Photographer and bike fanatic Jason Goodrich takes us on a journey by means of Arizona on the spectacular Indian Chief.
by Jason Goodrich
Indian Bikes has been a smoke present of an organization since their reintroduction on the Sturgis Bike Rally in 2013, and the corporate continues to develop. Indian made their mark within the Touring and Bagger markets with The Chieftain and The Challenger. They’ve turn into a significant power on the earth of flat monitor racing and, most lately, on the 2020 King of the Bagger Races at Laguna Seca, the place Indian took first place (rider Tyler O’Hara/S&S workforce) and third place (rider Frankie Garcia/Roland Sands Workforce). Each groups rode the Indian Challenger.
Now hitting its 100-year milestone, Indian has totally revamped The Chief. Designed by Ola Stenegard, a distinguished determine within the customized bike scene, the brand new Indian Chief blends the historical past of a post-war basic with the finesse of a contemporary journey. Stenegard selected a easy metal tube body, giving the bike a extra open and uncovered look. The body is just not solely the inspiration for this machine however the centerpiece of the Chief’s basic design look. From its profile, Stenegard created an ideal stream from the neck to rear wheel. The inspiration was that of a basic Indian that might be totally dressed for touring or run bare for town.
Out of the gate, these bikes have enormous potential, operating the air-cooled, 49-degree Thunder Stroke V-twin, which is available in both 111ci (1,811cc) or 116ci (1,890cc) displacement, with six-speed transmissions. The Chief’s moist weight is available in at a gentle 670 lbs., maintaining it mild so the V-twin can stay as much as its full energy. The lighter weight mixed with a 64-inch wheel base additionally makes this bike remarkably nimble. The bike wields tons of energy and efficiency for aggressive using and is available in six distinct platforms (together with the trim choices): the Chief, Chief Darkish Horse, Chief Bobber, Chief Bobber Darkish Horse, Tremendous Chief and Tremendous Chief Restricted. Every mannequin has a keyless ignition, LED headlight, cruise management and completely different throttle response settings: Sport, Normal or Tour. All have wonderful aftermarket and customizing potential.
We took these bikes by means of the hills of Arizona, the right backdrop for a take a look at journey. From Sedona we rode by means of Jerome and Prescott earlier than ending at Vulture Metropolis, a former mining encampment from the 1800s. Our journey took us by means of various terrain, from sloping lengthy corners and aggressive grades to wind-filled straightaways. I couldn’t discover a state of affairs this bike didn’t carry out nicely in, together with my private dread—rain. It was a real testomony to the steadiness of this bike holding excessive velocity on steep grades whereas it was pouring rain. We rode alongside model ambassador and motocross legend Carey Hart. His customized builds present us the place the Chief is heading into the way forward for customizing. The Harley-Davidson Dynas had been closely widespread within the customized and aftermarket world and stunt group. Now Indian has the Chief answering the decision to deal with Harley on this platform.
As an proprietor of a Dyna, this new platform offers me the sense and feeling of a dynamic journey. I’ve ridden throughout this nation on my bike. Popping out of our year-long societal hibernation, it’s extra vital than ever to search out new methods to get out and expertise the world round us. All technical jargon apart, there’s nothing in comparison with the twist of a throttle that sparks a childlike eruption of giddiness in each rider—dashing by means of the countryside, watching a shifting canvas of ourselves melting away from who we as soon as had been, solely to reach with a brand new sense of craving. My holidays are spent one mile at a time, one second at a time, shedding myself within the deafening cry from the limiter. Stand up and get out, attempt one thing that can assure happiness. In the event you’re new to using or haven’t ridden an Indian, it’s engineered to talk to such a need.