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2023 Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse Touring Bike Review Specs Price

For the 100th anniversary of the Indian Chief model, Indian Motorcycle redesigned this classic cruiser, fusing state-of-the-art technology with a classic look.

2023 Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse Touring Bike

2023 Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse Touring Bike – Features and Specs

Blacked-out bobber style with loads of muscle to match.

They will hear and see the rider approaching and be curious about the rider’s next destination.

The Story of a Legend

The first production of Indian Motorcycle Chiefs was released that year, 1921. The famed dirt track racer and inventor Charles Franklin, who also conceived of the Scout, designed the Chief. It had a 61-cubic-inch V-twin engine with dual cams, a low seat, and sleek styling. The bike immediately earned a global following because of its dependable power, strong torque, and elegant frame. The Chief was a significant factor in the growth of American motorcycle racing and customization scenes in the 1940s.

2023 Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse Touring Bike

A Century and a half later

In 2021, to celebrate its centennial, America’s first motorcycle manufacturer will release a new version of one of the country’s most recognizable motorcycles. The new Chief is the pinnacle of modernity, combining classic style with cutting-edge features and unmatched power. It has kept its traditional small size, bare steel chassis, and short 64-inch wheelbase. Only those hoping to leave it in their rearview will be disappointed by the Chief’s classic styling, respect for Indian Motorcycle’s storied history, and discreet use of current technologies.

Blacked-out bobber style including loads of muscle to match.

They will hear and see the rider approaching and will be curious about the rider’s next destination.

Thunderstroke 116

For overtaking in any of its six speeds, the air-cooled Thunderstroke 116’s sheer torque of 162 Nm is hard to beat. It’ll get people’s attention on the sidewalk and pull rider hearts out of rider saddle.

2023 Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse Touring Bike

Blacked-Out Bobber Design

Completely blacked out, from bumper to bobbed bumper, and brimming with swagger. Traditional bobber features include a welded steel tube frame, a considerable headlight bucket with nacelle, and covered forks and rear shocks.

4″ Ride Command Touchscreen

The 4-inch touchscreen looks traditional since it’s designed to seem like an analog gauge. In addition to serving as a speedometer and tach, it allows riders to adjust riding modes, accept or reject incoming calls, and control the music playing from any Bluetooth-enabled device.

Style for Miles

The Chief draws attention everywhere he goes because of the iconic design of Indian Motorcycles.

Black and More Black

All exterior surfaces, including the fenders, are a high-quality gloss black.

On the Road

The front pegs and small ape bars put the rider feet forward and the rider’s fists in the wind, while the low single seat gives the rider a sense of power and control.

Iconic Style

Informed by the past, built for the present. The original Chief is honored with the use of a headdress as the emblem for Indian Motorcycles.

2023 Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse Touring Bike

Modern technology is hidden in plain sight.

Extra of the good stuff, less of the bad.

Features for the Win

Keyless ignition, a USB charging outlet, cruise control, anti-lock brakes, an electronic stability system, and Pirelli Night Dragon tires are standard equipment for every Chief Bobber Dark Horse.

Light Rider Way

The road ahead is well-lit thanks to the use of only LED bulbs.

Choose Rider Ride

Riders may personalize rider experience by selecting one of three ride modes: Tour, Standard, or Sport.

2023 Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse Touring Bike – Price

The new 2023 Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse Touring Bike is available at $19,499 to $20,499 only.

2023 Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse Touring Bike – Technical Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain

Bore x Stroke 4.063-inches x 4.449-inches (103.2mm x 113mm)
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Displacement 116 cu in (1,890 cc)
Drive/Driven Clutch Wet, Multi-Plate
Electronic Fuel Injection System Closed loop fuel injection / 54 mm bore
Engine Type Air-cooled Thunderstroke 116
Exhaust Dual Exhaust w/ Crossover
Gear Ratio (1st) 9.403: 1
Gear Ratio (2nd) 6.411: 1
Gear Ratio (3rd) 4.763: 1
Gear Ratio (4th) 3.796: 1
Gear Ratio (5th) 3.243: 1
Gear Ratio (6th) 2.789: 1
Peak Torque 120 ft-lbs
Peak Torque RPM 2,900 rpm
Transmission/Final Drive 2.2: 1
Transmission/Primary Drive Gear Drive Wet Clutch

2023 Indian Chief Bobber Dark Horse Touring Bike


Fuel Capacity 4.0 gal (15.1 L)
Ground Clearance 4.9 in (125 mm)
GVWR 1,160 lb (522 kg)
Lean Angle 28.5°
Overall Height 53.1 in (1,349 mm)
Overall Length 90 in (2,286 mm)
Overall Width 36 in (915 mm)
Rake/Trail 29° / 5.2 in (132 mm)
Seat Height 26.0 in (662 mm)
Weight (As Shipped / Running Order) 670lbs (304 kg) / 694lbs (315 kg)
Wheelbase 64.0 in (1,626 mm)


Front Brakes Single / 300mm Semi-Floating Rotor / 4 Piston Caliper
Rear Brakes Single / 300mm Floating Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper

Tires / Wheels

Front Tires Pirelli® Night Dragon 130/90B16 67H
Front Wheel Wire Spoke 16 in x 3 in
Rear Tires Pirelli® Night Dragon 180/65 B16 81H
Rear Wheel Wire Spoke 16 in x 5 in


Front Fork Tube Diameter 46 mm
Front Suspension Telescopic Fork
Front Travel 5.2 in (132 mm)
Rear Suspension Dual Shocks w/adjustable preload
Rear Travel 3.0 in (75 mm)


Color / Graphics Black Smoke, Titanium Smoke, Silver Quartz Smoke. Icon: Copper Smoke
Factory Warranty 2 Years, Unlimited Miles
Gauges Speedometer, Tachometer, Odometer, fuel gauge, compass, ambient temperature, Gear indicator
Infotainment 4 in Touchscreen powered by RIDE COMMAND. Model year 2023 bikes include a complimentary 1-year trial of RIDE COMMAND+ (after which fees apply) which includes features like live weather/traffic and intuitive destination search. Touchscreen display includes real-time clock; ambient air temperature; heading; audio information display; map/navigation; Bluetooth status for phone and headset; vehicle status (voltage, engine hours, oil change); vehicle info (speed, fuel range, RPM, gear position); current ride data (distance, moving time, stop time, altitude, altitude change); trip meters; ride mode selection; screen brightness; and vehicle trouble code readout.
Lights LED Headlight, LED Tail/Brake/Turn Signals
Standard Equipment ABS, Ride Modes, Keyless Ignition, USB charge port, 12V Charge Port, Rear Cylinder Deactivation

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