Indian Bike has introduced particulars of the 2023 Indian Sport Chief, a motorcycle the corporate says is its most aggressive iteration of the legendary Chief.
From a visible standpoint, a brand new quarter-fairing units the Sport Chief aside, mixed with a brand new moto-style bar with a machined triple clamp and 6-inch riser. Indian says this new bar, mid-mount foot controls, and a solo gunfighter seat put riders in a “commanding but comfy” using place.
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The suspension and brakes of the Sport Chief get a significant improve over earlier Chief iterations. Indian bolted on the identical entrance finish as used on the Challenger bagger, together with its 43mm KYB inverted fork and pair of Brembo 4-piston calipers biting 320mm rotors, which change the Chief’s underwhelming single-disc setup.
Indian should’ve been listening once we stated the 2022 Chief’s chassis was so stable and secure that it made us want for extra than simply 28.5 levels of lean angle and three inches of rear journey, as a result of the brand new piggyback FOX shocks bump journey by an inch and lean angle by 1 diploma.
Ola Stenegärd, director of Industrial Design for Indian Bike, stated that with the Sport Chief, the corporate needed to keep up “the identical care-free angle and American muscle however elevate it even additional with componentry that not solely delivers a method and angle that exudes efficiency however raises the bar totally for efficiency cruisers.”
The Sport Chief options forged wheels (19 inches within the entrance, 16 within the rear) wrapped in Pirelli Evening Dragon tires, a 4-gallon gasoline tank, a bobbed rear fender, twin exhausts, LED lighting, keyless ignition, and three selectable journey modes: Sport, Customary, and Tour.
The brand new Sport Chief will boast the identical blacked-out Thunderstroke 116 motor of the Darkish Horse variations of the Chief, Chief Bobber, and Tremendous Chief Restricted, making a claimed 120 lb-ft of torque. Once we examined the assorted iterations of the Chief in Might 2021, the Thunderstroke 111 on the usual fashions provided ample energy, however the 116 on the Darkish Horses was much more satisfying.
As with the Darkish Horse fashions, the Sport Chief provides a customizable 4-inch touchscreen powered by Trip Command that can be accessed by way of handlebar controls. Riders can cycle by a number of interfaces, together with two totally different gauge configurations, bike and journey info, and turn-by-turn navigation with non-obligatory linked options like climate and visitors overlays. Riders may hyperlink as much as a smartphone by way of Bluetooth or USB to entry music and telephone info, and incoming calls will seem and may be accepted or declined immediately by the Trip Command system.
The Sport Chief is offered in Black Smoke, Ruby Smoke, Stealth Grey, and Spirit Blue Smoke beginning at $18,999. We’ll quickly be taking it for a journey, so keep tuned for its street take a look at report.
Go to Indian’s website for extra info.