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Restyled Fairing & Saddlebags, Combined with New Features, Offer Riders a More Streamlined, Aggressive Style

New PowerBand Audio Upgrade Package is Loudest Audio System in Indian Motorcycle History

MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 5, 2018) – Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company founded in 1901, today announced a redesigned Chieftain lineup. Since its debut in 2013, the Chieftain has consistently won high marks for handling, power and comfort. Now, for 2019, the Indian Chieftain, Chieftain Dark Horse and Chieftain Limited feature more streamlined, aggressive styling that reflects the bike’s well-established performance capabilities. For those loyal to Indian’s classic designs, the 2019 Indian Chieftain Classic will continue to feature its traditional fairing and iconic valanced front fender.

The redesigned Chieftain lineup continues an evolution that started in 2017 with the introduction of the 10-spoke, 19-inch contrast-cut front wheel and open fender on the Chieftain Limited and Chieftain Elite. The response from customers was overwhelmingly positive, paving the way for this lineup expansion.

“As we continue to evolve the Indian Motorcycle brand, we want to expand our lineup with more aggressive style options, while still maintaining the availability of our more classic style options,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle. “What’s most important to us is developing motorcycles that meet a wide variety of customer style preferences, and Chieftain’s new look does just that.”

At first glance of the new Chieftain, riders will notice a restyled fairing and saddlebags with sharper lines and harder edges that give the bike a commanding presence and more streamlined look. A trimmed and slimmed fairing, paired...
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Looks like there was a little miscommunication over in Minnesota and someone went live with the redesigned 2019 Chieftain ahead of schedule. Some keen-eyed and quick thinking folks were able to snag some images of the completely redesigned 2019 Indian Chieftain before they could take it back down.

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We are getting a COMPLETELY new set of tins on the Chieftain in 2019. These are much less "Indian" than the tins in the previous generations and speak a little more to the modern look of the baggers from the rest of the industry. Smooth lines, and more muscular looks are coming in the fairing and the hard bags.

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The tank is getting a face lift as well. A new framing for a smaller logo sits on the side of the tank. However, it seems as though there is a step toward the premium fit and finish as this new logo is cast in metal grafted onto the tank rather than painted or stuck on with a sticker that has been cleared.

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The bags no longer flow with the valanced rear fender and instead terminate before the end of the...
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INDIAN MOTORCYCLE ANNOUNCES 2019 CHIEF, SPRINGFIELD & ROADMASTER MODELS WITH NEW TECHNOLOGY THAT ENHANCES RIDING EXPERIENCE
  • New Ride-Enhancing Technology Improves Performance, Comfort, & Audio Quality;
  • Dark Horse Style Updates and Expanded Color Options Round Out Upgrades for 2019
MINNEAPOLIS (August 29, 2018) – Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company founded in 1901, today announced its 2019 Chief, Springfield and Roadmaster models with new technology designed to enhance and customize the riding experience. Dark Horse models also get darker with premium gloss black finishes and expanded color options on Springfield Dark Horse.

Developed in direct response to rider feedback, the new technology features focus on improving performance, comfort, and providing more customization. The new features include:

Selectable Ride Modes
Riders can now choose between three Ride Modes on the fly – Tour, Standard or Sport – for a ride experience that’s customized to their riding style. The throttle map for each Ride Mode was designed with a specific application in mind, resulting in one motorcycle with three distinct personalities. “Tour” mode features a smooth throttle response for relaxed cruising. “Standard” mode features a crisp throttle response and well-balanced power delivery for responsive passing power and predictable, slow-speed handling. And finally, “Sport” mode features an instant throttle response and aggressive power delivery for head-snapping acceleration.

Rear Cylinder Deactivation
To increase rider comfort, all Thunder Stroke® 111 models are now equipped with Rear Cylinder Deactivation. When the engine reaches...
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Expanded ABS Offering, New Paint Options & USB Charging Port Headline Upgrades to 2019 Indian Scout Lineup


MINNEAPOLIS (August 27, 2018) - Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company founded in 1901, today announced its 2019 Scout lineup with new paint options on Scout Sixty, Scout and Scout Bobber. Key feature upgrades for 2019 include an expanded ABS offering and a new USB charging port on Scout and Scout Bobber models.

New for 2019, an ABS (anti-lock braking system) is now standard on every non-black Scout Sixty, Scout and Scout Bobber model. For the Thunder Black color option, riders can choose between a model that’s equipped or unequipped with ABS. The Scout and Scout Bobber will also receive a USB charging port in 2019, a convenient feature that allows riders to charge a personal device while riding. The charging port is located near the speedometer for easy access.

“The iconic Indian Scout family is a favorite amongst riders across the globe,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle. “Since the addition of the Scout Bobber in July 2017, we’ve continued to evolve our Scout offering to meet the tastes of various riders, whether they prefer the heritage-inspired look of Scout Sixty and Scout or the stripped-down, blacked-out attitude of Scout Bobber. The refinements we’ve made for 2019 and the new paint options accentuate the wide appeal of the Scout line.”

Color options for the Scout Sixty, which packs a 60-cubic-inch, liquid-cooled and blacked-out engine, include Thunder Black, White Smoke, Ruby Metallic and Star Silver over Thunder Black.

The iconic Indian Scout, which packs a 69-cubic-inch, liquid-cooled engine that puts out 100 horsepower, is offered in Thunder Black, Deep Water Metallic, Metallic Jade, Indian Motorcycle Red over Thunder Black...
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NASA engineer voted grand prize winner of Indian Motorcycle competition “The Wrench: Scout Bobber Build Off”

MINNEAPOLIS (August 24, 2018) – Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, has announced its grand prize winner of The Wrench: Scout Bobber Build Off. Alfredo (Fred) Juarez, a NASA engineer from Las Cruces, NM, and his custom Indian Scout Bobber received the most fan votes and has been named grand prize winner of the nationwide US contest. As the grand prize winner, Juarez will be awarded $10,000 and will receive a feature story in Hot Bike magazine on his custom Indian Scout Bobber.

Juarez’s bare-bones chopper, featuring a completely custom hardtail frame, drew inspiration from a number of different mechanical works of art, both in and out of the motorcycle industry. Juarez sites the Indian Scout FTR1200 Custom, RSD Indian Scout custom builds and David Beckham’s garage company, Knuckle, as inspiration.

“I cannot thank Indian Motorcycle enough for the opportunity. Not only was this a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but the three-month build period created an incredible bonding experience for me and my family,” said Juarez. “And of course, thanks to all the fans who took the time to cast their vote. I know it wasn’t easy to pick one because the other two bikes are incredible. Hats off to PJ and Christian for their work. It’s been an incredible ride...