Out­fit­ting Our Long-term 2018 In­dian Chief­tain clas­sic

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Bag­gers were cre­ated for one rea­son: func­tional mo­tor­cy­cle travel. Straight from the fac­tory you get a bike equipped with the chops for haul­ing ex­tend­ed­stay gear on a trip. The In­dian Chief­tain is a top-notch tour­ing bike that is pretty stel­lar from the fac­tory. But we all have our own idio­syn­cra­sies, and per­son­al­iz­ing our bikes to fit us just right is what makes own­ing a bike more fun.

When we re­ceived our long-term 2018 In­dian Chief­tain Clas­sic for do­ing some projects over the course of this year, we were eager to log some miles and wanted to start with the com­fort and con­ve­nience de­part­ments.

The stock In­dian seat is ex­tremely com­fort­able and def­i­nitely works well, but not be­ing huge fans of fringe, we’re go­ing with a dif­fer­ent styling di­rec­tion, with a more pro­gres­sive over­all look, and wanted to add some style and com­fort op­tions that would stand up to the fac­tory seat. That said, we were sold on the Mus­tang Wide Trip­per one-piece seat, with di­a­mond stitch­ing and a driver back­rest, for 2014–’18 In­dian Chief­tain mod­els ($479.99). The Mus­tang Wide Trip­per twoup seat of­fers a sportier look, is cut low and stream­lined, and the 13-inch-wide driver’s seat puts riders in a slightly lower po­si­tion that feels like they are sit­ting in the mo­tor­cy­cle rather than on it. The 11-inch rear width pro­vides am­ple com­fort for pas­sen­gers too. The durable vinyl cover fea­tures a dis­tinc­tive di­a­mond-stitched de­sign that sets your bike apart from the rest. But the best fea­ture has to be the re­mov­able rider back­rest, which keeps lower-back fa­tigue at bay when long-haul­ing across the coun­try.

Next, we needed some­thing in the wind-de­flec­tion depart­ment with a lit­tle more height and tint. The Klock Werks Flare for Chief­tain mod­els ($209.95) was per­fect. Klock’s in­no­va­tive Flare de­sign fea­tures “hips” at the outer edge of the shield that reroute the air to add down­force to the front of the bike, im­prov­ing sta­bil­ity ver­sus rid­ing with a stock shield. The “flip” at the top of the Flare is de­signed to kick the air up and back as less tur­bu­lent air for the rider and pas­sen­ger. Made from hard-coated poly­car­bon­ate ma­te­rial for added dura­bil­ity, and avail­able in 10 or 12 inches in tint or dark smoke (we opted for the 12-inch dark smoke), the Klock Werks Flare fits 2014–’18 In­dian Chief­tain and Road­mas­ter mod­els.

Last but not least, we’re glut­tons for iphone ac­ces­si­bil­ity. Un­for­tu­nately, we rely on it more than we should, but Rokform’s iphone 8/7 Pro se­ries mo­tor­cy­cle han­dle­bar mount ($149.99) makes it easy to use when on the road. Fea­tur­ing a dual-re­ten­tion lock sys­tem and univer­sal fit, this han­dle­bar mount keeps your de­vice in clear view as you ride on pretty much any size han­dle­bar. You can eas­ily ad­just the mount an­gle so you al­ways have a good view of your screen. The han­dle­bar phone mount comes with Rokform’s mount­able sport case to safe­guard your phone on and off the bike, as well as a wa­ter-re­sis­tant skin to pro­tect against wa­ter, mud, dust, dirt, and oil. With its sleek, black an­odized alu­minum fin­ish, the mount blends seam­lessly into your bike’s orig­i­nal de­sign. HB

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