Limited Edition 2018 Indian Chieftain Elite Returns With New Sparkly Silver Paint

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

The limited edition Indian Chieftain Elite is back for 2018, featuring a new silver color scheme.

As with last year’s model, the Chieftain Elite is hand-painted, with Indian claiming nearly 25 hours of work to complete. Replacing last year’s Sparkling Candy Red color is a high-flake silver inspired by the silver mines of South Dakota’s Black Hills.

The 2019 Indian Chieftain Elite also receives new mirrors and smaller hand controls which Indian claims offers improved ergonomics.

John Burns reviewed the Chieftain Elite when it was first introduced last year alongside the Chieftain Limited, noting how the baggers draw on a more modern look and went away from historical touches like the heavily valenced front fenders found on other Indians.

For those who like Indian’s usual valanced fenders, it’s available as an accessory.

The 10-spoke 19-inch contrast cut front wheel is back, as are the LED headlight and driving lights, infotainment system with 200-Watt audio system, height-adjustable power windscreen, tire pressure monitoring system, keyless ignition and throttle-by-wire cruise control.

Indian’s Thunder Stroke 111 V-Twin returns, claiming 119 lb-ft. of torque at 3000 rpm, but if that’s not enough, Indian offers a 116ci Stage 3 Big Bore Kit which claims 15% more torque output and 20% more horsepower.

The 2018 Indian Chieftain Elite should be in dealerships now, carrying the same $31,499 price as last year’s model.

2018 Indian Chieftain Elite Specifications

Engine type49º V-Twin
Compression ratio9.5 : 1
Bore & stroke3.976″ x 4.449″ (101mm x 113mm)
Displacement111 cu in (1811cc)
Cooling systemAir and oil
Primary driveGear drive wet clutch
Final driveBelt drive, 152 tooth
ClutchWet, multi-plate
Oil capacity/fuel tank capacity5.2 litres/20.8 litres
Torque119 lb-ft. at 3000rpm (claimed)
ExhaustSplit dual exhaust with crossover
Battery12 V 18 Amp/hour, 310 CCA, sealed glass mat
Charging system42 amp max output
Front suspensionTelescopic fork, 46mm diameter, 4.7 in (119mm) of travel
Rear suspensionSingle shock, 4.5 in (114 mm) of travel, air adjustable
Brake System TypeIndividual front and rear control with ABS
Front brakeDual 300 mm floating rotors with 4-piston calipers
Rear brakeSingle 300 mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper
Front tireDunlop American Elite, 130/60B19 61H
Front wheelCast 19in x 3.5in
Rear tireDunlop Elite 3, 180/60R16 80H
Rear wheelCast 16in x 5.0in
Dry weight823 pounds
GVWR1,385 pounds
Length98.7 in.
Wheelbase65.7 in.
Rake & Trail25º & 5.9 in.
Seat height26 in.
Ground clearance5.6 in.
TechnologyRide Command customizable infotainment system featuring: Map/Navigation with pinch-to-zoom and swipe, Bluetooth compatible audio, Vehicle Status, Vehicle Info, Trip 1, Trip 2, and Ride Data. Keyless ignition, electronically adjustable windscreen, heated grips, dual-stage heated seats, cruise control, ABS and TPMS.
Infotainment System7” touch screen (glove compatible with pinch to zoom & swipe functionality), customisable information displays, simple, easy to use software
ColorsBlack Hills Silver with Marble Accents
Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Ross Chevalier Ross Chevalier on Mar 05, 2018

    So if I understand properly a new model year version contains paint, different mirrors and grips. My goodness, Indian really is copying HD! Too much for too little.

    • Sayyed Bashir Sayyed Bashir on Mar 06, 2018

      It may be too much but it is not too little. You will have a unique bike that no one else has. And there is no other way to get it. $31,500 is nothing for the people who want to buy this bike.

  • Alaskan18724 Alaskan18724 on Mar 06, 2018