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2016 Indian Chief Vintage “Top Mountain” Bagger

This 2016 Indian Chief Vintage Custom Sits In Pride Of Place At Europe’s Highest Hotel

An Indian Chief Vintage bagger doesn’t exactly conjure up images of the Austrian Alps, but this particular custom from Austria’s Styrian Motor Cycle now sits in pride of place in Europe’s highest hotel. A high-altitude hotel might not be enough to draw motorcyclists to the region, but did you know that there’s a rather spectacular motorcycle museum up there too? And to make the pilgrimage truly worthwhile, KTM’s “Area 47” Freeride motocross playground is just around the corner as well. However, the star attraction is this rather wild Indian Chief Vintage bagger that’s currently being exhibited.

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Built by Austrian Indian motorcycle dealer Markus Krasser of Styrian Motor Cycle (SMC), this 2016 Indian Chief Vintage is definitely an eye-catcher. Whether you’re into the flamboyant and over-the-top bagger style or not, there’s no denying the incredible craftsmanship that has gone into this particular build. It’s called the “Top Mountain” and it takes its inspiration directly from the snow-capped peaks of the Austrian Alps. Although, we couldn’t think of a motorcycle less suited to those snowy mountain roads…

Top Mountain – 2016 Indian Chief Vintage Custom!

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To get the Indian into a more bagger-like shape, Markus began by replacing the front wheel with a much bigger 16-inch unit, fitted the Indian with fully adjustable air suspension at the front and rear, and classic bagger bodywork, all custom made by SMC. The fuel tank was ditched and the Indian now wears a tank from a Victory Hammer. The exhaust system was overhauled, and the bike’s pipes have now been re-routed underneath the rear wheel fairings, coming together to form a single exit in the rear valence. While the bodywork is impressive, it’s the paintwork details that really get us excited.

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Aside from the sharp blue, if you look closely you can see loads of intricate details adorning the tank and body. Since the bike was inspired by the Top Mountain Motorcycle Museum and the Alps, Markus decide to add as many relevant details as he could. The bike’s paintwork now displays scenes and exhibits from the museum, as well as alpine landscapes.

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If you happen to find yourself in Europe then try and make time for a visit to the area. Mountains, motocross, motorcycle museums, and all things two-wheeled are readily available. Just be sure to take a look at this marvelous custom Indian Chief Vintage while you’re there!

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Joe Appleton
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