Indian Motorcycle’s New 2021 Chieftain Elite Combines Unmatched Power With Bold, Custom-inspired Styling

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MINNEAPOLIS–Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, today unveiled the latest in its “Elite” lineup of ultra-premium, limited edition motorcycles with the 2021 Chieftain Elite. Combining unmatched power with bold, custom-inspired styling, the 2021 Chieftain Elite was designed for riders who demand the best of the best and want to stand out from the crowd. Its limited run of only 120 worldwide make it Indian Motorcycle’s most exclusive Elite model yet.

Starting at $34,999, the Chieftain Elite’s premium two-tone Thunder Black Vivid Crystal over Carbon Crystal paint delivers a custom-inspired aesthetic. Premium finishes, such as the Thunderstroke 116’s Slate Smoke finish and color-matched badging throughout set the Chieftain Elite apart from any other bagger on the road.

“We designed the Chieftain Elite for riders who want to turn heads and stand out without sacrificing performance or comfort,” said Reid Wilson, Vice President of Indian Motorcycle. “The bike’s attention to detail and

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This Hydrogen Goop Could One Day Power Scooters and Motorcycles

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Instead of gasoline and diesel, it might one day be possible to just unload a cartridge of gray, goopy paste into the fuel tank of your e-scooter, motorcycle, or even potentially your car. At least, that’s what researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) are hoping.

The goop is called POWERPASTE and is envisioned as a safer, more practical way to use hydrogen as a potential fuel source for green vehicles. The problem is that hydrogen, particularly in a gaseous form, can be volatile, and while hydrogen fuel cells have been tested in cars, the pressure involved in refueling makes it impractical for smaller forms of transportation. Plus, you know, having to build out yet another alternative fueling station network for battery-powered electric vehicles is hard enough.

The paste itself is a mixture of magnesium powder and hydrogen, which then creates

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2021 Cadillac Escalade Diesel First Drive Review: The Power of Choice

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Here’s the good news for full-size luxury SUV buyers: Not only does the 2021 Cadillac Escalade diesel drive nearly identically to the excellent, gasoline-chugging model, it also costs the exact same amount, is just as impressive inside, and gets notably better fuel economy. The bad news? Well, there isn’t any, unless you’re a hardcore V-8 partisan.

Added as part of the Escalade’s wholesale redesign for 2021, the diesel version lacks the gasoline model’s ferocious growl under full-bore acceleration, as well as its mid-range and top-end muscle during freeway-speed passing maneuvers. But the diesel delivers in virtually all other circumstances. In terms of output, here’s how they stack up: The gas V-8 churns out 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, while the Duramax inline six-cylinder turbodiesel is rated for 277 hp and an equal 460 lb-ft.

Striking Similarities

After punching the diesel’s

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Beyond the Huge Power Gap

Which Is Bigger—Ford F-150 Raptor or Ram 1500 TRX?

The new 2021 Raptor will only be available in a SuperCrew configuration, whereas the previous truck was also available in a shorter-wheelbase, stubbier-rear-door SuperCab arrangement. That means that the comparison with the 2021 TRX is even easier, since that truck is also available in only four-door crew-cab configuration. The trucks now both ride on a 145-inch wheelbase. Overall length between the two trucks is basically the same, at nearly 233 inches. Yet again, clearance lights are going to be required for the new Raptor, at 86.6 inches wide. The TRX comes it at just under 2 inches wider, but both are wide trucks.

F-150 Raptor Vs. Ram 1500 TRX: Towing and Payload

The 2021 Raptor improves on its predecessor in terms of do-work capabilities, gaining 200 pounds additional payload and towing capacity. That puts its total payload

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