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Indian Chief Dark Horse

Indian Chief Dark Horse is a cruiser bike available at a starting price of Rs. 20,20,000 in India. It is available in 1 variant and 3 colours. It is powered by a 1890 cc BS-VI engine. It comes with both front and rear disc brakes.

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Key specs
  • Displacement1,890 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight304 kg

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Chief Dark Horse Standard

 20,20,000Avg. Ex-showroom price Disc Brakes, Alloy Wheels

Indian Chief Dark Horse Summary

Chief Dark Horse key highlights

Engine Capacity 1,890 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 304 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 15.1 litres
Seat Height 662 mm
Top Speed 185 Kmph

About Chief Dark Horse

Indian Chief Dark Horse is a cruiser bike available at a starting price of Rs. 20,20,000 in India. It is available in only 1 variant and 3 colours. With both front and rear disc brakes, Indian Chief Dark Horse comes up with anti-locking braking system. This Chief Dark Horse bike weighs 304 kg and has a fuel tank capacity of 15.1 liters.

Indian Motorcycles has announced the launch of the updated Chief series in our market. The range comprises the new Chief Dark Horse. The latest iteration of the motorcycle is built around a steel-tube frame and it uses Indian Motorcycle’s Thunderstroke motor. Linked to a six-speed gearbox, the BS6-compliant 1,890cc, twin-cylinder, air-cooled engine delivers a peak torque output of 162Nm at 3,200rpm. The motor on the new model also features a rear cylinder deactivation function.

The feature list on the motorcycle comprises a 15.1-litre fuel tank, bobbed rear fender, dual exhaust, LED lighting, keyless ignition, and Pirelli Night Dragon tires. The electronic rider aids include ABS, cruise control system, and three ride modes (sport, standard, and tour). The suspension tasks are handled by dual outboard preload-adjustable rear shocks and 46mm front forks. The braking setup includes 300mm discs on both wheels. The motorcycle rides on 19-inch front and 16-inch rear wheels that are wrapped in tubeless tyres.

The company’s Ride Command system is also part of the package and the system can be operated through the switchgear or via the digital IPS touchscreen display. The Ride Command system offers access to two different gauge configurations, bike information, ride data, and turn-by-turn navigation. The system can be connected to a smartphone via Bluetooth or USB and can be used to access phone information, recent calls, contacts, number pad, and text message history.

The colour choices for the motorcycle include three options – Black Smoke, Stealth Gray, and Alumina Jade Smoke.
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Indian Chief Dark Horse Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Profoundly comfortable ergonomics
    • Abundance of low and mid-range torque
    • Oodles of road presence
  • Could be Better

    • Difficult to ride in traffic
    • Excessive engine heating
    • Clutch pull requires effort

BikeWale's Take

The Chief Dark Horse has all the qualities one would expect from an Indian motorcycle. This includes an engine with a jaw-dropping amount of torque, comfortable ergonomics for long distance and thumping exhaust note. But what sets this bike apart is the stealthy dark theme it maintains across its gigantic body work which seeks all the attention on the road.

Indian Chief Dark Horse Review

To understand the Indian Cheif Dark Horse's place and purpose in the Indian market, we spend some time riding and living with this behemoth of a motorcycle.

Introduction

Indian Chief Dark Horse action

Indian Motorcycle is an American brand that silently exists in India with seven dealerships across the country. Plus, its cruiser models can easily be mistaken for the more popular Harley due to their similar American design and thumping V-twin engines.

But then the huge 'Indian' lettering on the fuel tank loudly announces it is a different brand with a different philosophy, story, and a unique product line-up. A line-up with a variety of tourers and cruisers, one of which is the Chief Dark Horse. The one you see in these pictures is the 2022 edition with a host of changes. Now, to understand its place and purpose in the Indian market, we spend some time riding and living with this behemoth of a motorcycle.

What's New?

Indian Chief Dark Horse Left Side View

Well, a lot. Starting with the design, minimalism is the name of the game here. Gone are the large swooping fenders and headlamp bezel, making way for a smaller naked headlamp and chopped fenders. However, this hasn't robbed it of its grandeur; the all-black theme, thoroughly exposed chassis, dual shotgun-style exhausts, and chunky tyres turn quite a few heads on the road.

Indian Chief Dark Horse Instrument Cluster

Where a welcoming change has taken place is in the technology department. The highlight here is the four-inch, circular TFT screen that packs in a surprising amount of data for a modern-retro offering. Firstly, there are two theme options for the main screen — one that shows various parameters in a concise format and the other, cleaner one, displaying just the basic stuff.

