Carey Hart troublemaker completes 2022 Indian chief boost
Shortly after Indian Motorcycle unveiled the revamped Chief 2022 lineup, the brand also announced a series of custom builds. Starring renowned builders Paul Cox, Keino Sasaki and Go Takamine, the competition showed all of the Chief’s customization possibilities.
While Cox and Sasaki’s East Coast Chopper construction and Takamine’s vintage-inspired Indian showed the versatility of the new rig, Carey Hart’s interpretation brings a West Coast touch to the contest. Build its Indian Chief 2022 for The walking dead actor Jon Bernthal, Hart adapted his style to the client’s wishes.
“I wanted it to be humble but elegant,” Bernthal revealed. “I didn’t want the bike to draw too much attention to itself, but when you took a closer look at it you realized how special it is.”
For this reason, Hart’s custom chef cradles an understated satin graphite paint base with glossy black panels and red accents. The livery might not turn heads on the road, but when stationary enthusiasts can really appreciate the details. Aside from the paint job, Hart and his team also outfitted the Chief’s Thunder Stroke 116 with a Fab 28 2-into-1 stainless steel exhaust.
“I like the performance, I like to go fast, turn fast and brake hard,” noted Carey. “I don’t sacrifice anything on my bikes that could compromise their handling, performance or safety. “
With the big-bore V-Twin now getting a new exhaust and tuning, it was time to upgrade the Chief’s stock braking system. Hart spares no expense either, opting for a premium Beringer front brake master cylinder as well as Beringer front and rear calipers. Galfer Wave rotors and front brake lines complete the system, providing optimal brake feel and feedback. Hart lifts the rear up an inch with Fox piggyback shocks and finishes the frame with San Diego Customs cast wheels shod in Dunlop tires.
To adjust the Chief’s ergonomics to Bernthal’s frame, Hart installed Kraus clamps and risers mated to the ODI handlebars. A Saddlemen Hart Luck seat positions the rider in a more upright position while San Diego Customs shift and brake pegs encourage high-performance riding. Fortunately, Bernthal and Hart are both happy with the end result.
“I think it’s beautiful,” Bernthal added. “I can’t imagine a more perfect bike.”