This is the first time Allstate has partnered with world famous bike builder Paul Yaffe on a custom project. Paul has been designing and building custom motorcycles and motorcycle parts and accessories since 1991.
In the past three decades, Paul has won many awards, contests, honors, and has been featured in the Discovery Channel’s “Biker Build-Off” and “Biker Battleground” on the History Channel.
Today, Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation continues to craft world famous custom bikes and parts featuring his signature badass chopper attitude.
Inspiration & Challenges
For this build, I was fortunate to work with the Indian® Chieftain® because it fit really well with our Bagger Nation product line—a performance-based platform with the look and attitude of a classic muscle car.
My inspiration for this project was definitely performance and attitude, and using the Indian® Chieftain® as a platform offered a lot of potential directions for the customization.
We had an extremely tight build window and had to get to know a model that we had NO previous experience working on. This created several challenges including a steep learning curve because Polaris has such a unique way of creating their motorcycles.
We got schooled … FAST!
Great Right out of the Box
The Chieftain® is its own animal and I was quite surprised with the solid engineering and complex thinking that went into its creation. It’s very solid, well thought out, and a pleasure to wrench on.
Right out of the box, Indian® Motorcycle offers a great platform to be customized including:
- Thunder Stroke® 111 engine with 119 ft-lbs of torque
- Keyless ignition, ABS, cruise control, TPMS, and power windshield
- Remote lockable hard saddlebags
- 7” Ride Command™ infotainment system
- 100 watt premium audio system with Bluetooth connectivity
No Monkey Business
We created a set of our world famous Monkey Bars for this project as well as a set of mirror adapters that allowed our most popular style, The Power Mirror.
We also created one of our New Cult Forty Five Collector Series Exhaust pipes for this project which is all the attitude one can get!
We then grafted a set of our ever popular Wedgy Footboards to the bike that match the Power Mirror design.
Next, we bolted on one of our Universal Stealth III License frames which is a perfect direct bolt-on fit to the Indian fender, shaving off the stock Indian taillight and turn signals.
Finally, we frenched a set of our Wedgy lights into the slightly stretched saddlebags to complete the custom look.
The Paint Job
We definitely wanted the paint scheme to scream American muscle and we had Allstate’s entire color spectrum to choose from.
In the end, I thought a beautiful Oriental blue and white pearl would be a nod to classic muscle, and the grey and silver accents would bring in a bit of contemporary resto-rod type styling.
Eric Carr of Specialty Coatings applied the super cool titanium silver cerakote treatment to everything chrome which really gives the bike a concept car look and feel. He also laid down the killer paint job!
I hope you all love what we’ve done with this American muscle bagger. We certainly enjoyed giving the Chieftain a bit of a makeover and think the result of this collaboration have been nothing short of fantastic!
I’d like to thank Liquid Luv Paint and Von Butch Creative for their help with this project.
Enter for a Chance to Win
You can check out, and enter for a chance to win*, Paul’s custom ride at the Allstate booth at the following rallies:
- Leesburg Bikefest, Leesburg, FL (April 28-30, 2017)
- Roar on the Shore, Erie, PA (July 12-15, 2017)
- Sturgis Rally, Sturgis, SD (August 5-12, 2017)
- Lone Star Rally, Galveston, TX (November 2-5, 2017)
Not able to join us at one of these rallies? You can also download an entry form and mail it to:
2017 Allstate Motorcycle Sweepstakes
c/o Octagon, Inc.
10115 Kincey Avenue, Suite 210
Huntersville, NC 28078
Allstate Indian Chieftain Motorcycle Sweepstakes Abbreviated Rules
No purchase, quote, or payment of any kind necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the United States who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes begins at 9:00am ET on March 9, 2017 and ends at 11:59pm ET on February 28, 2018. For complete Official Rules, including entry instructions and prize details, send an email to email@example.com. Sponsor: Allstate Insurance Company.