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Indian Chief Vintage

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Key specs
  • Displacement1,811 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight364 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 26,39,326

Indian Chief Vintage is now discontinued in India.

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Indian Chief Vintage Summary

Chief Vintage key highlights

Engine Capacity 1,811 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 364 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 20.8 litres
Seat Height 660 mm

About Chief Vintage



The Chief Vintage is an iconic soft bagger type of motorcycle from Indian Motorcycles. It gets stylish, elegant fenders which have been seen since 1940 on all Indian Motorcycles along with the traditional big ‘Indian’ badging on the fuel tank. It gets keyless entry as a safety feature. The bike has chrome all across its body even around the headlamp unit.




The front fender gets the iconic ‘War Bonnet’ and the same covers its brake callipers. The Chief Classic instrumentation combines modern technology and traditional style. The tank-mounted console has a large, easy-to-read analog speedometer as well as a digital display screen that provides a wealth of valuable ride and fuel data. It gets genuine leather saddlebags for long distance runs and a windshield that can be removed using the quick release function, just in case you like to feel the breeze.



The Indian Chief Vintage is powered by a new Thunder Stroke 111 engine that churns out 161Nm of peak torque. The bike has six-speed transmissions fed by electronic fuel injection and has ABS and hidden rear suspension. This iconic motorcycle is priced at USD20,999 (Rs 12.96 lakh) in US .This bike will be launched in India on January 22, 2014 and is expected to be priced between Rs 23 lakh – Rs 25 lakh (ex-showroom). It will come to India through completely-built-up (CBU) route.
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Indian Chief Vintage Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Offers a comfortable riding position 
    • Gets top-quality components 
    • Massive road presence  
  • Could be Better

    • Can be difficult to ride in the city 
    • Has limited service reach

BikeWale's Take

The Chief Vintage is part of Indian Motorcycle’s line-up of luxury touring motorcycles. It offers plush features, top-quality components and a comfortable riding position to match. On the downside, its massive size could make it difficult to ride in the city. The Chief Vintage could also do with a wider service network. 

Indian Chief Vintage Review

What do you do when you want to show the world that you’ve arrived in life? You either do up your house with expensive interiors or go on a world tour with the entire family. Or if you love motorcycles, you can also splurge on the Indian Chief Vintage. This motorcycle isn’t just about cruising; it’s also about doing that in style and luxury. But, what about everything else…  

What is it?

What do you do when you want to show the world that you’ve arrived in life? You either do up your house with expensive interiors or go on a world tour with the entire family. Or if you love motorcycles, you can also splurge on the Indian Chief Vintage. This motorcycle isn’t just about cruising; it’s also about doing that in style and luxury. But, what about everything else…

How does it ride?

The Indian Chief Vintage is a supremely comfortable and plush motorcycle to ride. But, only on the highways because riding this behemoth inside the city and through traffic, with its length and all that weight, can be quite an ask. The Chief Vintage weighs a colossal 379kg, dry. Once you’re on the highway though, its good weight distribution makes it as easy a bike to ride as any in a straight line. With a well-cushioned leather seat and a wide handlebar that’s easy to reach, the Chief Vintage is certainly a capable mile muncher. And to make things easier still, it is also equipped with cruise control.

The 1811cc V-Twin engine is superb too. It is all about low and midrange torque. It is refined and the throttle response is beautifully calibrated. Twist the light throttle and the 379kg is ready to glide over smooth, bumpy or even potholed roads. The suspension setup is outstanding and for curious minds, the Chief Vintage gets 94mm front forks, yes 94mm! The peak torque of almost 140Nm arrives as low as 2600rpm, and honestly, this is all the revs you will ever need on the Vintage. Rev it higher and vibrations get the better of the motorcycle. And you.

Now, if you must ride the Chief Vintage within city confines, a word of caution: wear something thick else the hot air from this big engine might leave with you with baked thighs. It would be a good idea to avoid hilly terrain on the Vintage as well. Why? Because its lean angles are close to zilch. Tip it over even a wee bit and you will end up scraping something. And it’s not a pleasant feeling. Just to give you an idea, I’d rather ride the Vintage from Mumbai to Delhi than from Mumbai to Goa.

