BEST CRUISER: Indian Chief Classic

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It might have been enough if Polaris simply got the paint, chrome, and styling right with its first effort from the reborn Indian marque. But it did so much more with the Chief, designing a fantastic mechanical package too. The resulting motorcycle would be a winner even without its gorgeous finish. Power from the Thunder Stroke 111 V-twin is abundant and sweet, and its sound is pure music. That classic-looking mill is hung in a great-handling aluminum chassis that delivers a stable, relaxing ride. Think of it as beautiful engineering, down to the dipstick.

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