Harley-Davidson of New Port Richey
5817 State Rd 54, New Port Richey, FL 34652

2023 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic vs 2023 Indian Chief

2023 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic vs 2023 Indian Chief

The team at Harley-Davidson® of New Port Richey is thrilled to announce that we now have the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic available to test ride and purchase. The Heritage Classic continues to be among the most popular motorcycles in the Harley-Davidson® lineup because it delivers the cool and convenience of a cruiser with the utility of a touring bike. Indian markets the Chief as a direct competitor to the Heritage Classic, and we’re going to compare the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic vs 2023 Indian Chief and see how these two motorcycles measure up across a number of important categories.


The 2023 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic available at Harley-Davidson® of New Port Richey provides better value than the 2023 Indian Chief, and this is for a couple of reasons. One reason is the Indian premium. Indian purposefully sells it models at a higher price than Harley-Davidson® in order to position itself as the premium brand. The other issue is that the Chief is a stripped-down cruiser. The Heritage Classic is more dressed up with saddlebags, a detachable windshield and other features. You can opt for these features for your Chief or step up to a higher-end model like the Super Chief Limited, but that is going to widen the price difference between these two options even further.


The Heritage Classic is powered by the Milwaukee-Eight® 114 V-twin engine. The 2023 Indian Chief is powered by the Thunderstroke 111. What jumps out when comparing the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic vs 2023 Indian Chief is the performance. The Heritage Classic is simply the more power motorcycle and delivers more acceleration, horsepower and torque. For a similar engine on the Chief, you have to move up to the Super Chief Limited, which is a lot more expensive.

Ride Characteristics

The Heritage Classic is a cruiser built for touring, and that makes it an excellent option as an all-purpose ride. The Chief is a stripped-down cruiser. A moder direct comparison for the Chief would be the Softail Standard. Indian doesn’t really have a bike like this at this price point. For the rider considering the Indian who doesn’t want to move up to the Super Chief Limited, your option is to the customize the Chief with saddlebags and the like. But a Chief upgraded in this manner just doesn’t feel as purposefully designed as the Heritage Classic does.


Another area we think the Heritage Classic shines over the 2023 Indian Chief is customization. While Indian has been working hard to expand the accessories for the Chief, Harley-Davidson® is simply unmatched in this area, and it continues to add new products with each new season. The entire H-D® catalog is available through Harley-Davidson® of New Port Richey. We offer competitive prices and can have accessories shipped here at no additional cost to you, and if you want a professional install, our team can install all manner of accessories, performance parts and other upgrades.

Test Ride the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic

If you have any questions that we didn’t cover in this 2023 Harley-Davidson® Heritage Classic vs 2023 Indian Chief comparison, we’ll be happy to provide that information when you call or email. Our team can also provide custom quotes, explore Harley-Davidson® financing and much more. Our showroom is open Monday through Sunday. Visit us at your convenience to see the Heritage Classic in person, and if you’d like to set up a test ride, book that appointment any time online through our website.

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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.