I have a lot of Harley friends and will never talk poop or fight over which is better. I've always wanted an Indian and I don't know why. I always figured that since they're collectibles, I'd never afford it. Then they rebooted them and I'm thinking, I'll never be able to afford that either....until I walked into the dealership and actually started talking numbers. I didn't intend to buy right now but I did. The dumbest thing I could do because I had a nice v-star that I was satisfied with, and it was paid off!...but you know how it is, you want something and you just have to have it. LOL I'm hardly ever impulsive but what the heart wants, the heart wants!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My first bike.... This is the first bike I have owned, and so far I am pretty happy with my purchase. My only concern is the front seems to take bumps pretty hard and bangs. For reference I am 6' and 195 so I feel pretty average size. I don't know if the springs are too much for my weight?? I find the exhaust to be way too quiet, I have already modified it with louder mufflers. The bike has attitude, why not match the exhaust tone to accent it? Overall for my first bike it seems pretty good but I have no basis for comparison.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 2017 scout I bought the bike in January and awaiting my membership packet and IMRG membership. Im in MA so the weather has been poor but did manage to get in a couple of rides. The bike rides well and true with plenty of power. I waxed the bike before riding,but simply driving on city streets I picked up a couple of paint chips on the fender so Im leery of the soft paint issues Ive read about on line. Also the horn is poor, quickly replaced with a stebel. Slip ons are next as the stock is kind of moped-like. not many OEM accessories such as a narrow tank bib. Floor boards have been on backorder. My dealer MOMs Revere MA has been great.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best custom sixty in the world!!! this should go on the Indian web site for what's possible...the dealer said "this is coolest Indian we've ever built"
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Cruiser I bought my Sixty in Sep of 2016. I have been riding for over 50 years and it ties for the motorcycles I have loved the most of over thirty motorcycles I've owned. The other bike was a 1974 Norton Commando. I bought the 60 because of LACK of stupid features on bikes today. Keep it simple! The only mod has been a performance air filter from K&N. Did that make a difference!
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 62 year old first time rider I was committed to buy American and am familiar with the Indian legacy. So, after looking at a bunch of very fine H-Ds, I chose the Indian Scout 60. To me it represented the best value comparing price, engine size, and standard features. All my H-D rider friends have been very impressed. They almost always comment on the torque - they're very impressed.
Date published: 2016-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than a Harley..Sorry Harley I traded my Ducati in for an Indian Sport Sixty. Loved my Ducati! It brought me the distance flat and fast. Then I saw the Indian Sport Sixty and fell in love with the style, balance and size. It is Now my New love, relaxed and cruising along. The Indian Is Not front heavy like the Harley cruisers and doesn't vibrate in the handle bars.
Date published: 2016-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from White Lightning! You know you made the right decision to purchase a bike when you not only can't stay off the bike because is so much fun to ride, but you find yourself going in the garage and just staring to the point that your wife starts making fun of you! Can't help it, the Scout 60 is by far one of the sweetest machines I've had, very satisfied!
Date published: 2016-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bike Custom head turner. Put a lot of work into my Scout 60 making it my own.
Date published: 2016-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what I was looking for I'm 5' 7", slight build, and had been looking for an upgrade from my Vstar 650 for about 5 years. Everything was too honkin' big and heavy (and expensive). I thought I'd never find the perfect bike for me. TaDaa! Out rolls the Indian Scout Sixty. This one was jussst right! Not too heavy, plenty of power, plenty of styling and at a great price. I always loved Indian Motorcycles but they were just too big for me. Thank you Indian for thinking of us smaller riders.
Date published: 2016-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looks good, starts, runs, fun to ride, turns heads I have always wanted an Indian Scout since I saw the Wall of Death when I was a kid back in the fifties, I'm 72 now. I am not disappointed, I have spent over a quarter of a million bucks on motorcycles in my lifetime and very grateful to finally ride a Scout. I want to thank Polaris for their vision.
Date published: 2016-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Motorcycle,Great Price,Great fun This is my second Scout,Runs good with aftermarket exhaust & intake!Great Motorcycles!
Date published: 2016-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seriously great looking and fun to ride! My first cruiser after 20 years of riding Sport/Standard bikes, most of them with larger engines. I was pleasantly surprised with the handling and power delivery of the Sixty! Great seating position - I got used to the low riding foot forward position in about 15 minutes ... I love every moment of my ride and I get compliments wherever I ride :)
Date published: 2016-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Much Fun! I purchased the Scout Sixty two weeks ago from Indian Motorcycle of Southeastern Virginia (awesome dealer experience, thank you Maria, Dave and Ed)! I was considering an Iron 883 for a first bike, but for me there was no comparison between the two. The Scout Sixty is a comfortable, easy to handle bike with plenty of power, and gorgeous styling.
Date published: 2016-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome bike for the price Was looking for something in the sportster range price wise and was sset on a Harley. After Indian announced the Scout 60 I checked one out. Its smooth. Shifts great, has a ton of power and has many ways to customize. Extra features like bigger engine, smooth ride, great display full of info, and the classic Indian style sold me.
Date published: 2016-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Bike The bike is nice. It is easy to handle. I am 5'3" and can hold the bike up easily. I did have a leaky gasket but warranty is covering that, however it does seem like it takes an unusually long amount of time to get it to the shop (could be the shop or Polaris, I'm not sure). Aside from the gasket, the bike handles well, but do to its weight, it does get a little shaky in the wind. I really like the bike itself and would recommend it to others.
Date published: 2016-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this bike! I purchased my Indian Scout Sixty at the end of February and bonded with her quickly. I've racked up 3000 miles in a little over two months and look forward to every ride. Plus, she turns a lot of heads. The dealership experience is excellent! After my purchase, I attended a Harley demo event and rode a 48. The Scout is soooo much more bike.
Date published: 2016-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love my Scout 60 I have been riding and racing bikes as long as I can remember. I have also owned everything from super sport bikes to the heaviest Harley cruiser; currently I own a Road King, a Can-Am ST spyder, and now my Scout 60. What I enjoy most about about the Scout is the clean lines, simplified style, and excellent handling (which is made better by the smooth power delivery of the stout 1000cc engine which has excellent power for what this bike is designed for). The Scout is light and easily managed by entry level riders but experienced riders will love how willing the bike is to lay into a corner and be ridden hard. I grin ear to ear every time I take it out of the garage! I only rated sound as 4/5 stars because the factory slip-ons are still very quiet but the actual exhaust note is very pleasing and I can't wait for more aftermarket exhaust options.
Date published: 2016-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Satisfied Customer I am very happy with this bike. It is quick and nimble and well balanced. With the weight being mostly at the bottom of the bike it feels very light. I have owned several bikes from Honda, Suzuki among others and this bike is my my favorite. I was also very impressed with the salesman and service at Indian Motorcycle of Southeastern Virginia, they are top notch.
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing value I bought my bike in April, it is my first proper bike (I have a 1976 yamaha trials bike at the cottage). I upgraded the seat to the 1920 style as many said the stock seat is not great. I'm glad I did it as it offers a more agressive seating postion. The bike has lots of power, shifting has become much smoother over the first 400km. It handles like a sport bike, looks amazing and stands out compared to my buddies who have Harleys (much faster as well btw). I am not crazy about the headlight - it shoud be a high output LED these days. The throttle surges in 1st and 2nd at slower speeds. Aftermarket fuel controllers apparently resolve this, but why could it not be fine-tuned from the factory? I will be adding a controller in the future. The exhaust is also big, heavy and quiet. Compared to competing brands, it could have been lighter and a bit throatier. All in all though, the bike is an amazing machine for the cost. I have no regrets buying the sixty over the bigger scout. For riding in and around Toronto, it is more than enough power and piles of fun.
Date published: 2016-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from get lots of positive comments on style Love the ride and easy handling. Trip to Cansda and 6500 miles snd 4 months later still love the bike.
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pocket Rocket I test rode this bike at the demo ride in Denton, TX. This was pound for pound the most fun and fast bike Ive ridden in years. I am astonished at this 100hp hotrod marvel of engineering. It will get your heart pumping quickly with lightening acceleration and supeeior handling. This is a must for the sportbike kids who occasionally just want to switch to mid forward controls an a more relaxed stance. You can stiill go fast jn the twisties and turns but ride all day. This is a great bike for those smaller in staure. It was fun but too small for me. I am 6ft tall' 63 years old and I was a bit cramped. I'm still more of a big cruiser guy. The women at the demo and many younger men seemed to love this. machine.
Date published: 2019-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Bike I have ever owned! Took about 20 years off from riding motorcycles after riding since a little kid on all types of bikes. Went into the dealership to check out the new Indian models and after sitting on it and taking a comfortable ride I knew this was the bike for me. I put about 1,000 miles on it in the first month and that's riding on the island of Oahu!
Date published: 2016-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scout? Exactly! In my 38 years of riding other brands my only motorcycle shirts were for Indian Motorcycles. I could have had an Indian before this year but Mid-size Cruisers (900cc-1100cc) have always suited my riding style best. When the Scouts came out my first thought was, "Exactly!". Exactly the size I ride and wearing exactly the brand that had fascinated and impressed me since my youth! It was a tough choice between the two Scouts but the extra blacked out features made the Sixty the one. My Scout is the first bike I have owned where people in traffic roll down their windows to tell me how good my bike looks. It is not just a looker either as it easily out performs any of the five previous bike I have owned. Balance, power, performance, engineering.... the Scouts have it all! For as many days as God allows me to ride, they will be on my Scout Sixty.
Date published: 2016-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing machine I am a beginner rider and desperately wanted a Scout, but with too much power, it wasn't a good starter bike for me. This new model could not have come at a better time! I have entered the Indian family on a bike that looks as good as any of its elders. I love it! Note: It's unfortunate the option of leather wrapped grips & levers is not available for this model
Date published: 2016-03-09
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Customer Reviews
Scout
Starting at $14,499 CA MSRP
2019 Indian Scout Indian Motorcycle® Red / Thunder Black (ABS) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 898.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Hoot! My 2016 Indian Scout is in one word Fun! It not only looks cool and is a real head turner, every time I stop at a gas station or store, there is always someone who is admiring the bike. It is a great conversation starter and I have met many old Indian riders curious about the new Indians. The Scout will put a smile on your face when you crank it up and ride. I find myself totally into the bike when I am riding, can't stop grinning and enjoying. It has power to spare, easy to control, you can flat foot it at stops. Indian really did it right in the design and execution of the Scout. Buy one, you won't regret it!
Date published: 2016-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lots of fun! I've had my Scout for a little over 14 months now, and it's a blast! I was surprised at how much lighter it felt than the Yamaha XSV1100 Custom I was riding since 2003, and how much more responsive it is..and all the compliments I get certainly don't hurt either!
Date published: 2016-03-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Money loser I bought my scout about five months ago.I don't like it very mutch the motor runs great but the trans is berry poor quality.I had four Harleys an three choppers and this is the worst transmission I ever had.no body sells aftermarket trans for the scout you are stuck with it I been complaining sence the first week second gear is terrible rough to say the least,the back shocks are berry cheap also.I put New mini apes on that helped and New crushed exhaust got rid of the stock junk.also put new grips the stock one's blow,and New floor boards the stock pegs are junk also should of checked this bike out more before I bought it.any body want a deal
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome bike! I wish it had a gas gauge, and more after market options, a lot of accessories have come out for the other models of indians but not this one. I have a 27" inseam and this bike is my bagger. It would be great to have the option for cruise control or heated grips and a heated seat, or at least the ability to add it if I wanted it. This is also the first bike I've had that doesn't have a neutral safety switch which is weird to me since the other bikes have it. However just because I'm short and can't get a bigger bike with more options does not mean I don't love my scout! Hopefully some after market options are available soon!
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding American cruiser I bought the 2015 Indian Scout to replace my '05 HD Sportster 1200 R. It has been a substantial upgrade in almost every way.
Date published: 2016-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Bike !!! I bought this bike on June 2nd 2017 after taking one for a test ride. I loved it and decided I had to have it. I traded in my Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic - Which was my first bike. I had it for seven years. This Indian Scout is so much better in balance and power and ride comfort. It is a rocket! I had a windshield, engine guards, floorboards, saddle bags, and stage one exhaust added to it. I Love This Bike. My face hurts from grinning so much!
Date published: 2017-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very comfortable I bought this bike as a birthday gift for my wife. Riding it home I was impressed by how comfortable the riding position was. I bought the bike because the low seat height would allow my wife to stand flat footed when she stopped. Because of this I expected the riding position to be cramped. It was anything but. Forward controls and great placement of the handlebars made for a very comfortable ride. The bike also handled very nimbly and had great power. Lots of torque, so you weren't shifting all the time. I recently bought a Roadmaster and absolutely love it. I might sneak the Scout out of the garage every once in a while just to blast around.
Date published: 2016-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible bike. I took delivery of my bike in May of 2015- one month after earning my motorcycle endorsement. In late August of 2015, after putting a few thousand miles on the bike, I embarked with a partner on a 6,500 mile trip cross country, to take place in a two week period. Though I am a beginning rider, I had no issues getting this bike to perform flawlessly; through wind, high speeds, rain, mountains, etc. This brings me to the craziest point about this bike- it's so approachable! In addition, I found it incredibly comfortable- allowing for a best of 800 miles in a single day! I had to carry a considerable amount of supplies as we primarily tent camped. I did this without issue on the Scout. When I want performance out of my Scout, I simply crank that throttle and all I want is on tap. When I want a classic American cruiser that effortlessly glides over the rolling plains, well, I have that too- and so much more. I contemplated the possibility of moving up to a larger Indian Dark Horse, but I simply would have an impossible time letting go of the Scout. I am now a few months away from my one year anniversary with the Scout. 12,000 miles later I love it even more than the day I took it home! It is truly amazing to think how this piece of machinery has so massively enriched my life.
Date published: 2016-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ride it 'cause it's fun Purchased my 2016 Scout ABS in June of that year. Includes black bags, 2-up seating and a windshield. Wonderful joy-ride machine; a feisty little mare! And she's got the stiffest of frames. Weaknesses? The suspension is too soft/short for 2-up riding. I like it just fine when I'm alone, which is 99% of the time. I'm 5'6", 180, so I love the low seat, and rolling on that throttle is a thrill! Even 2-up, she just keeps on accelerating. Another weakness is the amount of vibration in the handlebars. But she's so much fun, I can't wait for spring.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Obsessed with my new 2016 Scout ABS I'm 250 miles into my break in period, and loving every twist and turn. Great balance, just the right amount of torque at the low end and more than enough in the upper end. Great fit for my 5'6" frame and 160# due to reduced reach bars and seat. Smooth gear shifting and more use for 6th than I thought. Breaks all good and like knowing that ABS is there. I added the mid size windshield which is just enough without hurting the overall look. Also had to have the backrest and saddlebags, which have less capacity than I hoped. Suspension is a bit hard in the rear end, so I'm still figuring that out. I added Bassani two in one pipes to try to move the heat away from my right knee, but it's still very hot. Pipes sound awesome.
Date published: 2016-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A peppy fun scoot! I took a demo ride on this bike and it was a blast! I own a Chieftain, but was trying out the Scout as I looked for a short-distance commuter bike. My requirements were something small that I could ride on my short commute to and from work, about 20 miles, gas efficient, fun to ride, and a good corner carver. At 550lbs the bike was easy to hold up and maneuver. The 100hp and 72lbs of torque gave this bike all the power it needs to get you where you want to go quick and in a hurry, with great throttle response. The fact that its water-cooled is an added benefit when caught in city traffic. Overall, it a functional and fun bike that anyone would enjoy.
Date published: 2018-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sacagawea None of the fitment options are ideal (ie. Reduced/standard reach), poorly designed exhaust hot on leg at stop, transmission has a few issues with going into neutral when shifting from 5th to 6th, suspension - obviously, fuel capacity, tractor seat could use some spring and a sun/rain cover just for protecting the leather, turn signals move too much on rubber mounts, needs fork locks, needs helmet attachments, coolant level in reservoir needs better visibility (ie. Color or float...), and needs a small tool bag for under tractor seat.
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't say enough about the Scout! Got my 2018 Scout 69 on Sept. 15, 2018. It's April 8th, 2019 and I have over 7K on it! I got it with a 20" windshield, saddlebags, touring passenger seat, backrests and saddlebags. It has not let me down. It's rock solid, reliable, maneuverable, sporty, sharp-looking and classy; you'll stand out from the sea of black, "that other brand we shall not mention". I ride two-up with my wife all the time and this bike handles it perfectly. Have ridden through hilly, twisty roads and it has all the power I need. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because I wish it vibrated less at 70 MPH and above. Otherwise, I would give it 5 stars!
Date published: 2019-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Power Cruiser! Who Knew? I've had my Scout for a year and it has great performance and handling as well as being comfortable on longer trips. It even gets compliments from Harley riders. The one issue has been the less than optimal tires (switching to Michelins for this season) and front-end wobble in the wind. I had to add a steering head lock (only standard in Australia and maybe Europe) and finally found a security system that fit (Gorilla Series 9 Compact). I do miss the gear position indicator now on the 2016 model. Overall, it has been a very good bike. I also have a streetbike and a sports tourer, and the Scout holds its own despite being a cruiser.
Date published: 2016-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'd give 10 stars if I could! I've had this bike for just over a year now, after purchasing sight unseen, and I absolutely could not possibly be happier! She's got power for days and, of course, with the legendary balance she handles like second nature. At 5'1, my Harley Sporty was too tall, with a sketchy center of balance, and my Honda Shadow Aero was grossly underpowered. Indian got this one just right! As great as this bike produces and handles, it looks even better! And with the gorgeous tan genuine Indian bags, I can easily have everything I need with me. Wherever I go, bike people flock to check er out. This is truly the motorcycle I've been waiting for all my riding life! Thanks Indian! I feel like this bike was custom designed just for me!:)
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Indian scout of china My name is Yang,I from china,Indian scout is my first motocycles,I very like this motocycles
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Looks + Great Build Quality = Great Ride! Had not planned on buying a bike in the Chicago area in late Nov 2016, but when I took a test ride on a Scout from Indian Motorcycle of Libertyville, IL I knew I had to buy it. I had owned a Harley Sportster 1200 Custom previously and the Scout is superior to the Sportster in ever way. Build quality is much higher on the Scout, the engine makes way more power, the transmission is light years ahead of the Harley and the Scout handles far better. Very satisfied with my Scout as well as the attention and great deal I received from the Libertyville dealership. Can't wait for Spring so I can start putting some miles on the bike.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Niiiiiceeeee... A beautiful and (mostly) wonderfully performing motorcycle. The only knocks are that the suspension is sub-par. The fork springs are way too soft, resulting in a slight wobble at freeway speeds. The rear shocks are not much better. Once those are replaced, there isn't much to criticize. It is a bit low. If you ride twisties, you'll scrape your pegs, but NBD. It's a matter of personal preference, I suppose, but for my taste, the cans are too large. It has more than adequate power. It would be nice to have an actual fuel gauge, and the pricing on accessories is just obnoxious. they'd sell more if they priced them better and would make up the difference in volume.
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a Fun and Great Motorcycle I bought this bike last year and the experience has been amazing! I love showing it off and talking about it. It handles so well!!!
Date published: 2016-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great bike Best mid cruiser on the market. Handles great wet and dry weather. Not a fan of stock sound. The skys the limit on personal style options. This is a pass down the generations bike. Plus Indian motorcycle offers a riders group to show off and hit the high way with.
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to turn, snappy acceleration. Test rode the scout. Great turn in...It almost falls into the turn for you. Very little effort. Very easy to ride. Acceleration is great, it helps to be in the right gear...unlike the 111 engine that pulls in almost any gear. I'm 6'4" with a 34" inseam. This scout had the extended reach seat, but if it were mine, I'd get the extended reach foot controls as well. Gearbox is much better than I expected. Brakes and suspension work together flawlessly. Altogether great. I have no complaints about the bike. I just wish I were normal size..... Or that getting the proper seat and controls for my size was included in the MSRP.
Date published: 2019-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very, Very Fun Bike!! Purchased my Scout about a month ago and have grown to love it. It looks great, handles great, and the power is very pleasing. The next best thing to flying! The only criticisms I have, which are minor, are the somewhat stiff rear suspension and the "hard to read" dipstick. I'm going to try to adjust the rear shocks to soften the ride some. Suggest Indian source a dipstick that contrasts better with the color of oil. Perhaps a metal 'stick in a shade of light silver. My eyes aren't as good as they used to be. Otherwise, very happy with my purchase of the Scout, so far.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the Scout! Demo ride in Laconia: I've always loved the design of the Indian machines, the Scout and Bobber have great styling lines, Scout has a rich blue tank color, tan seats, chrome pipes, great looking machines. Comfortable setup, soft seat and gripping the bars seemed like a perfect fit to my body, easy to hop on and ride away. Nice engine sounds, great power though the gears, sporty, it was a really fun ride. I found myself saying, “I really like this bike” multiple times, it’s a machine that stood out as a one I'd like to get. (5 stars for ditching the group ride demo setup!)
Date published: 2019-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from look awesome I bought this bike last year. She has great look. But i had some problems as the clutch cable breaks and seal oil leak from the engine block.
Date published: 2016-03-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from BE AWARE THIS IS NOT A LEGIT CRUISER This bike is a mix of a sport bike - cruiser , is very unconftable in long trips for tall people , im 6''2 , and i hate it , bought a scout red over black here in monterrey mexico, on one 2 hour trip i had the worst back pain in my whole life, the bike is amazing for acceleration, handling and fuel consumption... but then again if i wanted that i would buy a sport bike , sold it ASAP after my first long trip , don't buy this thing is you are tall or want a pure cruiser , this product is for the typical sport bike guy getting transform into cruisers.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 2016 Indian scout Nice bike, but wish I would have waited for the 2017. The 2017 has better suspension and a tighter turning radius. The stock seat is like riding on a wooden plank, but a $275 mustang seat will allow you to ride for 250 miles instead of 25. If you're 150 pounds or less and want a light fast machine for short rides there is nothing better out there. If you're over 150 pounds and want to travel, plan to spend $2000 on a new seat, tires that don't suck in the rain, and front and rear suspension upgrades, or just buy a chief, because sooner or later you'll want to upgrade to one anyhow
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Middle Age Man's Crotch Rocket I took my bike home with a set of Vance & Hines Grenade exhaust installed and it was transformed into a rocket on 2 wheels. This thing is soooo fast and handles like a charm. By far the best street bike I've ever owned and the best looking.
Date published: 2016-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just a great Motorcycle. I only have 500 miles and own two scouts. The fit/finish and quality is amazing. I have had zero issues so far. Powerful, great sound, stiff ride, all metal construction. My only complaints are no place for registration storage and a pain to check the oil. . It is also easy to ride and my wife has one as a new rider. too. The power is amazing and this thing hauls if you want it too. Frankly I have not been over 4K RPM and that is when it comes alive. She learned very fast and the narrow stature makes it easy to learn. I have considered a larger bike, but the Scout fits my needs. It is a real head turner too. Get ready to be stopped a lot and asked about it. Finally, the redfire color is amazing. It is pure red with no sun and a glowing golden red when the sun hits it. My wifes is Indian red and it's nice, but the pop of the pearl in the redfire is great.
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Needs a few adjustments Upon riding for 2 weeks I realized a few misgivings. 1. The Kenda tires didn't exactly instill confidence. Replaced with Michelin Commanders. 2. Front spring rate was very soft. Replaced with new springs and emulators from Race Tech. 3. Although the saddle is beautiful it had to be replace because of pressure points on my tail bone.
Date published: 2016-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feisty little mare I bought my 2016 Scout-ABS in early June; a fabulous machine. She's a feisty little mare, an eager little hot rod. I've ridden nearly every day since, mostly to/from work. And I also go out for 20-40 mile joy rides, and sometimes take my wife for a ride. [I outfitted the Scout with saddlebags, passenger pegs and seat, sissy-bar/luggage rack and a short windshield]. Roll on the throttle and her speed/rpm just keep on climbing. Sweet! She's perfectly balanced and the frame has more stiffness than any cycle I've ever ridden; rock solid. If you want to ride 2-up most of the time, this is not the motorcycle for you. But the Scout is fun; you just want to go out riding solo.
