2013 Indian Chief Vintage | First Look

Limited-Edition Luxury

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Jim Gallop

America's other old-time motorcycle manufacturer, Indian, also has a limited edition cruiser in its 2013 lineup. Inspired by the classic, 1940s full-fender Chief models, the Chief Vintage Limited Edition features Pearl White and Thunder Black two-tone paint, lots of accessory chrome and fringed leather saddlebags in a rich, chestnut color that give the bike a distinctly yesteryear appearance.

The technology, fortunately, is up-to-date. Indian's 105-cubic-inch, fuel-injected Powerplus V-twin engine, with its signature barrel-shaped cylinder heads, is paired with a six-speed transmission, while triple disc brakes mounted to wire-spoke wheels bring this 753-pound touring cruiser to a safe stop. Now owned by Polaris, the latest-generation

Indians have been completely re-engineered and are manufactured at the Polaris/Victory facility located in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Indian will produce just 35 examples of the Chief Vintage LE, each with a windscreen, quick-release luggage rack/passenger backrest, highway pegs and a special, arrowshaped shift rod as standard equipment. The MSRP is $37,899, a premium of $1900 over the standard Chief Vintage. Nothing says vintage Americana like a neonlit Ferris wheel and a full-fendered Indian Chief. Fortunately this one is modernized with fuel injected and triple disc brakes.

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