2016 Indian Motorcycle Indian® Chieftain Dark Horse®


Indian Motorcycle
Indian® Chieftain Dark Horse®



The latest addition to the Dark Horse® family, this badass bagger is powered by the legendary Thunder Stroke® 111 V-Twin. Matte black from nose to tail, for a presence that refuses to be ignored.

  • Hard Saddlebags: Your cargo is protected inside convenient, spacious hard saddlebags that have lockable lids with weatherproof seals. The lids can be locked electronically using a console-mounted button or the bike’s key fob.
  • Heritage-Inspired Powerplant: Designed from the ground up, the Thunder Stroke 111 is a powerful engine with premium performance that's expressed through heritage-inspired features. These design cues were taken from the Power Plus motor of the 1940's: Multi-directional finned valve covers; Downward firing exhaust; Large, parallel push-rod tubes; Organic, asymmetric fin styling; Right-hand drive; Right-hand cam cover; Classic 2/3 head-to-cylinder neck down.
  • Outstanding Steering Geometry: The Indian Chieftain's steering geometry is engineered to deliver light, responsive handling whether ridden solo with no cargo or 2-up with full saddlebags.
  • Design Inspiration: To create the first fairing in Indian Motorcycle history, the design team had to look for inspiration outside of the motorcycle industry. They landed on the sleek and powerful streamliner locomotives of the 1950's. With these classically styled machines as their guide, the team brought Indian Motorcycle into the 21st century with Chieftain.
  • ABS: The Indian Chieftain has advanced features that optimize the ride experience. With automotive-quality ABS braking, you ride with confidence that you’ll brake under control in all situations.
  • Blacked Out Headdress: It’s the most powerful visual icon in motorcycling. Since 1947, this illuminated Headdress has graced the front fender of nearly every Indian Motorcycle, showing the way on the open road.
  • Push-Button Height-Adjustable Windshield: The short, tinted windshield that sits on top of Chieftain's stylish fairing can be raised or lowered electronically with the push of a handlebar-mounted button. A rider can lower the windshield to enjoy cooling airflow or raise it to block wind & rain.
  • 119 ft-lbs of Torque: The Thunder Stroke 111 produces 119 ft-lb of torque with tremendous power at low RPM. You can accelerate hard with power to spare in every gear.
  • High Output Audio: The fairing features an integrated 100 watt audio system that delivers premium-quality sound from dual high-output speakers. Smartphones and other audio sources can be connected by cable or Bluetooth®.
  • Advanced Technology: Premium audio with Bluetooth compatibility, push-button saddlebag locks, a height-adjustable electric windshield & a tire pressure monitor system come standard .
  • Keyless Ignition: Never fumble with a key again. With the proximity key fob in your pocket, just climb on, start it up & ride away. Misplace the fob? Just enter your personal security code and ride on.
  • Cruise Control: The Indian Chieftain has advanced features that optimize the ride experience. Automotive-quality cruise control is easy to set & adjust for smooth, relaxed highway cruising.
  • Internally Wired Handlebars: This high-profile area features blacked-out hand controls. Plus, all of the wiring is routed inside the handlebars for a clean, premium-quality look.
  • Cast Aluminum Frame: The Chieftain's cast aluminum frame is lightweight yet exceptionally strong. It provides excellent low-speed handling and confidence-inspiring stability at highway cruising speeds.
  • Engine Type: Thunder Stroke® 111
  • Displacement: 111 cu in. (1811 cc)
  • Bore x Stroke: 3.976 in. x 4.449 in. (101 mm x 113 mm)
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
  • Electronic Fuel Injection System: Closed Loop Fuel Injection / 54 mm Bore
  • Primary Drive: Gear Drive
  • Drive/Driven Clutch: Wet, Multi-Plate
  • Final Drive: 2.2 : 1
  • Peak Torque: 119.2 ft-lbs / 138.9 Nm
  • Peak Torque RPM: 3000 rpm / 2600 rpm
Gear Ratio (Overall)
  • 1st: 9.403 : 1
  • 2nd: 6.411 : 1
  • 3rd: 4.763 : 1
  • 4th: 3.796 : 1
  • 5th: 3.243 : 1
  • 6th: 2.789 : 1
  • Wheels: Cast 16 in. x 3.5 in. Front and 16 in. x 5 in. Rear
  • Suspension: Front - Type/Travel: Telescopic Fork/4.7 in. (119 mm)
  • Front Fork Tube Diameter: 46 mm
  • Suspension: Rear - Type/Travel: Single Shock with Air Adjust / 4.5 in. (114 mm)
  • Brakes/Front: Dual / 300 mm Floating Rotor / 4 Piston Caliper
  • Brakes/Rear: Single / 300 mm Floating Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper
  • Tires/Front: Dunlop® Elite 3 130/90B16 73H
  • Tires/Rear: Dunlop® Elite 3 Multi-Compound 180/60R16 80H
  • Exhaust System: Split Dual Exhaust with Cross-Over
  • Wheelbase: 65.7 in. (1668 mm)
  • Seat Height: 26 in. (660 mm)
  • Ground Clearance: 5.6 in. (142 mm)
  • Overall Width: 39.4 in. (1000 mm)
  • Overall Height: 54.6 in. (1388 mm)
  • Overall Length: 101.2 in. (2571 mm)
  • Rake: 25 deg.
  • Trail: 5.9 in. (150mm)
  • Fuel Capacity: 5.5 gal. (20.8 L)
  • GVWR: 1385 lb. (630 kg)
  • Weight (Empty Tank / Full of Fuel): 803 lb. / 837 lb. (364 kg / 380 kg)
Color / Graphics
  • Thunder Black Smoke
  • ABS
  • Cast Aluminum Frame with Integrated Air-Box
  • Cruise Control
  • Driving Lights
  • Keyless Start
  • Power Windshield
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • 100 Watt Stereo with AM/FM Bluetooth and Smartphone Compatible Input
  • Gauges: 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 tire pressure; engine hours of operation; engine oil life percentage; average speed; battery voltage; radio information display; vehicle trouble code readout; heated grip level (if 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® and Indian Motorcycle® are registered trademarks of Indian Motorcycle International LLC. Always wear a helmet, eye protection and protective clothing and obey the speed limit. Never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol.



Engine Type
Thunder Stroke® 111
111 cu in. (1811 cc)
Bore and Stroke
3.976 in. x 4.449 in. (101 mm x 113 mm)
Compression Ratio
Fuel System
Closed Loop Fuel Injection / 54 mm Bore


Front Suspension
Telescopic Fork/4.7 in. (119 mm)
Rear Suspension
Single Shock with Air Adjust / 4.5 in. (114 mm)
Front Brakes
Dual / 300 mm Floating Rotor / 4 Piston Caliper
Rear Brakes
Single / 300 mm Floating Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper
Front Tire
Dunlop® Elite 3 130/90B16 73H
Rear Tire
Dunlop® Elite 3 Multi-Compound 180/60R16 80H


65.7 in. (1668 mm)
Seat Height
26 in. (660 mm)
25 deg.
5.9 in. (150mm)
Fuel Capacity
5.5 gal. (20.8 L)
Dry Weight
803 lb. (364 kg)


Final Drive
2.2 : 1


Thunder Black Smoke

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