Date published: 2016-10-05
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Indian Scout 100th Anniversary
Starting at $19,499 CA MSRP

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Scout Bobber
Starting at $13,999 CA MSRP
2019 Indian Scout Bobber Thunder Black is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 181.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best bike I ever owned Bought the bobber in February. It was the best decision I ever made to sell my Harley and buy a Indian. Bike is so smooth, plenty of power and incredibly good looking. Im 6'4" and after I installed the extended reach controls and the mini apes I fit perfect. The only complaint I have is the seat. After a hour the seat is extremely uncomfortable.
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from forward controls and handlebars a problem. I rode the Bobber for a full 20 minutes in mild winding road conditions. After 20 minutes, my shoulders were killing me due to the forward reach and the in ability to scoot forward on the seat. The seat was too far back for my 5'-6" frame. And the lack of a wind screen made the wind at 50 mph tried to push me off the bike; making more strain on my shoulders. I ride a 750 Magna with the footpegs under me and the forward controls were foreign and very uncomfortable. Although I love Polaris bikes, this is not the model for me The Scout is a much more comfortable bike and would be great with a wind screen, foot controls under my hip and a throttle lock.
Date published: 2019-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from That darn seat!! I bought this bike about 6 months ago. From the very first ride home from the dealer, people were stopping me to ask about my bike. As other reviews have stated, it starts a lot of conversations. This bike has great power and looks. The only problem for me is the seat. After about an hour or two, my butt is cramped up and I can't wait to get home. There are after market seats available but they are expensive and the prices are rising fast. I suppose if Indian does not have alternative seat, I'll have to spend the money. After all, what's the use of having such a cool bike if I cant ride it.
Date published: 2019-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Demo Days Rider 8-30-19 Thunder White Smoke little bobber!! If you haven't had the joy of riding a Scout Bobber,Your missing out. My 2nd year riding in a Demo days and rode a lot more bikes this time. Springfield, FTR1200,Scout Bobber, Scout and Cheiftain.This bike I rode twice. Like them that much. These little bobbers are so agile and a complete BLAST to ride. Great power and handling. If my son ever starts riding(He wants too learn), Gonna make him buy one of these just so I can ride it too. ONLY reason I have a regular Scout is its 2-up, Which I need for the wife to ride with me. Only fault the bobber has is the seat is not as cushy as the regular Scout.
Date published: 2019-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bike! My wife & I bought 2 Scouts this past February from Paul Blouin’s in Augusta, Maine. I love my bobber, smoke black, changed the exhaust to rinehart, & solo pan seat. My wife bought a Scout add bags & a windshield to hers. She loves the bike how it handles, ride & weight. I love the Bobber, performance, handling, & ride is awesome. Nice weight to handle too. Will extent the controls. And the exhaust sounds better than HD. We have owned Softails, Street Glide, Heritage, Electra Glide & Road King and I have to say this is the best bike I have owned, its not a touring bike but to ride on back roads, around town & to put 200 miles on a day it is great. I test rode all the Indians and went back to the Scout. Suits my needs well. Our dealership is great too.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unreal appearance! Bought my Bobber in October and absolutely love it. I get compliments every time I ride it. The only thing I have been frustrated with is the difficulty in customizing it, which was a large part of the marketing for it. I just got the 10” apes and brake lines, and was never told I’d need new mirrors and grips. Haven’t exactly been pointed in the right direction for what mirrors and grips will work with the new handlebars.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasantly Surprised HD Rider for Decades, never even considered an Indian. Caught in a YouTube Vortex and found the Scout Bobber. Test Rode the next day......and rode it home. Wild little Motor that REALLY comes to life over 5K in the Revs (odd for a twin) and goes to about 8K. That 100HP comes out up top and the 72 FPT gets it moving from a stop nicely. Love this little ripper and could not be happier.......Full Exhaust goes on tomorrow :-)
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Less is more I took part in a demo ride. I really enjoyed this bike. It is obviously not meant for touring. It is a very cool looking bare bones ride. It was easy riding. Had plenty of power when needed and easy to also just take it easy and cruise. The weight is low on the frame which I think makes cornering even easier. May not be as comfortable for a tall rider but easy to fix with mini ape handle bars. I would also recommend upgrading the exhaust. Indian offers affordable upgrades.
Date published: 2017-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sexy in black, scratch that...plain sexy I bought this motorcycle at the end of September and I took my time making sure that I had the right experiences to make sure I gave the right review. First of all, as the title alludes, this bike is sexy. It gets looks everywhere. I've been stalked in Starbucks locations across the state. "Hey..is that your bike out there?" A long conversation usually ensues. Most common of the queries are from true motorcycle enthusiasts whom usually own Harleys. This bike gets looks, even from devoted fans of other brands. Lets talk positives. First of all, the reports of the engine being a beast are spot on. I do not find myself regretting this, in fact, a Scout 60 bobber would still be a sexy sexy beast if they ever came up with one. Just saying, but I am glad it came with the 69 because my riding style is all about fast accelleration then cruising at speed. This thing flies (when you let it). One time at a stoplight I accidentally let it rip a bit too hard, I think it was a "lean back and the grip rolled with it" kinda moment and had an instant torque yank that set be back in the saddle as far as my arms would let me. It startled me a bit, but I recovered. This isn't a toy. I have always wanted a power commander, so I bought one. Did it need more power, no. But I got one with the stock pipes just in case I wanted to change things up. I must say, throttle response and as far as I can tell thus far, fuel mileage has improved. Jury still out on mpg but the quality of the bike on a power commander is worth considering even if on stock pipes. I was worried about cornering. Fat tires, heavier and lower suspension bike than I have ever previously owned had me babying it. After a few rides, I realized that the only thing holding me back was me. I dont lay into turns or scrape pegs, but I do accelerate into turns and roll it over as much as I have on previous bikes. The mirror placement is perfect (upright) for me. I cannot see myself, as cool as it would look, putting the mirrors down. As far as ride quality, well, no bike is perfect. My riding style is more of a short cruise variety. My typical rides are around 30-50 miles around the "island" (I am in Hawaii). Occasionally I hit 70+ miles but that's the exception not the rule. I also do a lot of point to point riding on this bike, just getting around. Going to to the movies, coffee, dinner, meet friends in town. From literature, it appears that my type of riding is exactly the market, as far as riding style, they were looking for. However, I think they sucked it down just a tad to far in the comfort vs. look/cost tradeoffs. Perhaps others are fine with it, and generally I am the type of rider that adjusts me before I adjust the bike as I figure the engineers know better. But his being my 4th bike, 2nd brand new, i was disappointed in how uncomfortable the bike was off the floor. Almost from the first ride, I realized I needed to make some adjustments. First step was preload. That made a huge difference. I think many dealerships overlook this step, but when you buy it, have the dealership adjust the preload IMMEDIATELY for your use. That did not occur, perhaps because the shop was closed by the time my transaction was completed, but it didn't get done and the ride home was a bull ride. This is extremely important as we will discuss in the next section. The suspension system, although an improvement over the standard scout previous models, still is sub par (being kind). If your municipality is full of horrific rough roads as mine is, please do yourself a favor and plan to upgrade suspension from the get-go. The preload helped a ton, but occasionally there's a spine jarring bump that made me question my choice of bikes. Proper preload helps, I cannot stress this enough, but I will be investing in a better suspension system as soon as enough reviews come out to distinguish which will best fit my needs. The seat is uncomfortable. I struggle with this the most because that's possibly the most iconic eye catching item on this bike (aside from the bar end mirrors). The seat sets it apart from other Scout models and i fell in love with it at first sight. However, its not built for long rides. Can I make do with this seat, yeah. absolutely, But if you tend to sit on your bike longer than I do, you will definitely be looking for other options in this area. In this, every professional review I read on this seat was spot on. Best for tooling around town, not so much for long cruises. Indian, you should put together a "Bobber Pro" model with better brakes, shocks, and seat. I would have bought it in a heartbeat.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from bad rear shocks rear facory shocks are horrible. im 6'1 237 lbs, and they bottom out even on smallest bumps.,now i see fox makes shocks for the rear, sold by indian, to help take care of this problem, why didnt they just put the fox shocks on to start with.. the way the bike is now its unbearable to ride..so my bike just sits till i have 900.00 dollars for the new shocks
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real head turner. I purchased this bike last spring after seeing it online. It's one of those bikes that the second you see it you know you just have to have it. The matted out look is definitely for me and adds tremendously to the attitude of the machine. The performance is superb and meets all my needs. This bike gets looks from bikers and public alike. Best purchase I have made in a long time!
Date published: 2018-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice throttle response Nice looking bike. I ride a scout sixty, like them both. I felt myself leaning over the gas tank just slightly. A different type handle bars May be more comfortable.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun/style/quality Great bike. Fun to ride and has great power. The fit and finish is quality. The sound stock is too quiet, but a stage 1 or Maverick Crushers fix that. The suspension is good out front but the rear is a bit harsh, feels well planted though. Plenty of aftermarket and factory accessories to make it your own. I've had fun doing that. Only wishes are: -fuel gauge -cruise control -factory fly screen for Bobber
Date published: 2019-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing I bought this bike a week ago at Ohio Valley Indian, in Mineral Wells, WV. Have ridden it every opportunity since. I had been in contact with the dealership for several months prior to my purchase, and the staff were great to deal with. Sales floor was immaculate. About the bike. It rides great, a little rough, but that was expected. Very clickable. A monstrous amount of power. The factory exhaust sounded very anemic, not fitting for such a powerhouse of a bike. I upgraded to crusher maverick slip-on, and do not regret it. It sounds perfect now, maybe on the loud side, but the tone is perfect. Brakes are very responsive. Transmission is smooth. Clutch feels great. Paint, and fit of the bike are perfect. Overall, I wouldn't hesitate recommend this bike to anyone! It is just that good!
Date published: 2019-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slick design Indian did a great job putting this together. I added the bars and seat.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Demo rider June 29th and 30th. WOW!! First impression riding this is SOLID and feels to be quality built. I believe this had the Stage 1 kit factory installed on it.Sticker on tank said so.This Red and Black beauty was a dream to ride.Wish the Scout base felt solid like this too,Unfortunately it didn't. This bike has that "GET IT BOY" response that reminds me of a Sport bike I used to have.The torque will pull you back in the seat. The only cons are, Again ,Stock seat could be more comfortable and I need a 2 up for my wife to ride with me.Indian-PLEASE make this in a 2 up model in Jade Green.Thanks!!!
Date published: 2018-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sits nice, fast, handles good. Smooth transmission Test rode today, part of a group ride at the dealership. Overall, satisfied. The turn signals and display buttons are quite small especially when wearing gloves which I do. Handle bars / grips are small diameter which is a little different for me as well.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This bike hits everything right on target, except one thing, so far... Performance, looks, price, cost to maintain: excellent. Only thing lacking with the bike is the seat. I can only stand the stock seat for about 30 miles at a time before I start losing feeling in parts of my body. Yes, the parts that just came to your mind are what I'm talking about, among others. Currently I'm justifying to my wife the need for a $300 to $500 replacement because, "The stock seat feels like someone strapped a $5 baseball glove on a cinder block." I'm like 5'11" 3/4, and weigh 200lbs. Other than that, I had a couple questions about the bike's matte finish, someone in customer service was supposed to reach out, but no one ever did. This is a review about the bike, though, and this bike is a lot of fun. I'm a very happy first time Indian-owner.
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great motor! Great fit & finish! Stiff ride As a very happy owner of a 2015 Roadmaster with just shy of 20k miles, we recently took advantage of the Indian Test Ride at our local WI dealer to check out the Scout Bobber as a new addition to our garage. I was very impressed with the overall look of the 2018 bike. Fit & finish is top-notch. Motor is just fantastic! Clutching and shifting is smooth and effortless. Very smooth throttle response as the bike gains RPMs from idle up to around 3000, which is where it really starts to sing! Ride is a little stiff and would look to soften it up if possible and would probably change out bars to accommodate a taller rider (6-1"). The Scout Bobber is definitely in the running for that spot in the garage next to our Roadmaster.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bike Bought this bike in October the only day I regret it are days the snow and cold won't let me ride it.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Motor The Bobber has a great motor, but nothing else about the bike stood out to me. BUT you could take this platform and build a performance cruiser that would lure some 30/40 year olds off their sport bikes and on to something more comfortable Mid controls, dual front brakes, standard riding position is all you would need. an "R" version with adjustable suspension would sell too. I don't why manufacturers think that a power cruiser won't sell. There are plenty of riders out here who are waiting for a good one!!
Date published: 2019-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Put Springs under the Solo Saddle I tried a bobber today. It was equipped the way I would order one: solo saddle, extended reach controls, 10" apes. Lots of power, handling is superb, it's nimble, and feels light on it's feet (I normally ride a Springfield). Brakes are excellent, and, in this configuration, ergonomics are great for my 6 foot height. I have only one complaint: put some springs under that solo saddle to take the kick out of the bumps. It's like riding a rocket powered block of concrete. I could see even some neoprene bumpers under the saddle making a difference.
Date published: 2019-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Ride! I have been looking at this bike (Bobber) on line and went to Indian of Monmouth in Neptune when the demo truck arrived. I took the Demo ride which was not just a cheese ride around the.block, but rather a decent 20 min ride which was on the highway, and with a group. I loved the bike ride. The Bobber handles well and has plenty of power. I would strongly recommend test riding it and decide for yourself. As for me i'm sold!
Date published: 2018-10-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Seat like a cinder block I wanted to ride a touring model but the wait was to long so I tried the Scout Bobber. My back still aches two days later. No spring in seat whatsoever. Hit a bump in the road and you're thrown several inches up out of the seat which could cause lose of control, not to mention like getting punched in the kidneys. I've ridden ridged frame bikes that were less harsh. When I mentioned this to sales rep he couldn't agree more with my riding impression. Other than a cruise around the block, I don't see many that would be up for any distance on this model.
Date published: 2019-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome power Really enjoyed the engine I think most of all. Bike loved to rev and was exstreamly smooth. I would definitely change the seat as it was pretty hard to keep my butt from sliding off the back under hard acceleration but that’s a good problem to have. I do wish they had an analog tachometer and digital speedo. The small digital screen is hard to read as the RPM’s are climbing. Other then that loved the bike.
Date published: 2019-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great engine! Regardless what gear you are in the Scout pulls hard. The throttle is like a rheostat....just dial on more power. Brakes are adequate, an additional disc would make them great but esthetics would suffer. The seat is a medieval torture device especially when mated with the forward mounted foot controls. But to be fair this is bike to be seen on not to take part in Iron Butt rallies. Seat height is low and will appeal to even the most vertically challenged. The clutch engages smoothly and the tranny requires only a light touch to change gears. Handling is what you’d expect from this type of bike...it’s no sport bike but when you bend it into a corner it’s stable and predictable. Ground clearance isn’t great but this won’t be a problem for most riders. The exhaust note is quite pleasant. Seating ergonomics aside, I enjoyed my ride on this bike. The engine is definitely the highlight.
Date published: 2019-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feels much lighter than it actually is I test drove the Scout Bobber from the Indian demo truck, because this is the one that I've had my eye on. It has nice low end power and is a fun bike to ride. The available colors are great, as well as the list of available add-ons. The bike was really smooth, and one of the first things that I noticed was that the mirrors were very usable and I didn't notice much vibration at all in them. I normally ride super sports and wanted to say that this is one of the best feeling cruiser style motorcycles that I have ever ridden.
Date published: 2018-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing bike but... I’ve been on a Kawasaki Ninja 300 for almost 2 years and I’m ready to upgrade to a cruiser like bike. This is a big contender for me. Saw Indian at americase this past weekend and decided to give a demo a shot. AMAZING BIKE AND SUPER COMFY AND LOTS OF POWER AND GOOD LOOKS! Personally, I felt the prices for the bobber are a little much, with add on features and everything come out to almost 16k! Need something comfy for the lady too. We tried a scout 60 and she said lots of vibrations. Need to look more into it...
Date published: 2019-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost there I bought a 2019 in February and put RSD mids, exhaust, speedo relo, pro-taper bars, and a Mustang seat on it. The motor is ridiculously good. Indian should do better with the stock saddle and the rear shocks are mediocre at best. The rest is all good. Mine is matte black and is my city bike.
Date published: 2019-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sore bottom I bought my bobber in july last year...it should have come with a disclaimer regarding going long distance. I can only ride it for about 100 miles before i have to get off and walk around...luckily thats close to me running out of gas, so it works out in a sore butt kinda way.
Date published: 2019-03-30
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Indian Vintage
Starting at $23,999 CA MSRP
2019 Indian Chief Vintage Thunder Black is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 547.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Got a second Indian to put on a sidecar Actually just bought my 3rd Indian. My first is a '46 Chief I'll have forever. Tried a new Indian while at Sturgis in 2013, came home, sold my H-D and ordered a Chieftain. Much better handling and smoother than my old bike plus noticeably better low speed balance. My wife can't ride on the back so I recently bought a Vintage in Willow green and creme. The bike is different but just as good as my Chieftain. After 700 break-in miles I put on a matching Hannigan sidecar. The power and great brakes on the Vintage made it a natural for the hack. The only problem I have is getting away from people when I make a stop. Even before the sidecar more people flocked to this bike than even my '46. The pros are many and I don't have any cons.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love the engine... I've had my Vintage for 5 months now, and have had zero issues...I've yet to find anything I don't like about it. One surprise feature that I had not even considered when I purchased it was it's VERSATILITY. I didn't realize how much I would employ the quick release features of the bags, luggage rack/back support and windscreen. I can quickly adapt to changes in weather, mood, and intended use. Possibly the greatest feature is what it DOESN'T have: vibration! I salute the engineers that designed the Thunderstroke 111, I am continually amazed at how smooth and well mannered the bike is!
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bike love it We were on vacation this year in the black hills the week before Sturgis and were looking at all the bikes and were at the Indian dealer looking around we have been talking about getting a bike but they all look the same my wife saw this 2014 Vintage and loved it from the start, so we made a deal and took it home with us, been a great bike no issues and turns heads, a lot a people ride bikes at work and my Indian stands out, everyone loves it.
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my BIKE!!! I bought my MINT GREEN and Ivory Cream Chief Vintage in April of 2015 and have had nothing but great riding with it. I added some pipes, air filter and some bing to it and it's AWESOME!!! The only low point is; I bought the tan leather handlebar bag from the Indian site at a reduced price. It WAS NOT mark as the 2014 tan leather dye that was of poor quality and turns "green." I will have to purchase new bag and am out the money for the first one. Also I purchased the seat backrest and instead of flipping the flap up on the back of the seat to insert the rest, I cut a slit in the flap to slip the bracket through. This keeps the flap down and doesn't allow water or dirt inside the seat.
Date published: 2016-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2015 Indian Vintage Bought the bike in November 2015. The extra incentives being in law enforcement and it being an end of the year purchase helped make my decision. I had done my research and albeit I have never owned a Cruiser before when I saw the Vintage I KNEW that was the bike for me. Plus my wife loved it :) Was able to put 9000 miles on it the first year and can say without any reservations this is a Great Bike. I was and still am impressed every time I ride it. The Fit, Finesse, and Features always draws a crowd. I feel like a PR guy for Indian at times. The motor is STRONG and the Ride is excellent. It is my go to bike every time.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10,000 miles Bought my Vintage from the Coral Indian dealer in Florida back in April. In November I hit the magic 10,000 mile odometer mark. I love this bike, on the open highway nothing comes close to it. The big windshield protects me and the huge saddle keeps me comfy. After 31 years on the other brand I can honestly say that making the switch to Indian was a snap. If you haven't rode one, do so soon.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Head turner I bought the 2014 Chief Vintage new in July 2014. With in 6 months the leather had faded to green and I keep the bike in a garage when I am not riding. Nothing can be done by Indian, this is NOT their problem it is mine. The bike runs and rides great but I am very disappointed with the response from Indian. I know everyone who bought a 2014 with tan leather has gone through the same thing.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vintage Journey I can't believe it's been a year since I bought this bike. Everywhere I travel people compliment the beauty of this bike. I have never rode such an amazing bike before and I'm happy to say it's all mine.
Date published: 2016-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love my Indian I bought my Vintage June 2017. By September I had over 8500 miles on it. I had not ridden in over 30 years when I decided to try to get back into riding. I bought my Vintage because I liked the nostalgic look and feel of it. After 30 years of not riding it took about a week to get use to it and to feel more comfortable on it. This bike continually turns heads while I’m riding. No matter, from teenagers to retired, the response is the same.....”Hey! Nice looking bike!” I went on a trip with friends from MN thru SD to WY & MT. Went thru the Big Horn Mtns and up Bear Tooth Pass and found that it handled extremely well on the 2 lane and 4 lane highways and up the switchback turns in the mountains. It was totally awesome! When we would stop in a town or small city I would have to answer questions for at least 10 minutes when people saw that it was an Indian and they would then relate their stories of when they use to ride......It was great. This was the best investment I’ve made in years......this is my stress reliever.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rides Like a Dream! I bought my 2015 Unpainted Vintage two years ago, I also had a Suzuki & a Harley at the time. I sold the Suzuki right after and rode both the Vintage and Harley for about a year, then sold the Harley. I really like the Indain on the highway and the engine has NEVER missed a beat and from start to finish! I really like "Chief" and have ridden all over Texas. If I buy another bike, it will definitely be an Indian! Also, Lone Star Indian has been a great sponsor for our IMRG Chapter. Thanks for making some beautiful, dependable bikes.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark and Strong I've been a Harley-guy since my dad and I put together a 1970 65cc Leggero H-D that he brought home in a bushel basket. After "trading up" for the past 20 years, I'm now the proud owner of a 2013 CVO Breakout, but the wife insisted on a more comfortable passenger seat for our trips to Daytona and Key West. We rolled into the local Indian dealership and was absolutely "hooked" after the demo ride! My dream garage is now complete with TWO Harleys, my Indian Chief and... yes... even a Ducati Diavel Titanium. God has truly blessed me!!
Date published: 2016-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty happy with it Traded in a 2016 scout for this. The vintage is far more comfortable for long days in the saddle so far. But I bought it so late in the year, I don't think I've put enough miles on to give it a unequivocal thumbs up yet. the fit/finish seem top notch, but the accessory pricing is nuts, I'm far more used to lighter, sportier bikes, so the handling and engine still seem almost ponderous to me. Not to say I haven't enjoyed my seat time so far. it's just very different than what I'm used to. But if I wanted what I was used to, I wouldn't have bought this bike. But at least for me, this is much better bike than the Scout was.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet Ride I have had the bike for two months and 500 miles and so far I could not be happier. Great power and cruising comfort. Definitely a head-turner wherever you go.
Date published: 2016-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dream Ride and Twigg Cycles Hagerstown! Keith at Twigg Cycles hooked me up with this new 2016 Indian Vintage! Indian pulled out all the stops on the Chief Series of Bikes and they have a model with options to suit any rider! Personally I like the Vintage but the new Springfield is a really nice bagger with all the bells and whistles too! Watch out HD.... Indians are coming to town!!!
Date published: 2016-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Total Package-Looks, Power and Performance Traded my Road Glide Ultra for the Indian Vintage and have never looked back. The dealer tricked it out with stage 1 exhaust with fishtails, hp air filter, stage 2 cams, billet rider and passenger floorboards and storage bags.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great bike Rides really great plenty of power and smooth. Last Nov the dealer gave me a poster of the bike for my desk. Two days before Christmas my wife said"if you really want that Indian go get it'" and the rest is history! With the stage one exhaust and intake it sounds really good not too loud. The styling and leather attract attention just about everywhere. Leave extra time to gas up cause people will come over and ask questions. And yes the white walls are a pain to keep clean, but worth it. I've been riding since 1967 and this is the first new bike for me, what a beauty. When setting at idle I don't need to keep revving the engine to see out of my mirrors, cause the 111 doesn't shake itself to pieces like some other brand!
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Instant Classic Was visiting Chattanooga TN and spotted a dealership. Drove in - test rode the Chieftan and was sold on the spot. Bought it and had it shipped to NY where I live. That alone should tell you something about this bike.The bike is the perfect blend of style and engineering excellence. Surprisingly well-balanced for a heavy ride. The power bands are smooth and the engine/tranny are responsive and well-matched. Handles better than bikes weighing 100lbs less. I still ride my HDs but the Indian is always my go-to ride. Once I'm on - it's hard to leave it.
