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.
2013 Passat TDI 6 sp Manual - 82,000 miles
2013 Ram 1500 - the wifes
1997 BMW 318 IS, 200,000 miles, traded & missed
1997 F250 XL 4WD 5 speed - Farm Tow vehicle
2011 Victory Vision -The Ugly One
2008 DL560 - Sold and missed
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