Indian Officially Announces Redesigned 2019 Chieftain Lineup

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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 with full LED lighting and new fork guards, delivers a streamlined front-end package that’s indicative of the bike’s impressive performance capabilities. The Chieftain’s new, slammed saddlebags with color-matched fender closeouts also provide a sleek and custom-inspired look. While the new Rogue gunfighter seat gives the bike a sleek, low-slung stance, Chieftain maintains its superior handling and comfort with more than four inches of rear suspension travel. New badging on the tank and saddlebags and the iconic Indian headdress on the front fender complete the package.

    In addition to the styling and design enhancements, the 2019 Chieftain lineup features new ride-enhancing technology for increased performance customization and rider comfort. For a more customized ride experience, riders can now choose between three Ride Modes – Tour, Standard or Sport. The throttle map for each Ride Mode was designed with a specific application in mind, resulting in one bike with three distinct personalities. All 2019 Chieftains are also equipped with Rear Cylinder Deactivation for increased rider comfort when the bike is stationary.

    Also new for 2019, the Chieftain Dark Horse lineup expands with new paint options, including White Smoke, Bronze Smoke and Thunder Black Smoke. More than just matte-finish body paint, the 2019 Chieftain Dark Horse now features premium black ceramic exhaust and gloss black finishes on the primary cover, valve covers, push-rod tubes, cam cover, and saddlebag hinges for a custom, blacked-out look.

    Several enhancements have also been made to Indian Motorcycle’s stock audio system to significantly improve sound quality. First, the tweeters have been separated from the mid-range speakers to optimize sound output and clarity. Second, a dynamic equalizer that’s fully customizable now adjusts specific frequencies at different vehicle speeds to provide peak system performance at all times. As speed increases, the equalizer automatically adjusts each frequency to the optimal level to compensate for road, wind and engine noise. The result is crystal-clear, 100-watts of premium audio at all speeds.


    In summary, the 2019 Chieftain lineup packs a host of new features, including:
    • A restyled fairing and saddlebags that reflect Chieftain’s performance capabilities
    • A new Rogue gunfighter seat that enhances the bike’s sleek profile
    • New front and rear turn signals and full LED lighting
    • New ride-enhancing technology that provides a customizable ride experience with three Ride Modes and Rear Cylinder Deactivation for improved rider comfort
    • Enhanced stock, 100-watt premium audio system for crystal-clear sound at all speeds
    Also new for 2019, Indian Motorcycle introduces its loudest audio system to date. With PowerBand Audio, riders can choose from audio configurations that are up to 50 percent louder than stock audio. The system is engineered with an integrated amp on speaker and does not require additional amps. The premium audio package is fully integrated with Indian Motorcycle Ride Command so that when PowerBand Audio speakers are installed, Ride Command automatically recognizes the upgrade and takes the equalizer from five bands to nine bands with additional pre-set options and volume control. Riders can choose from three kits - PowerBand Audio (fairing upgrade), PowerBand Audio Plus (fairing and saddlebag upgrade) and PowerBand Audio Plus with accessory trunk (fairing, saddlebag and accessory trunk upgrade).

    Riders can further customize their Chieftain with a variety of accessories, including performance packages from Stage 1, 2 and 3 featuring exhaust, air intakes, cams and the 116 ci big bore kit. Custom fit options like extended and reduced reach seats, mid-rise handlebars and reduced reach handlebars are also available. Color-matched accessories such as Hard Lower Fairings, Saddlebag Audio Lids, a Quick Release Trunk, and for the Chieftain Classic owners, a 10-spoke 19-inch contrast-cut wheel with an open fender can be added to give your bike a custom look.

    Pricing
    2019 Chieftain begins at $21,999 in the U.S. and $26,999 in Canada
    Chieftain Dark Horse starts at $25,999 in the U.S. and $32,499 in Canada
    Chieftain Limited is available starting at $25,999 in the U.S. and $32,499 in Canada
    Chieftain Classic begins at $24,999 in the U.S. and $31,499 in Canada

    Arriving at dealerships now, riders can learn more or test ride by visiting a local Indian Motorcycle dealership. For more information on the 2019 Chieftain lineup, or to find the nearest dealer, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
     
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    Good move:
    “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,”
     
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    It's not to my taste, but it will appeal to someone.
     
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    Same here, not my cup of tea but if it puts more folks on Indians its a win for the brand and all of us. More Indians on the road equals more dealers, more accessories, etc.......
     
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    So disappointment in the 2019 "Indian" lineup. Going to the china vinyl seats (like H-D) and the H-D Road King looking bags with the street Glide looking fairing??? I cannot believe the designer and those in charge of approval went with these changes.
    I have defended Indian Motorcycles from the H-D riders since Indian has come out but with this line-up, I no longer can. I as well as my girlfriend have both stated we are so glad we bought our when we did.
     
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    Great first post...... NOT
     
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    So what are you saying? You bought an Indian and rather than love the bike you bought you will hate and sell the Indian you bought because you don't like the looks of the next one? Strange mindset Buddy,.......why not enjoy what you've got?,........no one is twisting your arm to buy the next model,.........
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    Indian still makes the vintage, Springfield , Darkhorse, chieftain classic and Roadmaster. Allhavr the look of the original offerings for 2014. Actually you have two more models than in 2014. The Springfield and Darkhorse. So where is Indian losing it’s way again? They’re reaching out to different tastes is all.
     
