Almost seven months after its international launch, the 2022 Indian Chief lineup has finally arrived on Philippine shores, in time for the iconic American motorcycle company’s 100th anniversary.
Access Plus Group, the authorized local distributor of Indian Motorcycle, rolled out the newest Chief variants before the members of the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group (IMRG) during a hearty breakfast at the Farmer’s Table in Tagaytay City over the weekend.
Two models were available for test rides on that occasion: the Chief Dark Horse in Stealth Gray, and the Super Chief Limited ABS in Blue State Metallic (as shown in the photos below). The third one, the Chief Bobber Dark Horse, is at the Indian Motorcycle Philippines showroom in Quezon City.
All three are powered by the manufacturer’s burly Thunder Stroke 116 V-twin engine that generates 167Nm of torque, which is great for touring on open roads. This powerful mill is mated to a six-speed transmission with smooth and precise shifting characteristics.
For the Chief’s centennial celebration, Indian Motorcycle engineers combined its iconic V-twin styling with high-performance features like the four-inch round TFT display with the Ride Command system. It can be operated using grip controls or via touchscreen to show two different gauge displays on the bike and ride information.
When paired with a helmet communicator, Ride Command can also make and accept calls from a smartphone via Bluetooth or USB cable. Here are some key features that set the three Chief variants apart from one another:
1) Chief Dark Horse
- Drag handlebars
- 19-inch wheels
- Mid-mount foot controls
- Slim headlight bucket
- Solo bobber seat
The Chief Dark Horse is available in Stealth Gray at P1,285,000; Black Smoke at P1,250,000; and Alumina Jade Smoke at P1,250,000.
2) Chief Bobber Dark Horse
- Mini ape hanger handlebars
- Forward foot controls
- 16-inch wire wheels
- Fork and shock covers
- Large headlight with bucket wrapped in nacelle
The Chief Bobber Dark Horse is offered in Black Smoke at P1,390,000; Sagebrush Smoke at P1,430,000; and Titanium Smoke at P1,430,000.
3) Super Chief Limited ABS
- Quick-release windscreen
- Black leather saddlebags
- Touring seat with passenger pad
- Traditional cruiser handlebars
The Super Chief Limited ABS comes in Blue State Metallic at P1,580,000; Black Metallic at P1,540,000; and Maroon Metallic at P1,580,000.
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