• Powerful. Genuine. Blacked-out from end to end
  • The 2016 Indian Chieftain Dark Horse
  • Delivers pure, premium Indian Motorcycle Performance.

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, has launched the Indian Chieftain Dark Horse, a blacked-out hard bagger that allows riders to easily customise their ride and hit the highway in head-turning style.

A bagger with undeniable presence, the Chieftain Dark Horse offers a lot of matte black, a flicker of chrome and a wealth of features to roll as one of the most bad-ass American-made V-Twin bikes on the market.

Powered by a blacked-out version of the celebrated Thunder Stroke® 111 engine and built upon the same highly lauded chassis and suspension as the Indian Chieftain, the new Chieftain Dark Horse comes from the factory outfitted with a solo seat and short, tinted power windscreen, yet maintains its spacious power-locking hard bags, ABS, electronic cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring system, premium audio with AM/FM Bluetooth and smartphone compatible input and a remote key fob with keyless ignition.

To amplify the Dark Horse family attributes, not only are the fenders, fairing, fuel tank and bags blacked out, the iconic Indian Motorcycle headdress, forks, mirrors, handlebars and switch cubes, turn signals, tank console, engine and airbox cover, lower controls, floorboards and taillight housing are also blacked out.

Of course, Indian Motorcycle also offers a large selection of authentic factory accessories to further individualise your already stealthy ride, including new Blackout series accessory air cleaners, performance cams and slip-on exhausts, as well as pumping up the stereo with 100-watts of saddlebag lid speakers.

“The Indian Chieftain Dark Horse’s blacked-out styling and powerful Thunder Stroke 111 engine will elevate our riders to the top of the pack,” says Indian Motorcycle Marketing Director Reid Wilson. “Starting with the award-winning Chieftain platform, the Dark Horse series signature matte black paint and raw attitude is an open canvas for customisation that makes it the perfect bike for riders who are ready to ‘Be Legendary’.”

INDIAN Chieftain Dark Horse

Thunder Stroke® 111

Engine Type                        49˚ V-Twin
Transmission                          6-speed/constant mesh/foot shift
Battery                                   12 volts / 18 amp/hour, 310 CCA
Bore x Stroke                        3.976” x 4.449” (101 mm x 113 mm)
Charging System                 42 amp max output
Clutch                                     Wet, multi-plate
Compression Ratio              9.5 : 1
Cooling System                   Air / Oil
Displacement                        111 cu in / 1811 cc
Exhaust                                  Split dual exhaust with crossover
Final Drive                              Belt drive, 152 tooth
Fuel Capacity                        5.5 gal / 20.8 ltr
Fuel System                          Electronic fuel injection, closed loop/54 mm bore
Oil Capacity                           5.5 qts / 5.20 ltr
Primary Drive                         Gear drive wet clutch
Torque                                       European version 102.4 ft-lbs (138.9 Nm) @ 2600rpm

Front Suspension                 Telescopic fork, 46 mm diameter, 4.7 in /119 mm travel
Rear Suspension                  Single shock 4.5 in / 114 mm travel, air adjustable

Dry Weight                            803 lbs / 364 kg
Ground Clearance                 5.6 in / 142 mm
GVWR                                  1,385 lbs / 630 kg
Length                                    101.2 in / 2571 mm
Rake/Trail                               25° / 5.9 in / 150 mm
Seat Height                           26 in / 660 mm
Wheelbase                           65.7 in / 1668 mm


Brake System Type            Individual front and rear control with ABS
Front Braking System           Dual 300 mm floating rotor with 4-piston calipers
Rear Braking System           Single 300 mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper

Wheels & Tyres

Front Tyre                              Dunlop® Elite 3, 130/90B16 73H

Front Wheel                           Cast 16” x 3.5”

Rear Tyre                               Dunlop® Elite 3 180/60R16 80H

Rear Wheel                           Cast 16” x 5.0”


Thunder Black Smoke

Specifications subject to change.

INDIAN Chieftain Dark Horse 

Standard Features

Blacked-Out Styling
It’s black from top to bottom, including the wheels, forks, handlebars, engine, bodywork – even the iconic headdress up front.

Thunder Stroke® 111
The proven, powerful Thunder Stroke® 111 engine serves up 102.4 ft-lbs of torque, and is finished primarily in black.

Touring amenities
With a commanding power-windscreen equipped fairing and lockable hard bags out back, you’re ready to rack up miles in style and comfort.

Keyless ignition
Keyless starting is secure and convenient. With the Indian Chieftain Dark Horse key fob in your pocket, climb on the bike, push a button and ride. If you misplace the fob, use the individual security code you pre-program into the ignition.

ABS & Cruise Control
This advanced, automotive-quality braking lets you ride with confidence and helps you stop with great control. Easy to set and adjust, the electronic cruise control enhances your enjoyment during highway cruising.

True Dual Exhaust
The engine produces a rich exhaust note from the true dual exhaust. The exhaust was acoustically engineered to eliminate high-pitched sounds, so what you really hear is Indian Motorcycle thunder.

Fairing mounted instrument cluster featuring electronic speedometer, tachometer, and fuel gauge with odometer, dual tripmeters with distance and time, instantaneous and average fuel economy; fuel range; real-time clock; ambient air temperature; gear position display; front and rear tyre pressure; engine hours of operation; engine oil life percentage; average speed; battery voltage; radio information display; heated grip level (if optional heated grips installed); and 15 LED telltale indicators: cruise control enabled, cruise control set, neutral, high beam, turn signal, ABS, check engine, low tire pressure, battery, low fuel, security system, low engine oil pressure and MPH or km/h unit designation.

INDIAN Chieftain Dark Horse

Rev up enhanced performance with these blacked-out performance accessories that unleash more power, improved throttle response and a rich and throaty exhaust note: Thunder Stroke® High Flow Air Cleaner and Stage 2 Performance Cams. Install this performance package and you’ll feel like you’re riding a new, high-performance bike. For ultimate style, add Fish Tail or Six Shooter exhaust tips.

Ape Hanger Handlebars
Add custom style, a comfortable reach to the controls, and a load of attitude with the black 16” Ape Hanger Handlebar Kit. You’ll enjoy the riding position, and on every ride you’ll cop an attitude like you own the road.

Premium audio with colour-matched saddlebag lids
Treat yourself to powerful, premium-quality audio by installing a set of Thunder Black Concert Audio Lids. Combined with the Concert Saddlebag Audio Kit (required & sold separately), the audio in the color-matched saddlebag lids ensures you’ll hear your road trip playlists loud and clear.

Blacked-Out Style
Go full throttle with your blacked-out custom style. Switch to all-black Grips and Floorboards, and install black Fender Trim and Saddlebag Trim that replace stock chrome pieces. The black Front Highway Bar adds black custom style, tip-over protection, and a comfortable perch for your feet when cruising.

Be Legendary.

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Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s first motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader with annual 2015 sales of $4.7 billion. Polaris fuels the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts with our RANGER®, RZR® and POLARIS GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; our SPORTSMAN® and POLARIS ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; VICTORY® and INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; SLINGSHOT® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, SWITCHBACK® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories sold under multiple recognizable brands, and has a growing presence globally in adjacent markets with products including military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles.

Dan Tye
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