2018 Indian Motorcycle Indian® Chief®


Indian Motorcycle
Indian® Chief®



Connected To The Road. Classic Style Removed From Everything Else.

You want to get out on the open road, and we want to get you there. The Indian® Chief® is purpose-built to do just that. A classic body with all of the essentials. First and foremost, the power of the legendary Thunder Stroke® 111 V-Twin engine. Keyless ignition. Cruise control. Chromed-out dual exhaust. And ABS brakes. Everything you need for an unforgettable ride.

  • Thunder Stroke® 111: Designed from the ground up, the Thunder Stroke® 111 is a powerful, award-winning engine with legendary features inspired by the Power Plus motor of the 1940s: 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
  • Dual Exhaust: Dual exhaust pipes deliver classic style and a rich, throaty exhaust note. Acoustical engineering eliminated high-pitched sounds, so all you'll ever hear is the resonance of true performance and power.
  • Chrome Headdress: The most powerful icon in motorcycling. Since 1947, the illuminated headdress has graced the front fender of nearly every Indian Motorcycle, guiding the way from legend to legend.
  • ABS Brakes: With ABS braking, you'll ride with confidence, knowing you can brake under control in any situation.
  • 119 ft-lbs of Torque: The Thunder Stroke® 111 produces 119 ft-lbs of torque with extraordinary power at low RPM, so you can accelerate effortlessly with power to spare in every gear.
  • Internally Wired Handlebars: All of the wiring is routed inside the handlebars for a clean, premium-quality look.
  • Keyless Ignition: Never fumble for your key again. With the proximity fob in your pocket, just climb on, press the start button and ride away. Misplace your fob? Simply enter your personal security code and go.
  • Modern Yet Timeless Instruments: We brought this heritage-inspired instrument panel into the 21st century, while maintaining its timeless style.
  • Cruise Control: Automotive-quality cruise control is easy to set and adjust for smooth, relaxed highway cruising.
  • Indian Motorcycle® Script Badging: The logos on this bike are powerful, stylish and iconic. No other brand has such legendary identification. For over 115 years, Indian Motorcycle® has stood for the ultimate in style, performance and power.
  • Cast Aluminum Frame: This cast aluminum frame is lightweight yet exceptionally strong, providing excellent low-speed handling and confidence-inspiring stability on the highway.
  • 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 Wet Clutch
  • Drive/Driven Clutch: Wet, Multi-Plate
  • Final Drive: 2.2 : 1
  • Peak Torque: 119 ft. lb. (161.6 N m)
  • Peak Torque RPM: 3000 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
  • Suspension: Front - Type/Travel: Telescopic Fork / 4.7 in. (119 mm) - Cartridge Type
  • Front Fork Tube Diameter: 46 mm
  • Suspension: Rear - Type/Travel: Single Shock / 3.7 in. (94 mm)
  • Brakes/Front: Dual / 300 mm Floating Rotor / 4 Piston Caliper
  • Brakes/Rear: Single / 300 mm Floating Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper
  • Wheels/Front: Cast 16 in. x 3.5 in.
  • Wheels/Rear: Cast 16 in. x 5 in.
  • Tires/Front: Dunlop® Elite 3 130/90B16 73H
  • Tires/Rear: Dunlop® American Elite 180/65B16 81H
  • Exhaust: Split Dual Exhaust w/ Cross-over
  • Wheelbase: 68.1 in. (1730 mm)
  • Seat Height: 26.0 in. (660 mm)
  • Ground Clearance: 5.5 in. (140 mm)
  • Overall Height: 46.3 in. (1176 mm)
  • Overall Length: 103.5 in. (2630 mm)
  • Overall Width: 39.4 in. (1000 mm)
  • Rake: 29 deg.
  • Trail: 6.1 in. (155.0 mm)
  • Fuel Capacity: 5.5 gal. (20.8 L)
  • GVWR: 1260 lb. (572 kg)
  • Weight (Empty Tank / Full of Fuel): 745 lb. / 777 lb. (338 kg / 352 kg)
  • Color / Graphics: Steel Gray
  • Gauges: Tank mounted electronic speedometer with odometer; dual tripmeters; digital tachometer; ambient air temperature; fuel range; average fuel economy; battery voltage; gear position display; real-time clock; vehicle trouble code readout; heated grip level (if heated grips installed); low engine oil pressure; and 9 LED telltale indicators: cruise control enabled, cruise control set, neutral, high beam, turn signal, ABS, check engine, and MPH or km/h unit designation; Tank mounted electronic fuel gauge with low fuel LED indicator
Standard Equipment
  • ABS
  • Cast Aluminum Frame with Integrated Air-Box
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Ignition
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) - Cartridge Type
Rear Suspension
Single Shock / 3.7 in. (94 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® American Elite 180/65B16 81H


68.1 in. (1730 mm)
Seat Height
26.0 in. (660 mm)
29 deg.
6.1 in. (155.0 mm)
Fuel Capacity
5.5 gal. (20.8 L)
Dry Weight
745 lb. (338 kg)


Steel Gray

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