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post #31 of 37 Old 08-18-2013, 07:05 PM
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Just out of curiousity why is it that you think that?
I don't see that many people wanting to spend that much, but mostly just a hunch based on history.

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I don't see that many people wanting to spend that much, but mostly just a hunch based on history.

You act like they cost more than any of their competition. Starting at around 19k, they're right in line with the other American large displacement cruisers.

Personally, I love the Victory bikes, and have ridden them all during demo events. I really love the technology, the styling, and frankly, that they're not HD. I don't care much for the Indian looks myself, but I'm sure for some people that have been looking for an American alternative to HD, but not liking the styling of the Vics, Indian could be an option for them.
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You act like they cost more than any of their competition. Starting at around 19k, they're right in line with the other American large displacement cruisers.

Personally, I love the Victory bikes, and have ridden them all during demo events. I really love the technology, the styling, and frankly, that they're not HD. I don't care much for the Indian looks myself, but I'm sure for some people that have been looking for an American alternative to HD, but not liking the styling of the Vics, Indian could be an option for them.
I'll ride almost anything someone will let me demo. I love the Yamaha Roadliner too and enjoyed demoing it but I didn;t buy one, apparently not many other people do either jusdging by how few there on the road.

So the question is, as much as you loved it, did you or will you buy one? Thats what counts to the companies.

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I rode a Chieftain twice at Sturgis, along with most of the '13 Harleys, several Victorys, the new FJR, and even a Can Am RT. I rode to Sturgis on my Heritage as it was only 670 miles. First - I saw no orange peel on the paint. Second - the motor/transmission is money. Best shifting big bore bike I have ever ridden. Great torque - you can go from 35 to ??? in 6th gear with absolutely no shake, shudder, stumble or hiccup. Minimal vibration. I also looked at the average fuel economy on my last demo bike. An indicated 43 mpg. Not too bad for 111 Cubic Inch motor ridden like it was stolen all day long. Rake and wheelbase is shorter on the Chieftain compared to the other 2 models which helps turn-in. Biggest difference, to me coming off a 670 mile ride on my Harley, was the fox air shock in back. There is not a stock Harley currently sold that takes the bumps, expansion joints, or potholes as well as that Chieftain - my opinion. I'm 6'1" with a 34" inseam and it was a little cramped for me (so was my Wee) but the cornering clearance is way better than my Softail (duh). A cruiser is not for everyone, but I view this as a wake-up call to the Motor Company and believe we will see many other models large and small from Indian in the next 5 to 8 years.

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I've always thought the older Indians were cool looking bikes and this bike is no exception. This could be the only cruiser to take up a spot in my garage.
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I rode a Chieftain twice at Sturgis, along with most of the '13 Harleys, several Victorys, the new FJR, and even a Can Am RT. I rode to Sturgis on my Heritage as it was only 670 miles. First - I saw no orange peel on the paint. Second - the motor/transmission is money. Best shifting big bore bike I have ever ridden. Great torque - you can go from 35 to ??? in 6th gear with absolutely no shake, shudder, stumble or hiccup. Minimal vibration. I also looked at the average fuel economy on my last demo bike. An indicated 43 mpg. Not too bad for 111 Cubic Inch motor ridden like it was stolen all day long. Rake and wheelbase is shorter on the Chieftain compared to the other 2 models which helps turn-in. Biggest difference, to me coming off a 670 mile ride on my Harley, was the fox air shock in back. There is not a stock Harley currently sold that takes the bumps, expansion joints, or potholes as well as that Chieftain - my opinion. I'm 6'1" with a 34" inseam and it was a little cramped for me (so was my Wee) but the cornering clearance is way better than my Softail (duh). A cruiser is not for everyone, but I view this as a wake-up call to the Motor Company and believe we will see many other models large and small from Indian in the next 5 to 8 years.
Great honest write up and very well done. I wish them the best of luck, hopefully it will last this time, however I am a skeptic for now.

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I rode a Chieftain twice at Sturgis, along with most of the '13 Harleys, several Victorys, the new FJR, and even a Can Am RT. I rode to Sturgis on my Heritage as it was only 670 miles. First - I saw no orange peel on the paint. Second - the motor/transmission is money. Best shifting big bore bike I have ever ridden. Great torque - you can go from 35 to ??? in 6th gear with absolutely no shake, shudder, stumble or hiccup. Minimal vibration. I also looked at the average fuel economy on my last demo bike. An indicated 43 mpg. Not too bad for 111 Cubic Inch motor ridden like it was stolen all day long. Rake and wheelbase is shorter on the Chieftain compared to the other 2 models which helps turn-in. Biggest difference, to me coming off a 670 mile ride on my Harley, was the fox air shock in back. There is not a stock Harley currently sold that takes the bumps, expansion joints, or potholes as well as that Chieftain - my opinion. I'm 6'1" with a 34" inseam and it was a little cramped for me (so was my Wee) but the cornering clearance is way better than my Softail (duh). A cruiser is not for everyone, but I view this as a wake-up call to the Motor Company and believe we will see many other models large and small from Indian in the next 5 to 8 years.
Did you think the cornering ability was good? One first ride report thought it was a bit sluggish on turn in.

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