Marking the second anniversary of the joining forces of two American stalwarts

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.

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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.

Indian Motorcycle released a limited edition Jack Daniel's Chieftain
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Indian Motorcycle released a limited edition Jack Daniel's Chieftain
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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.

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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.

Indian Motorcycle released a limited edition Jack Daniel's Chieftain Exterior
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Indian Motorcycle released a limited edition Jack Daniel's Chieftain Exterior
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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.”

PRESS RELEASE

Only 100 going on sale globally with 10 available in the EMEA region
Designed in conjunction with Klock Werks Kustom Cycles
Hand-painted and hand-built with delivery in August 2017
Indian Motorcycle is proud to announce the availability of 100 Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Chieftain bikes with 10 of these going on sale in the EMEA region at 6pm CET on Tuesday 14th March.

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Jack Daniel’s Chieftain (Limited Edition)

This latest limited edition marks the second year that Jack Daniel’s and Indian Motorcycle have joined forces. Last year all 150 Jack Daniel’s Springfield bikes sold out in just eight hours.

In the same spirit this year,100 Limited Edition Chieftain’s will be available globally with 10 of these allocated to select countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (see below).

Each motorcycle comes with a commemorative American flag handcrafted out of Jack Daniel’s barrel wood that includes the owner’s name, motorcycle number and VIN.

The individually numbered bikes come with a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty and free membership in the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group (IMRG) for one year.

The Limited Edition Chieftain had design input from Klock Werks Kustom Cycles of Mitchell, South Dakota who came up with a wide array of custom details such as:

– A one-of-a-kind white and black crystal paint job with charcoal colored accents inspired by Jack Daniel’s unique charcoal-mellowing process.

– A number of Jack Daniel’s “Old No. 7” logos and custom badging is interspersed over the bike, including logoed billet driver and passenger floorboards, leather tank pouch, aluminium tank console with motorcycle number and unique cam, primary and air intake covers.

– The crowning detail is a handmade, pure silver Jack Daniel’s horn cover badge, hand-crafted by the team at Montana Silversmith, exclusively developed and produced only for this motorcycle.

– The bike also carries an inscription of Jack Daniel’s “Bottles and Throttles Don’t Mix” mantra.

– The bike also features a 19-inch front wheel with an open fender and a host of premium touring amenities including LED headlight and driving lights, power adjustable flare windshield, gloss black front and rear highway bar, 200-watt premium audio system with fairing and saddlebag speakers, and Indian Motorcycle’s proprietary Ride Command infotainment system.

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.”

Dave Stang, Director of Events and Sponsorships for Jack Daniel’s says: “The response to last year’s collaboration was nothing short of spectacular and we’re extremely proud to carry this partnership forward in 2017 to further reinforce our ‘Bottles and Throttles Don’t Mix’ campaign.”

“Both Jack Daniel’s and Indian Motorcycle were born from a singular vision, powered by a relentless sense of ambition to bring a dream to life and that’s ultimately what this Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chieftain represents.”

To order one of these highly sought after limited edition motorcycles please visit or call your local Indian Motorcycle dealership at 6pm CET on Tuesday 14th March.

Delivery is expected to be August 2017.

The 10 EMEA versions of this limited edition do not have the rear highway bar that the North American bikes have. Also, the front highway bar is chrome instead of the black one that’s on the North American version.

ABOUT JACK DANIEL’S
Officially registered by the U.S. government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the first registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails. Jack Daniel’s encourages its friends to drink responsibly and reminds bikers that Bottles and Throttles Don’t Mix.

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE
Indian Motorcycle, a wholly owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s first motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivalled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.eu

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