Indian Motorcycle’s show stopping 2017 Chieftain Elite

A new standard in bagger style is here – the Chieftain Elite

Indian Motorcycle’s designers have reimagined what a top-of-the-line Chieftain should look like and have added custom paint and other design features to create a more premium look than ever before. The new Chieftain Elite is a masterpiece for those that want an ultra-exclusive Indian Motorcycle that will turn heads. Only 350 of these will be sold globally.

“With Chieftain Elite we wanted to design the most-premium, feature-packed Chieftain that we could possibly imagine,” said Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian Motorcycle. “In the end, I think the exceeded even our own high expectations. It’s an absolute show stopper.”

For those who demand the best of the best, the Chieftain Elite steps up to the plate as a bike that’s as close to custom as possible.

The Chieftain Elite features a custom with Marble Accents paint scheme completed entirely by hand by Indian Motorcycle’s paint facility located in Spearfish, South Dakota. It takes a small, specialised team over 25 hours to hand paint each bike and no two Chieftain Elites look exactly the same.

The Chieftain Elite has a cutback front fender that shows off the new ten-spoke 19″ front wheel beautifully. The headlight bezel has been colour matched to the fairing and the leather saddle is more streamline than the standard model and has contrast stitching.

The Chieftain Elite also comes with a wealth of premium amenities:

  • Instead of a standard headlight, it has a Pathfinder LED headlight and driving lights.
  • There’s a flared power windshield
  • Rider and passenger floorboards are made from billet aluminium
  • It has 200-watt sound system (two speakers in the fairing and two in the saddlebags)

It also has the industry leading Ride Command seven-inch infotainment system and anti-lock brakes (ABS), a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), keyless ignition, a power adjustable windshield and just enough chrome to tastefully highlight all the attitude this ultra-exclusive bike has to offer.

Chieftain Elite Features

Each Chieftain Elite is hand painted with ultra-premium candy paint, exclusively blended by Indian Motorcycle. The result is a bike that is truly unlike any other. A small, dedicated team of specialists in Indian Motorcycle’s paint facility in Spearfish, South Dakota work meticulously to mask, lay graphics and paint, all by hand, spending over 25 hours to complete each bike’s breath-taking finish.

The brand-new Fireglow Red Candy paint features a large flake base and layers of deep candy paint. The hand-painted marble accents and black pinstriping give this bike a truly custom look.

The Chieftain Elite has a unique tank console, horn, airbox and primary and cam covers with colour matched pinstripes.

The new sawn-off front fender gives the bike a more streamlined look. It also shows off the new 10-spoke wheel design and those dual front brake rotors and calipers. The cutback fender also offers a subtle nod to Indian’s ‘open’ fenders of the 1920s and 1930s.

Both the front 19-inch and rear 16” wheels have a new 10-spoke design previously not seen on an Indian model.

The bike’s custom look and feel is carried out through a host of premium standard accessories including billet aluminium rider and passenger floorboards and a flared, tinted windscreen.

Indian Motorcycle’s Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin engine serves up 135Nm of torque letting you accelerate hard in every gear with power to spare.

Pinch. Swipe. Tap. All without removing your gloves. Offering the industry’s largest, fastest, and most customizable infotainment system, the seven-inch Ride Command system allows you to get turn-by-turn directions, quickly navigate to points of interest, play Bluetooth audio, check vehicle information and status, plus a whole lot more via its easy to use interface. And thanks to split-screen technology, you can easily customise three rider screens to display the information that matters to you most.

The Chieftain Elite has a 200-watt audio system with an AM/FM stereo, Bluetooth connectivity and a smartphone compatible USB input. There are two speakers in the fairing (100-watts) and a speaker in the top of each saddlebags (a further 100-watts).

Keyless starting is secure and convenient. With the Chieftain Elite key fob in your pocket, climb on the bike, push a button and ride. If you misplace the fob, press in a security code pre-programmed into the ignition to start it up.

The front wheel has dual 300mm front rotors with 4-piston calipers. For a custom touch, the caliper housings feature the Indian Motorcycle script logo. The rear wheel has a single 300mm floating rotor with 2-piston calipers and there’s an advanced anti-lock brake system (ABS) too.

With a Pathfinder LED headlight (note that the new Chieftain Limited has a standard headlight) and driving lights, a power-windscreen equipped fairing and remote lockable hard bags out back, you’re ready to rack up miles in style and comfort. A tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and automotive quality throttle by wire cruise control enhances your ride during highway cruising.

The Thunder Stroke 111 engine produces a rich, deep exhaust rumble and was acoustically engineered to eliminate high-pitched sounds, so what you really hear is Indian Motorcycle thunder.

Accessories For Chieftain Elite

Unleash more power, improve throttle response and add a rich and throaty exhaust note with a Stage 1 Exhaust, a Thunder Stroke High Flow Air Cleaner and Stage 2 Performance Cams. For added style, add Six Shooter or Straight exhaust tips. Accessory stage kits are not available in all markets.

Add Mid Rise Handlebars for a comfortable reach to the controls and a load of attitude.


7” touch screen (glove compatible with pinch to zoom & swipe functionality)
Customisable information displays
Simple, easy to use software

ENGINE – Thunder Stroke 111

Engine type 49º V-Twin
Compression ratio 9.5 : 1
Bore & stroke 3.976″ x 4.449″ (101mm x 113mm)
Displacement 111 cu in (1811cc)
Cooling system Air and oil
Primary drive Gear drive wet clutch
Final drive Belt drive, 152 tooth
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Oil capacity & fuel capacity 5.5 qts (5.2 litres) and 5.5 gals (20.8 litres)
Torque 135 Nm at 2100rpm
Exhaust Split dual exhaust with crossover
Battery 12 V 18 Amp/hour, 310 CCA, sealed glass mat
Charging system 42 amp max output


Front Telescopic fork, 46mm diameter, 4.7 in (119mm) of travel
Rear Single shock, 4.5 in (114 mm) of travel, air adjustable, pump stored in saddlebag


Dry weight 377kg (831lbs)
GVWR 628kg (1,385lbs)
Length 2606mm (98.7in)
Wheelbase 1668mm (65.7in)
Rake & Trail 25º & 150mm (5.9in)
Seat height 660mm (26in)
Ground clearance 142mm (5.6in)


Brake System Type Individual front and rear control with ABS
Front Dual 300 mm floating rotors with 4-piston calipers
Rear Single 300 mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper


Front tyre Dunlop American Elite, 130/60B19 61H
Front wheel Cast 19in x 3.5in with tyre pressure monitoring
Rear tyre Dunlop Elite 3, 180/60R16 80H
Rear wheel Cast 16in x 5.0in with tyre pressure monitoring

Ride Command customisable infotainment system featuring: Map/Navigation with pinch-to-zoom and swipe, Bluetooth compatible audio, Vehicle Status, Vehicle Info, Trip 1, Trip 2, and Ride Data. Keyless ignition, electronically adjustable windscreen, heated grips, dual-stage heated seats, cruise control, ABS and TPMS.


Fireglow Red Candy with Marble Accents € ask your country marketing specialist

Indian Motorcycle’s 2017 Chieftain Limited

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