Indian Chief Dark Horse




Make Model

Indian Chief Dark Horse


2016 - 17


Thunder Stroke™ 111

Capacity / 105 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 101 x 113 mm
Compression Ratio 9.5:1


Electronic Fuel Injection System Closed loop fuel injection / 54mm bore
Exhaust System Split dual exhaust w/ cross-over



Max Toque

139 Nm / 14.2 kgf-m @ 2800 rpm
Clutch Wet, Multi-Plate


6 Speed 
Final Drive Belt
Gear Ratio 1st 9.403 : 1  2nd 6.411 : 1  3rd 4.763 : 1  4th 3.796 : 1  5th 3.243 : 1 6th 2.789 : 1
Final Drive Ratio 2.2 : 1
Frame  Cast Aluminum Frame with Integrated Air-Box

Front Suspension

46mm cartridge forks with dual rate springs
Front Wheel Travel 119 mm / 4.7 in

Rear Suspension

Single shock,
Rear Wheel Travel 104 mm /  3.7 in

Front Brakes

2x 300 mm Floating Rotor 4 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 300 mm Floating Rotor 2 piston calipers

Front Tyre

Dunlop® Elite 3 130/90B16 73H

Rear Tyre

Dunlop® American Elite 180/65B16 81H
Wheels  16" x 3.5" Front and 16" x 5" Rear
Rake 25° 
Trail 15. mm / 5.9 in
Ground Clearance 139.7 mm / 5.5 in
Dimensions Length 2630 mm
Width (INT) 1000 mm
Height (INT) 1176 mm
Wheelbase 1730 mm / 68.1 in
Seat Height 660 mm / 25.9 in
Wet Weight 377 kg / 831 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

20.8 Litres / 5.5 Gal

The Indian Chief Dark Horse is a cruiser built upon the successful and award-winning Indian Chief platform. Unlike other bikes in the Indian Motorcycle line-up, it is understated with only a flash of chrome and adds a healthy dose of matte black paint to create one of the most confident silhouettes on the market. By all but eliminating chrome from the motorcycle and swapping to cast wheels, the Dark Horse conveys an aggressive pose, and being the lightest in the series, is the quickest model in the Chief family.

Striking an ideal balance of attitude and features, the 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse delivers the style, quality and power expected from an Indian Motorcycle, and starts at just $16,999. The Dark Horse conveys a bold attitude that demands attention for all the right reasons.

Blacked-out from end to end, the Indian Chief Dark Horse does not lack features. Powered by the highly rated Thunder Stroke® 111 engine and wrapped in the same chassis and suspension of the Indian Chief Classic, the Dark Horse also maintains ABS, a remote key fob for keyless ignition, electronic cruise control, and features a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty.

Built to be an aggressive solo ride, the Dark Horse loses the oil cooler, analogue fuel gauge and driving lights of Chief Classic. A passenger seat plus either passenger foot-pegs or floor boards are available as part of the Genuine Indian Motorcycle Accessory line-up for those who want to ride two-up.

The Indian Chief Dark Horse is an ideal motorcycle for those seeking to customize their rides. With 40 available accessories rolling out during the spring and early summer, riders can add components to black-out their ride even more. Items such as ape hanger handlebars, accessory air cleaners, fender struts, slip-on exhaust with black heat shields and exhaust tips, and black fender trim help create the fully blacked-out look.

“The Indian Chief Dark Horse is unlike anything else currently available from Indian Motorcycle,” said Indian Motorcycle Sr. Product Manager, Ben Lindaman. “While it shares the best traits with other models in the Chief platform, its signature matte black paint and minimalist profile give it an attitude unlike any other Indian motorcycle. We’re excited to unveil this new bike at an aggressive price point for a full-size cruiser.”