Indian Chief Dark Horse Instrument Cluster

Apart from the odometer and trip meters, you have the option to monitor information about each ride individually. This 'Current Ride' screen shows figures like distance covered, ride time, and elevation. The screen can also be connected to your smartphone for accessing music control, getting calls and messages notifications, and navigation. I couldn't test the Bluetooth since the dash isn't compatible with the latest iteration of OnePlus phones, I am told. Dang! 

Indian Chief Dark Horse Instrument Cluster

Anyway, what's impressive is that the screen is touch-sensitive while it can also be fiddled with through the buttons on the switchgear. And then with bits like auto-brightness adjustment, it comes across as too modern a setup on a retro-styled machine. 

Other modern features include a full-LED lighting setup, keyless ignition, USB charging port, cruise control, and ABS. There are three riding modes too! Choosing one amongst touring, standard, and sport mode essentially alters the throttle response without tinkering with the power output. 

Indian Chief Dark Horse Front Wheel

Now, let's look at a few numbers because they play an important role in the overall riding experience. The Chief is extremely long with a wheelbase of 1,626mm, sits low with a ground clearance of 125mm, and is super heavy at 304kg. How does all of this translate onto the road? Bear with me. 

The motorcycle rides on a combination of 19-16-inch alloy wheels that are suspended by 132mm telescopic forks up front and 75mm preload-adjustable dual shocks at the rear. The stopping power comes from a 300mm disc at both ends.

Indian Chief Dark Horse Engine From Left

As for the powerhouse, the Chief runs on a 1,890cc, V-twin, air-cooled engine that Indian calls the Thunderstroke 116. It produces a massive 162Nm of peak torque at as low as 3,200rpm. Sounds fun, no? It is.

The Ride

Indian Chief Dark Horse Exhaust Headers

The engine comes to life with a mechanical cacophony and a deep gurgling exhaust sound. Wring the accelerator and it greets you with a thundering roar, which is typical of a big V-twin. Now, get past the vocal drama and roll, only to realise that the engine performs as good as it sounds. 

Indian Chief Dark Horse action

The engine remains docile initially, but get past 2,000rpm, and a flood of torque is broken loose. The pull is relentless. It's brutal. It's manic. It's like an invisible force has whipped it hard at the back. The ferocious build-up of speed lasts until its redline of 5,000rpm. Interestingly, it is not just quick but the power delivery also feels smooth and clean. Even if you're sitting at 100kmph on the highway, overtakes require just a gentle prod.

Indian Chief Dark Horse action

Then, when you pull the brake lever, all the mayhem calms down at a brisk pace. Although it could do with harder stopping power, there's an acceptable and gradual bite from the front brake lever. Even the rear brake does a decent job of adding to the speed-shedding.

Now, switch to the Sport mode and you're in for even bigger and scarier surprises. The throttle becomes so direct that you're greeted with the rear wheel spin almost every time you take off spiritedly. It's difficult to ride sanely in this mode since the response from its ride-by-wire is outright choppy. Launching in a straight line is a quick and mind-bending affair. However, I had to be very careful while changing directions as vigorous wheel spins at slight acceleration kept giving me mini heart attacks, even on decently grippy surfaces.

Indian Chief Dark Horse Engine From Left

What deserves a special mention is the rear cylinder deactivation feature. Every time the engine is left idling in traffic, the rear cylinder is automatically stalled till the time you get in motion and revs climb. Although the engine still heats up, it's never to the extent of causing agony.

The wheelspins don't quickly turn things upside down, courtesy of the long wheelbase and Pirelli rubbers that offer tremendous grip. The feedback from these tyres was commendable even while leaning the bike. After getting a hang of its hefty weight, large turning radius, and lazy steering, I had started scraping the pegs around familiar corners. Even in traffic, it feels surprisingly agile and manageable on the move. 

Indian Chief Dark Horse action

The ride quality is equally impressive. Of course, given the short suspension travel and low ground clearance, high-amplitude undulations can be back-breaking. But at controlled speeds, rumblers and potholes are ironed out cleanly. While at high speeds, on clean sections of the highway, the bike doesn't lose composure.

