Redesigned 2019 Indian Chieftain LEAKED

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  1. NickJ

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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 fender giving a chopped look and opting for a more masculine look rather than the elegant flow of generations past.

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    Outdoor grade speakers are now a factory option in the lids of the bags on the new Chieftain. This is likely a result of the redesign on the bags to offer a broader top resulting in more real estate to use for the speaker opening.

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    There isn't a ton of difference in the dimensions of the motorcycle over the 2018 Chieftain, but it did get a half of an inch shorter in the rear height. The wind screen sits just a tenth of an inch shorter than the 2018 model. Other than that, no changes to the dimensions. Wheel base, width and overall length are the same.

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    Looking forward to seeing how the market responds.

    For the discussion about the Redesigned 2019 Chieftain, follow the link: 2019 Is this the new Chieftain? | Indian Rider - Indian Motorcycle Forums
     

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    Is that a new tail light assembly? I wonder if it would fit the Svout?,......
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    Not sure I’m a fan. Are they trying to make it a Harley??? The redesigned fairing, tank, and less low saddlebags sure make it look so,
     
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    News flash!!! Indian buys Hardly Devastating!!!

    Watch ABC NEWS tomorrow!,......
     
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    You crack me up, @Alpal !
     
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    I have no problems with the Street Glide Clone if it Sells , just know it's not for me .. Other than the Front Wheel I don't see that much Victory there as some do and even the Front Wheel on the Cross Country was 18" or the Later Magnum 21 " When saw the Indian Chieftain as it was first designed loved it like it was and still do .. Even the Tail Light of the Clone is near identical to the Street Glide .. Just for the heck of it I do have some pictures taken to show what Top Coat F11 could do to a 5 Year old Ride with 80,000 Miles on it and just don't see much in similar looks to the new Street Glide Indian .. Strictly referring to Body Style nothing to do with the 106 Overhead Cam Engine, which many called ugly because of the Taller Jugs for the Overhead Cam Design ..


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    Personally I think it's a big mistake to clone a Street Glide. If I were in the market I'd just go ahead and get a Street Glide from HD rather than Indian. At least there you know you can find a dealer every 50 miles if you need a repair. If they had at least made it look similar to what everyone knows is an Indian(fairing without mail slot/bag hinges) it might be okay. I get asked what model Harley I have already so with this they won't even ask. They'll assume it's a Street Glide. No Indian recognition what so ever.
     
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    Kinda like with one exception....did we have to put a very Harley-esque vent in the fairing??? Uhg....really screams HD....other than that it's a good option from the historic looking models.
     
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    I think it’s going to be one of their top selling models in the coming year. Not because I like it, but because I think a lot of current non Indian riders will.
     
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    I would like to pose a question.

    Prior to the advent of the valence fender, which oh by the way, only existed for about 13 of the original Indians 53 year existence, what were the major DESIGN differences between Harley and Indian?
     
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    It’s a good look. Especially if you’re trying to attract younger buyers for your chieftain line. Younger riders are just not buying them. The Bobbers are sold before they hit the floor. The Darkhorse as well. I have talked to a lot of shoppers. I think this will be good
     
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    I'm no expert for sure but the one thing that has stood out for me is the Indian breather/carb is on the left and the Harley's is on the right. I know there are other differences, like the Indian 4, and some suspension differences but for me the breather/carb is the give away.
     
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    Let’s remember that we want to see this company sell a lot of bikes. That way we have a place to get our stuff done. They are still keeping the traditional look with the vintage, Springfield and chieftain classic and still making something for those who could care less for the big fender. IMO the winner here is the consumer. And the Springfield Darkhorse. The white one looks awesome.
     
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    Just to clarify, I asked about design differences, not power train.
     
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    It's growing on me. I wonder if these new models will depreciate the value of the older design. Might be time to pick up a 17 or 18, if so.
     
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    Totally agree!
     
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    I do hope the new design for the Chieftain does very well with the general (and younger) public, however I will most likely from time to time refer to it, as the "Chief-Glide" :)
     
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    It's definitely in the Harlindian family.
     
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    There's a reason for that . . . . :smile:
     
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