Indian Motorcycle Thunder Stroke 111 Engine Specifications

Indian_Thunder_Stroke_EngineThe heart of the new Victory motorcycle range is the Thunder Stroke 111 engine! Obviously 111 cubic inches of capacity or about 1811cc means it’s a pretty big 49 degree V-Twin cylinder motorcycle engine. 

It’s a brand new engine designed for Indian motorcycles in about 70 years to not only be state of the art yet retro for astetic, power delivery and of course sound purposes. Featuring push rods you can liken this to the the Anime and manga driven ‘steam punk’ influences. Look it up folks if you want to know more!

Since Indian motorcycles as a manufacturer pre-dates Harley Davidson you can believe them when they want to reclaim their title as a industry leader. Since the market is dominated by HD it is going to be quite hard to break into the category so we presume it will be a branding and marketing war. Why? Let’s face it the japanese manufacturers make technically better and generally more reliable motorcycles but they just doesn’t have the image. So I’m looking forward to what Indian Motorcycles are going to do for the general public!

That said the Indian’s styling will appeal to the younger crowd but it will take some time before the customisers get to work on making it a legendary brand that it once was. The following specifications are from the Press Release: 

Indian Motorcycle Thunder Stroke 111 Engine Specifications :

Engine Displacement: 111 cubic inches
Torque: More than 115 ft-lbs
Architecture: 49-degree V-twin, air-cooled with integrated oil cooler, left-side air intake, down firing exhaust system, parallel pushrod tubes
Crankcase: Unit design featuring a high capacity semi-dry sump oil system, oversized oil radiator
Timing System: 3 camshafts, pushrods, 2 valves per cylinder acting through maintenance-free hydraulic valve lifters, forged crankshaft
Fuel System: Electronic sequential port fuel injection and electronic throttle control
Compression Ratio: 9.5
Transmission: 6-speed overdrive, constant mesh, helical gearbox
Clutch: Low-effort, multi-plate wet clutch, aluminum basket, integral torsional damper



2014 Indian motorcycles

Fresh of the press this week was the details release of 2014 Indian Motorcycles range at the famous Sturgis rally in South Dakota US (3rd August 2013)! I’m not a diehard cruiser/custom fan but enjoy the lines – check out my Instagram page if you want to know more!  The Indian Motorcycle brand rejuvenated by Polaris Industries is introducing 3 new models powered by the new Thunder Stroke 111 engine. That’s 111 cubic inches of engine capacity if you hadn’t already guessed! The first 1901 made are specially numbered to represent when the brand first appeared but there are no other special enhancements. Incidentally Polaris Industries also owns the Victory brand of which you can also see on my Instagram page.

The following extracts are based on their Press Release and their three models models are the: 


2014 Indian Chief Classic cruiser (starting MSRP: $18,999)

“The new Indian Chief Classic is a pure, powerful cruiser forged from key heritage design elements yet wrapped in advanced design, engineering and technology. It features iconic styling like valanced fenders, rich genuine leather saddle, classic tank-mounted instrumentation, tear-drop fuel tank design, and sculpted and lighted front fender war bonnet. The 2014 Indian Chief Classic comes standard with a host of premium features including endless chrome, keyless ignition, ABS, cruise control, throttle-by-wire, true dual exhaust, high quality chrome laced spoke wheels, brake caliper covers, cast aluminum frame with integrated air intake, and much more.”


 2014_Indian_Chief_Vintage_12014 Indian Chief Vintage (starting MSRP: $20,999)

“The new Indian Chief Vintage is a soft bagger that takes iconic Indian Motorcycle styling to a whole new level with handcrafted detail and a signature heritage aesthetic. The Indian Chief Vintage offers top-quality quick-release soft-sided leather bags, leather fringe, chrome fender tips, vintage chrome badging on the front fender and a quick-release windshield for easy installation or removal. It includes the same premium standard features as the Indian Chief Classic, and sports the same iconic design elements like valanced fenders, laced wheels, whitewall tires, tank-mounted instrument cluster and extensive chrome finishes throughout. It is also powered by the new Thunder Stroke 111 engine.”


2014_Indian_Chieftain_12014 Indian Chieftain (starting MSRP: $22,999)
“The first Indian Motorcycle of its kind, the 2014 Indian Chieftain maintains the legendary Indian Chief styling, while taking this progressive machine to new heights with advanced features and premium comfort. Unlike any Indian Motorcycle ever made, the Chieftain features a fairing with integrated driving lights, and its power windshield is an industry-first for a fork-mounted fairing. Standard features include hard saddlebags featuring remote locks and quick-release anchors, a high-output audio system featuring integrated Bluetooth® smartphone connectivity, and a tire pressure monitoring system.”