2017 Indian Chieftain Elite

An Indian bagger with all the bells & whistles

Indian Motorcycle’s designers have reimagined what a top-of-the-line Chieftain should look like and have added custom paint and other design features to create a more premium look than ever before.

  • The Chieftain Elite has a cutback front fender that shows off the new ten-spoke 19″ front wheel beautifully.

  • The headlight bezel has been colour matched to the fairing and the leather saddle is more streamline than the standard model and has contrast stitching.

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Only 350 of these will be sold globally.

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The Chieftain Elite also comes with a wealth of premium amenities:

  • Instead of a standard headlight, it has a Pathfinder LED headlight and driving lights.

  • There’s a flared power windshield

  • Rider and passenger floorboards are made from billet aluminium

  • It has 200-watt sound system (two speakers in the fairing and two in the saddlebags)

It also has the Ride Command seven-inch infotainment system and anti-lock brakes (ABS), a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), keyless ignition, a power adjustable windshield and just enough chrome to tastefully highlight all the attitude this ultra-exclusive bike has to offer.

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“With Chieftain Elite we wanted to design the most-premium, feature-packed Chieftain that we could possibly imagine,” said Reid Wilson, Director of Marketing for Indian Motorcycle. “In the end, I think the bike exceeded even our own high expectations. It’s an absolute show stopper."

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Each Chieftain Elite is hand painted with ultra-premium candy paint, exclusively blended by Indian Motorcycle. The result is a bike that is truly unlike any other. A small, dedicated team of specialists in Indian Motorcycle’s paint facility in Spearfish, South Dakota work meticulously to mask, lay graphics and paint, all by hand, spending over 25 hours to complete each bike’s breath-taking finish.


The Chieftain Elite has a unique tank console, horn, airbox and primary and cam covers with colour matched pinstripes.

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The Chieftain Elite features a custom Fireglow Red Candy with Marble Accents paint scheme completed entirely by hand by Indian Motorcycle’s paint facility located in Spearfish, South Dakota.

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Pinch. Swipe. Tap. All without removing your gloves. Offering the industry’s largest, fastest, and most customizable infotainment system, the seven-inch Ride Command system allows you to get turn-by-turn directions, quickly navigate to points of interest, play Bluetooth audio, check vehicle information and status, plus a whole lot more via its easy to use interface. And thanks to split-screen technology, you can easily customise three rider screens to display the information that matters to you most.


Keyless starting is secure and convenient. With the Chieftain Elite key fob in your pocket, climb on the bike, push a button and ride. If you misplace the fob, press in a security code pre-programmed into the ignition to start it up.

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Indian Motorcycle’s Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin engine serves up 135Nm of torque letting you accelerate hard in every gear with power to spare.

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The front wheel has dual 300mm front rotors with 4-piston calipers. For a custom touch, the caliper housings feature the Indian Motorcycle script logo. The rear wheel has a single 300mm floating rotor with 2-piston calipers and there’s an advanced anti-lock brake system (ABS) too.


With a Pathfinder LED headlight (note that the new Chieftain Limited has a standard headlight) and driving lights, a power-windscreen equipped fairing and remote lockable hard bags out back, you’re ready to rack up miles in style and comfort. A tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and automotive quality throttle by wire cruise control enhances your ride during highway cruising.

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The bike’s custom look and feel is carried out through a host of premium standard accessories including billet aluminium rider and passenger floorboards and a flared, tinted windscreen.

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The Thunder Stroke 111 engine produces a rich, deep exhaust rumble and was acoustically engineered to eliminate high-pitched sounds, so what you really hear is Indian Motorcycle thunder.



Unleash more power, improve throttle response and add a rich and throaty exhaust note with a Stage 1 Exhaust, a Thunder Stroke High Flow Air Cleaner and Stage 2 Performance Cams. For added style, add Six Shooter or Straight exhaust tips. Accessory stage kits are not available in all markets.

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The new sawn-off front fender gives the bike a more streamlined look. It also shows off the new 10-spoke wheel design and those dual front brake rotors and calipers. The cutback fender also offers a subtle nod to Indian’s ‘open’ fenders of the 1920s and 1930s. Both the front 19-inch and rear 16-inch wheels have a new 10-spoke design previously not seen on an Indian model.

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Add Mid Rise Handlebars for a comfortable reach to the controls and a load of attitude.



  • 7” touch screen (glove compatible with pinch to zoom & swipe functionality)

  • Customizable information displays

  • Simple, easy to use software

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The brand-new Fireglow Red Candy paint features a large flake base and layers of deep candy paint. The hand-painted marble accents and black pinstriping give this bike a truly custom look.

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Ride Command customisable infotainment system featuring: Map/Navigation with pinch-to-zoom and swipe, Bluetooth compatible audio, Vehicle Status, Vehicle Info, Trip 1, Trip 2, and Ride Data. Keyless ignition, electronically adjustable windscreen, heated grips, dual-stage heated seats, cruise control, ABS and TPMS.

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It takes a small, specialized team over 25 hours to hand paint each bike and no two Chieftain Elites look exactly the same.

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Fireglow Red Candy with Marble Accents

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The Chieftain Elite has a 200-watt audio system with an AM/FM stereo, Bluetooth connectivity and a smartphone compatible USB input. There are two speakers in the fairing (100-watts) and a speaker in the top of each saddlebags (a further 100-watts).

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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 unrivalled 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 Indian's website.