Date published: 2016-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Motorcycle I Ever Owned I first saw this bike in Sturgis in 2014 at the Indian display and instantly fell in love with it. I knew the next time I bought a bike it would be an Indian Chief Vintage. In February 2016 I retired after 42 years at an engineering firm. I started looking at used Indians but didn't find anything close to central New York or for a good price so I decided to buy myself a 2016 model as a retirement present. I've loved everything about it ever since.
Date published: 2016-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love my Indian I bought a 2015 Harley Fat Boy Lo as my first bike, and I wish I had waited. My experiences with Harley in the year that I had it, was not the experience any bike owner should have. When I went to the Indian of Albuquerque, I had the most friendly and best experience ever. Not only were they nice before the purchase but even more welcoming after. I wouldn't trade my Vintage for anything.
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deffinately an eye catcher The bike is all I hoped it would be. rides like a dream, fuel economy is well within the acceptable range, the red over ivory colour with the tan saddlebags make it a site to behold, more power than I know what to do with and a comfortable ride to boot! What I don't like is the engine noise (same as on my previous Suzuki) makes it sound cheap, also the instrumentation lighting, the red lights distort the numbers on the gauges, makes it hard to see the speedometer and clock. If I knew this ahead of time, I would still purchase the same bike!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the bike! I bought my Chief Vintage in Jan. '15,but had to wait 'till almost May to get it. Since then, I've put almost 12K on it, a stage 1, and absolutely love the bike. It's a Cadillac; more comfortable than any other bike I've ridden. It's taken me a little while to get used to the valve noise, but that's normal. About the only thing I don't like is the belt has a persistent squeak to it. A little dish soap takes care of that as the belt appears to be tracking correctly. The bike is comfortable, handles well, gets decent mileage, (@ 42mpg), goes well, and draws a LOT of eyes!
Date published: 2016-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Motorcycle with Classic looks. I bought my 2015 Chief Vintage about 10 months ago. I was looking to buy either the Chief or the 2015 Roadking. After riding the Chief at a demo event, I pretty much had already made my decision about which bike to buy. The Chief line up overall appeals to me more than most motorcycles on the market. The only downside to my purchase is that some accessories and or options seemed to have been an after-thought and rushed into production without too much attention to quality and detail. Not a deal breaker, but the fact that 95% of the motorcycle is top notch, there are area's that make you say, now why in the "H" did they do that? The other thing that I feel really needs to be re-visited is Indian/Polaris' need to gouge customers with their "Nostalgic Pricing". Their prices for accessories are, well, RIDICULUS! This stuff isn't New Old Stock guys, c'mon! The prices on the bikes are great compared to the competition, but the accessories prices are INSANE! I guess that's how Indian/Polaris plans on making up for great prices on their bikes. Ten months so far and 6600 miles. Bike still feels great and looks awesome, but I have not bought a single accessory from Indian/Polaris to date. Still, I love this bike.
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rides Like a Cloud Best bike I have ever owned. Smooth ride and handles beautifully
Date published: 2016-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bike, Easy to Handle I bought this bike about a month ago. I already have put 2, 238 miles on it. As you can tell I bought the bike to ride not to just look good even though it does. Everyone who see' s it makes a comment. My riding brothers have Harley's and Goldwings, which are beautiful bikes, but my Indian Chief Vintage gets all the attention and comments. People seem to be attracted to my Indian. I love the bike and everything about it, somuch that I sold my Harley.
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One great bike I love my Indian Chief vantage it's a Awesome bike if you can get one I'd get one you want be sorry!!!
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Vintage looks Got my Vintage in 2014. Added stage 2 cams, hi flow air cleaner, but low speed response degraded. Wish I never did the cams.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this thing! I get more looks on this bike than anyone else i ride with. If I had a nickel for every person that has stopped me to talk about it or to ask to take a picture of it... it would be paid off by now. I've bought every item that can be screwed or glued to it and I love it. I went with a Rush exhaust, cam kit, and big sucker intake and now she flies. Attached are pictures of new floorboards and brake pedal as well as Springfield Indian badges
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful Awesome Ride! 3 months old and still in love. Can't wait to get home every night for a ride that still blows me away. 2014 Road King just sits now, poor baby. I can't hep it I found someone new that exhilarates me to new levels.
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chief Vintage I found this listed on line by the dealer. After talking several times on the phone and working out the details, I went the 600 miles to South Florida and rode it bank to Alabama. What a great break in ride. Every time I stopped for gas I was bombarded with questions and kudos. I've ridden the other American motorcycle for 31 years and this Vintage is absolutely this best ride I've ever owned. The main reason for buying is the company behind it. Indian Motorcycles are back. And back for good.
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice ride, got all the looksI I got a 2014 Vintage +put 54,000 miles on it NO ISSUES-- traded it in for a 2016 Vintage + put 43,000 miles on it NO ISSUES--- traded it in on a 2017 + I don't expect any issues with this one + so far NO ISSUES. I have been on bikes all my life and Indian motorcycle has been good for me.
Date published: 2018-01-19
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Indian Chief Dark Horse
Starting at $21,999 CA MSRP
2019 Indian Chief Dark Horse Thunder Black Smoke is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 280.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just a great bike I made the switch! The grass is greener on the other side too! Such a comfortable, smooth head-turner. I am now a fan of the Indian brand and will only recommend this brand to anyone interested in a bike.
Date published: 2016-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Goodbye Ducati 999, Hello Dark Horse Daddy like, and momma approves! after getting marry, my wife pressure me to get rid of the sport bike, but I have this inner thirst for the open open road. After many negotiations and discourse, she finally approve a solution. She will let me get an Indian if I get rid of the Ducati. No problem! At this age and 3 kids, it's definitely time to slow down and enjoy the view. No better bike than an Indian Dark Horse to cruise toward midlife.
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If I could curl up next it at night I would! I'm extremely happy with my purchase. The whole experience was enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Test Ride of the Chief Dark Horse® I was stopping by to pick up some parts for my bike and noticed that the had a Demo event going on. So on my way out I walked by to see what they had brought. I've always been a fan of the Dark Horse bikes. The old school look with some nice high tech features. I took the test drive and was not disappointed. It throttled up nicely and felt solid. It takes the curves rather well. I like this particular model mostly because of the no frills, basic look. Even though they have plenty of accessories that you can put on. For me, I like it just the way it is. When I wear out my current bike I plan on getting one of these.
Date published: 2019-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth!! Test rode an Chief Dark Horse and loved it. Besides the fact it's pretty much murdered out it was smooth to ride. The throttle response was nice with out being choppy in 1st gear like my Harley was when I got it. Shifting was nice, not to much work or overly loud like some bikes. And the biggest selling point for me was the suspension. I hit a pothole every bit of six inches deep and about a foot wide, going 25 mph. I barely felt it. And on the highway that engine is a BEAST. 4th gear, 70 mph, and I could still feel I was in the power band and had 2 gears left. Again loved it, can't say enough good things about it.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dream come true plus some Never thought could afford an Indian which has been a dream bike since I was a kid. Loved the price which was cheaper then the Harley's I was looking at. Has a better ride nice and soft with plenty of power to get up and go. It especially is a head turner that gives off a big WOW feature when people see it. My first add on was the pathfinder lights, head lightbis good but wanted a wider spread of light. It also really enhanced the look of the bike. Would not trade this bike for any other except maybe 2017 chieftain with new touchscreen. lol! But seriously I love my bike and it already has its place in our family
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Indian DH I bought this bike in June 2015, my first Indian best looking bike they had back then, traded up for a bagger the next year
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Supurb Handling I can't believe how many people I get come up and ask about the bike and actually ask if they can take pictures of the bike. I have since the pics done stage 2 cams, high flow air filter and blacked out the exhaust and she's got throat now!!
Date published: 2016-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Darkhorse! Well, I have had this for a year now and finally have been able to purchase most all of the options that I wanted for it. The bike runs really smooth and is a great ride. On the negative side, there are still 2 items that are an issue. One, after the bike sits in the garage for a few days and you get on it and ride down the road, the first time you try to put the bike into 2nd gear, it takes all the pressure I can come up with to get it to shift! And two, the throttle response is a joke. If you turn the throttle quickly, the bike is like it is confused and doesn't know what to do. This is quite embarrassing when you are trying to impress somebody! I now have the complete Stage 2 kit in the bike and while it does seem to have gained some power, the throttle response still sucks!
Date published: 2016-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Ride Great Bike I have owned this bike for about a month. This is my second Indian after owning 4 Harley's. This Dark Horse is the most comfortable, agile bike that I have ever ridden. In all its an awesome bike
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Impressive I got my Dark Horse last fall and will say that she never seems to disappoint me. After the 500 mile servicing I took her for a two day 1,000 mile ride to the Ozark's Mountains to see how well she took the curves. I find myself not only satisfied with the handling but so far she is a dream come true. The cornering on this bike is every thing a motorcycle should be. After riding Harley for decades I find this motorcycle is not only easier to handle but a lot more enjoyable to ride.
Date published: 2016-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love This Bike! After several years of riding, I think I finally found the one I will keep for a while. I love this bike. The way the Dark Horse looks with the Indian style and the ride is so smooth and easy. Everywhere I go, It seems to draw attention and a lot of positive feedback. I traded my Harley Fatboy Lo for this Dark Horse and I have never looked back. The Dealership, Treasure Coast Indian ,in Hobe Sound was Great with everything and very helpful. Made me fell at home as most of their staff came from the local Harley Dealer. My wife still has her Soft tail CVO ( the Beauty) and this is the" Beast"
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kiwi Indian Dark horse Bought my Dark Horse in May 2016 and have loved it ever since. Everyone except my wife knew it was on order, unfortunately the day it tuned up at home i was away on business, so i received a message from my surprised wife to say "your new black baby has arrived and is safe n sound", needless to say this was not the first time a new toy had arrived without her knowledge (or will it be the last). To me Indians have always been the pinnacle of motorcycles, and this bike proves it. I have owned so many bikes over the years, but this one is a keeper. These bikes are so cool in every way Have added a pillion seat, pegs, sissy bar (for the wife, she loves it too), Rinehart mufflers (sounds awesome), Wimmer high flow air intake, mapped and tuned and more recently ape hangers. Still to come are stage 2 cams and Freedom Performance dual headers. Indians are well respected here in New Zealand due to our Kiwi legend Burt Munro (the worlds fastest Indian).
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this beast!! Gets very hot under your thigh but otherwise the prefect bike. Even a beginner could easily handle this bike!!
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'm in love ! I purchased the dark horse last fall, after test driving others I came back to this one, it has amazing handling it fits the best of all I tried feels like I am taking it for a ride not it. Is taking me for a ride absolutely love this bike ! Only 2 flaws one is the heat from the pipes gets unbearable needs a better heat deflector and the paint on the front fender almost like it has one coat and not sealed after only 2 rides it's all chipped looks like little white pebbles so that's disappointing ...
Date published: 2016-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Bike and Better Staff! During a quick family trip to New Mexico my twin brother and I noticed the local Indian dealership had a demo day. Being avid bike enthusests from upstate NY we couldn’t pass on the opportunity to experience New Mexico on our favorite means of transportation! The sign up was quick and easy and they even let our wife’s ride with us! We were able to sample several bikes with the amazing staff of Albuquerque, Indian dealership! They even took us on a personal tour ride to ensue we were able to experience an additional bike without our limited amount of time! We can’t thank the guys of Albuquerque Indian dealership for being so welcoming to a couple guys looking to get the most out of and opportunistic moment with our wife’s! We will absolutely be looking at the Indian line for our next bikes!
Date published: 2018-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark side of riding I've had my Chief Dark Horse for 2 months. This is the best bike I have every owned (I have owned harley and honda.)! Maintenance won't kill your wallet, and neither will parts and accessories. The comfort and ride of the bike has taken me 2 hours before a break. The big 111 Thunderstroke has a ton of power, regardless of what gear. Averaging 37.4 mpg solo, and 35 mpg with a passenger. My only displeasure is the lack of aftermarket parts, but, in my opinion, that does not take away from the value, or the prestige of owning my Dark Horse. -Live free and ride on!
Date published: 2016-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it's all I have wanted and expected in a sled I am extremely happy with it. I am some what disappointed in the price of the clothing apparel. I would love to add new exhaust and bags but the price is to far out of my finances. It has as much power that could ever be needed. Also The guys and girls at Elkhart Indian are the best. They have taken such good care of all my needs and that was very important in helping me with my decision before buying my Dark Horse. I spoke with Chris before purchasing the bike and he gave me all the answers that were of great importance too me. I thought of buying a Harley but the Indian was by far the best choice for me. Looks, were first in my decision. It just has the best look and style that is by far better than any Harley!!
Date published: 2016-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my bike!!! Have had my bike for about a month. Have just over 1100 miles with no problems. This replaced my Harley that I rode almost everyday. I am sold on Indian have four other bikes but hardly ride them now. With my Harley I would switch between my bikes weekly. I just can get off this bike. The only thing that I would say is the seat takes a few miles before it is broke in. Would recommend this bike to anyone looking to change from the HD brand. This bike has power in every gear. With the HD would have shift down to pass don't have to do anything but roll back on the throttle.
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meaner than my ex-wife I absolutely love this bike. Everywhere I go people comment, give me thumbs up and or take pictures of it. I always tell people it is meaner than my ex-wife LOL. It is smooth comfortable powerful and looks great. I am so glad that I finally pulled the trigger and bought this motorcycle
Date published: 2016-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bike I've had the Darkhorse for 3 months, love the balance can hard over steering locked, slow speed turns with my girl behind me. Love under turning the other big bikes. Open highway its a dream cruse control on. Mountain roads around Cherokee NC a lot of fun, working my way to scraping holes in each side floorboard pans outside corners. The Thunder Stroke loves the Mountain roads two up at 280 lb no problem. So far I'm enjoying the heck out of the bike.
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Motorcycle I really enjoyed demoing this bike. I was especially impressed with its slow speed handling. Most other big bikes feel awkward turning around in a parking lot, but the Indian was confidence inspiring. Out on the road it was very smooth and developed power right from idle. No need to rev this bike even to 5000 rpm. If I had any complaint it was the heat from the motor sitting at traffic lights. But, hey! this bike was built for the open road.
Date published: 2019-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Polaris Industries does it again! I purchased this bike a few weeks ago, i had a 2007 Victory Vegas before. I loved the Vegas, the Dark Horse just takes those feelings and adds more. This is my first bagger and I don't see myself ever changing from a Polaris motorcycle or from a bagger. Awesome styling, phenomenal engine in the Thunder Stroke 111, this is the first bike I've ever heard that I'd consider leaving the stock exhaust on. I hope to have this bike for a very long time.
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from At long last... I have wanting an Indian Chief since seeing an early '50s model a friend owned back in the seventies. The Gilroy version came and went, the Kings Mountain version was too expensive. Now the latest (and I think greatest!) version has come around. I came to a point in life that I can afford one and no-one can tell me I can't have one. I know they are marketing the Dark Horse at a younger demographic, but at 60, I still feel young enough.
Date published: 2016-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Bike for the Money I bought a 2016 Dark Horse two weeks ago and have been impressed with it so far. I do have the windshield, saddle bags , engine guard and extra driving lights installed that almost make it a Vintage. It has great power and torque in all gear ranges and the engine is smooth at all speeds. Handling surprised me for how heavy it is and alludes confidence when riding. Fit and finish is good, but the Vintage and Springfield appear to be built better (some rattles on larger bumps). I plan to keep this a long time and look forward to many years of great rides.
Date published: 2016-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall great machine Back mountain roads first day out over 200 miles, good ride on rough roads, handles great, only complaint is wind buffeting up from below, will fix w/ larger shield probably a little wider.
Date published: 2016-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from EH I BOUGHT MY BIKE IN MAY, THE KEY FOB DIED AND HAD TO BE REPROGRAMMED. THEN THE GAUGE HAD S MUCH CONDENSATION IN IT THAT POLARIS REPLACED IT. I HAVE ALL THE PERFORMANCE OPTIONS, EXHAUST, INTAKE, CAMS, AND OIL COOLER, AND MY 2013 VEGAS WAS STILL FASTER. ASIDE FROM THE FACT THAT I LOST A RACE TO A 2016 CORVETTE, I AM OVERALL SATISFIED WITH THIS BIKE. WILL I BUY ANOTHER INDIAN NO WILL I SELL THIS ONE PROBABLY NOT. IT IS GREAT FOR THE LONG HAUL, SETTING CRUISE AT 100 MPH REGULARLY IS NICE. AND MY BIKE CURRENTLY HAS 7400 MI. ON IT
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the dark horse I baught her last summer and put 9500 miles on her n 5 months. All I can say is I loved every mile I rode.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from short Love riding my dark horse. But I am tall w long legs and there is no where to stretch my legs out on long rides
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Dream Bike! :)) I have waited 19 years for my kids to grow old enough to finally purchase my Dream Bike. I really love my Chief Dark Horse. Ride is so smooth and comfortable and torque and acceleration are amazing. Once I am riding, I just don’t want to stop. I can ride for miles. I am 5’11 and the riding position is just perfect. I can praise enough the team of engineers, designers and painters at the Indian factory. You can tell they all take great pride of their jobs. Thank you all for helping me leaving my dream. Now back on the road ;)
Date published: 2018-03-01
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Chieftain Classic
Starting at $32,499 CA MSRP
2019 Indian Chieftain Classic Thunder Black / Ivory Cream is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 71.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like Riding on a Lazyboy!! Bought one of the first numbered bikes. Do not regret it. It rides Awesome. Was so use to tightening up for bumps on my Harley. This thing takes them in stride with some Great Glide.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a great bike I bought my bike in May 2017 and rode around till my first oil change and then I hit the road. I did over 33,587 km in my summer, which included a coast to coast trip. Looking forward to next summer to get back on the road. What a gorgeous bike and comfortable.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Bagger EVER!!! I’ve owned motorcycles from just about all the Major motorcycle brands including Harleys but my Indian Chieftain is by far the best overall motorcycle I have ever owned. It blends the reliability, technology, and performance of the Japanese cruisers with the classic styling, fit and finish of an American cruiser. For a big bike it is very easy to handle. As a Millennial I can say for certain that Indian is headed in the right direction for future motorcyclist.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bike I spent several days at Daytona Bike Week conducting test rides of virtually the entire Harley and Indian lineup and the Chieftain Classic is the bike for me. It is a much more refined experience than a Street Glide or an Electra Glide Standard, which were the two Harley models I thought were most comparable. You really do need to ride the bikes back to back to determine what is the best choice for you. Having the ability to do this over an over again at Bike Week really enabled my to determine that the Indian Chieftain Classic was the bike for me. Best advice I received before buying was TEST RIDE, TEST RIDE, TEST RIDE and recommend you do the same as this is such an individual decision!!! One small detail I really like on the Indian vs the Harleys is the gear position indicator. It is always visible on the Indian but seemed to be never visible when I wanted to see it on the Harleys. A minor point but another example that I found the Indians much more refined that the Harleys in about every way that mattered to me.
Date published: 2019-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Spirit Best bike I've ever owned! My 2016 Indian Chieftain was purchase in Colorado 2017. I was on a 2006 Yamaha Roadliner 1900S at the time heading to Colorado for my birthday trip, when after 800 miles from Minnesota had to stop for the night due to issues. Next morning was the call that decided it all. Here I was beginning of trip I had planned for months to celebrate my 50th & experience the Million Dollar Highway and everything Colorado had to offer. (I had previously test rode a 2015 Indian Chieftain in Spirit Lake, Iowa during Okoboji open house year before but couldn't make commitment since I was dedicated to becoming debt free.) Now her I was at G-Force in Lakewood, CO with situation of being stranded or choice of purchasing a New 2016 Indian Chieftain. No doubt looking back I've made the right decision! I love riding it's all I think about during winter months in MN (hate snow, originally from Indiana), so I travel solo as often as I can to visit family that are still there & in Montana. I feel so comfortable while riding my Cheiftain, it takes my soul & "Spirit" away. The ride is smooth, push button start is something I've never had prior, while the power & comfort are strong reasons for enjoying my new ride. Wished I just had 12months of riding my "Spirit", my Indian Chieftain. Teresa Bell of MN
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from NOW WE'RE TALKING! Test rode the Chieftain Classic at Sturgis and I knew I was hooked! The riding position, the bend of the handlebars, the seat height, and the comfort of the seat all make this machine feel right! The power windshield is not offered by Harley. Too bad. It is fantastic! The suspension travel is far better than Harley, and I own a Harley! Bought my Chieftain in November, 2018, and I'm not looking back. The Indian is a far better machine than my Road King.
Date published: 2018-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best overall bike I have ever owned in over 34 yea I have now owned 2 chieftains, I took advantage of the gaurenteed trade in value, with 101000 kilometres riding in Canada only in four seasons I can say I love this motorcycle
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cadillac of Cruisers 2016 Chieftain 30kms no issues Solid bike Ran that bike from Muskegan ferry Michigan to home over 1200kms in one day and not a blip! Changed the seat to an Ultimate when I got it for long ride and it's the best bike I've owned.
Date published: 2019-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great motorcycle. I own a Victory Hard-Ball currently, and this is very comparable. I like the fit and feel of my Victory better (significantly longer bike, more comfortable seating position as a result), but it's easy to see all that early DNA and tech across the 2 brands. The performance, power, and handling are very similar which I am glad to see. I still like the the "svelte" design of the Vics better as well (less bulk between your legs when sitting with your feet on the ground). Indians are great bikes, and I like the updates I am seeing year over year. If Polaris stretches them out a little, and keeps bringing in the styling looks and touches that made Victory bikes so unique, they may bee an option for me.
Date published: 2019-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from top of the line in the motorcycle world I climbed on this motorcycle in June 2014. Power, torque, craftsmanship and style. I absolutely LOVE this motorcycle. This bike handles like a dream in hard curves, mountains and around town. The thunderstroke 111 is a beast. I believe I will keep this bike for ever. I have owned 3 other make of motorcycle. None of them compared to the quality of the Indian chieftain.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bike. I bought my new Chieftan Classic on December 1st. I fell in Love with the Thunder Black Pearl. The dealership in Belmont N.C. had just sold the one I wanted, but quickly found another. Great great people at this dealership...I cant express how wonderful these people are. From start to finish, everything was great! And...I Love my new bike. Way better than my 2003 Harley! Merry Christmas to Me. Jason C.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pleasantly Surprised I went into RideNow Powersports Concord for the sole purpose of having my Yamaha 950T serviced. I always thought that I would one day upgrade to the big boy bikes, but after meeting Justin Massey, Sales Rep., with whom I felt very comfortable, I found myself actually, seriously looking into purchasing an Indian Chieftain Limited. Because of Justin's reassurance that doing the math on a purchase is not a commitment, but rather a chance to look at facts and takeout the guess work. To make a long story short, I didn't think I could be made comfortable enough to purchase the bike, but Justin and the sales staff got it done. I am now the proud owner of a 2018 Indian Chieftain Limited. Now, I could have spent my review describing my new Chieftain, but that bike sells itself and you can read about it or see it at any Indian dealership. But what you can't see anywhere is the service and attention to detail that I experienced at the hands of Justin and the Concord, N.C. staff. It made the difference. I've been in North Carolina just over two years, and I can tell you sincerely, interacting with Justin and the Concord staff was the best personal interactions I have had since moving here.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This bike is made to ride! Test rode a Chieftain Classic at Sturgis 2017. That sowed the seed. Everything on this bike, from the engine, to the windshield, to the Ride Command, to the suspension, stereo, and looks, is so well engineered and thought out. Bought mine November, 2018. Best bike I’ve ever owned!!! I just can’t say enough good things about it. Test ride one. That’s all it will take.
Date published: 2019-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Ride I enjoyed a demo ride on the chieftain this afternoon. After riding my 2012 Judge, the Chieftain was so much smoother in very way, with virtually no vibration such as I am used to. This was a very nice bike to ride. The raise/lower wind screen made riding at freeway speed much quieter, making my old and noisy helmet almost acceptable for 70 MPH+ speeds. A touring bike may just be in my future. Thank you for this opportunity. I may have to change my nickname from Rafting Don to Cruising Don.
