|Fuel Capacity||5.5 Gallons|
|Miles per Gallon||42 MPG|
|Radio/CD Player||Bluetooth Stereo|
|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 W/AIR ADJUST / 4.49 IN|
|Brakes (Front)||DUAL / FLOATING ROTOR / 4 PISTON CALIPER|
|Brakes (Rear)||SINGLE / FLOATING ROTOR / 2 PISTON CALIPER|
|Tires (Front)||DUNLOP® ELITE 3 130/90B16 73H|
|Tires (Rear)||DUNLOP® ELITE 3 180/60R16 80H|
|Exhaust||SPLIT DUAL EXHAUST W/ CROSS-OVER|
|Rake (at Steering Head)||25°|
|Power Supply||12 Volt|
Can't ignore this bike
When I picked up the 2015 Indian Chieftain in LA it had 202 miles on it. After putting 1500 miles on it myself on just about every type of road any bike would see in its normal lifetime, from the city traffic in LA and SanFrancisco to the tightly wound Canyon roads in Santa Barbara to sandy beach roads in Big Sur and all the highway miles in between, the Indian and rider fared well.
The first thing you notice about the Indian walking up to it is its style. It's a beautifully put together machine, fit and finish are second to none. The black paint looked deep and the chrome finishes are craftsman-like. And that 111 cubic inch power plant is a work of art.
The bike is very comfortable when you first mount it, the seat is low and the bar position puts you in a comfort zone, but it begins to feel small after an hour in the saddle. I began to look for ways to reposition my feet and stretch my legs but the large floor boards offer only a few inches of movement forward or back for your feet. The controls on the grips are smartly placed and easily accessible. On the left side you have the turn signal switch, horn, stereo controls and the adjustable windscreen control and not once did I press the wrong switch. The right thumb controls the starter button and the cruise control which worked amazingly well. The information center in the fairing dash gives you information like miles to empty, tire pressure monitor, speed and direction, stereo and Bluetooth functions. The LED screen was easy to see at night or in direct sunlight, but most of the time I found it difficult to read.
Forward controls and highway pegs are the second thing I would add if I owned this bike, but before I did that I would replace the seat if there is a replacement for it, and add a backrest. The seat is too narrow, too shallow, too short and too hard for the long haul, and offers no back support. I had to strap my back pack to the pillion and lean back against it to get some relief in
It's become mainstream for everyone that can ride, to ride a Harley! While I enjoy riding a Harley personally, I felt I should try something a little different.
That's where the Indian comes in. Once I sat on it, I felt as if I were sitting on a Harley but more comfortable. It was ergonomically fitting to my size and stature, ( I'm 6'3" 240lbs ). Once I started it and took off down the road, it handled as well, if not better, then any other bike I had ridden. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with the ease of the handling. Although, the bike I chose was a large bike, height and storage were very easy to manage, I had no issues with tucking it away from any potential hazards. ( parked cars, people, etc...).
My overall experience with this bike was a great one. If anyone wanted to keep the power and styling of a Harley but just try a different bike, I'd highly recommend an Indian!!! Thanks again Eaglerider Motorcycles and I will be seeing you again, next March!!!