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Introducing Indian Chieftain Elite and Chieftain Limited

Okay, like most of us, I continue to be disappointed Victory has been discontinued. Life goes on though and maybe I'm just looking for something not really there but I'm seeing a hint of Victory in these new factory custom Indian's.

2017 Indian Chieftain Elite Motorcycle - Fireglow Red Candy with Marble Accents

They do look good but the chances of me ever buying one is still slim to none. Still; we can still admire them and at $31.5k we could buy two and keep one as a backup right. Seriously though, if someone bought the base model and customized it similar to how these are set up they could easily spend much more in the long run to get it that way. I can remember when coming up with $3k was about the standard for a good used Harley in the 80's. Seems like another lifetime ago and just yesterday at the same time.






Truth be known; if I could trade straight across with my two Vic's for one of these - I'd do it in a minute.
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The "Limited" would probably be more my style until I could paint it myself. For those of us who enjoy the fun of customizing; the Limited is the way to fly.

2017 Indian Chieftain Limited Motorcycle - Thunder Black



And at $24.5k it would be closer to what I might be willing to pay.
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I don't see any Victory in there. I see a lot of Harley.
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or you could just Vicwrapz your Cross Country ....
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I don't see any Victory in there. I see a lot of Harley.
I agree, looks like a HD. Nice looking bike but not my style.
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Coastal Indian in SC has one. They posted pics on FB.

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I like the two Vic's we have now and because of medical issues they aren't getting ridden much so I have a couple of great bikes and am not in the market for anything other than maybe a set of cams in the future. (though for the life of me I can't really figure out why I need them)

IF I was in the market I would want to see how Polaris lives up to it's promise to support the Vic's before I would consider another bike from them. I'm a little slow, but not so slow that I would buy another product from Polaris on a promise of we will continue to sell and support this. Got that cup..Seeing how well they honor their promise to continue supporting the Vic line will lead to my rethinking this.

Here is an example of what support looks like.
The hack we have is pulled by a American made 91 Gl1500 from Honda. (Born at Marysville Ohio plant) It became ours two years ago and because the PO didn't do any real maintenance to the bike except the all important air filter and oil changes and lubing the final drive splines in the 125,000 miles he drove it, I needed to go completely through the final drive and fork, wheelsl, cam belts, engine management, cruise control and everything that would be needed for it to pull a double wide sidecar with a 26 yr old motorcycle. Which I did. What I found was that OEM parts from Honda were readily available though the bike has been out of production 17 yrs. The engineering is so good that replacing a clutch is almost unheard of even with a sidehack or trailer no matter what the mileage. They seldom give it up even when loaded way past their original design capacity for 100's of thousands of miles. The weak spot of the bike is the alternator and there are many aftermarket choices for improved alternators. The reason for this Honda doesn't go after the aftermarket like Polaris does so there is one. Iff you need a 90 amp alternator no problem, there is an American company that stepped up to fill that hole.
It's like Honda wants you to keep your bike and ride the wheels off it. I really like that attitude. Look out on the highway there are a lot of other people who like that attitude out there also.

God willing, me riding hard again I will be watching how Polaris honors it's promise before ever considering another Polaris product. Lets hope that the New Polaris proves me wrong

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What?? No burnouts, I thought that was Polaris signature marketing!!
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Tell ya what... These bikes look OK. I like to dump on 'em all the time because "apparently" I am still bitter. Truth be told, they are not too bad. I do like the paint on the red one there. But $31.5K?!? They are smoking serious stuff. It's just a Chieftain. A cramped, uncomfortable and now EXCEPTIONALLY overpriced Chieftain that might be a clacker. No thanks. I went down to Spirit Motorcycles in San Jose back in 2014 to buy a Chieftain. I rode out of there with a Vision. The Vision is so much better of a bike it's not even funny. The comfort, the performance, the handling, the overall rideability - no contest. Bang for the buck - Off the charts!

But I am sure they will sell these things, and that is fine. I don't really care. They aren't getting any of my money.
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Damn, that's a beautiful bike. My wife and I are good for now and, hopefully for a decade, on our XCT bikes but I would look particularly studly on that Chieftain Elite

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