Date published: 2018-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Handles curves with ease and smoothness I did a 10 mile test ride through the canyons at the 79th Sturgis. I did my test ride on a 2018 Chieftain powered by the 111. I did this ride with 3 other friends and we all had the same feelings with the bikes. The bike handles amazing, it was like just floating on the road. Cornering handling is probably the best of any bike I have ever been on. I say that with 20+ years of riding experience. The bike has amazing balance very user friendly. The only thing I was disappointed in was the power out of the 111. It felt very underpowered to me compared to a Harley with a 107. The 116 was available for test rides but there was a long wait and I did not have the time. I wish I could have compared the 2 engines but maybe next time. Just my opinion it's a very well built bike and easy to handle.
Date published: 2019-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT Bike to ride---looks good and feels good My Chieftain is the most comfortable bike I've ridden. The ride as well as the mix of old school style and new age tech just make my Chieftain a real pleasure to ride. Great handling and power mixed together---GREAT JOB!
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Chieftain Classi I never rode an Indian motorcycle, so I thought, why not after riding Harley's for nearly 30 years. My honest opinion, I could see myself buying an Indian as my next bike.
Date published: 2019-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the styling. Had bike about and runs great and we get a lot of compliments. Only 3 things I would change: More comfortable seat, add a compass & reduce engine heat from rear cylinder.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good Ride command system Demo the 2019 chieftain, very nice bike. The 111 motors has great power.
Date published: 2018-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it and so do some of the H-D riders Best bike I ever owned. Wish these came around sooner.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Motorcycle!!! This is my second review of this mc and I'm going for another test ride soon. I was so impressed with the suspension that it is worth more time in the saddle to further evaluate the whole bike. I'm certain I'm going to buy one and still keep my Harley. The Chieftain is that good a bike and so is my Road King. Too many toys is a good thing! My Road King is red but my Indian will be black. You have to give this bike a chance. It is FANTASTIC!!!
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love My Chieftain Classic Been a little over a year since I purchased my 2017 Chieftain. I liked it when I bought it and my pleasure in owning the bike has just increased over time. I took a 3.000 mile trip through Canada during August and the comfort and performance were all I could ask for. Have Stage one and two and recommend the upgrade. Just rode the 2019 and liked the selective throttle.
Date published: 2018-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best bike ever! I purchased the Indian Chieftain in February 2016 after a test ride. Having ridden for 50 years and owning dozens of motorcycles, I can say this Indian is easily the best motorcycle I've ever owned! I've rented Harleys all over America and there is no comparison to the Indian. Plus, the Indian stying makes all other brands seem obsolete.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2019 Indian chieftain classic I bought this a month ago and have added stage 1 and 2 exhaust. I am only just through the breakin period and absolutely no buyers remorse. This bike handles like a dream. My only issue was a cable was disconnected during manufacturing that caused the bike to only start if in neutral. The dealer repaired. All in all a fabulous bike
Date published: 2019-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Trouble So far my voltage regulator and starter have been replaced under warranty. The temperature indicator was also repaired. I never received my IMRG membership even after repeated calls. This is the fourth new Indian I have purchased and the first I have had this much trouble with.I am glad I have a great dealer to repair my bike.
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice bike Rode this bike at Demo Day at Peak Powersports in Oakville, where I bought my current Victory XC. I'm impressed with the looks of the bike, in that the fairing has lost the two accessory lights, which in my opinion make the older style fairing a deal-breaker. That, coupled with the "normal" front fender and the toned-down Indian styling make this a bike I would consider buying. The ride quality for this bike is excellent. Controls are well-placed and I was comfortable immediately in the seat. The frame size or geometry is not as generous as my Victory. It's definitely a more compact bike, probably along the lines of its Harley Street Glide counterpart. This leads to the only riding complaint that I have. The seat seems too far forward. Even within the timeframe of the 30 minute demo ride, I could feel pressure on my tailbone. I've since looked at Mustang seats, and they make a seat that gives the rider an extra 1.5 inches of relief, confirming that I'm not the only one who sees the stock configuration as "tight". Torque is there in spades, but at the low end, my Victory 106 picks up considerably more quickly than the Indian 111. Loved this ride. Will consider it when I'm done with my trusty Victory.
Date published: 2019-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from what a great machine! i bought a 2017 indian chieftain in may of 2017. it has power, the looks(red/black),and i get quite a crowd where ever i go. i have loaded it up with heated handgrips, heated seat, sissy bar, luggage carrier, fender skirts and chrome fender guards. sorry indian, you made such a great machine, i will never need a new one.
Date published: 2019-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like the bike I’m a Harley owner, and road an Indian at Americade. After riding, I was interested in owning both American brands. I got a good deal on a 2018 Chieftain classic. I am impressed with power of bike and smooth ride. Getting used to bike, and so far I like it. The styling is classic Indian, and like the stereo. Nice bike
Date published: 2019-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bike to ride The bike was great! Low center of gravity. Low overall hieght. Handled great on curvy roads. Instrument panel snd controls are easy to operate. The sound system was powerful. I like the options on the dash board. More comfortable ride, relaxed streched out.
Date published: 2019-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!! Purchased my bike last year after looking around for several months and test driving other bikes. I'm really happy with how it looks and handles. I've received a lot of compliments and I'm very glad I made the decision to buy my Indian Classic.
Date published: 2018-01-16
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Customer Reviews
Chieftain
Starting at $26,999 CA MSRP

Reviews for this model coming soon.

Springfield
Starting at $25,299 CA MSRP
2019 Indian Springfield Thunder Black is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 267.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent bike Just picked up the 2016 Indian Springfield after nearly buying a H-D RK. The RK is a great bike, but after riding both it was really no question. The Springfield seems to beat the RK in every category, excluding subjective preferences. Standard features better (ABS, TPMS, additional status info, electronic locking hard bags, phone charger in hard bag, etc.), thunderstroke 111 vs twin cam 103 (the power difference is impressive, easy maintenance), ease of converting from touring bagger to cruiser. Both bikes have a very comfortable riding geometry, but I found the Springfield to be just a little more of a natural fit (5'9") while riding and a bit easier to handle when feet are on the ground while stopping. The best thing to do is ride each of them.
Date published: 2016-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular Ride Its been about four months since I purchased my 2016 Springfield. In that time I've ridden the motorcycle in town and out in the country over steep hills and wide open roadways. My wife and I really feel invigorated every time we climb on and take it out on the road again. I personally am extremely satisfied with the bike both in its performance and the way its built. Being a former machinist, I am struck with the quality and hard work old craftsmanship that has gone into this machine. I appreciate all of the hard work that has gone into these machines. They're Awesome!
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Concerned I bought the blue and silver sapphire bike Springfield on February 25th. The temp got up to 49 degrees yesterday and I decided to run to the local deli and grab a couple sandwiches. Took a slow right hand turn and the engine light comes on with only 22 miles on the bike. I bought the bike to have ready for spring. I contacted the dealership and they have to see it to diagnose the problem. Its cold again and I'm unable to ride it in. They can transport it for $50 fee. I already paid $100 for another dealer to deliver so that it would be ready to go. Seems my first trip over 10 miles will be on a nice day to see what's wrong. Very disappointed.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Medium Range Cruiser/Tourer I purchased the 2017 Indian Springfield and took delivery on 1/11/17 (The Day and Month may Be Coincidence) and have not looked back. This is my 1st Motorcycle Purchase ever and after driving everything by every Manufacturer in this class nothing comes close to the Power, Styling, and Versatility; Not to mention the Cadillac Ride! I've logged over 1,000 miles in a month in the dead of Winter in Southeastern Pennsylvania and am considering riding it to Florida for Bike Week with full confidence it'll handle the long haul with any of The Big Boys! Thanks Indian!
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Indian Springfield The Indian Motorcycle has out done them selves. The quality, workmanship and ride is by far out doing any other bike in the market place. After not riding for quite a few years my wife and I decided we would need a tow vehicle for when traveling with our motorhome. We spent a year researching motorcycles and tow cars. Once I walked into Wayne Indian, that was it. I knew right then this was it. I completely fell in love with riding all over again. I put 500 miles on in my first 2 weeks. Once you test ride an Indian you will understand. I can not give it enough praise on the keeping the true Indian lines, look and heritage. For the traditionalist like myself this machine by far out did it's rivals in every aspect.
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love my bike. I have owned almost every model of Harley. Touring bikes, Softails, V-Rods, everything but a Sportster. I grew up on Harleys (even on the back of one as a kid) and it was a tough choice to break tradition. Ultimately I did make the switch due to a simple fact. It's a better bike. It's more powerful and smoother than a Milwaukee Eight bike, feels very well put together and is more fun to ride. It's also a much better looking bike than a Road King. I go to bike night and I might see one other Indian, but that's it.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Bike, EVER! Okay so out of curiosity last Spring I test rode a Springfield and loved it! Now I'm not made of money and I've been riding my 98 Softail for a long time and really like it. Come fall and I stopped in at the Indian dealer again and there on the floor sits a red 2016 Springfield all shiny and pretty. I could no longer resist. I went home that night and sold my Harley to my son and bought the Springfield. Indian, you have your stuff together with this bike. Handles and rides better than any Harley I've ever owned, ever.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 1700 mile review I am happy i bought this bike. I have had issues with it such as; it keeps blowing a fuse for the dash. also the rear tip over bars do not touch before the bags do tested in a controlled manor. the bike handles and has plenty of power. It does however have a lot of excess noise when shifting at higher RPMS sounds like something loose somewhere but can not be found but every indian i have rode has this noise. The exhaust note is good and not over whelming. the ABS system is great and not super invasive like a cars. I feel it should come with the driver backrest and not be a high dollar add on same has LED headlihgts and running lights. the turn and brake lights are LED why not make them all LED. If you buy the bike before you buy the aftermarket apes try rolling OEM bars forward i am a bigger person and it fits well with stock bars as seen in picture below (6'3 240)
Date published: 2016-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ride! I have owned several bikes over the 30 years I have been riding and the springfield has the feel and handling I've been waiting for! Could not be happier with this bike. Fit and finish and style is are first rate and handling is awesome! The power is great and very smooth.The dealer experience was awesome,the last H.D. dealer I delt with could learn a thing or two from Indian Of Manchester NH,thanks to the great staff!
Date published: 2016-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This motorcycle is a perfect in every way! Recently purchased the Springfield. I researched this bike for 2 1/2 months. Read every review and watched every you tube video. There is no better bagger in it's class, period. Once I rode it I am even more convinced that is has the best motor, fit and finish, and ride out there. I am not criticizing Harley Davidson because they manufacture nice bikes but there is no comparison to the Indian. Great job Polaris!
Date published: 2016-05-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the bike, but it has some issues just about to roll 4,ooo miles on the bike. It was in the shop for a shorted wire and now needs to go back due to rear tire pressure sensor is faulty. other than that the bike is great I ride all the time I work as a motorcycle safety instructor and it handles the course better than the little TU250s we use. This minus the small problems is the best bike i have owned
Date published: 2016-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great touring bike without unneeded extras I bought my Springfield in March from the Littleton CO dealership. Excellent folks there. I have since put 11,000 miles on my bike, and absolutely love it. The bike is comfortable for long hauls and the handling is excellent. The engine does throw off a lot of heat, so I recommend anyone purchasing this bike have the optional oil cooler installed.
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My second girlfriend I traded in my triumph tiger for my Indian Springfield within the first month I had it I put on 3000km absolutely love it can't get off of it the factory exhaust was ok but I needed something more so I put a pair of rinehart slipons and wow what a head turner, most bikes I've ridden are the most fun when rode fast this thing is a blast doin the speed limit, I love it. Test rode a road king and a street glide then I test rode the Springfield and actually felt bad for Harley in the suspension category I'm not brand loyal I love all bikes.
Date published: 2016-10-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So far, not so good. Maybe I got the one in a million with a bad battery (hope it's just that) but this thing was dead a month after I got it, won't hold a charge and of course the warranty says I have to haul to the dealer, 3 hours from here to get it looked at...NOT a good start and a horrible warranty to boot. By the way it has 37 miles on it and not because I did not want to ride it more. Yes, I started it, at least every 3-4 days, ran it, and in the end, trickle charged it and after putting the seat and all the other junk back on 20 times to get to the battery, I'm ready to sell this thing and get an HD. THIS BATTERY SHOULD LAST 3-4 DAYS, PERIOD AND IT'S GARAGED, ALWAYS!
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good riding motorcycle i bought this 2016 springfield the last week of feb 2017 i have a little over 6000 mi on it as of june 30 2017 i had a problem with it not starting in first 200 mi which turned out to be a relay in start system fixed promtly by my dealer also have shifting problem i.e. hard to shift out of low gear dealer thinks it will fix its self i do not agree my seat is showing what looks like blistering along stiching on both rider seat and passenger seat called this to dealer att. they do not seem to be concerned may have to take these problems up with polaris anew motorcycle should operate and look like a new bike
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Never looking back Bought my 2017 Springfield on July 5th of 2017. What brought me to it was a friend of mine who was A HD rider for over 30yrs bought an Indian in 2016, I waited till 2017 to ask him how he liked it. His response was "Love it, I'll never go back to HD". At the time I had a 2014 HD 1200 I had to see what changed this man's mind so off I went to Mom's in Foxboro Ma. Needless to say the rest is history the 1200 Stayed and the Springfield went home with me.you have to ride one to see why, there's no words to describe the Indian bike
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Swiss Army knife of Cruisers! Versatile, poised, fantastic suspension, excellent engine...a legitimate and better alternative to the HD Road King. I have 7300 miles on my Springfield with most of that being ridden around my home in the Rocky Mountains. This bike handles the curves well whether loaded down with the optional trunk (from the Roadmaster) and passenger or flying solo. The trunk is plug and play along with the Roadmaster heated seat, which is nice as there's no need to visit to the dealer to have things reprogrammed. In case you're wondering, the trunk will lock remotely just as the saddlebags do. There is plenty of power to cruise well above the speed limit and the bike feels composed over rough roads - wet or dry. I recommend adding fork mounted wind deflectors as it calmed the "dirty" air behind the windscreen and made for a more enjoyable experience for both rider and pillion. DIY'ers will enjoy the easy oil (Engine & Transmission share the same oil) changes with an automotive style screw on filter. The bike changes from a solo cruiser to a full dresser in five minutes. Hint - if you plan to add the Roadmaster style trunk, you will need to change out the saddle bag spools to those found on the Roadmaster. Indian should make those spools standard. Also, a battery tender plug is found underneath the seat just behind the rear engine cylinder. The engine is torque monster and pulls strong down low. The digital information center MPG's are slightly lower than my hand calculated figures of 44-46mpg. The transmission shifts easily with the familiar "clunk" found on American style V twins. Fit and finish is good. Fit is as good as the HD's I surveyed. Paint quality is average to good. I believe my bike was built before the newer paint process was implemented for 2017 models as the black is not as good as HD's paint. However, keep it clean, polished and protected and it will still look good for many years. My fuel gauge developed an issue with moisture but was replaced under warranty. This was my only warranty issue to date. The brakes haul the Springfield down quickly and standard ABS is appreciated especially here where wildlife will come out of nowhere. The styling is something that everyone raves about and for good reason. The Springfield does it all - excellent handling, classic styling, retro styled engine with modern power, no fairing but yet has the ability to transform into a full blown dresser. I heavily considered the Road King but the engine brought me over to Indian. The Hero Discount, better suspension, remote locking bags, standard ABS and styling were all an added benefit. While the new Milwaukee Eight brings the iconic Road King closer to the Springfield's performance, the Springfield is the new standard in this category.
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bike So early last Spring the editor of a popular motorcycle magazine wrote a little piece praising the Indian line and showing off the new Springfield. As I respect this fellow's opinion I went to the local Indian dealer and took one out for a test ride. I was hooked. The ride, the handling the over all look of the bike had me hooked from the start. I went through the year riding my extremely fast Softail then in October I pulled the trigger and bought the red Springfield. I had the dealer make the necessary modifications; new headers and mufflers, air cleaner and cams. Okay the Springfield isn't as fast as my Softail was but I'm good with that, it's so much better of a ride than any Harley I've ever owned or ridden. Now to see how fast I can get to 60,000 miles.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 2017 Indian Motorcycle Constructive Criticism! 2017 Indian Springfield and at msrp $22,099 I ran into a couple of issues less than 500 miles on the bike. 1) Engine error code gear shift indicator came on during a regular ride (along with engine light that would not shut off-annoying) 2) recently as in yesterday it would not start or turn over all engine indicator lights came on and the cruise control light would blink, shift indicator would not show gear, come on this a new bike, missed a bike event. These things should be made known to new potential customers and Indian-please take this as constructive criticism! Please fix these bugs! Nice bikes but sad if they don't start. I don't wan't an expensive paper weight. What will happen after my warranty expires? I had this bike less than 2 months, I love the bike, but it is sad if I can not ride it. Customer service is great, but these issues need to be addressed! I believe in the Indian brand and hopefully all the bugs will be ironed out soon!
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Indian Springfield 2016 Kudos on an excellent achievement in styling and engineering! Easy to handle, this Springfield fits like a comfortable pair of shoes - light, agile and it carries more than my other bike without the need for the luggage rack. If I could suggest a modification it would be to tone down the light volume on the dash board. The red LED lights are too bright and blur the gauges during night riding. Outside of that, I "love" the suspension which is much easier on my back, the control layout is right at my fingertips. The handlebars are just right and the optional seat makes it seem that this bike was made just for me. It's eye catching that's for sure. I don't ride anywhere where someone doesn't say "hello". Everyone has an Indian story and everyone has a friend or relative who had an Indian in the past. I wasn't planning on buying a 2nd bike when I bought this one, but I'm glad I have it.
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Cruiser Yet I had a Chieftain before I bought my 2016 Springfield. Thought I'd miss the sound system that the Chieftain came with. Before I took delivery on my 2016 Springfield, I had it upgraded to Stage 2, which included pipes, performance air cleaner, re-mapping, and Stage 2 cams. Now I don't miss the sound system because the exhaust note is music to my ears. The Springfield is also the best handling motorcycle I've ever had (bar none), and I've had a bunch including Harley & rice-burners. Do not try one out unless you're ready to buy a new bike, because if you do, then you will buy one.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I wanted the Springfield all along... I knew I wanted a Springfield from the day I first read about it. An Indian with removable windshield and hard saddle bags, perfectly capable of long distance touring that can be quickly stripped down to cruise with that classic Indian look and feel. I've had my Blue Sapphire over Star Silver (gorgeous!) Springfield for about six months now and could not be happier. Much smoother ride than what I was used to. Handles like a dream with plenty of power. A real attention getter!
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding motorcycle Indian motorcycles give you a much better value than Harley Davidson. First off the saddle bags are the shape of the fender and detachable.The windshield is detachable. The controls are chrome. The front lower legs are chrome and the best feature is the air ride...you want all that on a Harley. ...be prepared to spend thousands of dollars. ...nor to mention it is a bigger stock motor....I have never ridden a more stable bike in my life and there have been many. ..
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Riding Like I was a kid again!!! Once I test rode a Springfield (which is the first Indian I've ever ridden) I was sold. I'm 65 and have been riding since I was 14. The comfort, ease of handling, power and responsiveness did it. I was sold. Being only 5'5" being flat footed and balanced were a must as was the handling with a passenger on board. My wife rides her own but on rare occasions, she is my passenger.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect size for a female my size! I owned a Vintage Chief for a few years. I loved the bike so much for touring and long distance, however my lifestyle changed a bit, and this bike proved a bit too big and heavy for me. After a few demo rides on the Scout and Bobber, I jumped on the Springfield. This was the perfect size for me. I'm 5'6", med to heavy build. Some of the other bikes had a long reach for my legs or arms, so I did not ride these. I realize they can be adjusted, this is just what was available at the time. These Indian bikes have the perfect balance, and are extremely comfortable to ride. The Springfield, to me, was a bit more compact and very manageable to ride.
Date published: 2019-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Springfield and History Besides the history of Indian I Bought my Springfield (RED) in 2016 after test riding 9 different HD models/bikes. It was a Day and Night comparison with the Harley models. Specifically the handling and smoothness of the Springfield. Not much adding needed on the model other than a stage 2 ( OMG what an awesome addition) and sissy bar with back rest. It is a Head turner every where I go and my sons love it so much that are saving to buy their own Indians! Joe R. - US Coast Guard Retired
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice bike. I picked the Springfield because it can be a capable touring bike as well as a local cruiser. It has plenty of power for riding with a passenger and handles very well for it's size. This is a very enjoyable bike to ride.
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Style that oozes old school Indian Great riding bike, a absolute pleasure to ride. Just be prepared to be covered up with conversations and talking, about your bike at every stop. Only real complaint is the seat, very uncomfortable at first, but after about 1000 miles it seemed to soften up and become comfortable...still could have a little more backside support. Otherwise, size and soft ride suspension is second to none.
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dream machine with miles and smiles I picked up the 2016 in march ride it everyday for work through Boston traffic and for 800+lbs. it handles amazing not top heavy nor feels too heavy to stop short when needed respone is top notch, extremely happy with this bike, only thing i can see bad is the Indian chieftain dark horse came out after i bought the Springfield...
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quite simply the best motorcycle I've ridden I have always liked Indian motorcycles. The fenders, the classsic lines, the heritage, all of it. For the longest time the brand kind of floundered but never died. It was too strong for that. I was not in a position to buy during the Gilroy years and the King's Mountain era bikes were nice but cost prohibitive. I was very happy when Polaris took up the challenge. Victory is a great a motorcycle brand but lacks the history and heritage. It is still a teenager. Polaris saw an opportunity in Indian and put the necessary time and money behind it. They did a spectacular job. I fell in love with the Chief Classic when I first saw it but I was not in a position to buy. I liked the Vintage too but was never huge on softbags. Along comes the Springfield and it is as if I was asked what I personally wanted in a bike. It ticked all the boxes. Quick release hard bags, quick release windshield, cruise control, ABS and that 111 Thunder Stroke motor. This is my dream bike. I didn't buy it to make an investment in a bike destined to be a classic or invest in Indian. I made an investment in me. The Springfield is fantastic. I did make a couple mods to fit me better but that is a very subjective thing and has nothing to do with the quality of the bike. I think Indian hit it out of the park with the Springfield. Oh yeah and for my money, it has to be red...
Date published: 2016-10-05
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Customer Reviews
Chieftain Limited
Starting at $34,499 CA MSRP
2019 Indian Chieftain Limited Thunder Black Pearl is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 139.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME FOR 2019! I bought this Chieftain Limited on 09/26/18 and I couldn't be happier! Indian is definitely setting the standard for the modern age biker. "More bang for your buck", is an understatement! Its the many different features, and accessories that make a world of difference. This motorcycle has no shortage of them. Great bike for the many miles , and many smiles! Be prepared to get plenty of compliments! My only "con" is that I don't like the new "gunfighter" seat. I replaced it with the "genuine leather heated touring" seat. Other than that, 2 thumbs up!
Date published: 2018-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mine is a Chieftain Elite This bike is all that it was claimed to be and then some. Smooth, comfortable and great handling. The sound system is amazing. Love the easy to use navigation. And that paint...OH MY!
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 2017 Chieftain Ltd- great bike, not perfect Owned my Chieftain Limited since May of 2017. Best bike I've owned yet. Perfect? No, but what bike is. Likes; Power, Ride, Looks, Ergonomics, Ride Command, Power Windshield, Key FOB lock/unlock, Big Roomy Saddlebags. Can go with a 116 kit! Dislikes; Seat- way too uncomfortable after 75/100 miles (big annoy), Odd Oil Level Dipstick- needs a special tool to check/fill oil (minor annoy), Loud Honk when activating alarm system (minor annoy), Rear Shock- Air fill valve placement (minor annoy) Fun bike to ride and cruise with my lady. Just took my 1st thousand mile long ride on my Limited and it performed great. More aftermarket performance parts and accessories available coming each month it seems, which is great. Get a tuner to bring out more power and loose the heat. Buy it and welcome to the Tribe!
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best motorcycle I have ever ridden I rode this motorcycle during a demo ride. I enjoyed so much that I spent all morning and part of the afternoon riding it. I especially enjoyed choosing from the three different ride modes (standard, touring, sport). Once I tried the sport mode I remained in that mode because it was such a trill. The motorcycle had ample torque and was extremely responsive. The bike shifted flawlessly and cornering was like a bird in flight. If I were to purchase a new motorcycle this would definitely be the one!