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    Just a silly point of view , but trying to give credit, the New Fairing if look at it dead on on looks slightly better, CDHCrashbar.jpg CDHHangar.jpg but from a profile view still much prefer the Original Chieftain Fairing .. From the First Picture can see a bit of triangle look but in the 2nd think it looks great ..
     
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    Saddlebag lids sure do look like they grabbed just anything off the shelf. Do they really not blend in or is this a camera angle problem. Not a fit/finish problem. Sure looks odd hanging over like that.

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    You think that looks odd? take a look at the street glide special, road king special and road glide special. they reversed it
     
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    I absolutely love it!
    Indian has done their homework on all points.
    Plus if it brings in more people to ride the Indian brands; SO WHAT!
    Back in the day, Indian was king.
    It's good to be King.
     
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    Alpal, that is NOT what I said at all regarding selling my bike ? I LOVE my 2017 Silver Smoke Chieftain and will never sell it. As I stated, we are glad we bought our models when we did for we do not care at all for the redesigned look of the new models. They look like H-D brands and going to China vinyl.....just like H-D. As it is stated above, it will appeal to others but NOT my cup of tea either.
     
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    That's good then Eagle,.....at first glance I was not impressed with the 2019 big sister models either, but, the more the pics come out, the more colours I see, the more I am liking them, not that I will buy one as I'm picking they will still be too heavy for this weakened body. But then, I'm super happy with my red Scout, a first run model. Interesting point you make about " defending" the brand because down here, apart from friendly mate to mate jibs, I have not had to defend the Scout. I've talked to Harley owners, we have compared notes as it were but haven't gone down the track of " mines bigger than yours" sort of thing. That said, I have twice been approached on the road by Harley riders, coming up along side, looking up and down at me and the Scout then down changing down a gear and powering off,.......supremacist attitude of the riders , not the bikes, and on both ocassions I thought. I changed down and showed them the rear of the Scout again. The first two guys I never saw again, the second two caught up to me as I reached Palmerston North and a set of lights. The first guy flipped up his lid and yelled, " awesome ride Bud! And awesome bike!" Which sorta dragged the wind from the sails of my assumption of supremacists on Harleys!......which brings me to your first post and my obvious misinterpretation of your message,......sorry Bud,.......
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    Another choice. Choice is good. I already chose mine.
     
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    No problem, brother. Congratulations on your Scout. Love the look and ride of the Scout. Super fast and incredibly original look and think the motor design needs to be in an art museum. What an incredible job Indian has done on the complete design of the Scout. With that being said, I will always love the Indian brand and love my Chieftain. It is by far the most comfortable best performing bike I have ever owned and in all of my 43 years of riding countless motorcycles, that is saying a lot. Cheers.
     
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    Ok. So we received 3 Chieftain limited models. I will start with the fairing. I like it. Yes, it looks different from the original but I like fact that they got rid of the lower tabs (fork seal protectors) and went with the cans. BTW my service guy says that you can interchange the outer fairing with the old style. The inner fairing is the same. The seat: I love the seat. Fits great. more narrow and has a little lower back support. Looks good too. The bags: Love the bags. I like the fact that the locking mechanism is flush with the lid. Now this does not mean I don't like the original bags. I just like the new ones a little more. They also have that cool covering between the bags and fender that clean things up. Oh, they are not quick release. They are held in place with an allen head bolt. I do not know how difficult it is to remove since I haven't tried to remove them. I like the fact that they are bolted on. Just seems a little more secure but I understand those that like the quick release feature. Especially for cleaning. It does not matter to me since I clean my bike every other month. The profile: they lowered the ass end and it looks awesome. Just an inch (I told my wife 6) and it looks great. The tail light: very clean. Brings out the curve of the rear fender since there is less of a light covering it. Response? Time will tell. I think it will be positive. Have had some calls from Victory owners as well as Harley guys. We shall see.

    I'm going to take it for a ride later in the day.I will get back in reference to handling and rider modes. Oh, the exhaust note is a tad deeper as well.
     
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    CD501EC1-4B0D-4BA2-8A9A-CA0DC7EEF615.jpeg Ok. Rode the bike. No highway just back roads and traffic. I can say it runs much cooler. The rear cylinder deactivation works well. As far as heat I can feel a huge difference between this bike and my Springfield. Since I didn’t get on the highway I rode in sport mode. Wow factor here. I wouldn’t consider it on a rainy day though. Did I mention the seat? very nice. The lowering takes nothing away from the bikes handling. I did notice that the bags are forward just a little. No biggie but I'm used to my Springfield so I made contact with the left bag, a couple of times, as I was dismounting. Long story short: It's the same just a little different style, and refined for comfort.
     
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    She's a looker, bro.
     
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    At first glance or from a distance, like most of us, I was disappointed at how similar it looks to a Street Glide. One of the reasons I'm drawn to Indian so much is how obviously different they look from H-D.

    However, I must admit, the new design is starting to grow on me. The shape of the fairing is aggressive and looks great, but I don't like they dropped the passing lights. The saddlebags are unoffensive; but I prefer the more sculpted, rounder look of the original hard bags, so that is a strange change for me. The new seat is more comfortable on my back-end and a tiny bit lower, so overall I like it. From what I gather the new engine tech is available on all the 2019 models, so if that is what you are looking for, you can get it in the Classic line too.

    I agree with much of the consensus on this forum: Indian offering more options which may appeal to other or younger buyers is great for the brand AND for motorcycling in general. More choice = better for all.
     
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