Riding west toward the Appalachian foothills from Indian's new home in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, one thing is immediately clear: The new Indian Chief is one of the most comfortable American V-twin cruisers built. The riding position is relaxed, with your legs stretched comfortably forward, though not so far as to sacrifice control. The high-quality, low-slung leather saddle is firm yet accommodating, and admirably prevented numb-bum syndrome even after 200 miles. Though it's a reach to the pullback handlebars, it's not disagreeable, and the controls feel great-even if clutch action is a tad stiff. The Chief is a very pleasant bike to pass miles on, just as a cruiser should be.