Date published: 2018-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional comfort and ride I enjoyed the opportunity to ride the Chieftain Limited. The ride and comfort surpassed my expectations. I recently test drove the Harley Davidson Road Glide and I must say the Chieftain was far better in every aspect. The engineers at Indian really put a lot of effort into the design and operational facets of the vehicle. I'm not quite ready to purchase a new motorcycle, but when I am, i will most definitely purchase an Indian. Thank you again for the opportunity to ride a piece of art.
Date published: 2018-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!!! Picked this up on 10-09-2017. Great bike!! More than pleased. My last 5 bikes were Harley's. No more Harley's for me. Only problem I did have was I did not switch brands sooner.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent all round bike I have been wanting a bagger for a couple years now. Looked at some other bikes but they just didn't have what I wanted until I laid my eyes upon the Chieftain Limited and I fell in love immediately. I love the new front end and all the great creature comforts. Hammering down the the big road or in town cruising, this bike does it all.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great handling bagger The ride quality of this amazing bike is well thought out and in my opinion, surpasses Harley in comfort. The new ride select feature is a great option on this engine abs brings the performance on par with the Harley Milwaukee 8 engine. Being a shorter rider myself, I did find it difficult to put up the kick stand while on the bike but after that everything else was easy. The slow maneuvering and dipping into turns was confidence inspiring, easy and fun. The touch screen was easy to manipulate. The movable windscreen is a great usable feature and all the controls were easy to get to for me using my thumbs. The cruise control was easy to engage and that stock sounds system blew me away! Way louder then the Harley sound system. The difference I find between this amazing bike (Chieftain Limited) and the Harley Street Glide is that the Indian has to be short shifted to stay in the correct power band. The Thunderstroke engine in these newer models do have the get up and go that is a noticeable improvement over earlier models.
Date published: 2018-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for intended purpose I began riding by racing off road, so prefer footpegs to be under me. I ride a 20 year old BMW at present, and the Indians I tried had more features, lower seat, but not as responsive handling or compliant suspension. I think the Chieftan or Roadmaster would be good on a long relaxed ride, and preferable to a Harley. It was good for the feet forward riding style, but probably would get another BMW for the money. I would consider if I had a lot of money as a second or third bike.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Indian Chieftain white 116 motor The motor is wonderful. I enjoyed the cruise, the mini apes were not comfortable for me, the right foot brake seemed too far forward for me, I could not check out other features as ride prep short and demo ride itself was short. Brakes good, acceleration wonderful, adjustable windshield too short. The bike sounded amazing, really good. overall i liked the bike, a bit heavy and much different feel from my current bike. I may test ride another model tomorrow. Thanks for providing the demo rides...very helpful in my consideration of my next ride. Would like to know of promotional discounts available.
Date published: 2019-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 2017 Chieftain Limited We got our new Indian in August and we love it. We wish there was an Indian Riders Group here in central Illinois. Features we would love to see include: Hydraulic clutch, Chrome wheels (please). We are not into everything flat black. We are proud of our Chieftain and want it to standout even more than it does already at our favorite riding spots ! Thanks for making a cool ride!
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bike After 6000 miles I still find my bike awesome. Had other touring and street bikes over the years, in my 60s now and it's nice to have an American made bike that out-performs many other makes.
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Bike I rode the Chieftain limited today and the ride was smooth and comfortable. I have been a sportbike rider in the past and now have a small cruiser. There are tons of features and the radio is great. At the last demo days, I rode the chieftain that was bored out with cams and exhaust. Riding this stock model was quite a bit less impressive. Throttle response seemed a little delayed and the power was noticeably missing - hence the 4/5 star review. Still a great bike and will definitely be the bike I buy if I choose to buy Indian.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Bike I bought my 2017 Indian Chieftian Limited just about one year ago. I traded in a 2009 Victiry Vision. I am throughly impressed with the Indian. From the power to the comfort to al the features. It has been a great first year. It's easy to accessories as well. Keep up the good work Polaris
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Limited caught my eye, so I had to buy! I originally bought the Indian Chieftain in 2015. after riding Harley Davidson since 2006, I had to give the originator a try. The Indian is superior in engineering and it handles like the import sport bikes that I use to ride as a young man. With the new GPS System and 100 watt stereo, I had to go down and take a look. The 2017 Limited is absolutely amazing. I had to ride her with that gorgeous nineteen inch front rim. She handles like a dream, after I said to myself that she had to ride well...she's an Indian. Of course I added all of the bells and whistles. Stage 1 air cleaner, pipes, and stage 2 cams! I added floorboards for my lady and kept the nice backrest from my 2015. She is a fantastic looking and handling motorcycle. My old Chieftain held her value too. I received a fair offer, and another fifteen hundred dollars for my trade, and I walked out the owner of the Limited. Please don't take my word for it, go to your local dealer and take a look, or better yet, ride an Indian. Once you do, you will never ride anything else.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don’t plan on being home once you buy it! I’ve had my Chieftain Limted for a year now & by far it’s the best cruiser out there. From the back woods of PA to the turnpike in Philadelphia; this bike handles it all. Choosing Indian after being a dedicated Harley owner was one of the best choices I have ever made.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best all around bike I ever owned! I purchased a 2017 Elite about a year ago.. the more I ride this bike the more I enjoy it! Handles and performs better than any cruiser I’ve ever ridden! I tell people that it’s like a BMW RT married a HD Street Glide and the Chieftain is that child!
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2017 Chieftain Limited I sold my 2013 Victory Cross Country and purchased the 2017 Chieftain Limited. The quality overall is better and so is the comfort. Had the extended touring seat installed for extra leg room. So far so good and don't miss the Victory.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent bike I love the chieftain because of the features and the ride. The only thing I wasn’t a fan of was I’m a bit to tall for it and I felt a little smushed in it. Otherwise one of the smoothest rides I’ve ever had on a motorcycle!
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Bike, rides like a dream! I bought my 2015 Chieftain a week ago, LUV IT, rode sport bikes, sport touring bikes all my life, Always liked Indians from yesteryor , When I saw they were back in the game, I had to get one, Best Bike I have ever owned, Purchased at Bestline Powersports, Indian Dealer , St College, Pa
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The way it starts and it's smooth powerful ride Impressed with the fit and finish ,like the extras you pay more for on other motorcycles,like chrome perches on handlebars power and remote locking bags Anti lock brakes ,ect,ect.She rides really nice.
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Style and Sound! I test rode this bike and I love the styling and I love the sound too but it seems to me that the 111 Thunderstroke is just lacking in power! I test rode a new 2019 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse in Bronze Smoke and it had the Stage 3 116 Thunderstroke Kit in it and I was much more impressed with the power of the 116 over the 111! It's a fantastic bike but if you like to romp on your bikes from time to time and play with some horsepower like me then I definitely recommend the 116 upgrade!
Date published: 2018-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great bike love it I love the performance and power of chieftain limited 2018
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Now this is a premium motorcycle!!! What a difference! 30 yrs of riding motorcycles and never had exactly what I wanted. Picked my bike up and realized I finally had everything I wanted in one bike. Great handling, fits perfectly, and the ride is comfortable. I believe anyone who tests rides one will be delighted Very happy
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Test Ride of Mini Ape Hangers and big bore motor. First of all I would like to thank Tom. He answered all of the questions that I had about my current bike and also showed and explained features that I didn't even know about.The Chieftain big bore is a lot faster on the take off and on rolling acceleration then my 2017 RoadMaster. I enjoyed the ride. The apes are much more comfortable then I thought they would be. Now I have to figure out what to buy my wife so I can get the apes...
Date published: 2019-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2017 Chieftain Limited Purchased my second chieftain this past summer, trading the 2015 in for the 2017 limited. The seat is a lot more comfortable on the 2017 than on the 2015, love the display on the 2017, a lot more options on the dash than on the 2015. The only thing was there was no front bonnet on the limited chieftain.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ride I rode the 116 version of the Chieftain Limited. Love the extra power. The height of the motorcycle has a good feel, I feel like I sit down into it, not on it. I love the adjustable height windshield, nice to be able to adjust it while riding. This one also had the upgraded stereo with the speakers in the saddlebag lids. It was nice, but not for the kind of money extra they were asking for it. Overall, if I had the cash today, it wouldn't be this model, cause I like the big classic fenders, but a Chieftain or Roadmaster would be in my garage.
Date published: 2019-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW ITS A DREAM COME TRUE I WHEN ON A TEST RIDE AND IT WAS ALL OVER I WAS HOOKED ON THE CHIEFTAIN LIMITED IN THUNDER BLACK PEARL WITH GRAPHICS THIS IS A KEEPER FOR LIFE FOR ME HANDLES MY 6 FT 5 INCH BUT AROUND WITH EASY AND TO THINK ALL THE MONEY I WASTED ON HARLEY'S DISAPPOINTMENT AFTER DISAPPOINTMENT O WELL I AM A HAPPY MAN NOW! SEE YOU ON THE HWY
Date published: 2018-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots of Torque Test rode the 111 and 116 Chieftain in Daytona in March. Engine torque is impressive even from low rpm. Suspension is better ( smoother ) than my Street Glide) no surprise there). Overall plastics look quite cheap. Sitting position is more upright than Harley. Order the back rest or hang on tight.
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My dream bike Best bike I have ever rode, did two demo rides. I'm a small person and fit comfortable on limited. Very nice feeling I can ride on a bigger bike than the Scout I have.
Date published: 2017-08-30
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Customer Reviews
Chieftain Dark Horse
Starting at $34,499 CA MSRP
2019 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse® is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 245.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely love it I purchased oct18/16 and as of today 2/23/17 I have ridden it for a total or 6276miles in just over 4months so the Mike's should speak for itself in absolutely am in love with this bike, the only thing I could ever say could be improved is the color of the speedometer I have a extremely hard time reading it at night with lights on no matter how it's adjusted
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Style, comfort, performance I purchased the UK 2017 Jack Daniels Chieftain. When she arrived I was so impressed I ordered the 2018 Chieftain Dark Horse. Great bike.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bike all around. I bought my bike January 28th 2017. In Maryland we have had odd temperatures for this season. We have been in the 70 to 80 degree range. The handling is as great as my ZX10RR. It is extremely smooth riding down the road. I have had lots of bikes over the last 30 yrs. None like this. I love my Dark Horse.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Price points. Indian and the other V-Twin manufacturer. I think you have priced yourself into a tight market segment. We're not all loaded. The price of your clothing and apparel is pretty ridiculous. It's a great ride, if you can afford it. The IMRG at a national level, sometimes I wonder if you're really out there.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from stage 2 upgrade I already own a 2019 Indian Roadmaster which i love and wanted to test ride a bike with either a stage 2 or 3 to see what i am going to choose as an upgrade. After testing the stage 2, i am satisfied that i will be upgrading to a stage 2. the power and sound is just perfect for this bike and since my Roadmaster is just a upgraded Chieftain dark horse, i will be happy to be upgrading my bike with a stage 2. BTW, i have road tested numerous bikes over the years and can say without a doubt that the Indian brand is by far the most beautiful bike out there.
Date published: 2019-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bike Upgraded from a scout back in may and completely worth it. 10,000 miles in four months commuting 120 miles round trip each day. Comfortable ride each day. . Not one complaint.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 116 Big Bore is a bigger deal than expected I just went for a full test ride of the new 2019 116 big bore Chieftain Dark horse. I currently ride a 2015 Chieftain with over 210,000 miles and it's almost completely stock with only a very few additions. I know very well all the capabilities of the 111 thunder stroke engine from Alaska to Key West and below sea level in Death Valley to Pikes Peak at over 14,000 feet. This 111 has never ever stopped. The main difference when you upgrade to the 116 is the ample amount of torque all the way through the power band. This is going to make a real difference when I need to get around a long truck at speed and quickly return to my lane. For this feature alone it's worth it for the confidence it inspires. My only negative comment is that Indian does not offer a Dark horse Road master or a factory option 116 motor, so I had to have one built for me at Indian Motorcycle Elkhart Indiana. I'll be glad to share with you once I have a few thousand miles on it how it's doing. Gauging from the initial response from my riding community .......... if you build it, they want to buy it!!!! Just ask the folks in Elkhart and they will be happy to tell you about the inquiries.
Date published: 2018-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A pleasure to ride I wish my summers were longer and I had more time to ride. There is nothing I don't like about this bike.
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice bike, too expensive, not very good demo guy First, the demo van wasn't what I was told it would be. I wanted to test ride a Springfield and the dealer wouldn't prep one. Told me to wait for the demo van, which would have every model to ride. When I went they didn't have any Springfields to ride. The guy was kind of rude and said if you want to ride a Chieftain, it's the same thing. I don't know, the big fairing and all the gadgets wasn't the experience I wanted. Also, the bike was fully optioned out at $34,400. Overall, very comfortable ride with a ton of power with the 116. Great maneuverability, but the throttle seemed sloppy. About 1/8th turn of play before it would accelerate. He didn't explain tour mode vs standard vs sport before the ride. I was in tour mode, but would have preferred standard or sport if I had known.
Date published: 2019-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the look and ride I've had it almost one year now I love it but it has a couple of electrical issues that come and go had it checked at two dealerships and they could not reproduce them. The tire monitoring system comes up blank on the front tire while I'm riding. The radio keypad freezes up can't do anything with it. And the hand warmers don't shutdown when I turn off the bike sometimes
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Scout has everything This is why I chose it: 1) It had the features I was looking for (ABS and Radiator) and enough power 2) Being a new rider at the time the center of gravity makes very easy to handle and it just felt right, and 3) the great looks. It was everything I was looking for and I fell in love with my scout. After two years I love it even more, it's just a fun bike to ride.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bike Bought this bike last October and has been an awesome bike. Lots of power, great handling and smooth ride. A few negatives are small saddlebags, should have an option for a bigger size. The adjustable windscreen keeps coming loose and rattles. The biggest complaint I have is the tapping coming from the engine. Overall, I love this bike and turns heads everywhere.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2019 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse (Bronze Smoke) Bought the is bike in Sep 2018 and now have a little over 8,000 miles on it. Time for a review. On the day of purchase I did back to back test rides of a 2019 HD Street Glide Special and a 2019 Chieftain Limited. Both great bikes and both have pros and cons but in the end I chose the Chieftain. Things I like: Features - The Chieftain has led lighting all around and I really like the adjustable windshield and locking saddle bags. I do like the three ride modes but find myself typically riding in "Standard" mode. I appreciate the rear cylinder deactivation feature but have yet to use it. Even living here in Arizona I don't find engine heat to be an issue. I really like the ride command. It's intuitive, easy to use and has all the info I'll ever need.The tire pressure monitoring system is very nice to have. The ride - The bike rides and handles great. The suspension and ride quality was a big factor for me when choosing between the Chieftain and Street Glide. The Indian was just better. I also found the ergonomics better. The Indian fits me well. For being a heavy bike it sure does handle well. Feels light and nimble. Style - Of course this is subjective but I really like the new style. Yes, it looks more like an HD but I'm okay with that as I've always liked Street Glides. And I hate to say it but I've never liked the fairing, bags and big fenders on the older Indians. Guess I'm not nostalgic. I just don't like the "dated" look. Performance - The 111 is fine for me and I like that the power is down low. Being bagger I rarely push the RPM's that high anyway. Short shifting is pretty much how I ride. Would I like more power? Of course. I've considered the stage 3 kit but to be honest don't trust the dealership to install it correctly. Right now the bike doesn't have any issues and I'd like to keep it that way. I do have stage 1 installed (Indian Performance Air Intake and Rinehart exhaust). The Rineharts sound great. Things I don't like or wish were better and things I fixed: My biggest complaint is the dealership network and availability of parts and add-ons. The HD dealerships near me seem to be well organized and have everything you can think of to add on to your bike. Not so with Indian. Lots of things aren't available and when they are they're not in stock and need to be ordered. As mentioned above I would like to add stage 2 or 3 but just don't trust them to do it correctly. I did not have that feeling with HD. With every bike I've owned my very first purchase was touch-up paint for the inevitable rock chip in the fender, fairing and bags. Can I get that for my Bronze Smoke bike? Nope, not yet. Have contacted Polaris multiple times and they don't have it yet and they won't provide the paint code for proprietary reasons. It's a small thing but I found it to be odd and a little annoying. I would also like some lower wind deflectors but those aren't available yet either, at least not by Indian. While I like the led lighting I don't like the colored lenses on the front and rear signals. I wish they were clear or smoked. I figured that would be an easy upgrade but I'm having a hard time finding them. This could be on me. I also wish the front signals were dual purpose, turn signals and running lights. There may be after market options for this already but I'm not able to find them. A couple things I had to change - The stock windshield wasn't working for me so I upgraded to the 13.7 Indian Flare windshield which is a nice improvement. I've heard good things about the Rogue seat and in the beginning I liked it. I expected it get even better after some time breaking it in but that wasn't the case. Surprisingly it got worse and after 7K miles I replaced it with an Ultimate seat. The Ultimate seat sits me a little higher but it's way more comfortable. Big difference. Also, the Ultimate seat and backrest combo was pretty much the same price as the Rogue backrest and bracket alone. Getting the Ultimate was a no-brainer. The prices of Indian accessories is a little crazy. So in summary, the things I don't like are pretty small complaints and pale in comparison to the things I like about the 2019 Chieftain Dark Horse. The bike itself is great and I hope it proves to be reliable over the years to come. My other hope is that the after market and dealership network continues to improve. For the bike, I give it five stars.
Date published: 2019-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 116 finally has the power Demo'd this bike with the stage 3 kit and finally see a bike that can replace my 1900 Roadliner. Wish the drive by wire was more responsive has the lag for a seasoned biker is troubling. Floorboards are a little high for people taller than 5'10. Other than that, it's got the power and performance I like.
Date published: 2018-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Bike! Demoed this bike at 4 corners rally in Ignacio CO. Plenty of power, loved the feel, handled like it was on rails, really like the touch screen and the power windshield. But it was the performance that really makes this bike so good. I got off this bike, went to the Harley demo fleet and rode a Roadglide special for comparison, there is none, this is a superior motorcycle! Limited dealer network and aftermarket support are drawbacks, nearest dealer is 250 miles from my house. Not to mention that it is overpriced.
Date published: 2019-09-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Victory owner checks out Indian Had a demo day at Brookfield Indian,had to look at the chieftain dark horse Much smaller than the Xc had all the goodies $27k plus list Good suspension,shifting,audio and nav were nice Even with cylinder deactivation it was hot very hot The bike is nice but not for that kind of money
Date published: 2019-07-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Clunky I felt the tranny was a little clunky and I was disappointed with the high handle bars. I thought I would like them more but instead they were just a little uncomfortable.
Date published: 2019-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Updated Ride Took a demo ride yesterday at Indian KC. I currently own a 17 Roadmaster. Wanted to ride a 116 to see what’s up. Was put on a 19 Chieftain Darkhorse. First impressions: 1) Took me a few minutes to acquaint myself with the updated controls. Think most of the changes are good. 2) If money was not an issue, I’d have my on the lift at the dealer right now to do the big bore kit. The 116 is ON POINT. And finally, 3) Not a huge fan of the new look faring but am sure it will grow on me.
Date published: 2019-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loving it Bought my new Indian in August really enjoying it. Only gripes push seat back about an inch and lower the floorboards about 1.5 inches other than that great bike
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Bike 12000 miles since Aug 2016 :-) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice, better than Harley, but not my Victory I rode this bike today at a Demo site. Found the standard grips to be uncomfortable, the lack of a heel toe shifter to be annoying, and the engine vibration to unacceptable. Overall, for a tall man (6'3" 255) it fits and that is important. Much better than any of 3 Harleys I also demoed today. Yet I will keep my 2014 Victory Cross Country. Don't know why Indian who I believe has a superior product to Harley Davidson seems to be trying to make bikes more and more like them.
Date published: 2019-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Bike Bought mine back in November and i wont refret it...great investment...And get the looks from Harley Riders wishing they could get one..
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features, looks and ride! I bought my 2017 Chief Dark Horse at Thanksgiving of 2016 and I couldn't be happier with it. I just started riding again (after nearly 25 years) at age 50. It's just an awesome all-around large bagger. Great features, awesome looks, best steering geometry on any bike this size that I've experienced, great sound, great acceleration... I love it! Real head-turner too. I just got back from bike week (Daytona) and received countless unsolicited compliments and "thumbs up."
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a beautiful machine ! Indian has thought this through and done it right. The 111 thunder stroke motor is amazing. Low center of gravity makes this bike a dream to handle. Minor minor gripes? The windshield causes a little turbulence. (Replaced with a flare, solved) The radio controls are not as easy to use as a Harley, I installed the drivers backrest and need to have someone cut a proper hole in the flap to slide it into the seat. Unsure why there was no LED headlight or running lights. Design on this bike is like art. I consistently have people stop and compliment. You guys hit the cool factor high with this one. Love the power outlet in the bag. Would love a USB port on the right side of the dash where the knockout is. Can't get my iPod to work with the under dash USB port yet but that's probably my error. The retractable windshield is very useful. And cool ! I've added most of the trim accessories (seat grab rail, rear luggage rack, fender rails and highway bars. Dealer added the cams, air cleaner , and savage slip-ons. The sound is very nice. Power is incredible. Price point is great. Thanks for making a great bike! Welcome back Indian!!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite bike I bought this in Nov of 2016. Of the there main riding styles, I always fell into the "standard" riding position for 32 years. This is my first cruiser and I love it. Coming from a BMW RT, this seems like a tractor (compliment). It's low revs, torque, relaxed position, effortless balance; it just cruises and it fits my need for relaxing. So far the paint has been very easy to clean. I did add a lot of extras to bring it up to a Roadmaster, which I would recommend.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice bike! Enjoyed the ride! Very enjoyable experience riding the Chieftain Dark Horse, the difference in the standard and Sport modes was very substantial, almost too touchy in sport mode when trying to ride in traffic, but drop it into standard mode and it's very relaxed and pleasant. Adjustable windshield worked well, and the controls were intuitive. The large screen was nice and easy to read on the road, almost too big,! The glove touch screen was fantastic. Only complaints are handle bars were a bit too high for long-term comfort and after being on the bike for only 30 or 45 minutes the seat felt as though it might not make it for the long haul. Very nimble and and comfortable, the power of the 116 cubic inch engine was great and the brakes were just as impressive. The white smoke paint with all the blacked out components looked really hot,
Date published: 2019-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Indian demo I had try 3 different style. My favorite 2019 chieftain dark horse.
Date published: 2018-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Machine!! First off I am 5'3" and there are few large engine bikes that I feel comfortable on and can touch tippy toes much less flat footed. On the Chieftain Dark Horse I could touch flat footed and it was the 116!! The bike is weighted perfectly, as well and it took curves like a spoke bike which was awesome! Most large bike (mainly Harley's) get the front in wobble when dipping hard in curves; however this DID NOT HAPPEN with the Indian. I love the modes (touring, standard and sport) you can feel the power difference and handling of each mode. The stock bars felt great at the hight they were. The power fairing windshield was super cool. Awesome sound system and the stock seat felt good. I could see myself putting an easy 700 miles with no issues or soreness. Great bike! I will be getting one as soon as I pay pay truck off!!!
Date published: 2018-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well thought out bike....almost. Took this bike out on a demo. The engine is well balanced as is the motorcycle. Seat was comfortable and position of feet was nice with a size 14 shoe. I love when the floor boards say put your feet where ever you like and not put your feet here. I'm 6'0" and felt like this bike was made for me. However not so much for the wife. The one thing that always grinds my gears about these baggers is they design it for the driver and not the passenger. If you're going to offer a passenger seat why not the backrest. Looking at the backrest options have to say its not pretty both in price and in looks. I think Indian could one up these bikes and make a Kuryakyn multi-purpose driver and passenger back rest that should come standard with these bikes to fit the color scheme, not just standard chrome or black. The standard sound system is powerful and has excellent quality. Power windshield is smooth and has quite a range, love it. Touch screen, very well thought out and user friendly, this is a must! ABS brakes are incredible, cheers to the engineers who helped put that together. This bike is perfect for me but not for the wife, hence the 4/5 stars. When I'm done with the Victory Cross Country though I have to say this is the one. Love the colors too. Front fairing is a stud. Keep up the good work Indian! Can't wait for the next ride.
