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Basem Wasef

2014 Indian Motorcycle Chief Classic Review: 112 Years Later...

By October 23, 2013

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2014 Indian Chief Classic

Most people associate the Indian Motorcycle company with curved fenders, Steve McQueen, and a tumultuous history of ownership that seemed destined to relegate the brand to oblivion.

Thankfully for nostalgics (and Harley haters alike), the 112 year-old American manufacturer is back, with traditionalist styling wrapped tightly around modern touches like cruise control, ABS, and wireless key fobs.

Presented with a choice of Indian's three model lineup, I decided to skip the Chief Vintage because, frankly, I'm allergic to tassles, while sidestepping the Chieftain because long distance rides simply weren't in my future.

So, what did I think of the last man standing, the Chief Classic?

Read my impressions in this 2014 Indian Motorcycle Chief Classic Review.


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October 23, 2013 at 5:55 am
(1) Speed says:

I like the looks of it a ot,though I’m a little disappointed that they didn’t use a version of the original rear suspension design. I notice they’re VERY vague about the gas mileage. Anyone have any solid numbers on that yet? On my income,gas mileage is actually MORE of a consideration than the cost of the bike. (Total price converts directly to $***per month and won’t change a whole lot based on the price range for this one vs. a Comparably equipped Harley,but if it can only get 25 mpg,we’re only looking at 137.5 miles before empty. I wouldn’t like having to carry a gas can on my bike.

October 23, 2013 at 9:42 am
(2) Scottie says:

I have not seen the latest iteration in person, but it sure looks good on screen.

Basem, I think the tassels are accessories? Nonetheless, tan leather on a red bike screams classic to me. Aluminum Frame and 111 ci, nice.

If I can find time to wear out my bike (five seasons, less than 8k, and the mice found the air filter even with the bike up on a lift), I’d be buying a Polaris Indian.

October 23, 2013 at 11:31 am
(3) Joe says:

I demo a classic about 1month ago and liked it. Handles well and gobs of torque. One of the things I didn’t like was the throttle by wire, (maybe it’s that I am not use to it, my bike has cables) it seem touchy. and hard to finesse. The bike also bottomed out on rough roads easy. This may have been do to the rear suspension being set to soft, I do not know what the setting of the suspension was on the bike I was riding. The paint did not seem up to HD quality either. I liked the Classic and Vintage ( the tassels come off, only Velcro on) but the Chieftain I did not care for, the fairing looks to “Jetsons” like.

October 23, 2013 at 11:47 am
(4) Basem Wasef, About.com says:

@Speed, I’ve seen an indicated average in the low to mid 40s.

@Scottie, Joe’s right, the tassles are attached by velcro and can be removed

@ Joe, maybe the throttle has been re-tuned; my bike’s is very mild.


October 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm
(5) BobG says:

Ugly as sin!

October 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm
(6) Peter says:

BobG don’t hold back!

January 2, 2014 at 10:31 am
(7) VIXEN says:

I have had my classic for a couple of weeks now she a lot better on fuel than my harley. I havent had and problems except getting use to the size she is a bit heavier than my V-Rod .. but i know which i prefer.
Already due for her first service. She draws attention which surprised me …

February 18, 2014 at 11:31 am
(8) Dean says:

I bought a 2014 Indian Vintage Springfield Blue, the bike is totally awesome. The ride is unbelievable and the torque is great, AND THE LOOK IS FANTASTIC!! I drove it for the first time last weekend to a bike event in South Florida, if i could have charged for pictures, I would have bought another one.( I also have a Street Glide..but I am totally satisfied with the Indian!!)

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