The massive windscreen meanwhile is pretty usable and saves you unwanted windblasts at speeds. It’s a pretty tall thing so make sure it’s clean every time you take the Vintage out because it is your only window to the road ahead. To haul it down, the Chief Vintage gets dual 300mm discs at the front and the same sized single disc at the rear. The setup lacks bite but at least there’s an anti-lock braking system (ABS) as standard.

Anything else should I know?

The attention to detail on the Indian Chief Vintage is simply outstanding. Every component has been crafted with near perfection and if you look closely, you’ll notice quality parts all round. And the sheer size of these components makes the Chief Vintage a treat for the eyes. In terms of design, the Vintage is a marriage between old-school design and modern technology. This American motorcycle has all the design elements to wow you. It has modern bits too like keyless start, cruise control and tank mounted information display. The display throws up info like odometer reading, dual trip meters, digital tachometer, fuel range, average fuel indicator and gear position indicator. Additionally, there’s a clock, battery voltage display, low engine oil pressure indicator and then some more.

You should also note that it’s better to hit a gym soon after you book the Indian Chief Vintage. Because you’re going to need a lot of leg and shoulder strength to haul it around then be it taking it off the stand or hanging U Turn or even pulling out of a parking. This one’s a bagger so it comes two leather saddlebags as standard with good luggage carrying capacity.

Why should I buy one?

One word: Exclusivity. Not many would buy one for it isn’t exactly very practical. Even though you might find a couple in your city, chances are, each time you pass by, hundreds of heads are going to turn and many a smartphones pulled out. It’s also great as a touring motorcycle – comfortable, quiet and torquey. Just remember to stay away from tight winding roads.

 

Where does it fit in?

At Rs 36.60 lakh (on-road Mumbai), the Indian Chief Vintage competes with the Harley-Davidson Street Glide and a 1BHK apartment in Mira Road. Also, if your family is against the idea of buying a motorcycle, you can buy an entry-level luxury car for this money as well. But no car or apartment will ever give you the sort of satisfaction, pride and the thrill of adventure that a motorcycle like the Chief Vintage will.

Photography by Kapil Angane

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power --

    Max Torque 138.9 Nm @ 2,600 rpm

    Cooling System Air Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Belt Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 1,811 cc

    Cylinders --

    Bore 101 mm

    Stroke 113 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder --

    Compression Ratio 9.5:1

    Ignition Electronic Ignition

    Spark Plugs --

    Clutch Wet, multi-plate

    Fuel Delivery System Closed Loop fuel injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 20.8 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

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

    Mileage - ARAI --

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

    Top Speed --

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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 --

    Rear Tyre Size 180/65B16 81H

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size --

    Calliper Type Four-piston front, two-piston rear

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 16 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 16 inch

    Front Tyre Size 130/90B16 67H

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension TELESCOPIC FORK/119 MM (4.7 IN) - 46MM CARTRIDGE F

    Rear Suspension SINGLE SHOCK / 94 MM

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 364 kg

    Overall Length 2,634 mm

    Overall Width 1,012 mm

    Wheelbase 1,729 mm

    Ground Clearance 142 mm

    Seat Height 660 mm

    Overall Height 1,490 mm

    Chassis Type High Tensile Steel

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Analogue

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer --

Stand Alarm Yes

Stepped Seat Yes

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type --

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator Yes

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightNo

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

Battery--

Headlight TypeHalogen And Bulb Type

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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  •  5It is an orgiastic machine 2 years ago by Raghav, Rewa

    Excellent bike for cruiser lovers.A customer can blindly buy Indian chief vintage if he/she is a lover of cruisers. It looks heavy but it is a smooth and orgiastic machine.The sound of the bike so amazing as when you turn on the bike it gives you a positive feel which c

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