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2023 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic vs 2023 Indian Chief

2023 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic vs 2023 Indian Chief

The Heritage Classic continues to be among the most popular motorcycles at Harley-Davidson® of Panama City Beach, and we’re excited to announce that the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic is now available. What makes the Heritage Classic so great is that it’s built on the Softail platform but has many of the trappings of a touring bike, and that balance has wide appeal. If you want to compare the Heritage Classic to an Indian model, then the closest option is the 2023 Indian Chief, and in that spirit, let’s break down the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic vs 2023 Indian Chief and see how they stack up.

An Imperfect Comparison

It’s important to note that Indian doesn’t currently offer a bike quite like the Heritage Classic. The Heritage Classic is designed as a motorcycle that straddles the line between cruiser and tourer. But the reason this model exists is that motorcycle enthusiasts have doing this for a long time, and there are many Indian owners who dress their Chiefs with saddlebags, windscreens and so forth.


But this comparison goes beyond just price. An allure of the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic is that it has the Milwaukee-Eight® 114 engine as opposed to the 107 found on the Softail Standard. The 2023 Indian Chief has the Thunderstroke 111, which is significantly less powerful. If you want something comparable to the 114, then you need to purchase the Super Chief Limited instead, and if your plan is to upgrade, that will be both easier and cheaper with the Milwaukee-Eight® than the Thunderstroke.

Ride Characteristics

For the purposes of this comparison, let’s compare the Heritage Classic to a Chief that’s been similarly dressed out. The biggest difference here is that the Chief won’t feel as well put together. The Heritage Classic has been designed for this purpose whereas the Chief has been adapted for it, and to be fair, you’d notice a similar difference when comparing the Super Chief Limited to a dressed Softail Standard.

Making It Yours

This is an area where Harley-Davidson® really shines, and while Indian has been working to catch up, it remains miles behind. Even if we were comparing the Heritage Classic to the Super Chief Limited, the H-D® catalog available through Harley-Davidson® of Panama City Beach would be a reason to choose the Harley-Davidson®. After all, this is a style of motorcycle that just begs to be tailored to your particular usage, and you’re just going have a lot more options to do that with your Heritage Classic.

Test Ride the Heritage Classic

Harley-Davidson® of Panama City Beach is now scheduling test rides of the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic, and you can set that appointment up online at your convenience or by phone during our standard showroom hours. If you have questions not answered by our 2023 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic vs 2023 Indian Chief comparison, call or email our dealership. Our team can answer them and also explore your financing options, provide custom quotes and much more.

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*Financing Offer available only on select new 2023 and 2022 Harley-Davidson® motorcycles financed through Eaglemark Savings Bank and is subject to credit approval. Harley-Davidson® CVO™, Police Duty, Anniversary, Icons, Highway King, Ultra Limited® Anniversary, Road Glide® Special Anniversary and Street Glide® Special Anniversary models are excluded, along with 2023 Trike, 2022 Trike and 2022 and 2022 Sportster® (Evolution Engine) and 2023 Breakout® models. Not all applicants will qualify as the Annual Percentage Rate (APR) will vary based on the applicant’s past credit performance and the term of the loan. Financing offer is available only for up to a 48 month term. For example, a 2023 Street Glide® Special motorcycle in Vivid Black with Black Trim with an MSRP of $28,999, no down payment and amount financed of $28,999, 48 month repayment term, and 1.99% APR results in monthly payments of $629.01. In this example, customer is responsible for applicable taxes, title, licensing fees and any other fees or charges at the time of sale. APR is calculated according to the simple interest method. Not valid in conjunction with other offers. Customer must take delivery by November 30, 2023. This Financing Offer is valid during the period of October 1, 2023 to November 30, 2023. Other terms, conditions, and limitations may apply. Dealer participation may vary. Financing offer is subject to change or cancellation at anytime. See your Harley-Davidson® Dealership for details.