Indian Chief Vintage
|Fuel Capacity||5.5 Gallons|
|Miles per Gallon||42 MPG|
|Seat Height||27.25 Inches|
|Engine||Thunder Stroke™ 111|
|Displacement||111 cu in|
|Bore x Stroke||3.976" x 4.449" (101mm x 113mm)|
|Fuel System||CLOSED LOOP FUEL INJECTION / 54MM BORE|
|Suspension (Front)||TELESCOPIC FORK/4.7 IN (119 MM)|
|Suspension (Rear)||SINGLE SHOCK / 3.7 IN|
|Brakes (Front)||DUAL / FLOATING ROTOR / 4 PISTON CALIPER|
|Brakes (Rear)||SINGLE / FLOATING ROTOR / 2 PISTON CALIPER|
|Tires (Front)||DUNLOP® AMERICAN ELITE 130/90B16 67H|
|Tires (Rear)||DUNLOP® AMERICAN ELITE 180/65B16 81H|
|Exhaust||SPLIT DUAL EXHAUST W/ CROSS-OVER|
|Ground Clearance||5.5 IN|
|Wheel base||68.1 IN|
|Rake (at Steering Head)||29|
|Bag Mounting Kit||Included|
Refined and Unique
Normally I rent a Harley Davidson Heritage. This time, I rented an Indian Vintage for 5 days and was impressed.
The Vintage has the Harley Heritage feel, but is more refined. The forks on the Indian seem to be more stable. I did not notice the clunk when going over railroad tracks as I previously observed on the Heritage.
The stock seat is very comfortable. The stock exhaust sounds great. You experience a nice V twin sound from the factory which is not too loud, but not too quiet either. It is much more pleasing then the "sewing machine" sound from the stock Heritage exhaust.
The bags are nice and firm. The odometer is placed nicely. I did not get blinded by sunshine reflecting off the chrome on the tank, as I have in the past while riding the Heritage. I also liked the digital display window which easily indicates RPM, mileage, the gear you are in, etc.
The torque of the engine is fantastic. I was distracted and took off in 3rd gear once without problem due to the torque (I should have looked at the gear display). I also like the gear ratio of the transmission. Overdrive drops the RPMs down nicely to conserve gas and wear and tear on the engine.
The cruise control worked nicely, but was a bit of a reach for me to set. I also thought the handlebars seemed wide, but maybe one would get used to them with ownership. I think Indian has some handlebar options if desired.
The best thing is it is unique looking. There aren't billions and billions on the road .. yet ...
Love to see new places I been on the open road for long time just can't enough .