2012 Indian Chief Review


The Indian motorcycles have a long history with the first bikes being built in 1902. This long standing history has made the entire line of Indian motorcycles one of the oldest lines still in production today. In 2011, the company was bought by Polaris Industries. For the 2012 line there are three different models being offered. These are the Chief Vintage, Chief Classic and the Indian Chief Dark Horse. All three of these models are powered by a 105cc air cooled V-Twin engine that delivers optimal power and performance. All models also feature a fuel-injected, six-speed transmission, and a belt for the final drive.

The simple, yet elegant design of the 2012 Indian Chief has not changed much over the 110 years that the bike has been in production. The bike features a tear drop head lamp to help keep the styling of the bike looking classic. Other classic features include the black and polished engine that has chrome covers, solo seat designed with high quality leather, chrome-spoked wheels, and the traditional black wall tires. All of these classic looks are a sight to behold and there is no question about it, heads will turn when they see this bike on the road.

This classic cruiser can handle to demands of the paved roads as well as be able to handle the challenges of the off road terrain. Built of nothing but the bare essentials, the Indian Chief is anything but stripped down. All of this goes to deliver a ride that provides all one needs to cruise the open road in complete style and ultimate comfort. It is no wonder why this bike has been a fan favorite for over 110 years. If you are seeking a classic cruiser it may be time to give the 2012 Indian Chief a chance.

New For 2012

  • All models feature the 110 year anniversary badges stylishly displayed on the bike.
  • Available in solid black or two tone colors.
  • Standard equipment on all three models include a detachable passenger seat, windscreens in varying heights, chrome tips on the shields, and stainless steel exhaust system.
  • Die cast console that matches the color of the exterior of the bike.
  • Two into one stainless steel exhaust system which adds the classic and stylish look to the 2012 Indian Chief models.
  • Spoked 130/90 x 16 tires upfront and 150/80 x 16 tires in the rear which provide an optimal riding experience with superior handling.
  • Hand stitched solo seats.
  • Wide 34 inch handlebars that deliver a unique and one of a kind look. These handlebars curve downward into the tear shaped headlights.

2012 Indian Chief Specs

  • Model: 2012 Indian Chief Classic Cruiser
  • Engine Type: 105cc air cooled
  • Bore and Stroke:
  • Compression ratio: 9.01:1
  • Valve Train: Overhead value (OHV)
  • Induction: Air
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Six speed
  • Final Drive: Belt
  • Fuel Capacity: 5.5 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: TBD
  • Brakes (Front): Dual hydraulic disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Single hydraulic disc
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin sided swing arm
  • Wheelbase: 68.4 inches
  • Rake: 34 degrees
  • Trail: 5.92 inches
  • Seat Height: 27.25 inches
  • Curb Weight: 728 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 130/90-16
  • Tires (Rear): 150/80-16


  • Vintage saddlebags made of premium leather. Saddlebags are lined and have interior pockets for optimal storage space. A very unique way to give the Indian a classic look.
  • Luggage rack for the rear of the bike. Provides convenient cargo space and can be installed and removed without tools.
  • Solo seat with fringe designed to add style and comfort to the bike. Premium leather seats available in a variety of colors.
  • Leather backrest pad that provides passengers with additional comfort. Easily attachable. Available in a variety of colors and sizes. Made of top quality leather.
  • Waterproof cover available in black or red. Durable and protective fabric offers ideal protection from weather elements as well as long term storage. Comes with Indian logo and easily attaches securely to the bike.
  • A 20 inch tall windscreen that provides protection from the wind and also helps to shield the driver from dirt and debris on the road.

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