The long-anticipated introduction of the all-new 2009 Indian Chief motorcycle is approaching. The new Indian Motorcycle Company, located in Kings Mountain, North Carolina is taking a wholly different and measured approach to engineering, development and marketing of the new Indian Chief.
Stellican Limited, a London-based private equity firm owns the Indian trademark and intends to turn the company into a profitable entity, just as it did with Chris-Craft boats and other global iconic names. This is the third launch for Indian Motorcycles. The first, and original, company operated from 1901-53, and later the California Motorcycle Company in Gilroy, California (1999-2003) tried to resurrect the name but failed. The third time might be the charm. Stellican has a reputation of resurrecting once famous brands and making them profitable again.
The new Indian Chief motorcycles are rightfully positioned as premium products and will be produced in limited numbers, with the focus on outstanding quality, performance and exclusivity. The 2009 Indian Chief features a redesigned 105 cubic inch PowerPlus V-Twin powertrain with electronic closed loop sequential port fuel injection. Engine cylinders are Nikasil plated, eliminating the need for cast-iron liners. A new crankshaft eliminates “scissoring.” The exhaust system is a new design with integrated 3-way catalytic converter and heated oxygen sensors. A six-speed transmission delivers power through the belt drive to a 16-inch wheel out back. Stopping is achieved via Brembo 4-piston calipers, with 11.5” dual rotors up front.
For 2009, Indian will offer four Chief models: Chief Standard, Chief Deluxe, Chief Roadmaster and Chief Vintage.
Base prices will range from USD $30,999 to $35,499.
The first of these Indian Motorcycles were unveiled at Sturgis this year. www.indianmotorcycle.com