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2014 Indian Motorcycles Chief Classic Review

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2014 Indian Chief Classic: Bottom Line, Specs, Who Should Buy?
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A cockpit view of the Classic.

Photo © Basem Wasef

Bottom Line

Based on the Chief Classic's style, character, and dynamics, Polaris has done their homework (and then some) with the venerable Indian Motorcycles brand, successfully breathing life into a nameplate whose history precedes that of Harley-Davidson by two years (Indian was founded in 1901, Harley in 1903). From exhaust note to bodywork, there was plenty Polaris could have gotten wrong, but the Chief demonstrates that sometimes a big organization can come together and build a bike that looks, sounds, and feels just right.

Not only does the Chief Classic express lavish fender lines and traditional v-twin styling cues, its drivetrain feels thoroughly modern while exuding quite a bit of personality and just enough engine "pulse" and rumble to convey character. Though it may not be the bike of choice for every cruising fanatic, the 2014 Indian Chief Classic strikes an impressive balance between tradition and comfort that should keep Harley-Davidson on their toes for years to come.

Specifications

Price: $18,999

Engine: Air-cooled, fuel-injected, 111 cubic inch (1,818cc) v-twin

Output: 119.2 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm

Transmission: Six-speed

Fuel Capacity: 5.5 gallons

Final Drive: Carbon fiber-reinforced belt

Curb Weight: 778 lbs

Seat Height: 29 inches

Rake/Trail: 29˚/6.1 inches

Who Should Buy the 2014 Indian Chief Classic?

Cruiser fans looking for a soulful Harley-Davidson alternative who dig old school character, but crave modern touches like cruise control and ABS.

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