Date published: 2019-03-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from soom Good features I will try the bike out again at Heritage Indian, Rogers, AR. I was very disappointed in the new seat tha comes with the bike. I found it to be very disappointing as to comfort especially on a long trip. I have a 2017 Black Horse Chieftain and I had to chang the seat out for a after market seat made by Ultimate Seats. In the short demo ride at Bikefest Osage Beach, MO I could not give a long enough ride test, The time that I did have riding in the seat I still felt very uncomfortable so I assume it would be ever worse in a long ride. The seat also reminded me of the stock seats on your old Victory line of motorcycles. I will look at the three ride modes in more detail when I attend the Bike, Blues and Bar-B-Q in a couple of weeks. I only roadie with the bike in sport mode and did not care for the throttle response. It was too touchy especially when I encountered rough sections or bumps in the road. Every bump caused me to increase throttle without intending too so it was a bit unsettling. Again I will give it another try in a couple of weeks to try the other two modes. Although I like the new fairing and most other body changes it is not enough for me to want to upgrade at this time. I would also suggest a couple of changes. First a possible seat option to an upgraded touring seat simulator to the Ultimate seat. second, imagine the 2019 red Chieftain with the blackout engine, wheels, front forks and all black out chrome... that would be a awesome look for a red bike....
Date published: 2018-09-14
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Starting at $36,499 CA MSRP
2019 Indian Roadmaster Thunder Black is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 1063.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dream machine I first rode the Roadmaster in 2016, have wanted one ever since. The opportunity came about for a test ride with the Indian Test ride and I traveled 275 miles to do it again. Tested as I ride, 2 up with my wife. Ride was great, had extended reach seat and was ultra smooth. HATED the mini apes. Power was the same as my 2018 HD Ultra Classic with the 107, but was roomier and was smoother overall, but with a sticker at $5000 more than the HD I ended up with the 2018 Ultra Classic. The Roadmaster still remains a dream machine for me, but with the price difference I will just have to wait for test rides as I cannot afford to have one in my garage.
Date published: 2018-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expensive, but you get what you pay for. I like this motorcycle a lot. This is my third motorcycle in my life and probably going to be the last one for a while. From the power features to the insanely powerful motor, it has everything my Road Star didn't and more. It runs very hot hot which is my only real complaint ESPECIALLY for the ride side passenger leg/foot area, but with an 1811cc air cooled & oil cooled engine, it almost comes with the territory. Other than that the bike seems very solid and full of features that I will never get tired of. I bought this motorcycle primarily for riding 2 up since I don't own a car, I want my motorcycle to do EVERYTHING, and this comes close.
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from COMFORT & POWER I BOUGHT IT IN OCTOBER 2014. ALMOST 15000 ON IT. IT'S BEEN PRETTY MUCH BULLET PROOF. ADDED EXHAUST, HI-FLOW AIR, CAMS. REALLY MADE A DIFFERENCE. SOUND SYSTEM CUTS OUT WHEN USING THE USB PORT WITH A JUMP DRIVE IS MY ONLY COMPLAINT OTHER THAN POLARIS REFUSES TO MAKE A BACKREST TO FIT WHEN I'M NOT RUNNING WITH MY TRUNK. THAT'S USUALLY MOST OF THE TIME UNLESS ON A TRIP. BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE MONEY. IT'S LIKE HARLEY, COST MORE THAN IT'S WORTH. BUT I LIKE IT. ALSO WANT YOU TO KNOW I OWNED A CHIEFTAIN FROM DEC 2013 TILL OCT 2014 AND TRADED FOR THE ROADMASTER. PUT 9500 MILES ON IT. LOVED EVERY MILE.
Date published: 2016-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Out standing machine. I bought this machine in Feb 2015, I had always wanted an Indian, an when Polaris bought Kings Mtn, I knew good things where ahead. Not sorry I made the purchase. Recently I put on S&S big air kit Dynojet 5 and already had stage one pipes. When I had it tuned, the tuner got 90 hp an 112 lbs of torq at back wheel. I love the fact you can take off the the bags, travel trunk an front lowers. When the out side temp gets hot, I pull the lowers off to help with heat from the motor, there is only 3 screws that hold each one on.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great features...quality lacking in some areas I picked up a 2016 RM a few weeks ago. On the plus side-love the features and it's the most comfortable bike I've ever owned. The features are well documented in other reviews. On the minus...terrible rattle from the windshield actuator, squealing belt drive and mediocre paint-metallic is not well done and blotchy (grey/black). Lots of rattles from the fairing over bumpy roads. Dealer "can't hear" the rattles nor quiet the belt so far. Not what I'd expect in a $30k bike. Build quality doesn't compare with Triumph and paint doesn't compare with HD.
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Clearly the benchmark for heavy cruisers/tourers I'm old. I traded a BMS K1200LT because it is tall, top-heavy, and my legs aren't what they used to be. Motivations for buying: press reviews; look; lower seat/low center of gravity; BarcoLounger back seat for wife; tendency to root for the underdog. For its class, I believe it handles well, has very good mid-range power but need more above 4,000 rpm, and is very comfortable. I have a 2016; I'd much prefer having the auxiliary light switch on the right handlebar pod to make flashing safe. Time will tell about reliability but initial quality and press reports leave my expectations very high.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful bike I brought the bike about a month and so far everything is great. A few items that is negative, the bike runs great in the rain except the windshield and angle is perfect to throw water in your face I'd like a better angle to deflect the rain better. The button are not easy to push with or without gloves, the seek button is holding the left or right arrow button for a length of time with isn't easy. Now the positive, it looks great and runs great. I just ran it from PA to MA about 450 miles with little discomfort. She handles better than I expected but my experience with newer bikes are limited.
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top notch I seen the advertising on television. I was interested and thought why not take a look. After looking it over and up righting it, I knew this was a whole new world of motorcycle and I liked it a lot. After the test ride, it was the motorcycle for me. I can not thank Indian enough for coming back in the world. Thank you for building a great motorcycles.
Date published: 2016-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, solid, powerful I bought my RM a month ago and love it. The design aesthetics are well thought out and logical. Nothing is arbitrary. The bike is beautiful. The lines are smooth and flowing. Fit and finish are top notch and befitting the price. Quality components are used throughout. The bike handles very well for its size and weight. It is supremely comfortable ergonomically. Im 5' 6" and I dont have any trouble with it. All controls are very intuitive whether they be physical or electronic. This not a Goldwing. Its not supposed to be. A comparison between the two is not valid. This is a classic American tourer that has soul and character. Everything about its design and construction reflects that.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from this was a test ride with two people. Fit and finish was nice on the bike. Hand controls or nice on the bike. The heads-up display was okay. The handling of the bike does not compare to the Victory Vision. My feet or higher on the floor boards that I'm used to. The fly by wire throttle has a lag. The transmission is smooth I'll tell you. If I were to buy one it would always be in sport mode. The look of the bike is nice although I would have stuck to the freedom 106 motor. You just can't get better than the victoryvision when it comes to the whole package. Power, handling, comfort. The only thing the Indian has over the Victory Vision is fit and finish
Date published: 2019-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this ride I took a rode trip to Kerrville Texas and left home on a 2006 Yamaha RoadStar and returned home on a 2016 Indian RoadMaster. The ride is phenominal. It has plenty of power and pickup. I averaged 40-45mpg on the 300 mile trip home. I can get a little over 200 miles to a tank of gas and better than that when I slow down (which I rarely do). The wife loves the backseat. It is a very large back seat. At one point on the trip I was around 110mph and she never knew it. There have been some heat issues coming off of the engine but I bought a "Crotch Cooler" from Captain itch.com and it made a world of difference. What can I say, I love this ride.
Date published: 2016-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ROLLING ARTWORK Beautiful, powerful, nimble, comfortable, reliable, luxurious, soulful, versatile, nostalgic
Date published: 2016-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from RoadMaster I have had the bike for a year and still enjoy it very much and is now my most used. I still and will always own Harleys but the ride comfort and styling of the RoadMaster is the main reason I purchased it. It had become uncomfortable to do long trips on the Harley due to the constant vibration in the handlebars and seat which I do not get on the RoadMaster. The only negatives I have are the sound (just used to the aggressive sound of my Harley) and I wish it had a GPS instead of having to use my phone. The other thing I found disappointing is the finish on the fairing where you can see the mold marks of some internally mounted supports.
Date published: 2016-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Ride Took a demo ride 3 yrs ago at the Hot Springs Rally, went in and bought my first Indian 15 Chieftain, 3 yrs later same rally this time road a 2018 Roadmaster, stage 2 cams, VH pipes, loved all the features best was the high boy seat and mid rise bars.... Went in and talked again to Rob Gregory of Gregory Polaris same dealer i purchased the Chieftian. I was recognized by several of the staff before even getting to Rob. We talked and after finding the right one he gave me a number i could not pass up.. So again i rode to Hot Springs on one bike and home on another.. btw best riding and handling bike ive ever been on.. after 5 hrs i still felt great and was ready to ride more.
Date published: 2018-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Indian RoadMaster 2015 Hello , I bought my Indian RoadMaster last of August 2016 , very comfortable, powerful, smooth in highways, very light bike when you ride it . It have a good speakers very clear and not noisy. I did 10500 km and no issues. For the service the price is very good and not expensive. Close your eyes and pay for the legend bike . Best regards
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome bike Bought bike 4 months ago and already have over 11,000 miles on the odometer. I love my RoadMaster!! Great ride, love the premium stereo with 6 speakers.
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from DO NOT Buy BLACK Trade-in, depreciation, resale is horrible. I bought mine a month ago and was offered $11,000 below what I paid. Do not trust the dealer if they tell you a color is not available. Call other dealers directly. The Quick Disconnect trunk is nice but no seat back available for the Roadmaster for around town. I don’t like riding around town with the trunk but girlfriend wants a seat back. I hope Indian offers one soon. The Chieftain seat back kind of fits but the Roadmaster seat is wider so it squeezes the seat out of shape. Good riding bike. Great safety features and other accessories.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Roadmaster I love the bike had it for 2 years and still have it. I am extremely disappointed in the seat the bike looks great but the seat (tan) looks terrible. I have complained while under warranty but was told it was normal. I also have a 2016 Chieftain It only has a few thousand miles on it and the seat looks fine (black) I really do have a problem with that seat looking like that and being called normal. I would think Indian wouldn't want that called normal and wouldn't want there bikes to look like that many people have commented how nice my bike loos but question why the seat looks like that. I just smile and say Indian says its normal.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harley can’t compare Long time goldwing rider, and have ridden a few Harley’s. Also several dirt bikes, sport bikes, can am, Triumph, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki. Iron Butt, Los Angeles traffic and country roads. Was very impressed with the Indians. Goldwing like ride, very smooth engine. A bit more engine heat than a wing, but a lot less than a Harley. Exceptionally well balanced, not a low cog like the wing, but pretty close. Excellent low speed handling. The stereo and gps seems unmatched. Blows away Goldwing and Electra Glide. All materials seemed very high quality, Controls very intuitive, factory exhaust had a really nice sound, deep growl but not too loud.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Number One in America / the World! I bought my Roadmaster two years ago in March. The first week I road it from Connecticut to Chicago, through snow in Pennsylvania. With my heated grips and seat along with anti-lock brakes and its splendid cruise control, along with stage One engine upgrade and Vance/Hines pipes I had a dream ride. Ever since then my Indian big iron has taken me where ever I have wanted to go, 20,000 miles worth so far. It is infinitely stable and easy to handle. I've been on bikes since 1950, all brands, but Indian tops the list.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Indian and Love It I bought the 2017 Indian RoadMaster to replace my 2004 Honda VTX 1300. The first time I saw the new Indian lineup was at the 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally at the Crazy Horse monument. From that day, I knew I had to have an Indian. Little did I know that I would be buying a RoadMaster 4 years later.
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blown away! I came to the demo days hoping to check out the Springfield, as it is fairly similar to my current ride. I checked out the Chieftan first and then took out the Roadmaster. I have ridden other full dresser bikes and have not been a big fan, so I did not have high expectations for the Roadmaster. I should have! It was absolutely amazing. The weight is carried low, so it feels much lighter than you expect. It is easy to lift off the kickstand and is very agile when in motion. The Thunderstroke 111 is a joy to short-shift and the touring chassis rides like a Cadillac. I loved it so much, I didn't even bother to ride the Springfield! Love that Roadmaster!
Date published: 2018-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2015 roadmaster 2015 roadmaster... My lazy boy on steroids....I was so satisfied my son purchased a 2016 scout
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The bike that I have been waiting all my life Mostly everything is perfect except the following: - Too much heat coming out on the right leg. If I encounter too many red lights, I will end my ride with my right calf cooked to medium well. - The leg's wind protectors are too far away from the frame, causing too much air to pass between the wind protector and the frame. This air hits my leg (especially on the left side) and it is not comfortable at temp under 65 F (17 C). - Because it is an ultimate touring machine, I would appreciate the gas tank to be a bit bigger (increase to 25 liters instead of 20). - Rattle from the front windshield after 2 years of use.
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bike...excellent sales staff... This my second Indian...came off a 14 Vintage into a 17 Roadmaster and so glad I did. The fit and could be better on the trunk but that is the only flaw I could find (and I am very picky). I have already addressed this issue and it has been corrected. The power is awesome, the handling is effortless. Sooo much storage and the new Ride Command is very easy to reach and use. My bike is an Icon (mesa red smoke over thunder black smoke) and it is stunning. Gary, Jordan, Lane, Curtis and Robbie contributed to an easy and enjoyable buying experience.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great bike over all I bought my new Roadmaster Feb. of 2015 and logged over 10,000 miles on her the first year. Bike has ran great, but had to repaint her due to the lack of paint under the fenders. Reworked the seat due to poor leather and foam. Replaced the clutch cable with a Barnett one the factory one didn't hold up. Still a great bike that I love and would buy another one for sure. You need to tell your Dealers that those riders who travel across country should get quick service on the road like H.D. does that would be a big help. I've had five riding friends buy Indians now after traveling with me.
Date published: 2016-05-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great motorcycle.....until Thought this was the best motorcycle ever. But each time I took it in for the shceduled services it got less so. With the added Indian Stage 1 it was great. But at the 500 service, after it felt different. It started dying on cold starts and gurgle popping. At the 2500 service, after the gurgle popping stopped and it just popped loud. And it started surging on deceleration braking. Especially on a spot where I was going downhill and at the bottom was a curve. Taken that curve hundreds of times since the purchase as it's my route home. Scared the heck out of me. It didn't do any of this before the 500 mile service. Then at the 5000 mile service the "Safety Recall" had to be done. Was told I must do it to stay in warranty. After that recall the Stage 1 was gone. The bike was the same as any stock motorcycle. The dealer said the motorcycle felt "normal". Bull. I knew my motorcycle and it was completely different. But, the surge now happened at a little bit lower RPM. Popping is now much more often and gurgling on all deceleration. So I went from and assume motorcycle to one like that movie of Christine the car. Possessed. Polaris did authorize the Stage 1 to be reinstalled but only because I demanded all the Stage 1 parts to be removed and given a full refund. Bait and switch isn't high on my list of things I like. But once the Stage 1 was installed, the motorcycle did not have the same snappy response I liked about the whole machine. I don't think it's the same Stage 1. And the popping and gurgling never stopped or lessened. Now totally unhappy. The motorcycle is no longer better than a Harley. Would not even consider another Indian. I do see there is a fix for all this but not from Indian. That's a real shame because it was such a good motorcycle until they started changing how it ran. I'd just like to have the bike I had before the 500 miles service. Oh. I forgot about the heat issue. Heat was never a real issue. After the 5000 mile service it's now unbearable. I'm positive this isn't what you want in a review but that's it for me. A totally unsatisfied customer.
Date published: 2016-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the bike Have had the bike for over a year and have over 10,000 miles on it. We have had a number of issues; shock failure, oil leak, drive belt or bearing squeal(still on-going - dealer taking care of this week) and the battery. All of these were handled very well by warranty at the dealer (Smokin' Joes), particularly special was the service we got in Bettendorf, Iowa when our shock gave out on a trip. A call to corporate and 4 hours later we were on the road. Brenny's Motorcycle Clinic was top notch start to finish. Our biggest issue is the swirls in the paint. Paint is soft and only using cotton cloths it still scratches. Payed way too much money to have a bad paint job.
Date published: 2016-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing motorcycle! I bought my 2017 Roadmaster 2 months ago (January) and I have put 2200 miles on it. For a 900 pound bike it handles so well. Slow speed maneuvers are not a problem. It does not feel top heavy. I love the heated grips and heated seats. I ride all season so the heat is welcome in the winter. By the same token, I know I am going to have to remove the catalytic converter because the heat coming off the pipes will be intense in the summer. The seat is very comfortable and my wife loves the pillion, especially with the arm rests. Ride command is great. The sound on the 2017 is so much better than previous years. Sound is loud and crisp with stock speakers. Volume is never above 5 even at highway speeds. GPS, phone calls, bluetooth and USB music all work great. Radio reception is weak but a new firmware was released today that is supposed to address that. I cant recommend this bike enough!
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from My Roadmaster I love this bike but have had LOTS of problems with it and i mean LOTS. When the bike runs it runs and handles better than any bike i have owned. This bike has also failed more than all the bikes i have owned put together. I dont think its all Indians but i do have a bad one for sure. I am thinking about trading for a 2017 roadmaster. I would of kept this bike for at least 8 years but with the issues its time to change and give Indian a fair chance on a great bike.
Date published: 2016-10-08
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Customer Reviews
Roadmaster Dark Horse
Starting at $35,499 CA MSRP

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Roadmaster Elite
Starting at $44,499 CA MSRP
2020 Indian Roadmaster Elite Wildfire Red Candy over Thunder Black Crystal with 24k Gold trim is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 42.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best ride I have ever owned Bought mine about 18 months ago. Added a few touches, all Indian accessories. This bike turns heads no matter where I go. Ride, fit and finish are top notch. If you want a fine machine that allows you to stand out from the pack, the Roadmaster is for you.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rode 3 Road the Roadmaster, chieftain thunder horse and the scout bobber. The Roadmaster was excellent, the thunder horse had a lot of power but I was too cramped with my long legs and the seat was not comfortable. The scout bobber was quick and nimble, very fun around town bike and seemed just as quick and the thunder horse. Had a very good time and came away with good info on the bikes. Dealership was very clean and the people there are awesome to talk to. Good amount of inventory to choose from. Gave me something to think about for sure!!
Date published: 2019-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Test Ride with wife. My wife and I went to an Indian demo days at our local dealer and scheduled a ride on a Roadmaster Elite. The bike is great looking and the controls seem to be well placed and functional. I started the ride with the windshield in the lowest position but soon raised it to its highest position. We are used to riding a GoldWing. My wife's feedback was that she felt vibrations in the seat and the exhaust was loud. she liked the arm rests. The travel trunk and side bags ere well made and have a lot of volume. The engine response was about what I expected for a large touring bike. Shifting and braking were easy. I definitely sensed a higher center of gravity when coming to a stop and felt the balance was more of a challenge than I'm used to. Once moving the balance was good.
Date published: 2019-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Has features I wouldn’t have ever thought. Bought the Roadmaster a few month ago and am still pinching myself. The smoothest riding bike I’ve ever risen. The looks and quality of ride is unmatched in my humble opinion. A lot of my future plans include riding my Indian.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Motorcycle,Love the ride and handling ! Second Roadmaster I own, First being a 2015,This Bike IS SECOND TO NONE ! Purchased in September 2017 and well pleased, Good job Indian ! And my Wife Loves The Smooth Ride.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Test ride for two up riding. I took my wife on a test ride as we are considering a different two up bike. I liked the features of the motorcycle from the abs brakes to ease of use for the controls. For me handle bars where not in the best position. Change requires aftermarket parts. Seat for both rider and passenger seemed good but test rides are to short to really know. Biggest factor for low rating is the heat both rider and passenger have to contend with. Temp was low 80s wind 10 to 12 mph. In a 20 minute test ride that included interstate and city traffic. The heat as a result of the lowers and air vents left the backside of my thighs medium well done. My wife said the heat on her calves and up into her chest area had her sweating in two miles. In contrast the Chieftains with out lowers allowed for better air flow that didn't concentrate heat. I would give 4.5 stars to it.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seems appropriate Very happy with mine after 16 months and 17,000 miles
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smooth, comfy ride I test drove the Indian roadmaster at Daytona bike week. It was a great ride! Smooth and comfortable! The sound from the radio was really good and I like the navigation setup. Only thing I wish was better was the guys running the demo fleet would show you more on the bike to try out during the ride. I didn’t even realize half the features it had til I went to a dealership and a salesman showed me the other features I missed on the demo.
Date published: 2019-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In love with my 2018 Roadmaster Elite I was so excited to take her home! What a smooth ride. She shifts smooth as silk, from 1st through 6th, the transmission is spot on. Neutral is found easily when needed and each gear has the proper torque and range. The 111 Thunderstroke is a dream, and even the stock pipes sound just fine...might want a little deeper and louder, but she’s great right off the showroom floor as is. Storage space is plentiful, bring everything I need and everything is safe and secure, waterproof, and easily accessible, from the trunk, to the saddles, to the two lowers and even the dash compartment, perfect. The electronics are fantastic. Cruise control works perfectly and switches are improved over past years. The RideCommand system is fantastic, and the USB or mobile sync are great. The customizable display screens give you everything you need, and more than you could ask for. And the sound, WOW...300 watts of power. Even at 90mph, sound is plentiful...I have never even gone over 8 on the dial, and it is speed sensing...one nitpick, the navigation volume is even louder then the music, eek. But wow, music sounds great. All of the bling is amazing, from the Pinnacle mirrors, floorboards, chrome galore, and bumper to bumper, everything is form fit and finish, perfect. The paint is gorgeous, the showroom didn’t do it justice, the sun makes the whole bike glow and shimmer...between the blue, the glass flakes, and the chrome...WOW. She handles like a dream, from high speed curves to slow parking lot maneuvers in first, she instills confidence in the operator like no bike I’ve ever owned. So far I’ve only added the driver’s backrest. I’m 6’2” and 350 pounds, I’m also lowering the floorboards and adding a touring windshield...I think, for now, that is all she needs...she came near perfect right off the floor. Great job Indian...and kudos Indian Motorcycle of Charlotte on running the first, finest, and fastest Indian dealership in the world.
Date published: 2018-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not enough power To get it up to speed you have to buy a new intake and exhaust system to open it up. The adjustable wind shield is to bouncy and shakes with every bump. It was a very comfortable ride, it was easy to control and maneuver but the shifter is to far forward
Date published: 2018-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a blast! I test rode this baby at the Laughlin River Run. The power this has is out of this world. Roll on the throttle in 6th gear going 60 and it just takes off! Very smooth as well! My only concern was the height and position of the handle bars. I'm used to a Harley Limited. I think the grips are just a touch lower. I'm sure I could get used to the higher bars. But I was very impressed with the power and ride!
Date published: 2019-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth- awesome machine I have driven HD’s and the elite was an easy win ! Beautiful bike, smooth ride, no vibration, a winner!
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best bike on the road I have only driven it 500 miles before winter set in, but love every minute of it.
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So comfortable I trust road the roadmaster elite and man how comfortable. The seat has obviously been upgraded from last year. I could sit in that saddle for hours. Such a smooth and stable ride also. It doesn't corner quite as easily as the chieftain but for it's size it corners better than most full dress touring bikes. It's probably my next bike!!
Date published: 2019-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touring bike for long hauls Demo ride at Indian OC. The passenger did not have place for resting forarms or to hold on during acceleration. The motor was great, suspension was great.
Date published: 2019-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Demo Ride Took advantage of the demo rides offered at the local dealer. Loved the bike. Bought one as soon as the ride was finished.
Date published: 2018-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Riding Motorcycle Great riding and handling motorcycles. Haven’t bought yet. Waiting on personal finances to get straight
Date published: 2019-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ride Good balance great pick up speed..didn't like the knocking sound oh the engine. Switches look flimsy
Date published: 2019-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Demo Wanted to see what the Roadmaster was all about. It was all that an a bag of chips lol.
Date published: 2018-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome ride Test ride it was an awsome ride would definitely buy
Date published: 2019-06-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just not for me I have ridden and owned a wide variety of motorcycles including the touring bikes from Yamaha, Honda and Harley Davidson so I have a pretty good baseline. This bike just was not what I expected given the hype. It was uncomfortable after just a short time and the seat felt almost wooden, the switches were not easy to reach especially for a left hand turn and I have large hands. I expected a smooth motor but the vibration rivaled that of an older Harley. I did not like the instrument/gauge layout with the speedo and tach opposite of most motorcycles.I found the handlebar placement to be raised too high which made the bike additionally uncomfortable and cumbersome to maneuver at parking lot speed. I just don't like the look of the bike either but that is a personal preference, I am not a fan of white bikes so maybe that was a factor in the look. Not was all bad, the foot controls were nicely placed and easy to reach and operate. I am happy that I had the opportunity to try the top of the line Indian but this bike just wasn't for me.
