2021 Indian Chief at Dick Scott Auto Group

2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the Indian Chief, and Indian is celebrating in a big way! How? By giving the Chief a makeover that stays ahead of its time while paying homage to the rich history of the motorcycle. In 1921, the Indian Chief debuted with a 61-cubic-inch V-Twin engine, dual cams, and a low seat. It quickly gained global buzz, and riders loved its powerful torque, agility, and style. Fast-forward 100 years, and the Chief provides riders with the perfect balance of old and new. While retaining its classic compact stance, the 2021 Chief provides modern performance and technology. A lot went into the 2021 Indian Chief! Please continue reading below to learn more about it and all it has to offer!



Bold block lettering is a modern celebration of the Indian Motorcycle legend.


The award-winning Thunderstroke 111 produces 108 ft-lbs of raw torque for passing power in all 6 gears.



The 19 in front wheel adds to the sporty stance and will beg you to roll the throttle.


The chopped fenders and exposed rear shocks inspire you to make it your own, and the straightforward design of the frame gives you the confidence to do it. Add saddlebags or a windshield, cams, a big bore kit, a slip-on exhaust. Make the Chief more than just a great bike. Make it your bike.



Choose between three ride modes - Tour, Standard, and Sport - for an experience that's tailored to your riding style.


Off the line, every Chief comes with keyless ignition, cruise control, and super-sticky PirelliĀ® Night Dragon tires.

Trim Levels of the 2021 Indian Chief


  • LED lighting
  • Keyless ignition
  • Thunderstroke 111 engine
  • Electronic speedometer

Chief Bobber

  • Mini Ape handlebars
  • Forward mount foot controls
  • 16-inch wheels
  • Cruise control

Chief Dark Horse

  • Thunderstroke 116 engine
  • 4-inch round Command Display
  • Bluetooth headset compatibility
  • Blacked out finishes

What Powers the 2021 Indian Chief?

The Chief and Chief Bobber models are equipped with a Thunderstroke 111 (1,811 CC) V-Twin engine that is rated for 108 lb-ft of torque at 3,200 RPM. The top-of-the-line Chief Dark Horse comes with a Thunderstroke 116 (1,890 CC) V-Twin that can crank out a whopping 120 lb-ft of torque at 2,900! Both engines are paired with a 6-speed transmission with a wet plate. The Chief employs a closed-loop fuel injection with a 54mm bore. The Indian Chief boasts a dual exhaust system with a crossover. The Chief has three selectable ride modes, Sport, Standard, and Tour, to tweak the throttle response to give riders the best possible riding experience.

What Features Does the 2021 Indian Chief Have?

Some of the most exciting things about the newly redesigned Indian Chief include standard features like keyless ignition, LED lighting, a 12-volt charge port, ride modes, rear cylinder deactivation, and cruise control. ABS is optional on both the Chief and Chief Bobber while standard on the Chief Dark Horse. The Chief and Chief Dark Horse have similar features like mid-mount foot controls, drag handlebars, a slim headlight bucket, a 19-inch front wheel, and exposed rear shocks. Meanwhile, the Bobber comes with forward-mounted foot controls, mini-ape handlebars, a large headlight bucket, and 16-inch wheels. The Chief and Chief Bobber variants come with an electronic gauge for the speedometer, dual trip meters, fuel range, fuel economy, gear position, and 9 LED telltale indicators. The Chief Dark Horse comes with a 4-inch round Ride Command display with Connected services.

Can you Talk About the Tires, Brakes, and Suspension?

Absolutely! The tires on the 2021 Indian Chief are Pirelli Night Dragon 130/60B19 on a 19-inch wheel in the front. The rear tire size is 180/65B16. This setup gives the Chief that classic yet modern look the designers wanted! The braking system employs a single 300mm rotor in the front and rear. The front brake uses a four-piston caliper, while the rear caliper has two pistons. The front suspension fork has a 46mm diameter and is telescopic. The rear suspension is made up of dual shocks with an adjustable preload. Front and rear suspension travel are 5.2 inches and 3.0 inches, respectively.

2021 Indian Chief at Dick Scott Auto Group's Freedom Powersports

Clearly, the designers at Indian Motorcycles put a lot of hard work into redesigning the 2021 Chief to make it as special as it is! If you're interested in riding away on a new Chief and would like more information or schedule a test ride, visit our website here! We look forward to working with you!

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