Citizen Reporter
3 minute read
5 Mar 2014
5:00 pm

The Indian legend lives on

Citizen Reporter

The legendary American motorcycle brand Indian is available in South Africa through Cardinals Motor Corporation and has announced the introduction of three new models, the Indian Chief line-up for 2014.

The new Indian Chief Classic is a pure, powerful cruiser which has been forged from key heritage design elements, yet wrapped in advanced design, engineering and technology.

It features iconic styling like valanced fenders, rich genuine leather saddle, classic tank-mounted instrumentation, teardrop fuel tank design, and sculpted and lighted front fender war bonnet.

The 2014 Indian Chief Classic comes standard with a host of premium features including endless chrome, keyless ignition, ABS, cruise control, throttle-by-wire, true dual exhaust, high-quality chrome laced spoke wheels, brake caliper covers, cast aluminum frame with integrated air intake, and much more.


The Indian Chief Classic, like all 2014 Indian Chief models, is powered by the all-new, clean sheet design Thunder Stroke 111 engine. Named for its 111 cubic inch, or 1 819cc, engine capacity, the 49-degree, air-cooled V-twin produces 161Nm of torque which it puts down via a 6-speed overdrive transmission.

The new Indian Chief Vintage is a soft bagger that takes iconic Indian Motorcycle styling to a whole new level with handcrafted detail and a signature heritage aesthetic.

The Indian Chief Vintage offers top-quality quick release soft-sided leather bags, leather fringe, chrome fender tips, vintage chrome badging on the front fender and a quick-release windshield for easy installation as well as removal.


It includes the same premium standard features as the Indian Chief Classic, and sports the same iconic design elements like valanced fenders, laced wheels, whitewall tyres, tank-mounted instrument cluster and extensive chrome finishes throughout.

The first Indian Motorcycle of its kind, the 2014 Indian Chieftain maintains the legendary Indian Chief styling, while taking this progressive machine to new heights with advanced features and premium comfort.


Unlike any Indian Motorcycle ever made, the Chieftain features a fairing with integrated driving lights, and its power windshield is an industry-first for a fork-mounted fairing.

Standard features include hard saddlebags featuring remote locks and quick-release anchors, a high-output audio system featuring integrated Bluetooth smartphone connectivity, and a tyre pressure monitoring system.


“When we acquired Indian Motorcycle two-and-a-half years ago we set out to capture the heart, soul and legendary heritage of this iconic American brand and then infuse it with unparalleled design, engineering and state-of-the-art technology,” said Scott Wine, CEO of Indian Motorcycle parent company Polaris Industries Inc.

“On Saturday night we revealed three stunning new Indian Chief models that represent the results of our journey and the future of this brand.

“It was a triumphant day for all of us, and I know motorcycling fans around the world proudly join us in celebrating Indian Motorcycle and the realisation that choice in American motorcycles is here to stay.”


To pay tribute to Indian Motorcycle’s past, the first 1901 Indian Chiefs to roll off of Indian’s assembly line in Spirit Lake, Indiana will be identified with a limited-edition badge.

Numbered between one and 1901, these rare bikes will reflect the year of Indian’s inception by Oscar Hedstrom and George Hendee in their Springfield, Massachusetts factory.

“We have been very conscientious about honouring Indian Motorcycle’s storied history while establishing a foundation for what’s yet to come,” said Polaris Vice- President of Motorcycles, Steve Menneto.


“The lucky few who purchase these limited-number bikes will truly own a piece of history, concurrently representing Indian’s rich past and its limitless future.”

More information is available at Indian Motorcycle dealers across the country.

Cardinals have a fully approved NCA credit centre rating and represent most of the major finance houses.