Date published: 2019-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY BABY I BOUGHT IT AFTER A SHORT VISIT AT THE DEALER. JUST PERFECT
Date published: 2018-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Handled and Rode Wonderfully! Drove this during the MB Sprig Rally Demo Truck event. Easy to sign up and ride, the route was a great mix of traffic, windy back roads and highway cruising, and the bike performed spectacularly. I currently ride a HD Road King and this has me thinking seriously of switching to an Indian Full Dresser!
Date published: 2019-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Test Ride I test rode a Roadmaster with the higher and 2" farther back seat. Really enjoyed the comfort of the rise and the mega amounts of leg room. Would love to have one but can't afford that kind of payment.
Date published: 2019-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice ride Comfortable ride. A lot of useable torque. Best wind protection. Good luggage system. Light, responsive handling. Nice exhaust note. Very complete and useable electronics and info system.
Date published: 2019-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth ride I bought the 2019 Roadmaster Elite and loving it. The comfort, handling, and features are just amazing.
Date published: 2019-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just a little short for my feet. Just a little short for my feet. And missing the double shifter Otherwise a nice
Date published: 2019-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh baby! Demo ride. Comfort, electronics are fantastic, style, power. It has it all.
Date published: 2019-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very clunky gear box Handles very good, smooth ride, great design fit and finish is perfect
Date published: 2019-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well built bike. Beautiful ride. Very hard driving home on my 10 year old Kawasaki after that ride. Wow
Date published: 2019-05-05
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Starting at $16,499 CA MSRP

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Indian Chief Dark Horse
Starting at $21,999 CA MSRP
2019 Indian Chief Dark Horse Thunder Black Smoke is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 280.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just a great bike I made the switch! The grass is greener on the other side too! Such a comfortable, smooth head-turner. I am now a fan of the Indian brand and will only recommend this brand to anyone interested in a bike.
Date published: 2016-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Goodbye Ducati 999, Hello Dark Horse Daddy like, and momma approves! after getting marry, my wife pressure me to get rid of the sport bike, but I have this inner thirst for the open open road. After many negotiations and discourse, she finally approve a solution. She will let me get an Indian if I get rid of the Ducati. No problem! At this age and 3 kids, it's definitely time to slow down and enjoy the view. No better bike than an Indian Dark Horse to cruise toward midlife.
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If I could curl up next it at night I would! I'm extremely happy with my purchase. The whole experience was enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Test Ride of the Chief Dark Horse® I was stopping by to pick up some parts for my bike and noticed that the had a Demo event going on. So on my way out I walked by to see what they had brought. I've always been a fan of the Dark Horse bikes. The old school look with some nice high tech features. I took the test drive and was not disappointed. It throttled up nicely and felt solid. It takes the curves rather well. I like this particular model mostly because of the no frills, basic look. Even though they have plenty of accessories that you can put on. For me, I like it just the way it is. When I wear out my current bike I plan on getting one of these.
Date published: 2019-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth!! Test rode an Chief Dark Horse and loved it. Besides the fact it's pretty much murdered out it was smooth to ride. The throttle response was nice with out being choppy in 1st gear like my Harley was when I got it. Shifting was nice, not to much work or overly loud like some bikes. And the biggest selling point for me was the suspension. I hit a pothole every bit of six inches deep and about a foot wide, going 25 mph. I barely felt it. And on the highway that engine is a BEAST. 4th gear, 70 mph, and I could still feel I was in the power band and had 2 gears left. Again loved it, can't say enough good things about it.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dream come true plus some Never thought could afford an Indian which has been a dream bike since I was a kid. Loved the price which was cheaper then the Harley's I was looking at. Has a better ride nice and soft with plenty of power to get up and go. It especially is a head turner that gives off a big WOW feature when people see it. My first add on was the pathfinder lights, head lightbis good but wanted a wider spread of light. It also really enhanced the look of the bike. Would not trade this bike for any other except maybe 2017 chieftain with new touchscreen. lol! But seriously I love my bike and it already has its place in our family
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Indian DH I bought this bike in June 2015, my first Indian best looking bike they had back then, traded up for a bagger the next year
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Supurb Handling I can't believe how many people I get come up and ask about the bike and actually ask if they can take pictures of the bike. I have since the pics done stage 2 cams, high flow air filter and blacked out the exhaust and she's got throat now!!
Date published: 2016-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Darkhorse! Well, I have had this for a year now and finally have been able to purchase most all of the options that I wanted for it. The bike runs really smooth and is a great ride. On the negative side, there are still 2 items that are an issue. One, after the bike sits in the garage for a few days and you get on it and ride down the road, the first time you try to put the bike into 2nd gear, it takes all the pressure I can come up with to get it to shift! And two, the throttle response is a joke. If you turn the throttle quickly, the bike is like it is confused and doesn't know what to do. This is quite embarrassing when you are trying to impress somebody! I now have the complete Stage 2 kit in the bike and while it does seem to have gained some power, the throttle response still sucks!
Date published: 2016-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Ride Great Bike I have owned this bike for about a month. This is my second Indian after owning 4 Harley's. This Dark Horse is the most comfortable, agile bike that I have ever ridden. In all its an awesome bike
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Impressive I got my Dark Horse last fall and will say that she never seems to disappoint me. After the 500 mile servicing I took her for a two day 1,000 mile ride to the Ozark's Mountains to see how well she took the curves. I find myself not only satisfied with the handling but so far she is a dream come true. The cornering on this bike is every thing a motorcycle should be. After riding Harley for decades I find this motorcycle is not only easier to handle but a lot more enjoyable to ride.
Date published: 2016-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love This Bike! After several years of riding, I think I finally found the one I will keep for a while. I love this bike. The way the Dark Horse looks with the Indian style and the ride is so smooth and easy. Everywhere I go, It seems to draw attention and a lot of positive feedback. I traded my Harley Fatboy Lo for this Dark Horse and I have never looked back. The Dealership, Treasure Coast Indian ,in Hobe Sound was Great with everything and very helpful. Made me fell at home as most of their staff came from the local Harley Dealer. My wife still has her Soft tail CVO ( the Beauty) and this is the" Beast"
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kiwi Indian Dark horse Bought my Dark Horse in May 2016 and have loved it ever since. Everyone except my wife knew it was on order, unfortunately the day it tuned up at home i was away on business, so i received a message from my surprised wife to say "your new black baby has arrived and is safe n sound", needless to say this was not the first time a new toy had arrived without her knowledge (or will it be the last). To me Indians have always been the pinnacle of motorcycles, and this bike proves it. I have owned so many bikes over the years, but this one is a keeper. These bikes are so cool in every way Have added a pillion seat, pegs, sissy bar (for the wife, she loves it too), Rinehart mufflers (sounds awesome), Wimmer high flow air intake, mapped and tuned and more recently ape hangers. Still to come are stage 2 cams and Freedom Performance dual headers. Indians are well respected here in New Zealand due to our Kiwi legend Burt Munro (the worlds fastest Indian).
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this beast!! Gets very hot under your thigh but otherwise the prefect bike. Even a beginner could easily handle this bike!!
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I'm in love ! I purchased the dark horse last fall, after test driving others I came back to this one, it has amazing handling it fits the best of all I tried feels like I am taking it for a ride not it. Is taking me for a ride absolutely love this bike ! Only 2 flaws one is the heat from the pipes gets unbearable needs a better heat deflector and the paint on the front fender almost like it has one coat and not sealed after only 2 rides it's all chipped looks like little white pebbles so that's disappointing ...
Date published: 2016-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Bike and Better Staff! During a quick family trip to New Mexico my twin brother and I noticed the local Indian dealership had a demo day. Being avid bike enthusests from upstate NY we couldn’t pass on the opportunity to experience New Mexico on our favorite means of transportation! The sign up was quick and easy and they even let our wife’s ride with us! We were able to sample several bikes with the amazing staff of Albuquerque, Indian dealership! They even took us on a personal tour ride to ensue we were able to experience an additional bike without our limited amount of time! We can’t thank the guys of Albuquerque Indian dealership for being so welcoming to a couple guys looking to get the most out of and opportunistic moment with our wife’s! We will absolutely be looking at the Indian line for our next bikes!
Date published: 2018-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark side of riding I've had my Chief Dark Horse for 2 months. This is the best bike I have every owned (I have owned harley and honda.)! Maintenance won't kill your wallet, and neither will parts and accessories. The comfort and ride of the bike has taken me 2 hours before a break. The big 111 Thunderstroke has a ton of power, regardless of what gear. Averaging 37.4 mpg solo, and 35 mpg with a passenger. My only displeasure is the lack of aftermarket parts, but, in my opinion, that does not take away from the value, or the prestige of owning my Dark Horse. -Live free and ride on!
Date published: 2016-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it's all I have wanted and expected in a sled I am extremely happy with it. I am some what disappointed in the price of the clothing apparel. I would love to add new exhaust and bags but the price is to far out of my finances. It has as much power that could ever be needed. Also The guys and girls at Elkhart Indian are the best. They have taken such good care of all my needs and that was very important in helping me with my decision before buying my Dark Horse. I spoke with Chris before purchasing the bike and he gave me all the answers that were of great importance too me. I thought of buying a Harley but the Indian was by far the best choice for me. Looks, were first in my decision. It just has the best look and style that is by far better than any Harley!!
Date published: 2016-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my bike!!! Have had my bike for about a month. Have just over 1100 miles with no problems. This replaced my Harley that I rode almost everyday. I am sold on Indian have four other bikes but hardly ride them now. With my Harley I would switch between my bikes weekly. I just can get off this bike. The only thing that I would say is the seat takes a few miles before it is broke in. Would recommend this bike to anyone looking to change from the HD brand. This bike has power in every gear. With the HD would have shift down to pass don't have to do anything but roll back on the throttle.
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Meaner than my ex-wife I absolutely love this bike. Everywhere I go people comment, give me thumbs up and or take pictures of it. I always tell people it is meaner than my ex-wife LOL. It is smooth comfortable powerful and looks great. I am so glad that I finally pulled the trigger and bought this motorcycle
Date published: 2016-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bike I've had the Darkhorse for 3 months, love the balance can hard over steering locked, slow speed turns with my girl behind me. Love under turning the other big bikes. Open highway its a dream cruse control on. Mountain roads around Cherokee NC a lot of fun, working my way to scraping holes in each side floorboard pans outside corners. The Thunder Stroke loves the Mountain roads two up at 280 lb no problem. So far I'm enjoying the heck out of the bike.
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Motorcycle I really enjoyed demoing this bike. I was especially impressed with its slow speed handling. Most other big bikes feel awkward turning around in a parking lot, but the Indian was confidence inspiring. Out on the road it was very smooth and developed power right from idle. No need to rev this bike even to 5000 rpm. If I had any complaint it was the heat from the motor sitting at traffic lights. But, hey! this bike was built for the open road.
Date published: 2019-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Polaris Industries does it again! I purchased this bike a few weeks ago, i had a 2007 Victory Vegas before. I loved the Vegas, the Dark Horse just takes those feelings and adds more. This is my first bagger and I don't see myself ever changing from a Polaris motorcycle or from a bagger. Awesome styling, phenomenal engine in the Thunder Stroke 111, this is the first bike I've ever heard that I'd consider leaving the stock exhaust on. I hope to have this bike for a very long time.
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from At long last... I have wanting an Indian Chief since seeing an early '50s model a friend owned back in the seventies. The Gilroy version came and went, the Kings Mountain version was too expensive. Now the latest (and I think greatest!) version has come around. I came to a point in life that I can afford one and no-one can tell me I can't have one. I know they are marketing the Dark Horse at a younger demographic, but at 60, I still feel young enough.
Date published: 2016-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Bike for the Money I bought a 2016 Dark Horse two weeks ago and have been impressed with it so far. I do have the windshield, saddle bags , engine guard and extra driving lights installed that almost make it a Vintage. It has great power and torque in all gear ranges and the engine is smooth at all speeds. Handling surprised me for how heavy it is and alludes confidence when riding. Fit and finish is good, but the Vintage and Springfield appear to be built better (some rattles on larger bumps). I plan to keep this a long time and look forward to many years of great rides.
Date published: 2016-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall great machine Back mountain roads first day out over 200 miles, good ride on rough roads, handles great, only complaint is wind buffeting up from below, will fix w/ larger shield probably a little wider.
Date published: 2016-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from EH I BOUGHT MY BIKE IN MAY, THE KEY FOB DIED AND HAD TO BE REPROGRAMMED. THEN THE GAUGE HAD S MUCH CONDENSATION IN IT THAT POLARIS REPLACED IT. I HAVE ALL THE PERFORMANCE OPTIONS, EXHAUST, INTAKE, CAMS, AND OIL COOLER, AND MY 2013 VEGAS WAS STILL FASTER. ASIDE FROM THE FACT THAT I LOST A RACE TO A 2016 CORVETTE, I AM OVERALL SATISFIED WITH THIS BIKE. WILL I BUY ANOTHER INDIAN NO WILL I SELL THIS ONE PROBABLY NOT. IT IS GREAT FOR THE LONG HAUL, SETTING CRUISE AT 100 MPH REGULARLY IS NICE. AND MY BIKE CURRENTLY HAS 7400 MI. ON IT
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the dark horse I baught her last summer and put 9500 miles on her n 5 months. All I can say is I loved every mile I rode.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from short Love riding my dark horse. But I am tall w long legs and there is no where to stretch my legs out on long rides
Date published: 2016-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Dream Bike! :)) I have waited 19 years for my kids to grow old enough to finally purchase my Dream Bike. I really love my Chief Dark Horse. Ride is so smooth and comfortable and torque and acceleration are amazing. Once I am riding, I just don’t want to stop. I can ride for miles. I am 5’11 and the riding position is just perfect. I can praise enough the team of engineers, designers and painters at the Indian factory. You can tell they all take great pride of their jobs. Thank you all for helping me leaving my dream. Now back on the road ;)
Date published: 2018-03-01
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Springfield Dark Horse
Starting at $27,499 CA MSRP
2019 Indian Springfield Dark Horse Thunder Black Smoke is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 85.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fits Demo rode it at Sturgis. Was the best demo experience of them all, they just let me take it for a half hour. Ride was quick and agile on the road to Deadwood,,I didn't want to turn around.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Loose It rode SMOOTH..... throttle was "sloppy", and the shifter lever took MILES to shift gears. The "Fly by wire" was disturbing..... Definitely powerful, compfy to ride. Never got it out of 4th gear. Low center of gravity. Steering was shakey….
Date published: 2018-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Motorcycle I have owned Had this 2018 Indian Dark Horse for over 3 months now. I was hooked when I did a demo ride in May 2018. Not only is the look of the bike great, but it handles so well with the engine. I bought the smoked windscreen and black Freedom exhaust with stage 2 cams. I have had Harleys and I own two Victory's. This is now my favorite bike!
Date published: 2018-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comfy and stylish I rode the Springfield Dark Horse about twenty miles total at a demo day. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to handle and by the effortless power. I've ridden plenty of Harleys as well and the Indian is a better ride by far. The suspension soaked up bumps and the bike actually seems happy to go around corners.
Date published: 2019-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marvelous Engineering!! The Ride, acceleration, handing/cornering and attractiveness of this bike makes it stand alone amongst all cruiser type motorcycles. A little pricey, but when you compare it to the Harley equivalent, then it hits a home run!! Thanks Indian!! Great engineering!!
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mr. This bike handled well. Grips felt a little cheap, and the power was so-so mid way through the gears. Seat was tall for me, but is adjustable to my knowledge. I liked the controls once I got used to them. Would like to see a heel shift.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like riding a sofa with a rocket engine Very smooth and powerful. I was impressed! The dealer, Ed, and his team were very down to earth.
Date published: 2018-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Springfield Dark Horse The Springfield is super comfortable, smooth, powerful and sexy! Easily my favorite one tested during demo days and the matte white with the blacked out engine is beautiful!
Date published: 2019-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ride and power I ride (and love) a 2016 Springfield. The new model feels similar, but the 116 motor is so much more powerful. They set me on the ride mode of touring, and the around town riding was very similar to my own bike. The difference came when I got to the highway and accelerated. There was a lot of power, which continued in every gear and at every RPM. Very fun ride. The controls felt smooth. Only complaint was that I prefer a windshield at highway speeds (it was a cold day!).
Date published: 2019-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2019 Springfield Darkhorse I took one of these out today on a demo ride. It was outfitted with probably the tallest ape hangers Indian offers (unlikely aftermarket on a demo bike) as they were definitely more than shoulder height on me. I had it in sport mode which definitely provided plenty of pep in its step partnered with at least the Stage 1 exhaust and high flow air cleaner (unsure if had Stage 2 cams). No complaints, smooth ride, plenty of power, and no faring blocking the road ahead of me.
Date published: 2019-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from handling and styling Have owned three Indians so far, Roadmaster, Springfield, and Chieftan.Loved them all.
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Demo days test ride I was very curious about this bike. I have a Victory Cross Roads Classic and this is basically what my bike became after the production stop of Victory. The bike was the most comfortable of the 3 that I demoed; Roadmaster, Chieftain LTD, and Springfield. The seat was a bit further back than the other 2 giving me more leg room so I didn't feel as cramped, although still not as much room as my Victory. I would have to go with an extended reach seat to be more comfortable. I also wasn't happy with the position of the instrument cluster. It was positioned to far down on the fuel tank so in order to see it I had to look down and take my eyes off the road to see it. Having it mounted higher on the tank, or as a gauge between the handle bars would be a better spot for it. That way just a quick glance will give you everything you need to see.
Date published: 2019-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bike...with some small drawbacks I have had my 2018 Indian Springfield Dark Horse for about 10 months now. I absolutely love the look of the flat black bike and feel it has the right touch of chrome. I'm a bigger guy so I like the overall size of this bike. Fit and finish are excellent. I love the touch of a powder coated frame. Very durable! Kudos for the remote lockable bags. Little annoyances - Tire pressure sensors seem to be an issue... they monitor low on initial startup. Turn bike off and on again and they read correctly (checked against manual gauge). Mine doesn't have different "modes" as it's an 18 model - however, an upgrade on the electronics would be nice Indian! That being said, if you're a short shifter, you'd love this but I feel like power plateaus at 3,000 RPM in first and second. Feels like you run out of steam at 2800 to 3000 RPM and you have to shift to get it moving. This may be addressed with the new "modes" but how about a retrofit for those of us early adopters with the 18 first year model DH?! Wish Indian would have done red dash lighting on the Springfield Dark Horse like they did on the Chief Dark Horse. This is just a "cool factor" thing. Overall this is a superb bike and it feels much lighter to ride than it really is. When you ride this and "feel" it, you really don't get the feel that you're on an 800 lb motorcycle. The engineers did a superb job on that front and honestly I love the suspension on this bike. It has a great amount of travel and makes for a comfortable ride. You will not "clench" up going over potholes, road cracks or railroad tracks. Big plus there! I'd love a little more comfort in the seat for when I'm riding for longer than 3 hours, but that's a normal, and universal, gripe from anyone that rides longer distances.
Date published: 2019-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Machine I went for a demo ride and experienced a great 20 minutes plus on the Dark Horse Springfield. Handled great due to the exceptional balance and low COG. Most impressive was the power and acceleration in the higher gears.
Date published: 2018-09-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Terrible The handlebars are terrible which translate to terrible handling. Also they are set too far out so if one decides to put on apes you better hope they have foot arms
Date published: 2018-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bike. Who ever made the internet questionnaire is a dope. I test rode almost all the new 2020 bikes, this questionnaire shows only 2018 bikes. It's not even showing the FTR1200 as an option for review. The demo truck was awesome, and the people were very knowledgeable and helpful. I also tried to add a photo, but the "file size is too large". The bikes are great.
Date published: 2019-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth and powerful I got to ride this bike at a demo in Cave creek Arizona. Very smooth and powerful ride! It will for sure be my next bike
Date published: 2018-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just right with full stage 2 Rode during demo event. Love the “light “ handling in a parking lot. Very smooth power. Great ergonomics for long hall.
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Ride so smooth. Was able to do a u turn without any problems. Very fast bike.
Date published: 2018-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this bike! If I had the money, I'd put one in the garage! The styling is spot on. The power and sound of the exhaust were great. I love the big Indian on the side of the tank. Don't know if it's available, but I'd love to see the black leather Indian bags with Indian conchos on the back. This would add to the Indian nostalgia.
Date published: 2018-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect fit I had sat on the Springfield in the showroom and did not like the position of the handlebars. The Demo bike had them set a little higher and fit me perfectly. The windshield blocked enough wind to make the ride comfortable without feeling like I was following a sail. I would have liked the full fenders on this bike
Date published: 2019-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This bike has tons of power and torque Took part in the demo ride and this beast was one of the first I got to ride, it is in my top three with the other being the classic and the roadmaster. After riding and discussing with the lead and trail riders whom both are long term indian owners I look forward to putting one of my three selections in my garage
Date published: 2019-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Springfield Awesome! This is my second test ride on the springfield. I've been vacillating between two touring models. This nimble quick to respond ride is exceptional in many ways. Impressed with the comfort and position of the controls, the instant throttle response, virtually silent transmission shifting, and of course the style.
Date published: 2019-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bike I just test drive the indian springfield in sturgis SD for the 79th sturgis motercycle rally and could not be more impressed. The bike handled well and was more agile than my harley davidson street glide. i have only ever owned a Harley Davidson but after this its clear my next bike needs to be an indian
Date published: 2019-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, surprising ride! I initially did not want to test ride this one, but I'm so glad I did!....this bike has great attributes that I simply did expect.
Date published: 2018-09-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Loved the "ride mode" feature...hated the color! Loved the "ride mode" feature...sport mode throttle response was very impressive. Hated the ugly White Horse paint and chrome-less look and instrument gauge. Also, why no crash bars on front and rear like other Springfield's have??? Love my 2015 two-tone red/black Vintage...keeping it!
Date published: 2019-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The new Indian The new Indian line is very impressive. The Indian Demo Truck came to Indian of Albuquerque last weekend. I rode the Chieftain, Roadmaster, and Springfield. All of the bikes perform well, very neutral handling, good lean angle, smooth ride. The 116 Chieftain was my favorite.
Date published: 2018-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I went for a demo ride today For a big bike it handled very well. All the controls were right where I wanted them and the acceleration was great. The only problem that I had was that at 5’ 10” I had to practically sit on the tank to reach the kick stand and had a hard time finding it to put it down.
Date published: 2019-04-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Comfortable, stable, but slow. Had a test ride at a Demo event. Bike was comfortable and was a relaxing ride. However I found my self missing the acceleration I was looking for in the first two years. Out of the three engine modes I don't think I could stand using anything other than sport.
Date published: 2019-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Handling! The Springfield has the larger 19" front wheel and trimmed down front fender, and you can really feel it on turn in. It just intuitively goes to the apex of the curve, smooth and effortless. A fine running machine with an engine seemingly from a locomotive!
Date published: 2019-04-29
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Customer Reviews
Chieftain Dark Horse
Starting at $34,499 CA MSRP
2019 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse® is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 245.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely love it I purchased oct18/16 and as of today 2/23/17 I have ridden it for a total or 6276miles in just over 4months so the Mike's should speak for itself in absolutely am in love with this bike, the only thing I could ever say could be improved is the color of the speedometer I have a extremely hard time reading it at night with lights on no matter how it's adjusted
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Style, comfort, performance I purchased the UK 2017 Jack Daniels Chieftain. When she arrived I was so impressed I ordered the 2018 Chieftain Dark Horse. Great bike.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bike all around. I bought my bike January 28th 2017. In Maryland we have had odd temperatures for this season. We have been in the 70 to 80 degree range. The handling is as great as my ZX10RR. It is extremely smooth riding down the road. I have had lots of bikes over the last 30 yrs. None like this. I love my Dark Horse.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Price points. Indian and the other V-Twin manufacturer. I think you have priced yourself into a tight market segment. We're not all loaded. The price of your clothing and apparel is pretty ridiculous. It's a great ride, if you can afford it. The IMRG at a national level, sometimes I wonder if you're really out there.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from stage 2 upgrade I already own a 2019 Indian Roadmaster which i love and wanted to test ride a bike with either a stage 2 or 3 to see what i am going to choose as an upgrade. After testing the stage 2, i am satisfied that i will be upgrading to a stage 2. the power and sound is just perfect for this bike and since my Roadmaster is just a upgraded Chieftain dark horse, i will be happy to be upgrading my bike with a stage 2. BTW, i have road tested numerous bikes over the years and can say without a doubt that the Indian brand is by far the most beautiful bike out there.
