This Indian Chieftain Dark Horse review will show you reasons on whether you should acquire this motorcycle. We will consider many factors in this review to help you choose whether you should go for this motorcycle or not.
The Indian Chieftain Dark Horse Review
A small sized motorcycle made for the daring. This motorcycle made for touring, is one of the biggest flame in the motorcycle world, burning everywhere.
This motorcycle is not made just for comfort but also for performance. Why should you get the Indian Chieftain Dark Horse? Because you deserve to get it.
Before we continue, let’s look at some of the most important features.
Features at a Glance
Motor: Thunder Stroke 111 V-twin
Displacement: 111ci (1811cc)
Bore x stroke: 10.09cm x 11.30cm
Maximum torque: 1736N/m
Rpm: 3000 rpm
Compression ratio: 9.5:1
Fueling: Closed loop EFI w/ 54mm throttle body
Final drive: Belt
Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable 46mm fork; 4.7ninches
Rear suspension; travel: Air-adjustable shock; 4.5 inches
Wheels: Cast aluminum
Front wheel: 48.26 x 8.89
Rear wheel: 40.46 x 12.7
Front tire: 130/60 x 19; Dunlop American Elite
Rear tire: 180/60 x 16; Dunlop Elite 3 Multi-Compound
Front brakes: Floating 300mm discs w/ 4-piston calipers
Rear brake: Floating 300mm disc w/ 2-piston caliper
DIMENSIONS and Capacities
Wheelbase: 166.88 cm
Trail: 14.98 cm
Seat height: 65 cm
Fuel capacity: 20.82 Litres
Curb weight: 375 kg
2019 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse
Price: From $25,999 MSRP (Black Smoke)
From $26,749 MSRP (White Smoke; Bronze Smoke)
- Great design.
- Secure protection with airbag.
- Powerful engine that performs well.
- The Indian Chieftain Dark Horse is quite expensive.
- Does not change drive mode automatically.
- Need you to buy safety accessories.
Main Indian Chieftain Dark Horse Review
For a challenge or adventure to go as planned, then it’s necessary that the tools used should be good enough to survive the adventure. Thus, rigidity is the word.
It is for this reason that Indian introduced the Indian Chieftain Dark Horse for lovers of adventure. While rigidity is a factor considered in making the Indian Chieftain Dark Horse, the manufacturer also considered comfortability. This necessity made the Chieftain Dark Horse to stand above any of its competitors.
This time the saddle became stiffer and the front fender has a cut that looks sporty. The fender became wider that it was more than necessary to shield the front tire, it also covered the dual discs. This design made the Indian Chieftain Dark Horse take a wander away from the traditional Indian’s design.
The headdress became narrower. This made it different from the former designs. With the round headlight retained and the saddleback made more angular, the aerodynamics appearance of the Indian Chieftain Dark Horse became more prominent. The saddlebags however looks more modern that it previously looked.
Fog lights that used to be prominent was casted aside. One of the most glaring design is the exhaust that has a black ceramic coating.
The Indian Chieftain Dark Horse is a smartly designed Motorcycle. With this, the motorcycle can do some things automatically. For instance the Rear Cylinder Deactivation can automatically shut the rear cylinder when the temperature gets above 59o Celsius. This function helps to reduce the rate at which rider’s thighs get burnt while riding especially when the traffic is slow.
To know if this feature is operational, you should check the Ride Command’s screen, you will see the engine’s icon and an X over one cylinder. This feature is great especially if you live in the Tropics especially Africa where the temperature can be troubling.
Separating the tweeter in the speaker was one of the best tweak that the manufacturer made. This improved the clarity of the mid-range speakers. The stereo is 100-watts and still have its volume pointing to 11 instead of 10.
To support the stereo is a dynamic equalizer. This equalizer adjusts accordingly with the speed of the rider. Also considered is the increased noise of the engine and the roaring wind of high speed, these can’t drown the sound of the music. This makes the rider to enjoy the ride. Imagine hitting one rock song while in a highway far away from home and the song sounds well. That’s heaven!
The audio system also supports playing music and answering calls from the phone. You have no excuse to park when you can ride on.
There is the remote locking and the self-latching feature of the Indian Chieftain Dark Horse. Once you flip the lid of the saddlebag, it will latch and close on its own. This is necessary especially when you are on high speed on the road. It will make sure you don’t lose necessary stuff. When you press the lock button on the tank, the saddle bag will lock but first listen to the locking sound to be sure it locks.
The brake has a dual four piston callipers. This gives the Dark Horse superb braking power. Not only does it has power but also allows the rider to adjust the rear break and keep it steady.
There is also an airbag feature but it will set you back with about $1,149.95. Other safety accessories that are recommended but will cost you are helmet, pant, boots and gloves.
With a powerful engine, you are sure to enjoy your Dark Horse. This Indian Chieftain Dark Horse review tested the Dark Horse to the limit and it delivered when it matters.
Whether it is through dry surface, even sand, it drives smoothly. The only problem is that it tends to spin when cornering in the wet. That however is caused by the tires used.
2019 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse Colors
- Thunder Black Smoke
- White Smoke
- Bronze Smoke
2019 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse Price
- From $25,999 MSRP (Black Smoke)
- From $26,749 MSRP (White Smoke; Bronze Smoke)
The Dark Horse is a great motorcycle that an elite tourist would appreciate. This Indian Chieftain Dark Horse review showed you how the Dark Horse stood up for itself.
On a final note, you can only know how much a machine will perform when you use it, and the discretion to buy totally depends on you – the prospective Dark Horse user.