Indian Chief Dark Horse Left Side View

What bothered me the most was the lack of comfort with the current setup. You undoubtedly look cool holding onto the flat and wide handlebar and stretching your legs out to reach the forward-set footpegs. However, the handlebar is too far to be comfortable, especially while taking U-turns. Placing your feet up and down the footpegs intermittently is also a difficult affair. Thanks to this whole setup, your backside digs into the seat and starts hurting within an hour of riding. This is where Indian's wide range of optional accessories like pulled-back handlebar, footboards, and touring seat come into the picture. 

Verdict

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The Indian Chief Dark Horse is a quintessential full-blown cruiser, or bobber, in a sense that it has very limited applications. With the stock setup, I would only take it to a nearby coffee shop on a weekend where I can show it off. 

Long rides are out of the question until you install Indian's optional touring-focused pegs, bars, and a windscreen. And installing these elements will only increase the already steep price tag of Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom). Since Harley-Davidson's similar-displacement models like the Fat Bob and Softail are priced much lesser, the Chief does seem expensive.

Indian Chief Dark Horse Rear View

Nevertheless, the Thunderstroke 116 is a gem of an engine that plasters a wide grin on your face every time you gas it, no matter how experienced you are. The gallops of torque and roaring sound are truly addictive. Needless to mention, the Chief Dark Horse also scores high in the aesthetic department. 

Photography by Kapil Angane 

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Indian Chief Dark Horse mileage

As per ARAI, the average of Chief Dark Horse is 14 kmpl.

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Chief Dark Horse Specifications & Features

Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power --

    Max Torque 162 Nm @ 3,200 rpm

    Cooling System Air Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Belt Drive

    Emission Standard Emission standards indicate the output from the exhaust that is permissible in a country. BS-VI

    Displacement 1,890 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 103.2 mm

    Stroke 113 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 2

    Compression Ratio 11.0:1

    Ignition Digital

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Gear Shifting Pattern Gear Shifting Pattern 1 Down 5 Up

    Clutch Wet, Multi-Plate

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 15.1 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity These are estimated figures 2.3 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge 211.4 Km

    Mileage - ARAI 14 kmpl

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed These are estimated figures 185 Kmph

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 300 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 180/65 - B16

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 300 mm

    Calliper Type Front - 4 Piston, Rear - 2 Piston Caliper

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 19 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 16 inch

    Front Tyre Size 130/60 - B19

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) 36 psi

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) 40 psi

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) 36 psi

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) 40 psi

    Front Suspension Telescopic Fork / 132 mm

    Rear Suspension Dual Shocks w/ adjustable preload / 75 mm

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 304 kg

    Overall Length 2,286 mm

    Overall Width 922 mm

    Wheelbase 1,626 mm

    Ground Clearance 125 mm

    Seat Height 662 mm

    Overall Height 1,253 mm

    Chassis Type Steel Welded Tube Frame

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty (Year) 2 Year

    Standard Warranty (Kilometers) Standard Warranty (Kilometers) Unlimited Kilometers

Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) Yes

Mobile App Connectivity Yes

Low Battery IndicatorYes

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailNo

GPS & Navigation Yes

USB charging port Yes

Front storage box No

Under seat storage No

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) Yes

Speedometer Digital

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer Digital

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat No

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Pillion SeatNo

Pillion FootrestNo

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Battery12 Volt, 18 amp/hour, 310 CCA, Sealed Glass Mat

Headlight TypeLED Head Lamp

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional featuresRiding Modes

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FAQs about Indian Chief Dark Horse

  • Q: What is the on-road price of Indian Chief Dark Horse in 2022?

    A: The 2022 on-road price of Indian Chief Dark Horse in Delhi is Rs. 22,70,132. This on-road price includes the ex-showroom price, RTO and insurance charges.
  • Q: Which is better Indian Chief Dark Horse or Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse?

    A: Indian Chief Dark Horse is priced at Rs. 20,20,000, has a 1890 cc 6 Speed Manual engine, and weighs 304 kg, whereas, the price of Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse is Rs. 21,39,925 with a 1890 cc 6 Speed Manualengine, and weighing 315 kg. You can compare Indian Chief Dark Horse vs Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse based on their detailed specifications, features, prices and reviews.
  • Q: What are the colour options of Indian Chief Dark Horse?

    A: Indian Chief Dark Horse is available in 3 colours which are Black Smoke, Stealth gray and Alumina Jade Smoke. You can check all the colour images of Indian Chief Dark Horse.
  • Q: What are the key specifications of Indian Chief Dark Horse?

    A: Indian Chief Dark Horse is a Cruiser bike that weighs 304 kg, has a 1890 cc BS-VI engine and a fuel capacity of 15.1 litres. You can check the full specifications and features.

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