Indian Motorcycle just dropped its three totally redesigned 2022 Chief models, but certain insiders got their paws on the bike much sooner so that they could build a custom version based on the platform. The company may have officially taken the wraps off the Indian Chief, Indian Chief Bobber, and Indian Super Chief models this week but motocrosser and customizer Carey Hart was lucky enough to score an up-spec version of a stock Chief (in the form of an Indian Chief Dark Horse) some weeks ago and, as you’d expect, upped the specs and the stance even more.
With the new 2022 Chief’s design being a pretty radical departure from most of the other Chief iterations over the decades, Hart had a more minimal—practically blank, actually—foundation to start from. Given the skimpy bodywork, mid-mount controls, and drag bars, the new Chief already brings a more sporty riding position, and it looks like Hart took that aesthetic and added a more purposeful performance bias to it, swapping in new wheels, tires, brakes, fork… We’ll just get to as much as we can in the gallery that follows. Read on for the details.