Now being driven by Polaris Industries, Indian Motorcycles have been busy turning out new models and the Indian Chief Dark Horse Motorcycle you see here is the first of the 2016 model the company has unveiled last week. Not a typo by the way. It’s the auto industry and so 2016 sounds just about right. The Indian Chief Dark Horse is built upon the, you guessed it, Indian Chief platform and as its moniker indicated, it is predominantly covered in a matte black paint job, with just teeny weeny bit of chrome. The end result, aesthetically speaking, the Indian Chief Dark Horse makes quite a fierce statement. Beautiful as it is, the Indian Chief Dark Horse is no bauble; it is touted as the lightest in the series and the quickest model in the Chief family.
Power comes from a Thunder Stroke 111 engine and it shares the same chassis and suspension as the Indian Chief Classic, along with ABS, remote key fob for keyless ignition, and electronic cruise control, but does without the oil cooler, analog fuel gauge and driving lights of the Chief Classic. Dark Horse is aimed at solo rider and hence, pillion seat does not come as standard; it is available as part of the Genuine Indian Motorcycle Accessory, which will come with the seat plus foot-pegs or floor boards. It is kind of a selfish ride, but you certainly don’t want the anyone nagging that you are going too fast with this stallion, right? If you think the ride isn’t black enough, there are more accessories which you can splurge on to further ‘darkening’ the bike.
The 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse Motorcycle will be available in the U.S. from mid-February, starting at $16,999. If you reside in the U.S., you can catch it being demoed at the annual Daytona Bike Week from March 7 to 14, 2015.