Supercharged Indian Chieftain Drag Bike! – BikeBound

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1811cc Supercharged Indian by PM American Cycles… 

Launched in 2014, the Indian Chieftain is the highest of the road Chief, a full-spec touring mannequin with an air-cooled 100-hp “Thunderstroke” V-twin engine, three using modes / throttle maps, laborious panniers, and way more.

Its heritage and imposing styling makes a Harley look virtually meek when put next.” –MCN

It’s the form of machine you would experience throughout the nation in consolation, however Lars Ewers of Switzerland had a (very) completely different thought of what to do with this 2015 Chieftain. The 26-year-old apprenticed as a Kawasaki mechanic earlier than becoming a member of the household enterprise, PM American Cycles AG, the place he’s now the workshop supervisor.

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PM American Cycles has been modifying Harley-Davidsons for 25 years, and so they have been additionally the primary approved Indian seller in Switzerland.

“My ardour for quick and highly effective bikes together with the exercise of PM American Cycles lastly paved the way in which for the creation of 2Crazy.”

Supercharged Indian Sprint Bike
Photograph: @marc.holstein @myeyesbychristine

Lars determined to remodel the 385-kg behemoth right into a 1/8-mile dash bike for the Rocket Race Membership sequence, the place machines like Radical Speedshop’s “NOSferatu” Moto Guzzi and Mike Briesach’s “Streamliner” Ducati compete in old-school fashion drag races at occasions just like the Glemseck 101.

For the Model Bash class, the laws are as follows:

  • 2 or 3 Cylinders With NOS, Turbo, Supercharger, or Naturally-Aspirated
  • No Limitation on Engine Capability
  • Each Sort of Gasoline Allowed
  • Shifting Help Allowed
  • Drag Race Tire Allowed
  • Energy-to-Weight Ratio is 0.85 HP/KG
  • Impressed by Drag Race Fashion
  • No Launch Management
  • No Wheelie Bars
  • Max. 20% Longer Swingarm

Lars and workforce utterly remodeled the Chieftain, stripping it down and outfitting the 1811cc V-twin with a Lloyd’z Motor Workz supercharger. These aren’t mass-produced, assembly-line kits — Lloyd builds every equipment himself.

Lloyd hand matches and assembles each single piece of each equipment. It is a very lengthy and tedious job that requires a big period of time and may’t simply be handed off to somebody to do.” –Lloyd’z

Whereas the Indian’s Thunderstoke 111 is rated at 100 crank horsepower, it solely put out ~75 ponies in most dyno assessments. The upgrades to “2Crazy” practically double tha outputt, with this dash bike now placing down 143 hp and 209Nm (154 lb-ft). What’s extra, the bike has shed greater than 175 lbs, coming in at a (comparatively) svelte 290 kg (639 lbs) versus the inventory dry weight of 815 lbs!

The result’s one blown beast of a V-twin, which places on fairly the present when streaking down the strip at occasions like Bikers’ Pageant and Glemseck 101. Under, Lars provides us extra particulars on “2Crazy.”

Are you curious about sponsoring the 2024 Rocket Race Membership sequence? In that case, contact [email protected].

Supercharged Chieftain Dash Bike: Racer Interview

Photograph: @marc.holstein @myeyesbychristine
• Please inform us a bit about your self, your historical past with bikes, and your workshop.

My identify is Lars Ewers, born on 28 January 1997. After an apprenticeship as a bike mechanic at Kawasaki, I joined my mother and father’ household enterprise, PM American Cycles AG, the place I maintain the workshop’s issues as store supervisor.

Lars on the FXDX REVOLUTION. Photograph: @marc.holstein @myeyesbychristine

PM has been doing conversions and tuning on Harley-Davidson bikes for 25 years, and because the first approved Indian seller in Switzerland, we’ve been concerned within the model growth from the very starting.

Launching the FXDX at Spa. Photograph: @marc.holstein @myeyesbychristine

My ardour for quick and highly effective bikes together with the exercise of PM American Cycles lastly paved the way in which for the creation of 2Crazy.

Photograph: @marc.holstein @myeyesbychristine

Based mostly on an Indian Chieftain it was created. The Lloyd’z supercharger together with many different modifications and appropriate mapping present the facility. All pointless components of the Chieftain have been eliminated and changed by high-quality elements.

• What’s the make, mannequin, and yr of the donor bike?

Indian Chieftain 2015.

Photograph: @marc.holstein @myeyesbychristine
• For what class of racing was the bike constructed?

The bike was constructed to race on the 1/8 mile.

Photograph: @marc.holstein @myeyesbychristine
• What customized work/upgrades have been carried out?

Virtually every part has been rebuilt besides the body. From the engine with supercharger to the entire bodywork, suspension, wheels, brakes. and so on.

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• Does the bike have a nickname?


• Any thought of horsepower, weight, and/or efficiency numbers?

The bike has 1811ccm, 143HP, 209Nm [154 lb-ft], and weighs 290kg.

Photograph: @marc.holstein @myeyesbychristine
• Are you able to inform us what it’s prefer to experience/race this bike?

It is rather spectacular with the loud noise of the supercharger once you lie down on the bike.

Observe the Builder

Instagram: @pmamericancycles / @larsewers
Fb: PM American Cycles AG / Lars Ewers

Observe Rocket Race Membership

Rocket Race Membership | @rocket.race.membership | Fb

Pictures Credit

Spa: @marc.holstein ( x @myeyesbychristine (
Glemseck 101: @annagphotography
Glemseck 101: @claudefischer (

Are you curious about sponsoring the 2024 Rocket Race Membership sequence? In that case, contact [email protected].