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Indian Motorcycle has launched the Chieftain Elite at Rs 38 lakh (ex-showroom). The Chieftain Elite sits on top of the Chieftain line-up. Powering the motorcycle is the same 1,811cc Thunderstroke V-twin engine, which makes 151Nm at 3,000rpm. The motorcycle will be limited to just 350 examples globally.
The limited edition motorcycle is available in one colour scheme only – ‘Black Hills Silver with Marble Accents’ and it looks great. The company says that it takes 25 hours to hand paint one bike and resultantly no two bikes will look the same. The feature-laden dashboard is equipped with a Ride Command 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and navigation. The touchscreen can be operated using riding gloves as well. Other standard features include leather seats, aluminium floorboards and an electrically height adjustable tinted flare windshield. You also get a 200W premium audio system with integrated speakers in the front fairing and panniers, as compared to the 100W audio system in the regular Chieftain bike.
Mechanically it remains unchanged and it retains the telescopic forks with 119mm travel up front and the adjustable monoshock at the rear for suspension duties. The bike is equipped with with the same 300mm dual discs up front operated by 4-piston callipers and the single 300mm disc at the rear operated by 2-piston callipers.
At the launch of the Chieftain Elite, Pankaj Dubey, managing director and country head, Polaris India Pvt. Ltd., said, “The Indian Chieftain Elite is a limited edition product for the riders who demand the best of the best. This bike was born to turn heads and provide an unmatched riding experience with all of the premium amenities with an outstanding hand paint job using high-flake Black Hills Silver.”
The Chieftain Elite is Rs 2.5 lakh dearer compared to the Chieftain Limited and you get a bespoke paint scheme along with features including an upgraded audio system for the extra money. The Chieftain Elite goes up against the Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special and the latter is priced at Rs 32.99 lakh, Rs 5 lakh cheaper than the Chieftain Elite.