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Indian Chief 2002


June 4, 2004

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Indian motorcycle's new flagship - the 2002 Chief - has been redesigned from the ground up with a Powerplus 100- cubic inch Indian engine V-Twin engine and an improved chassis design delivering 60 percent more rigidity for improved handling among the new features. The unmistakable Indian Chief full-body profile remains - sculpted, full-valance fenders and an all-new teardrop fuel tank are complemented by the new and dash design and large uncluttered speedometer. Joining the Chief in 2002 are the Chief Deluxe and Chief Roadmaster. Both models are based on the same platform as the Chief but offer Indian enthusiasts a wider range of styling options.

Key features for 2002 include:
' New 100 cubic-inch Indian PowerplusTM 100 V-Twin engine,
' New chassis design with 60 percent more rigidity for improved handling,
' New cantilever swingarm and rising-rate rear shock configuration for smoother ride and more precise handling,
' New ergonomically-designed, hand-stitched seat for added comfort and reduced fatigue,
' Reinforced rear structure for added passenger comfort and durability,
' Larger 5.8-gallon fuel tank for increased range
' Larger speedometer with digital odometer for increased visibility.

The heart of the Chief is the Powerplus 100 cubic-inch (1638cc) 45-degree, V-Twin engine designed and developed by Indian. Distinctive and unique to Indian, the serrated appearance of the polished rocker boxes and the black, rounded cylinders pay tribute to Indian's past. This combination gives the engine a strong, unique profile, while the rounded cylinders increase the area of the cooling fins for improved air circulation and engine cooling.

The engine is fed by a 42mm, Mikuni "flat-slide" carburetor that is mounted on the left side of the engine, which is unique to early Indian motorcycles. This carburetion package delivers smooth throttle response throughout the entire RPM range. To ensure optimum lubrication and scavenging, the motor features a gerotor oil pump system. The Chief's drivetrain features a constant-mesh, five-speed transmission, primary chain drive and rear belt drive.

The Indian Chief is a road machine in every detail, featuring an all-new chassis design and swingarm configuration delivering 60 percent more rigidity while reducing overall weight by 14 percent. This robust chassis features a reinforced, large diameter backbone and all-new KW rising rate, single-shock rear suspension with adjustable preload. Confidence inspiring handling and a full inch more rear travel combine to provide a comfortable ride in many different road conditions.

Up front, the Chief features 41mm hydraulic, dual-damping front forks. The rake angle has been decreased from 36 degrees to 34 providing more responsive handling. Adding to the comfortable ride of the Chief are wide MT/90-16 tires mounted on 60-spoke chrome wheels. Brembo 4-piston brakes front and rear complete the package.

Indian Chief
The Indian Chief comes with a hand-stitched solo seat and Michelin blackwall tires. The 2002 Chief is offered in three monochromatic color schemes: Black, Red Metallic or Silver. Manufacturer's suggested retail price is $20,495 (U.S.).

Indian Chief Deluxe
The Indian Chief Deluxe comes with a two-up, hand-stitched seat with fringe and whitewall tires. The 2002 Chief Deluxe is offered with gold or charcoal fender graphics and in six two-tone color combinations: Black/Red Metallic, Black/Cream, Crimson/Cream, Copper/Black, Blue Metallic/Silver or Black/Silver. Manufacturer's suggested retail price is $21,795 (U.S.).

Indian Chief Roadmaster
The Indian Chief Roadmaster comes with a two-up, hand-stitched seat with fringe and saddlebags emblazoned with the Roadmaster logo. For long-distance comfort, the Chief Roadmaster features an integrated windshield and a passenger back support. Like the Chief Deluxe, the 2002 Chief Roadmaster comes with whitewall tires, gold or charcoal fender graphics and is offered in six two-tone color combinations:: Black/Red Metallic, Black/Cream, Crimson/Cream, Copper/Black, Blue Metallic/Silver or Black/Silver. Manufacturer's suggested retail price is $22,995 (U.S.).

About the Author
Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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