2022 Indian Chief Review – First Ride

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By John Burns

2022 Indian Chiefs

Editor Score: 84%

Engine 18.0/20
Suspension/Handling 12.0/15
Transmission/Clutch 8.0/10
Brakes 8.0/10
Instruments/Controls 4.5/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 8.5/10
Appearance/Quality 8.5/10
Desirability 8.5/10
Value 8.0/10
Overall Score 84/100

It’s all about the SPT says Brandon Kraemer, who’s spent the last three years of his life working on the new 2022 Indian Chiefs as Senior Product Director. People want Style, they want Performance, and they want Technology (even if many of them don’t quite realize they want that last one).

2022 Indian Chief Line First Look

And in this case, Indian’s gambling many of them just want less. The Chief Classic I rode around Texas in 2014 weighed 812 pounds with a 5.5-gallon fuel load, atop a 68.0-inch wheelbase. The new similarly equipped (bags and windshield) Super Chief weighs 739 pounds with 4 gallons of gas, Indian says, and rides on a 4-inch shorter wheelbase, with a seat just 26 inches from the pavement. That 70-pound weight difference feels like even more, maybe aided also by the optics of the thing: The new Chiefs just look much smaller than the outgoing models. The base Chief has a claimed weight of just 670 lbs wet.

Three new Chiefs (or is it six?):

Chief, with 19 and 16-inch tires on cast wheels and mid-mount foot controls, starts at $14,499, and Chief Dark Horse starts at $16,999.

Chief Bobber and Chief Bobber Dark Horse, with fat tires on 16-in wire-spoked wheels, mini-ape hanger handlebars and forward controls, go for $15,999 and $18,999.

Your touring models, with bags and windshield: Super Chief starts at $18,499, and Super …read more

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