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Posted: Jan. 16th, 2006  |  By Caleb Smith
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Luxury Motorcycles: It all started in the spring of 1901 in Springfield, Massachusetts, when a championship bicycle racer and a gifted inventor combined forces to give America its first motorcycle. It was, and has remained, a motorcycle that symbolizes all that is great about America - a longing for liberty, a love for adventure, and a pure, pioneering spirit.

Handcrafted in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the new Indian Chief transports its riders to an American lifestyle of days gone by. One look at this classic 45 degree, V-twin motorcycle, and you'll instantly forget that any other motorcycle even exists. Put simply, the Chief is all that a motorcycle is supposed to be. Period.

Beginning with its white walled tires and classic spoke wheels, and extending all the way to its deeply valanced fenders and ergonomically designed, genuine leather seat, the Indian Motorcycle Company has left no detail unnoticed. Even the timeless Indian headdress on the front fender is now made from a hand-blown crystal, and with a bright LED light inside, the Chief challenges the nightfall to interrupt its journey. The 800 pound bike comes in four different trim levels, though you can hardly tell a difference based on the sheer amount of chrome that covers each one. Yes, every aspect of the Chief strikes a perfect balance between the legendary heritage of Indian, while still maintaining the comfort, style, and performance one should expect from a quality American machine.

In fact, with a 105 cubic inch PowerPlus engine (1720cc) with electronic fuel injection, these bikes are sure to turn heads as they rumble down the road. And if you get the chance to actually partake in such a spectator experience, savor the moment (brief as it may be), because Indian only distributes 750 of these bikes a year, ensuring both owner exclusivity and value longevity.

Indian Motorcycle not only gave America its first motorcycle, it has now given America its BEST motorcycle. The Chief is one part power, one part beauty, and both parts perfection.

Caleb Smith
Assistant General Manager
Mike Smith Indian, Paducah, KY
JustLuxe Contributor
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