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Indian Chieftain

Starting at $21,999 US MSRP

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2020 Indian Chieftain Thunder Black is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 626.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the bike This bike has been amazing. But that being said some features weren’t there that I was told were with my model. That was a bit frustrating. The CarPlay option is also a joke. I hope in coming months they do a better job making it available. After first service was done I get error codes almost every ride now. Check engine light, chassis fault error, battery flashing. Dealer suggests just turning it off and back on says it’s normal after first service. I’d rather no what’s causing these things to through errors but Oh well
Date published: 2020-10-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I’m sure its nice if I ever get it. I bought this bike 3 months ago and still don’t have it. Made 3 payments and watched the beautiful riding days slip by. Went to Minnesota to pick it up and 10 miles later it stalled and would not start. It’s been back at the dealer ever since.
Date published: 2020-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice bike glad I finally made the move from a Harley Davidson
Date published: 2020-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth ride Love the bike bought in sturgis and in my home town!
Date published: 2020-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from all the features i wanted Mine for a month.Cant find anything I don't like.I had reduced reach seat bars kickstand and kickstand extension(short legs).All done well and timely.They worked hard to get me on the bike and rolling.
Date published: 2020-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Performance is outstanding I purchases this bike approximately 2 months ago and now have approximate 2000 km on this bike. I love the overall performance and handling. Only real issue that I have had is it has stalled on me in first gear a couple of times as the bike tends to idle low at times.
Date published: 2020-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wanted this bike a long time I enjoy this bike more every time I ride it. One of the first things I noticed, and greatly appreciated, is its balance and how nimble it is. On my previous bike when I approached a red light, braking and down shifting, I had be careful about maintaining balance. Even just moving my foot up to the brake then down to the pavement could cause a wobble as I stopped, and then a struggle to push the bike up to vertical. None of that happens with the Chieftain. It glides to a stop and stays fully upright as it slowly rolls up to the white line. No struggle for me at all any more. Taking tight corners and more expanded curves is a breeze. It's light on its feet for a 900-pound motorcycle. I really appreciate that. And power? Whoa! Once I hit 5th gear and move into 6th, even slight throttle twists cause a burst of speed. I'm not an ultra fast rider, like some guys, but this thing can easily cruise an interstate at 75 mph with no sweat. And still have plenty of power for passing and quick lane changes. To me, it's amazing. 116 c.i., baby. I did have trouble with up shifting when the bike was new. It was really hard to get the transmission to shift into second gear, for example. Everybody said Indian builds them really tight that way on purpose so that over time as it loosens up it will still be tight and not loose and sloppy. I get that. So I installed the Pinnacle heel shifter. Problem solved. I love that thing! My complaints all center around my personal comfort so they're really not a reflection on the bike, and I think they can all be solved. I'm not a fan of the newer Rogue "gunslinger" seat Indian put on many of their bikes. After 30 to 45 minutes of riding I have to get off and give my butt a break. Yes, it's hurting that bad. Five minutes off and I'm ready to get back on. So I need a better-built, more comfortable seat. Next issue is leg room. I'm 6'4" and weigh 263 lbs. I'm also 68 years old. I'm not interested in the Rogue extended reach seat for two reasons. One, it's another Rogue seat. Two, I can't use the driver back rest I paid $545 for. I'm looking at Indian's nicer extended reach seat (also can't use back rest) or one of several after market seats that can include a driver back rest. Also, under the heading of leg room, I have to mention Indian's infinite highway pegs. I had highway pegs on my last bike and loved them. But with these new pegs I've already moved them three times and can't find a position on the bar that gives my legs or my butt/back any relief. They are almost a wasted purchase at $300. Despite the complaints the bottom line is my 2020 Indian Chieftain is one great motorcycle. Lots of things to really love about it and only a couple of issues to get adjusted to make it perfect for me.
Date published: 2020-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ride Wonderful piece of technology, comfortable and powerful.
Date published: 2020-09-07
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Chieftain Thunder Black

Indian Chieftain

Starting at $21,999 US MSRP
Trim & Color options Thunder Black


Closeup of the Thunderstroke 111 V-Twin engine

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

A woman riding a Chieftain bike

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

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


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