For 2023, Indian has added the Sport Chief as a new, sportier model to its Chief lineup of cruiser motorcycles. It has the same 1,890cc Thunderstroke 116 ci engine as its siblings, but it also has a number of performance-enhancing components and more aggressive aesthetic elements.
It will be the only model in Indian’s Chief lineup to include an upside-down 43mm KYB front fork is the Sport Chief. Although it isn't adjustable, its 28-degree rake and 111mm trail statistics are sharper than the rest of the Chief range's 29.5-degree rake and 131.5mm trail values.
Its twin Fox shock absorbers may be added as an option to other Chief models and have remote compression and rebound adjustments. Moreover, these Fox components give Sport Chief an additional 25mm of travel, giving it a total of 100mm (as opposed to 75mm on other Chief models). Dual Brembo monoblock brakes that are positioned radially at the front, as opposed to the axially mounted units on the other Chief bikes, are another area where its sports objective is apparent.
With a small visor perched above the front bikini fairing, larger handlebars mounted on 6-inch risers, and the majority of its bodywork covered in a blacked-out finish, the Sport Chief has a significantly more aggressive design. Its 686mm seat height makes it incredibly convenient.
The Sport Chief is equipped with a 15.1-litre fuel tank, three riding modes (Sport, Tour, and Standard), 19-/16-inch wheels (front/rear), and Pirelli Night Dragon tyres, just like the rest of the Chief lineup. The Sport Chief weighs 311 kg when fully fueled. The 1,890cc air-cooled V-Twin engine of the Indian Sport Chief produces its maximum torque of 162Nm at just 3,200 rpm and is paired with a 6-speed transmission.
In Indian's lineup, the Sport Chief is positioned above the Chief Dark Horse. Priced at $18,999 for the Sport Chief and $17,999 for the Chief Dark Horse, respectively. We anticipate the Sport Chief to cost about a lakh more when it is introduced in India than the Chief Dark Horse, which has a price of Rs 22 lakh.
The Indian Sport Chief competes with the sportier Harley-Davidson Softail models, such as the Fat Bob 114.
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