Date published: 2019-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bike Upgraded from a scout back in may and completely worth it. 10,000 miles in four months commuting 120 miles round trip each day. Comfortable ride each day. . Not one complaint.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 116 Big Bore is a bigger deal than expected I just went for a full test ride of the new 2019 116 big bore Chieftain Dark horse. I currently ride a 2015 Chieftain with over 210,000 miles and it's almost completely stock with only a very few additions. I know very well all the capabilities of the 111 thunder stroke engine from Alaska to Key West and below sea level in Death Valley to Pikes Peak at over 14,000 feet. This 111 has never ever stopped. The main difference when you upgrade to the 116 is the ample amount of torque all the way through the power band. This is going to make a real difference when I need to get around a long truck at speed and quickly return to my lane. For this feature alone it's worth it for the confidence it inspires. My only negative comment is that Indian does not offer a Dark horse Road master or a factory option 116 motor, so I had to have one built for me at Indian Motorcycle Elkhart Indiana. I'll be glad to share with you once I have a few thousand miles on it how it's doing. Gauging from the initial response from my riding community .......... if you build it, they want to buy it!!!! Just ask the folks in Elkhart and they will be happy to tell you about the inquiries.
Date published: 2018-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A pleasure to ride I wish my summers were longer and I had more time to ride. There is nothing I don't like about this bike.
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice bike, too expensive, not very good demo guy First, the demo van wasn't what I was told it would be. I wanted to test ride a Springfield and the dealer wouldn't prep one. Told me to wait for the demo van, which would have every model to ride. When I went they didn't have any Springfields to ride. The guy was kind of rude and said if you want to ride a Chieftain, it's the same thing. I don't know, the big fairing and all the gadgets wasn't the experience I wanted. Also, the bike was fully optioned out at $34,400. Overall, very comfortable ride with a ton of power with the 116. Great maneuverability, but the throttle seemed sloppy. About 1/8th turn of play before it would accelerate. He didn't explain tour mode vs standard vs sport before the ride. I was in tour mode, but would have preferred standard or sport if I had known.
Date published: 2019-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the look and ride I've had it almost one year now I love it but it has a couple of electrical issues that come and go had it checked at two dealerships and they could not reproduce them. The tire monitoring system comes up blank on the front tire while I'm riding. The radio keypad freezes up can't do anything with it. And the hand warmers don't shutdown when I turn off the bike sometimes
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Scout has everything This is why I chose it: 1) It had the features I was looking for (ABS and Radiator) and enough power 2) Being a new rider at the time the center of gravity makes very easy to handle and it just felt right, and 3) the great looks. It was everything I was looking for and I fell in love with my scout. After two years I love it even more, it's just a fun bike to ride.
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bike Bought this bike last October and has been an awesome bike. Lots of power, great handling and smooth ride. A few negatives are small saddlebags, should have an option for a bigger size. The adjustable windscreen keeps coming loose and rattles. The biggest complaint I have is the tapping coming from the engine. Overall, I love this bike and turns heads everywhere.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 2019 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse (Bronze Smoke) Bought the is bike in Sep 2018 and now have a little over 8,000 miles on it. Time for a review. On the day of purchase I did back to back test rides of a 2019 HD Street Glide Special and a 2019 Chieftain Limited. Both great bikes and both have pros and cons but in the end I chose the Chieftain. Things I like: Features - The Chieftain has led lighting all around and I really like the adjustable windshield and locking saddle bags. I do like the three ride modes but find myself typically riding in "Standard" mode. I appreciate the rear cylinder deactivation feature but have yet to use it. Even living here in Arizona I don't find engine heat to be an issue. I really like the ride command. It's intuitive, easy to use and has all the info I'll ever need.The tire pressure monitoring system is very nice to have. The ride - The bike rides and handles great. The suspension and ride quality was a big factor for me when choosing between the Chieftain and Street Glide. The Indian was just better. I also found the ergonomics better. The Indian fits me well. For being a heavy bike it sure does handle well. Feels light and nimble. Style - Of course this is subjective but I really like the new style. Yes, it looks more like an HD but I'm okay with that as I've always liked Street Glides. And I hate to say it but I've never liked the fairing, bags and big fenders on the older Indians. Guess I'm not nostalgic. I just don't like the "dated" look. Performance - The 111 is fine for me and I like that the power is down low. Being bagger I rarely push the RPM's that high anyway. Short shifting is pretty much how I ride. Would I like more power? Of course. I've considered the stage 3 kit but to be honest don't trust the dealership to install it correctly. Right now the bike doesn't have any issues and I'd like to keep it that way. I do have stage 1 installed (Indian Performance Air Intake and Rinehart exhaust). The Rineharts sound great. Things I don't like or wish were better and things I fixed: My biggest complaint is the dealership network and availability of parts and add-ons. The HD dealerships near me seem to be well organized and have everything you can think of to add on to your bike. Not so with Indian. Lots of things aren't available and when they are they're not in stock and need to be ordered. As mentioned above I would like to add stage 2 or 3 but just don't trust them to do it correctly. I did not have that feeling with HD. With every bike I've owned my very first purchase was touch-up paint for the inevitable rock chip in the fender, fairing and bags. Can I get that for my Bronze Smoke bike? Nope, not yet. Have contacted Polaris multiple times and they don't have it yet and they won't provide the paint code for proprietary reasons. It's a small thing but I found it to be odd and a little annoying. I would also like some lower wind deflectors but those aren't available yet either, at least not by Indian. While I like the led lighting I don't like the colored lenses on the front and rear signals. I wish they were clear or smoked. I figured that would be an easy upgrade but I'm having a hard time finding them. This could be on me. I also wish the front signals were dual purpose, turn signals and running lights. There may be after market options for this already but I'm not able to find them. A couple things I had to change - The stock windshield wasn't working for me so I upgraded to the 13.7 Indian Flare windshield which is a nice improvement. I've heard good things about the Rogue seat and in the beginning I liked it. I expected it get even better after some time breaking it in but that wasn't the case. Surprisingly it got worse and after 7K miles I replaced it with an Ultimate seat. The Ultimate seat sits me a little higher but it's way more comfortable. Big difference. Also, the Ultimate seat and backrest combo was pretty much the same price as the Rogue backrest and bracket alone. Getting the Ultimate was a no-brainer. The prices of Indian accessories is a little crazy. So in summary, the things I don't like are pretty small complaints and pale in comparison to the things I like about the 2019 Chieftain Dark Horse. The bike itself is great and I hope it proves to be reliable over the years to come. My other hope is that the after market and dealership network continues to improve. For the bike, I give it five stars.
Date published: 2019-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 116 finally has the power Demo'd this bike with the stage 3 kit and finally see a bike that can replace my 1900 Roadliner. Wish the drive by wire was more responsive has the lag for a seasoned biker is troubling. Floorboards are a little high for people taller than 5'10. Other than that, it's got the power and performance I like.
Date published: 2018-10-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Bike! Demoed this bike at 4 corners rally in Ignacio CO. Plenty of power, loved the feel, handled like it was on rails, really like the touch screen and the power windshield. But it was the performance that really makes this bike so good. I got off this bike, went to the Harley demo fleet and rode a Roadglide special for comparison, there is none, this is a superior motorcycle! Limited dealer network and aftermarket support are drawbacks, nearest dealer is 250 miles from my house. Not to mention that it is overpriced.
Date published: 2019-09-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Victory owner checks out Indian Had a demo day at Brookfield Indian,had to look at the chieftain dark horse Much smaller than the Xc had all the goodies $27k plus list Good suspension,shifting,audio and nav were nice Even with cylinder deactivation it was hot very hot The bike is nice but not for that kind of money
Date published: 2019-07-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Clunky I felt the tranny was a little clunky and I was disappointed with the high handle bars. I thought I would like them more but instead they were just a little uncomfortable.
Date published: 2019-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Updated Ride Took a demo ride yesterday at Indian KC. I currently own a 17 Roadmaster. Wanted to ride a 116 to see what’s up. Was put on a 19 Chieftain Darkhorse. First impressions: 1) Took me a few minutes to acquaint myself with the updated controls. Think most of the changes are good. 2) If money was not an issue, I’d have my on the lift at the dealer right now to do the big bore kit. The 116 is ON POINT. And finally, 3) Not a huge fan of the new look faring but am sure it will grow on me.
Date published: 2019-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loving it Bought my new Indian in August really enjoying it. Only gripes push seat back about an inch and lower the floorboards about 1.5 inches other than that great bike
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Bike 12000 miles since Aug 2016 :-) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice, better than Harley, but not my Victory I rode this bike today at a Demo site. Found the standard grips to be uncomfortable, the lack of a heel toe shifter to be annoying, and the engine vibration to unacceptable. Overall, for a tall man (6'3" 255) it fits and that is important. Much better than any of 3 Harleys I also demoed today. Yet I will keep my 2014 Victory Cross Country. Don't know why Indian who I believe has a superior product to Harley Davidson seems to be trying to make bikes more and more like them.
Date published: 2019-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Bike Bought mine back in November and i wont refret it...great investment...And get the looks from Harley Riders wishing they could get one..
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features, looks and ride! I bought my 2017 Chief Dark Horse at Thanksgiving of 2016 and I couldn't be happier with it. I just started riding again (after nearly 25 years) at age 50. It's just an awesome all-around large bagger. Great features, awesome looks, best steering geometry on any bike this size that I've experienced, great sound, great acceleration... I love it! Real head-turner too. I just got back from bike week (Daytona) and received countless unsolicited compliments and "thumbs up."
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a beautiful machine ! Indian has thought this through and done it right. The 111 thunder stroke motor is amazing. Low center of gravity makes this bike a dream to handle. Minor minor gripes? The windshield causes a little turbulence. (Replaced with a flare, solved) The radio controls are not as easy to use as a Harley, I installed the drivers backrest and need to have someone cut a proper hole in the flap to slide it into the seat. Unsure why there was no LED headlight or running lights. Design on this bike is like art. I consistently have people stop and compliment. You guys hit the cool factor high with this one. Love the power outlet in the bag. Would love a USB port on the right side of the dash where the knockout is. Can't get my iPod to work with the under dash USB port yet but that's probably my error. The retractable windshield is very useful. And cool ! I've added most of the trim accessories (seat grab rail, rear luggage rack, fender rails and highway bars. Dealer added the cams, air cleaner , and savage slip-ons. The sound is very nice. Power is incredible. Price point is great. Thanks for making a great bike! Welcome back Indian!!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite bike I bought this in Nov of 2016. Of the there main riding styles, I always fell into the "standard" riding position for 32 years. This is my first cruiser and I love it. Coming from a BMW RT, this seems like a tractor (compliment). It's low revs, torque, relaxed position, effortless balance; it just cruises and it fits my need for relaxing. So far the paint has been very easy to clean. I did add a lot of extras to bring it up to a Roadmaster, which I would recommend.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice bike! Enjoyed the ride! Very enjoyable experience riding the Chieftain Dark Horse, the difference in the standard and Sport modes was very substantial, almost too touchy in sport mode when trying to ride in traffic, but drop it into standard mode and it's very relaxed and pleasant. Adjustable windshield worked well, and the controls were intuitive. The large screen was nice and easy to read on the road, almost too big,! The glove touch screen was fantastic. Only complaints are handle bars were a bit too high for long-term comfort and after being on the bike for only 30 or 45 minutes the seat felt as though it might not make it for the long haul. Very nimble and and comfortable, the power of the 116 cubic inch engine was great and the brakes were just as impressive. The white smoke paint with all the blacked out components looked really hot,
Date published: 2019-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Indian demo I had try 3 different style. My favorite 2019 chieftain dark horse.
Date published: 2018-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Machine!! First off I am 5'3" and there are few large engine bikes that I feel comfortable on and can touch tippy toes much less flat footed. On the Chieftain Dark Horse I could touch flat footed and it was the 116!! The bike is weighted perfectly, as well and it took curves like a spoke bike which was awesome! Most large bike (mainly Harley's) get the front in wobble when dipping hard in curves; however this DID NOT HAPPEN with the Indian. I love the modes (touring, standard and sport) you can feel the power difference and handling of each mode. The stock bars felt great at the hight they were. The power fairing windshield was super cool. Awesome sound system and the stock seat felt good. I could see myself putting an easy 700 miles with no issues or soreness. Great bike! I will be getting one as soon as I pay pay truck off!!!
Date published: 2018-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well thought out bike....almost. Took this bike out on a demo. The engine is well balanced as is the motorcycle. Seat was comfortable and position of feet was nice with a size 14 shoe. I love when the floor boards say put your feet where ever you like and not put your feet here. I'm 6'0" and felt like this bike was made for me. However not so much for the wife. The one thing that always grinds my gears about these baggers is they design it for the driver and not the passenger. If you're going to offer a passenger seat why not the backrest. Looking at the backrest options have to say its not pretty both in price and in looks. I think Indian could one up these bikes and make a Kuryakyn multi-purpose driver and passenger back rest that should come standard with these bikes to fit the color scheme, not just standard chrome or black. The standard sound system is powerful and has excellent quality. Power windshield is smooth and has quite a range, love it. Touch screen, very well thought out and user friendly, this is a must! ABS brakes are incredible, cheers to the engineers who helped put that together. This bike is perfect for me but not for the wife, hence the 4/5 stars. When I'm done with the Victory Cross Country though I have to say this is the one. Love the colors too. Front fairing is a stud. Keep up the good work Indian! Can't wait for the next ride.
Date published: 2019-03-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from soom Good features I will try the bike out again at Heritage Indian, Rogers, AR. I was very disappointed in the new seat tha comes with the bike. I found it to be very disappointing as to comfort especially on a long trip. I have a 2017 Black Horse Chieftain and I had to chang the seat out for a after market seat made by Ultimate Seats. In the short demo ride at Bikefest Osage Beach, MO I could not give a long enough ride test, The time that I did have riding in the seat I still felt very uncomfortable so I assume it would be ever worse in a long ride. The seat also reminded me of the stock seats on your old Victory line of motorcycles. I will look at the three ride modes in more detail when I attend the Bike, Blues and Bar-B-Q in a couple of weeks. I only roadie with the bike in sport mode and did not care for the throttle response. It was too touchy especially when I encountered rough sections or bumps in the road. Every bump caused me to increase throttle without intending too so it was a bit unsettling. Again I will give it another try in a couple of weeks to try the other two modes. Although I like the new fairing and most other body changes it is not enough for me to want to upgrade at this time. I would also suggest a couple of changes. First a possible seat option to an upgraded touring seat simulator to the Ultimate seat. second, imagine the 2019 red Chieftain with the blackout engine, wheels, front forks and all black out chrome... that would be a awesome look for a red bike....
Date published: 2018-09-14
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Customer Reviews
Roadmaster Dark Horse
Starting at $35,499 CA MSRP

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Roadmaster Elite
Starting at $44,499 CA MSRP
2020 Indian Roadmaster Elite Wildfire Red Candy over Thunder Black Crystal with 24k Gold trim is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 42.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best ride I have ever owned Bought mine about 18 months ago. Added a few touches, all Indian accessories. This bike turns heads no matter where I go. Ride, fit and finish are top notch. If you want a fine machine that allows you to stand out from the pack, the Roadmaster is for you.
Date published: 2017-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rode 3 Road the Roadmaster, chieftain thunder horse and the scout bobber. The Roadmaster was excellent, the thunder horse had a lot of power but I was too cramped with my long legs and the seat was not comfortable. The scout bobber was quick and nimble, very fun around town bike and seemed just as quick and the thunder horse. Had a very good time and came away with good info on the bikes. Dealership was very clean and the people there are awesome to talk to. Good amount of inventory to choose from. Gave me something to think about for sure!!
Date published: 2019-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Test Ride with wife. My wife and I went to an Indian demo days at our local dealer and scheduled a ride on a Roadmaster Elite. The bike is great looking and the controls seem to be well placed and functional. I started the ride with the windshield in the lowest position but soon raised it to its highest position. We are used to riding a GoldWing. My wife's feedback was that she felt vibrations in the seat and the exhaust was loud. she liked the arm rests. The travel trunk and side bags ere well made and have a lot of volume. The engine response was about what I expected for a large touring bike. Shifting and braking were easy. I definitely sensed a higher center of gravity when coming to a stop and felt the balance was more of a challenge than I'm used to. Once moving the balance was good.
Date published: 2019-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Has features I wouldn’t have ever thought. Bought the Roadmaster a few month ago and am still pinching myself. The smoothest riding bike I’ve ever risen. The looks and quality of ride is unmatched in my humble opinion. A lot of my future plans include riding my Indian.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Motorcycle,Love the ride and handling ! Second Roadmaster I own, First being a 2015,This Bike IS SECOND TO NONE ! Purchased in September 2017 and well pleased, Good job Indian ! And my Wife Loves The Smooth Ride.
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Test ride for two up riding. I took my wife on a test ride as we are considering a different two up bike. I liked the features of the motorcycle from the abs brakes to ease of use for the controls. For me handle bars where not in the best position. Change requires aftermarket parts. Seat for both rider and passenger seemed good but test rides are to short to really know. Biggest factor for low rating is the heat both rider and passenger have to contend with. Temp was low 80s wind 10 to 12 mph. In a 20 minute test ride that included interstate and city traffic. The heat as a result of the lowers and air vents left the backside of my thighs medium well done. My wife said the heat on her calves and up into her chest area had her sweating in two miles. In contrast the Chieftains with out lowers allowed for better air flow that didn't concentrate heat. I would give 4.5 stars to it.
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seems appropriate Very happy with mine after 16 months and 17,000 miles
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Smooth, comfy ride I test drove the Indian roadmaster at Daytona bike week. It was a great ride! Smooth and comfortable! The sound from the radio was really good and I like the navigation setup. Only thing I wish was better was the guys running the demo fleet would show you more on the bike to try out during the ride. I didn’t even realize half the features it had til I went to a dealership and a salesman showed me the other features I missed on the demo.
Date published: 2019-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In love with my 2018 Roadmaster Elite I was so excited to take her home! What a smooth ride. She shifts smooth as silk, from 1st through 6th, the transmission is spot on. Neutral is found easily when needed and each gear has the proper torque and range. The 111 Thunderstroke is a dream, and even the stock pipes sound just fine...might want a little deeper and louder, but she’s great right off the showroom floor as is. Storage space is plentiful, bring everything I need and everything is safe and secure, waterproof, and easily accessible, from the trunk, to the saddles, to the two lowers and even the dash compartment, perfect. The electronics are fantastic. Cruise control works perfectly and switches are improved over past years. The RideCommand system is fantastic, and the USB or mobile sync are great. The customizable display screens give you everything you need, and more than you could ask for. And the sound, WOW...300 watts of power. Even at 90mph, sound is plentiful...I have never even gone over 8 on the dial, and it is speed sensing...one nitpick, the navigation volume is even louder then the music, eek. But wow, music sounds great. All of the bling is amazing, from the Pinnacle mirrors, floorboards, chrome galore, and bumper to bumper, everything is form fit and finish, perfect. The paint is gorgeous, the showroom didn’t do it justice, the sun makes the whole bike glow and shimmer...between the blue, the glass flakes, and the chrome...WOW. She handles like a dream, from high speed curves to slow parking lot maneuvers in first, she instills confidence in the operator like no bike I’ve ever owned. So far I’ve only added the driver’s backrest. I’m 6’2” and 350 pounds, I’m also lowering the floorboards and adding a touring windshield...I think, for now, that is all she needs...she came near perfect right off the floor. Great job Indian...and kudos Indian Motorcycle of Charlotte on running the first, finest, and fastest Indian dealership in the world.
Date published: 2018-10-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not enough power To get it up to speed you have to buy a new intake and exhaust system to open it up. The adjustable wind shield is to bouncy and shakes with every bump. It was a very comfortable ride, it was easy to control and maneuver but the shifter is to far forward
Date published: 2018-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a blast! I test rode this baby at the Laughlin River Run. The power this has is out of this world. Roll on the throttle in 6th gear going 60 and it just takes off! Very smooth as well! My only concern was the height and position of the handle bars. I'm used to a Harley Limited. I think the grips are just a touch lower. I'm sure I could get used to the higher bars. But I was very impressed with the power and ride!
Date published: 2019-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth- awesome machine I have driven HD’s and the elite was an easy win ! Beautiful bike, smooth ride, no vibration, a winner!
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best bike on the road I have only driven it 500 miles before winter set in, but love every minute of it.
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So comfortable I trust road the roadmaster elite and man how comfortable. The seat has obviously been upgraded from last year. I could sit in that saddle for hours. Such a smooth and stable ride also. It doesn't corner quite as easily as the chieftain but for it's size it corners better than most full dress touring bikes. It's probably my next bike!!
Date published: 2019-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touring bike for long hauls Demo ride at Indian OC. The passenger did not have place for resting forarms or to hold on during acceleration. The motor was great, suspension was great.
Date published: 2019-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Demo Ride Took advantage of the demo rides offered at the local dealer. Loved the bike. Bought one as soon as the ride was finished.
Date published: 2018-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Riding Motorcycle Great riding and handling motorcycles. Haven’t bought yet. Waiting on personal finances to get straight
Date published: 2019-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ride Good balance great pick up speed..didn't like the knocking sound oh the engine. Switches look flimsy
Date published: 2019-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Demo Wanted to see what the Roadmaster was all about. It was all that an a bag of chips lol.
Date published: 2018-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome ride Test ride it was an awsome ride would definitely buy
Date published: 2019-06-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just not for me I have ridden and owned a wide variety of motorcycles including the touring bikes from Yamaha, Honda and Harley Davidson so I have a pretty good baseline. This bike just was not what I expected given the hype. It was uncomfortable after just a short time and the seat felt almost wooden, the switches were not easy to reach especially for a left hand turn and I have large hands. I expected a smooth motor but the vibration rivaled that of an older Harley. I did not like the instrument/gauge layout with the speedo and tach opposite of most motorcycles.I found the handlebar placement to be raised too high which made the bike additionally uncomfortable and cumbersome to maneuver at parking lot speed. I just don't like the look of the bike either but that is a personal preference, I am not a fan of white bikes so maybe that was a factor in the look. Not was all bad, the foot controls were nicely placed and easy to reach and operate. I am happy that I had the opportunity to try the top of the line Indian but this bike just wasn't for me.
Date published: 2019-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY BABY I BOUGHT IT AFTER A SHORT VISIT AT THE DEALER. JUST PERFECT
Date published: 2018-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Handled and Rode Wonderfully! Drove this during the MB Sprig Rally Demo Truck event. Easy to sign up and ride, the route was a great mix of traffic, windy back roads and highway cruising, and the bike performed spectacularly. I currently ride a HD Road King and this has me thinking seriously of switching to an Indian Full Dresser!
Date published: 2019-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Test Ride I test rode a Roadmaster with the higher and 2" farther back seat. Really enjoyed the comfort of the rise and the mega amounts of leg room. Would love to have one but can't afford that kind of payment.
Date published: 2019-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice ride Comfortable ride. A lot of useable torque. Best wind protection. Good luggage system. Light, responsive handling. Nice exhaust note. Very complete and useable electronics and info system.
Date published: 2019-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth ride I bought the 2019 Roadmaster Elite and loving it. The comfort, handling, and features are just amazing.
Date published: 2019-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just a little short for my feet. Just a little short for my feet. And missing the double shifter Otherwise a nice
Date published: 2019-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oh baby! Demo ride. Comfort, electronics are fantastic, style, power. It has it all.
Date published: 2019-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very clunky gear box Handles very good, smooth ride, great design fit and finish is perfect
Date published: 2019-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well built bike. Beautiful ride. Very hard driving home on my 10 year old Kawasaki after that ride. Wow
Date published: 2019-05-05
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Chieftain Elite
Starting at $42,999 CA MSRP

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