Indian Rolls Out Updated Chieftain Motorcycle Amid Higher Sales [VIDEO]

Indian Motorcycle is prepping for the new model year with a redesigned and updated Indian Chieftain, the company announced.

Indian sales were up in the mid-single digits last quarter, despite an overall decline in motorcycle sales at parent company Polaris Industries, according to the company’s earnings report.

As 2019 models arrive, dealerships will be working to sell the remainder of their 2018 inventory, which wasn’t a problem last year for Laredo, Texas-based BMG Xtreme Sports.

“Last year from October to December, we got rid of all of our 2017 inventory just in those three months,” Finance Manager Megan Rodriguez told PowerSports Finance. “Business has been picking up a lot for Indian.”

The new Chieftain will come in three models: standard, Chieftain Dark Horse, and Chieftain Limited. Each bike features more streamlined, aggressive styling and the iconic valanced front fender.

In addition to cosmetic changes — such as new saddlebags, a gunfighter seat, and turn signals — the customizable 2019 Chieftain lineup introduces rider-enhancing technology that increases the performance of the bikes. The new tech includes three Ride Modes — Tour, Standard, or Sport — each designed with a specific application in mind. The bikes also boast Indian’s loudest sound system to date.

Pricing for the 2019 Chieftain begins at $21,999, while the Chieftain Dark Horse starts at $25,999 in the U.S. The Chieftain Limited is available starting at $25,999.

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