The Indian Chieftain Dark Horse is the second motorcycle under the Dark Horse moniker to be launched in our two-wheeler market. The new motorcycle is basically the blacked-out version of the standard bagger motorcycle. It has been priced at Rs 32.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The cruiser bike has been brought to Indian shores as a CBU (completely built unit). As the name suggests, the bike gets a satin black finish which makes it look more sinister than the standard motorcycle and it is offered as a single-seater while pillion seat is optional extra. The large batwing fairing stands out with its trio of headlamps while the integrated LED turn indicators look nice. The curvy, valanced front fenders with the illuminated mascot and the subtle chrome trimmings on it endow the motorcycle with an unique personality.
Being a premium cruiser, the bike has been loaded with features like an electronically adjustable windscreen, a semi-digital instrument console, hard panniers, cruise control, cruise control, keyless ignition and an infotainment system. It also gets satellite navigation, a 100 watt stereo system with Bluetooth connectivity, USB compatibilty and an AM/FM radio. The digital display on the console reads out details like average fuel consumption, gear position indicator, range, tyre pressure, engine oil temperature, odometer, trip meter, audio settings, ambient temperature, etc. At 2571mm, the Indian Chieftain Dark Horse is a massive bike and the bike weighs 377kg! And, to propel the bulk there’s a 1811cc, Thunder Stroke V-Twin engine delivering 74PS of power and a massive 139Nm of peak torque at a mere 2600rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. Talking about mileage, the Chieftain Dark Horse returned 15.30kmpl on the highway and 13.54kmpl in the city. With its 20.8 litre tank, the bike has a range of close to 300km on a full tank.
The front end features 43mm telescopic fork with 119mm of travel, whereas the rear features adjustable monoshock unit. Braking is done by dual rotors of 300mm diameter with 4 piston caliper up front and a single disc with 2 piston calipers out back while ABS is standard. The Indian Chieftain Dark Horse is the most customisable motorcycle in the portfolio of the American bikemaker and it rivals the Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special and the Moto-Guzzi MGX-21.
Indian Chieftain Dark Horse Price
Indian Chieftain Dark Horse prices start at Rs. 29.29 lakh (Ex-Showroom). Indian Chieftain Dark Horse is avialable in 1 variants and 1 colours.
It’s dark, it’s beautiful and it’s huge. How does the Indian Chieftain Dark Horse feel like to ride in our conditions?
For most of us, the carefree glee on the faces of children in the playgrounds, fruit sellers selling bright yellow mangoes by the road and lemonade stalls springing-up around every corner signal the arrival of summers. And like each passing year, the summers this year only seem to get hotter. Try riding a motorcycle in the afternoon and you are sure to get dehydrated sooner than you would imagine. This leaves bikers with the option of either starting a ride to the nearby hill-station early in the morning, or riding on secluded city streets in the wee hours of the day.
I certainly love my early morning rides in the hills, but that said, there is a strong charm to riding on the streets of Mumbai well into the night, once the roads are bereft of the city’s horrendous traffic. And when Indian offered us the new Chieftain Dark Horse, we felt riding it in the dead of the night would be the best time to experience the dark side of this touring motorcycle. It is essentially a blacked-out version of the Chieftain, and like the night and all things dark, the bike had an aura to it that made it enjoyable on the streets of Mumbai past midnight, despite its...read more »
April 25, 2017 By Words - Arun Mohan Nadar | Photography - Vikrant Date
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