Indian Motorcycle Announces 2021 Chieftain Elite

Indian Motorcycle just unveiled the latest in its Elite lineup of ultra-premium, limited edition motorcycles with the 2021 Chieftain Elite. Combining big power with custom-esque styling, the 2021 Chieftain Elite targets riders who want to stand out. Its limited run of only 120 worldwide make it Indian Motorcycle’s most exclusive Elite model yet.

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Starting at $34,999, the Chieftain Elite’s premium two-tone Thunder Black Vivid Crystal over Carbon Crystal paint delivers a custom-inspired aesthetic. Premium finishes, such as the Thunderstroke 116’s Slate Smoke finish and color-matched badging throughout set the Chieftain Elite apart.   

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The 2021 Chieftain Elite touts exclusive styling, premium amenities and easy-to-use technology.

Exclusive Indian Motorcycle Styling

Each Chieftain Elite also undergoes a meticulous paint process that takes over 24 hours to complete by hand.  From the gunmetal flake layered within the paint to the Slate Smoke engine finishes this premium bagger has a high attention to detail. The Chieftain Elite’s streamlined fairing and slammed saddlebags also give the bike a commanding presence. Lowered suspension and a 19-inch precision machined front wheel under an open front fender add to the bike’s custom-inspired design.  

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Riders can personalize their 2021 Chieftain Elite through a robust offering of authentic Indian Motorcycle accessories. For touring and comfort, riders can select from a variety of handlebars and seats, including a Low Profile Quick Release Passenger Sissy Bar and Backrest Pad. A color-matched, remote-locking trunk and color-matched hard lower fairings with adjustable air vents are available also.

Riders looking for performance accessories can explore Indian Motorcycle’s Thunderstroke 116 Stage 1 and Stage 2 offerings. The Stage 1 Slip-On Exhaust Kit and Stage 1 Oval Slip-On Muffler Kit deepens the exhaust note while unleashing power. By pairing the Thunderstroke Stage 1 Performance Air Intake or Thunderstroke High-Flow Air Intake with the exhaust or muffler kits, riders may increase horsepower by 8%. Additionally, riders can continue their performance enhancements by adding the Thunderstroke Stage 2 Performance Cams Kit.

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Premium Amenities

As standard equipment, the 2021 Chieftain Elite packs premium amenities. Among them, full Pathfinder LED lighting, a tinted flare windshield with push-button power, spacious aluminium select floorboards, and an integrated 400-watt PowerBand audio system. Standard features include ABS, keyless ignition, tire pressure monitoring, and weatherproof and remote-locking saddlebags with more than 18 gallons of storage.

Easy-to-Use Technology

Taking center stage technologically is Indian Motorcycle’s seven-inch Ride Command infotainment system.  With connected services riders can view weather and traffic overlays. Apple CarPlay also delivers a more customized level of control for music, navigation, and more.

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As Indian Motorcycle’s most powerful air-cooled engine, the Thunderstroke 116 delivers a claimed 126 ft-lbs of torque. Rear cylinder deactivation improves rider comfort when traversing through slower traffic. Three selectable ride modes, including Tour, Standard and Sport, also allow adjustment the bike’s throttle response. The throttle map for each ride mode was designed with a specific application in mind. The result is one motorcycle with three distinct personalities.

Available now at Indian Motorcycle dealers, pricing for the Chieftain Elite starts at $34,999 in the U.S. and $42,999 in Canada.

Riders can learn more at their local Indian Motorcycle dealership, by visiting, or by following along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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