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ARLEN NESS PRO­CROSS WHEELS FOR OUR 2018 IN­DIAN CHIEFTAIN CLAS­SIC

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Arlen Ness Pro­cross Wheels In­stalled on Our 2018 In­dian Chieftain Clas­sic

With the per­for­mance side of things di­aled in on the 2018 In­dian Chieftain Clas­sic project from the last is­sue—thanks to Lloyd’z Mo­tor­workz cams, a Fab28 In­dus­tries ex­haust, Power Vi­sion CX tuner, and an Arlen Ness air cleaner—we were ea­ger to fo­cus on some more bling from the likes of Ness, and we def­i­nitely found it with its new Pro­cross wheels.

The Pro­cross ($1,199.95) is an ag­gres­sively styled spin­ner, es­pe­cially in the black and ma­chined fin­ish, which goes with our over­all col­or­way vi­sion of us­ing sil­ver and black ac­cents through­out. The Ness Pro­cross wheels are light­weight yet en­gi­neered with a smooth rolled lip and Cnc-ma­chined de­tails for weight re­duc­tion to per­form and han­dle any­thing the road throws at you. The wheels are pre­ci­sion ma­chined from ra­di­al­forged 6061-T6 alu­minum for max­i­mum road dura­bil­ity, and Ness uses its own pro­pri­etary wheel forg­ings to con­trol ev­ery de­tail from the start. And all Ness wheels are struc­turally tested to meet or ex­ceed DOT, JAS, and TUV in­ter­na­tional

load rat­ings. The Pro­cross is avail­able in mul­ti­ple sizes; how­ever, we opted for a 21-by3.5-inch front and 17-by-5.5-inch rear in black an­odized (also avail­able in chrome). The Pro­cross will fit pop­u­lar Har­ley-david­son mo­tor­cy­cles too. Of course, match­ing float­ing per­for­mance ro­tors are also avail­able in 11.5-, 11.8-, and 14-inch sizes.

Of course, tires are muy im­por­tante as well, which is why the Met­zeler ME 888 Marathon Ul­tras (con­tact your lo­cal dealer for price) found their way on our Pro­cross wheels. We’ve tested the ME 888 Marathon Ul­tra for thou­sands of miles on heavy bag­gers in the past, and have to say they’re some of the best tires out there from a mul­tidi­men­sional ap­proach: pro­file, struc­ture, tread pat­tern, and com­pound. The struc­ture shape fea­tures a flat and wide ge­om­e­try that con­veys and dis­si­pates to­ward the side­wall the stress gen­er­ated un­der the foot­print, re­duc­ing fa­tigue and the wear process. To in­crease wear reg­u­lar­ity, the trans­ver­sal grooves of the tread pat­tern are dis­con­tin­ued by “com­pound bridges,” re­sult­ing in a more solid and stiffer tread de­sign that re­duces the stress trans­mit­ted to the belts and car­cass plies.

Also, the edges of grooves are crit­i­cal areas for wear reg­u­lar­ity. ME 888 groove walls have a dif­fer­ent in­cli­na­tion to en­sure the best op­er­at­ing an­gle in ev­ery po­si­tion. The poly­mers of the com­pound are abra­sion re­sis­tant, pro­vid­ing higher re­sis­tance to wear and, hence, high mileage.

With the wheels, ro­tors, and tires di­aled in, we needed a fen­der too. We checked out a few op­tions from Arlen Ness and Klock Werks. The Klock Werks Tire Hug­ger and the Arlen Ness Rap­per pro­vide a stream­lined look. For those who want to keep the In­dian War Bon­net,

check out Klock’s Klas­sic front fen­der. For the min­i­mal guy or gal, the Ness Pro Short fen­der is just for you. We sent all the fend­ers to Gjerde Paint Pro­duc­tion in Spirit Lake, Iowa, to color-match all the fend­ers to the Vogue Matte Sil­ver scheme of this bike. Once we re­ceived the flaw­lessly painted tins back, we headed over to In­dian Mo­tor­cy­cle of Or­ange County in West­min­ster, Cal­i­for­nia, to let them tackle the wheel, tire, and fen­der in­stal­la­tion while we lounged out in the wait­ing room sip­ping piña co­ladas and mai tais. Thanks for the ef­forts, Chris, Max, Johnny, Da­mon, and Ju­lian! HB

MET­ZELER ME 888 MARATHON UL­TRAS

NESS PRO­CROSS WHEEL

KLOCK WERKS KLAS­SIC FRONT FEN­DER

ARLEN NESS PRO SHORT FEN­DER

KLOCK WERKS TIRE HUG­GER WRAP­AROUND FEN­DER

ARLEN NESS RAP­PER FEN­DER

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