In 2016, Indian Motorcycles and Jack Daniels, two legendary American brands joined forces to commemorate JD’s 150th anniversary of the Jack Daniel Distillery, which was registered in 1866. This occasion led to Indian Motorcycles building a very limited number (150 units) of the Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle models, all of which were sold barely under 8 hours within the launch.
For 2017, the same stalwarts came together again to produce yet another iconic spin-off of the sumptuousness Indian Chieftain and christened it as the Jack Daniel’s Chieftain. This time the limited number is only a 100 units which are all designed in conjunction with Klock Werks Kustom Cycles.
America’s first motorcycle company and America’s first registered distillery have once again teamed up to bring us a legendary bike that is an epitome of luxury with everything on the face of the planet packed between two wheels. This is a celebration of American craftsmanship that expresses the mutual commitment to independence, originality, and ingenuity of both the brands.
All of the units are hand painted with a one-off white and black crystal paint job with charcoal coloured accents that is said to be inspired by Jack Daniel’s unique charcoal-mellowing process. All around this unique motorcycle, you can find Jack Daniel’s “Old No.7” logos and custom badging on the passenger floorboards, leather tank pouch, aluminium tank console, and the primary air intake covers. Apart from this, there are is a place on the tank that reads Jack Daniel’s “Bottles and Throttles Don’t Mix” mantra.
Features on this monolith include 19” wheels with an open fender, LED treatment, power adjustable flare windshield, gloss black front and rear highway bar, a 200-watt premium audio system with fairing and saddlebag speakers. On the tech front, the motorcycle features the Indian Motorcycle’s proprietary Ride Command infotainment system that is Bluetooth and smartphone compatible that displays through a 7-inch touchscreen.
Indian has kept the old school charm for this engine layout with its valvetrain geometry, head construction and valve-cover design. But don’t get fooled because the inside story is a whole new world. The Thunder Stroke 111 engine used in the Chieftain makes way here too with its 1811cc 490 V-Twin capable of belting out 73bhp of power and 160Nm of torque. Enough torque to tear apart the tarmac. It is both oil and air cooled and operates pretty smooth compared to the heavy throbbers around.
Each of the 100 motorcycles will be given to you with a personal touch of a wooden American flag that bears owner’s name, motorcycle number (#001-#100), and VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). The wood used is handmade from Jack Daniel’s barrel wood and charred.
The decidedly retro looks will seamlessly fit into the lookout of a niche clientele wanting to splurge on something of a personified saga. This could be your chance to own a piece of American History, which I think is highly doubtful if you haven’t booked one already because it has been a day since this bike was launched. And going by history, it would have all been sold out much before 8 hours after its launch.
Speaking of being sold out, let me remind you that you may need to hold your breath and take a seat. You will need one perhaps after knowing how much it may cost if one is brought to India. Starting at U.S. $34,999,(appx ? 24 lakh) in the USA, in India the same would start at close to ?50-55 lakh, courtesy shipment and customs duties.
Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries says: “Once again, Brian Klock and his team at Klock Werks Kustoms exceeded our expectations with a totally unique Indian Chieftain that combines a sense of exclusivity with a tough, aggressive edge. We couldn’t be happier with it.”