Iconic US-based motorcycle manufacturer Indian Motorcycles expands its Chief lineup with the new Sport Chief Cruiser, combining cruising comfort and performance. It’s based on the Indian Chief, but gets more performance-spec components as well as styling upgrades for a more aggressive new look. The 2023 Indian Sport Chief follows the same lines as other power cruisers, including the Ducati Diavel V4, Harley-Davidson Sportster S, and Fat Bob.
The Indian Sport Chief is powered by the familiar 1,890 cc V-twin Thunderstroke 116 engine, which is finished in all black. The electric motor produces a peak torque of 162 Nm at 3,200 rpm and is mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The Cruiser was also upgraded to a 43mm KYB USD fork with a 28-degree fork and 111mm of trail, which makes it much sharper than the standard Indian Chieftain.
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The Sport Chief also features dual Fox rear shocks with remote adjustments for compression and rebound. The new Fox shock also brings 25mm of extra travel, for a total of 100mm of travel. Braking performance has also been upgraded with twin radially mounted Brembo monobloc calipers at the front compared to the axially mounted units on other Chief cruisers.
Visually, the Indian Sport Chief is noticeably different, with a small visor on the bikini fairing. The handlebars are taller on 6-inch risers and the bodywork is mostly black. The seat height is 686 mm, which is very convenient. Other bike components carried over to the Sport Chief include a 15.1-liter fuel tank, 19-inch front and 16-inch rear wheels with Pirelli Night Dragon tires and three riding modes – Sport, Touring and Standard. The Sport Chief weighs 311 kg.
The Indian Sport Chief will sit above the Chief Dark Horse in the company’s lineup. Considering that most of Indian’s cruiser range is available in India, the arrival of the Sport Chief is only a matter of time.expect cruiser prices around ¥250-300k (ex-showroom), considering the Chief Dark Horse retails for ¥2.2 million in the country (ex-showroom).
First published date: Feb 23, 2023 at 13:40 PM CST