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Indian Motorcycle’s 2018 Limited-Edition Chieftain Elite

Ultra-premium hand-painted bagger

Indian Motorcycle has announced its new ultra-premium bagger, the 2018 Chieftain Elite. This limited-edition bagger pairs custom-inspired paint that’s completed by hand with top-of-the-line amenities for the rider who wants all the bells and whistles.

Indian Motorcycle meticulously thought through the design to ensure every line, texture, and material complemented the contours of this aggressive platform. The focal point of this bagger is the stunning, specialty paint featuring high-flake Black Hills Silver. As the name suggests, this paint was inspired by the silver mines in the Black Hills of South Dakota, which is near Indian Motorcycle’s custom paint facility in Spearfish, South Dakota. A team of Indian Motorcycle experts mask the bodywork, lay the graphics, and hand-spray each Chieftain Elite. Each bike takes nearly 25 hours due to the time-intensive, painstaking processes that are completed by hand. Incredibly, no two bikes will look the same due to the level of human touch involved. There’s no question this bold, one-of-a-kind bike will stand out in any crowd.

2018 Indian Motorcycle Chieftain Elite Limited Edition

It’s equipped with premium features, including a 200-watt premium audio system, Pathfinder LED headlight and driving lights, a push-button power flare windshield, billet aluminum Select driver and passenger floorboards, and genuine leather seats.

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2018 Indian Motorcycle Chieftain Elite Limited Edition

A host of other features come standard, including Ride Command. The 7-inch, glove-compatible touchscreen features turn-by-turn navigation, customizable rider information screens, and Bluetooth compatibility. The Chieftain Elite also features ABS, cruise control, tire pressure monitoring, remote-locking saddlebags, and keyless ignition.

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2018 Indian Motorcycle Chieftain Elite Limited Edition

“Whether cruising around the city or touring country back roads, the 2018 Chieftain Elite delivers on its promise of being the best bagger that money can buy,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director, Marketing and Product Planning for Indian Motorcycle. “This bike was born to turn heads and provide an unmatched riding experience with all of the premium amenities included.”

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2018 Indian Motorcycle Chieftain Elite Limited Edition

Color-matched accessories are available for riders who want extra protection, style, and storage, including a quick-release trunk, hard lower fairings, and a valanced front fender.

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2018 Indian Motorcycle Chieftain Elite Limited Edition

Said valanced fender, hard at work.

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2018 Indian Motorcycle Chieftain Elite Limited Edition Engine

At the soul of this bike is the Thunder Stroke 111 engine. The optional Thunder Stroke 116ci Stage 3 Big Bore Kit adds a claimed 20 percent more horsepower and 15 percent more torque for those looking to take performance to the next level.

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2018 Indian Motorcycle Chieftain Elite Limited Edition

The Chieftain Elite is a strong addition to Indian Motorcycle’s iconic lineup.

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2018 Indian Motorcycle Chieftain Elite Limited Edition

Only a limited number of these motorcycles will be built. Pricing starts at $31,499 in the US and $37,999 in Canada.

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2018 Indian Motorcycle Chieftain Elite Limited Edition

The 2018 Chieftain Elite has a commanding stance punctuated by its 19-inch, 10-spoke, contrast-cut front wheel and marbled graphics package.

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2018 Indian Motorcycle Chieftain Elite Limited Edition

The bikes are available at Indian Motorcycle dealers starting March 1.

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