If you love American motorcycles, you likely have a deep appreciation for an age-old debate: Harley-Davidson® vs Indian. Perhaps no modern model comparison better encapsulates that argument than the 2021 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic vs 2022 Indian Chief. It is a discussion that the team at Harley-Davidson® of Tampa appreciates well. Something else we appreciate is the customer experience, and we are always striving to deliver an experience that is unparalleled in the business. It all begins with an unrivaled selection of new Harley-Davidson® motorcycles that includes the Heritage Classic. But it continues with attention to detail, honest communication and consistent customer satisfaction.
Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic
The 2021 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic is a Softail that continues to seek a balance between the Sportster and the Road King. H-D® engineers have also made it a focal point to make the Heritage Classic powertrain smoother than it had been with previous iterations. The biggest changes came with the 2018 model year when the underpinnings were completely redesigned, but H-D® has continued to make refinement since. Harley-Davidson® markets the Heritage Classic as the quintessential America cruiser. We think its an apt description because it boasts iconic appeal and a vintage aesthetic but also delivers the modern performance and comfort to drive across state lines and for days on end.
With the Heritage Classic, Harley-Davidson® seeks to blend modern technologies with an old-school appearance. Indian takes a different approach with the 2022 Indian Chief. The modern technologies are here, but the classic design elements are reimagined through the lens of some of the recent cruiser design trends. It is also worth mention that the Indian Chief is not a tourer in its base setup. However, Indian offers handlebars, seats, saddlebags and so forth through which you can upgrade it. Nevertheless, the Chief does sacrifice some suspension performance for less weight and a bit of style.
Harley-Davidson® vs Indian
Harley-Davidson® and Indian are iconic American brands that can trace their histories back to the early 1900s. The main difference is that the H-D® history is uninterrupted whereas the Indian brand had to be revived. That is not necessarily a bad thing, and Indian has certainly done an impressive job of reimagining its classic motorcycles. But Harley-Davidson® is built on decades of continued success. There is a support system in place for H-D® riders that just does not exist with Indian. Likewise, despite a continued focus on personalization, Indian cannot yet rival the customization options that HD offers.
Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic vs Indian Chief
The first thing that stands out when comparing the 2021 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic vs 2022 Indian Chief is the rear suspension. The 2021 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic has a mono-shock rear suspension. The 2022 Indian Chief has a twin-shock rear suspension. You can understand the choice from a perspective of aesthetic. But it does not deliver as well either in regard to performance or comfort when using the motorcycle for long-distance touring. Otherwise, these are very similar machines. You will not find many other performance differences, but as mentioned in the brand discussion, H-D® gives you the advantage of the support system and the personalization options.
Test-Ride the Heritage Classic
As motorcycle enthusiasts, our team serving Tampa St. Petersburg Clearwater absolutely gets why the 2022 Indian Chief would appeal to someone also considering the Heritage Classic. If you have not operated both motorcycles, then we absolutely recommend that you do. Test-Ride the Chief at a local Indian dealer, and then, set up your Heritage Classic test-ride with us via our website. We think that most riders will agree with us that the rear suspension makes the H-D® model an easy decision.
Learn More About the Heritage Classic
You can see the 2021 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic at our showroom. No appointment is needed. Just visit our location serving Tampa St. Petersburg Clearwater during our standard business hours. You can also reach the team at Harley-Davidson® of Tampa by phone or via text or email. We can provide all the latest details on the Heritage Classic. Those who prefer to shop online should explore our website. Our entire inventory is perusable and help is just a click or tap away via live chat.