Indian Releases the 2022 Elite Challenger and Chieftain


Indian has simply gone and added a complete new tier of high quality to their Challenger and Chieftan ranges, with the brand new Elite variants sporting fashion, pace and severe specs – simply in time for the heavy using season of 2022. 

Let’s dive in. 

Indian’s challenger elite. Picture courtesy of Indian Bikes.

Congratulations, you’ve made it to the Premiere Class. 

Restricted availability. 

An unique, custom-inspired design. 

Hair up in the back of your neck but? Good – as a result of if there’s one factor Indian is obscenely good at, it’s giving us dangerously good-looking scoots that scream sexniess as a lot as they do exclusivity – and all whereas toting high quality elements, too. 

Indian's chieftain elite. Photo courtesy of Indian Motorcycles.
Indian’s chieftain elite. Picture courtesy of Indian Bikes.

In line with Indian’s press launch, your journey in designing an Elite Challenger/Chieftan shall be a reminiscence made, with Aaron Jax, Vice President of Indian Bike, commenting on the design course of for the masterful machines: 

“From factory-custom particulars to premium facilities, and superior ride-enhancing expertise, we left no stone unturned when designing our new Elite baggers.”

“Whether or not you like the liquid-cooled energy and efficiency of the Indian Challenger, or the extra natural growl and unmatched air-cooled energy of the Chieftain, these two Elites elevate each platforms with beautiful custom-inspired design parts straight from the manufacturing unit.”

2022 Indian Challenger Elite

Indian's challenger elite. Photo courtesy of Indian Motorcycles.
Indian’s challenger elite. Picture courtesy of Indian Bikes.

MSRP $34,999

Impressed by muscle automobiles and boasting a restricted run of solely 20o models, the Indian Challenger Elite boasts a Stealth Grey and Black Metallic paint with Indy Crimson accents, complementing a pink stitched seat and color-matched Elite badging. 

The liquid-cooled, 108 cubic-inch PowerPlus V-twin engine (122hp and 128 ft-lbs. of torque) fits the construct completely, with three journey modes accessible, in addition to the versatilityl to customise the bike’s throttle mapping, because of the Rain, Normal or Sport mode.

Right here’s an inventory of the remainder of the perks (and she or he ain’t brief):

  • Electronically adjustable rear suspension preload from Fox® 
  • Intuitive Sensible Lean Know-how 
  • Again-lit change cubes 
  • Adaptive LED Headlight, (and LED driving lights)
  • Adjustable flare windscreen
  • Choose floorboards
  • Heated grips
  • ABS
  • Keyless ignition
  • Tire strain monitoring
  • Weatherproof and remote-locking saddlebags ‘with greater than 18 gallons of storage.’
  • Upgraded and absolutely built-in 400-watt PowerBand audio system, together with saddlebag audio system

On prime of all this, Indian’s press launch highlights the “industry-leading seven-inch touchscreen show (powered by RIDE COMMAND) [which] presents Apple CarPlay®, GPS with turn-by-turn navigation and a complementary 12 months of RIDE COMMAND+ related options, which incorporates stay visitors and climate overlays, and a car locator function that enables riders to trace their bike’s final location the place it was powered on.” 

2022 Indian Chieftain Elite

Indian's chieftain elite. Photo courtesy of Indian Motorcycles.
Indian’s chieftain elite. Picture courtesy of Indian Bikes.

MSRP $32,999

Talking of unique – look who the cat dragged in. 

The Chieftan Elite boasts a ‘custom-inspired’ (learn: premium) fashion with 50 models much less within the restricted batch than the Challenger Elite. 

Solely 150 of those fairly boys are going to be constructed, with every one displaying off the Heavy Metallic Smoke paint and bronze finishes within the bodywork. 

Y’all, Indian didn’t come to play – they even used oil-rubbed bronze finishes throughout the engine’s push rod tubes, horn cowl, and cam cowl.

Quoted as being “Designed for discerning riders who demand the very best of the very best,” the Chieftan Elite comes with slammed saddlebags (full with LED saddlebag lights), a two-up consolation seat, low suspension, precision machined wheels, and premium blacked-out finishes. 

Underneath the covers, the air-cooled Thunderstroke 116 continues to punch out 126 ft-lbs of torquedos…although we’re advised the rear cylinder deactivates for simpler dealing with in slow-moving visitors – a pleasant contact. 

Three journey modes in complete –  Tour, Normal and Sport – give the rider the flexibility of a persona change on the yoink, whereas the next perks gown the machine up in the very best of the very best: 

  • ABS
  • keyless ignition
  • Tire strain Monitoring
  • Weatherproof remote-locking saddlebags with greater than 18 gallons of storage
  • Adaptive Pathfinder LED headlight
  • Adjustable and tinted flare windscreen
  • Spacious aluminum choose floorboards
  • Rear saddlebag LED lights
  • Backlit change cubes
  • Built-in 400-watt PowerBand audio system
  • The identical class-leading seven-inch touchscreen show powered by RIDE COMMAND and that includes “Apple CarPlay®, GPS with navigation, and RIDE COMMAND+ options.”
Indian's chieftain elite. Photo courtesy of Indian Motorcycles.
Indian’s chieftain elite. Picture courtesy of Indian Bikes.

Need to deck your journey out even additional? 

  • Indian’s accent upgrades embody:
  • Pathfinder LED Saddlebag Lights
  • Pathfinder S LED Driving Lights (Chieftan solely)
  • ClimaCommand Heated and Cooled two-up seat
  • Spirit Lake Baggage Assortment
  • Shade-matched Laborious Decrease Fairings/trunk
  • (as much as) 800 watts of PowerBand audio
Indian's chieftain elite. Photo courtesy of Indian Motorcycles.
Indian’s chieftain elite. Picture courtesy of Indian Bikes.

To be taught extra about Indian Bike go to their web site, drop a remark beneath letting us know what you assume, and as all the time – keep protected on the twisties. 

*Media sourced from Indian’s press launch, Rider Journal, Revzilla*



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