There is some fascinating news coming out of California right now. According to some papers from the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Indian has been testing out a model that is currently being referred to as Chief Dark Horse. Recently purchased by Polaris, the Indian Motorcycle company may be looking to the Dark Horse as a feature model for the Sturgis Rally this summer.
Indian has been working hard to re-release many of its older models, evident in its current 2015 model line-up, which includes the Scout, Chief Classic and Vintage, Chieftain, and Roadster. What we know about the Dark Horse is that it will be powered by the Thunder Stroke 111. This is the same 1,821cc air-coooled v-twin engine that is currently outfitted with the Chiefs.
The weight of this Dark Horse is mentioned in the CARB papers at 1,036 lb (469 kg), which is close to 22 lb (10 kg) less than the stock version of the Chief Classic. This is not a dry or wet figure, but officially an "equivalent intertial mass," which is an estimate that should be taken with a grain of salt.
Based on these figures, the 2016 Dark Horse (if that is when it will be released) will be somewhat similar to the older versions of the Dark Horse that were released in 2010-2013. There will most likely be less extra weight and bulkiness than its predecessors.
We will be tuned for more glimpses of information about this mystery vehicle, but in the meantime, this is the only evidence we have of the Indian Dark Horse. Dark horse, indeed.
The pictures we have provided are of the 2013 model.
Source for the article: 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse Makes Appearance in CARB Papers - autoevolution