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PICS: These 'Indians' will take your breath away!

Last updated on: May 08, 2014 21:39 IST

PICS: These 'Indians' will take your breath away!

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Sagar Basandani

Soon after its third coming in 2011, legendary motorcycle manufacturer Indian Motorcycles launched the Indian Chief Classic, Chief Vintage and Chieftain. Here are some interesting facts you must know about them...

Indian Motorcycles is not just any other motorcycle manufacturer. It is a legend, a trend setter and a true revolutionary brand in terms of sheer biking and engineering experience.

Founded in 1901, the company was first named as the Hendee Manufacturing Company by George M Hendee in 1897.

Initially, it started crafting bicycles and with the technological advancement, it designed a 1.75bhp, single-cylinder engine that brought the company into the two-wheeler industry.

The company was able to engage people till 1953 but because of an unfortunate event, the company went bankrupt and was no more on the move. It began manufacturing between 1999 to 2003 but had to shut down again.

Again in July, 2006, Stellican Limited, London based private equity firm kickstarted Indian Motorcycles. In this new avatar Indian Motorcycles emphasised on sheer luxury and design.

In 2011, the company was bought by Polaris and introduced the old legend Indian Chief in a whole new format.

Today, the Indian Chief seems like a perfect vehicle that can help the company continue, hopefully, for longer in the market.

Soon after its third coming the company launched the Indian Chief Classic, Chief Vintage and Chieftain.

All these superbly crafted and designed products from Indian Motorcycles range from Rs 27 lakh to 34 lakh.

Here are some interesting facts you must know about them...

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1. Past meets present

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The Indian Chief was introduced by the company in 1922 with a 1000cc heart that got a 200cc increment a year later.

By 1940, a trademark was set: large-skirted fenders. This trademark has been brought forward to the present too. All the three machines -- Indian Chief Classic, Chief Vintage and Chieftain -- boast unique and eye-pleasing large skirted fenders.

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2. Power to thrill

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Indian Motorcycles has designed a whole new engine, named Thunder Stroke, that offers a displacement of 1811cc.

With a mind-boggling torque value of 138.9cc, it rides like a melody.

Besides giving scintillating performance, the mill design mill is also very brilliant. Making this machine a sheer blessing is the engine which generates incredible power and a thrum that is irresistible.

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3. Innovation at its peak

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The Indian Chief is a futuristic motorcycle; it blesses the rider with an innovative feature: Keyless start.

This element makes the ride highly safe and secure while the rider can conveniently start it by just pressing the button. Also, if the key is lost, the rider can use a pre-programmed security code into the ignition.

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4. Chrome is the new Blue

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The company has highlighted the Indians with chrome. From front to the back, the bike shines brightly and snatches people's attention. This keeps the legendary touch of the Indian Motorcycles alive and helps people to experience the lost aura of the company.

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5. Deep red coloor completes an Indian

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Since inception, all Indian Motorcycle bikes are painted in deep red colour and from that point, the colour has become its trademark.

Every Indian made available in this shade looked as precious as it could be.

From the front fender to the rear fender, the colour speaks the Indian language.

Other than this premium shade, Indian Motorcycle Red, the company also manufactures two other colours for the Indian Chief: Thunder Black and Springfield Blue.

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6. This is called creativity

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The Indian Chief boasts of a War Bonnet!

Placed on the front fender, this looks like a face of a tribal man drawn with glass and finished with chrome.

The specialty of this gift is that it reminds us about its past in which it has seen the World War I and II and the ultimate revolution that led to its evolution.

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7. Chieftain is the ultimate Indian

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With a few magnificent advancements to the Indian Chief, the Chieftain turns from a warrior to a cool guy of the 21st century.

The features that give it the look are a large windscreen, voluminous hard saddle bags, LED driving lights, audio system with dual high-output speakers, integrated Bluetooth that allows smartphone connection, multi-function display screen and switches fixed perfectly making it convenient to use.

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8. Chief Vintage: Leather truly captivates

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Chief Vintage as its name speaks, connects you with the vintage style but also emphasises it with pure leather.

The bike sports splendid leather that looks stunning on this machine. Premium leather seats, fork bags, heritage messenger bags, fringe grips, floorboards, saddlebars and mud flaps have been drawn for the bike to make it look awesome.

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9. Chief Classic: Ride Unlimited

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The Indian Chief Classic is simply a pleasure to ride; it gets everything that a motorcyclist wants.

You can also take it as a standard variant of the Chief Vintage and Chieftain.

From tyres to every single equipment these machines are designed fantastically. Manoeuvrability and comfort, handling and braking and engine performance is crafted at its best. No ride can match the experience that a Classic or in other words a Chief can offer to you.

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10. The Trio is still different

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All the three machines cater to different motorcycle enthusaists; while Classic emphasises sheer riding, Chief Vintage is a gift for those who like to boast aggression.

The Chieftain dominates both these attributes as it is the top variant and brings features in addition to those present in the other two variants. The company has taglines for all the three. This is how it goes...

  • Chief Classic: All You Need All You Want
  • Chief Vintage: Style Meets Swagger
  • Chieftain: New Look Same Soul

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