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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-03-2014, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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Default Test drove the Chieftain yesterday

Beautiful looking bike. Fit and finish are excellent. The one I had has the stage one kit on it - the pipes sounded great! Not to loud - alot like my D & Ds. This bike has torque up the wazoo! Pulls hard immediately, great acceleration...but it runs out of "poop" pretty quickly, where our vics keep pulling. Has auto lock and unlock on the saddle bags. But, the bags are quite a bit smaller than the X bikes. Felt smaller than my X road and while the driver seat is comfy, the passenger seat is not. the ride was very smooth - best bike I have ever ridden for smoothing out the road - handling was good as well. The wider handlebars took some getting used to. I was really impressed with the machine, but not ready to give up my Vic for it yet. I drove a black one - beautiful, but the Indian Red one was incredible. I wish I was rich - i want to buy one just to look at!! Price for the one I rode - it has ALL the bells and whistles was........$24,000 before taxes etc.

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Saw an Indian Vintage when I was out on my XR yesterday. Sure is great eye candy. Then I realized I was riding essentially the same bike but with larger bags, bigger floorboards, black saddle, no fringes and contemporary styling.

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I road one on a demo ride and clutch seamed dead. It pulled easy but there was no real pressure on the lever. But then it was a demo bike

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I saw a Chieftan last October on my way to Daytona. I thought it was beautiful. I love the art deco bat wing. At the end of the day though the XCT carrys more stuff and that is one main reason I bought it. So if I was rich I would probably buy one too to bar hop with. But then again I would probably buy an 8-ball XC and have Lloydz do a 116 kit with a blower and call it day. Woohoo!
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I rode 8 bikes yesterday at Phoenix Bike Fest. 2 Indian (Chieftain and Vintage) 2 Victory (CCT and CR) 2 HD (SG and Ultra) 2 Yamaha (Stratoliner and VStar).

The most comfortable and satisfying ride was actually the Vintage. I was surprised that I preferred it over the Chieftain. But it felt awesome. Dammit. I may have to trade the XC soon.
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Do they make forward control adapters to move it forward more?

I'm not that long legged w/a 34" inseam, but seemed tight to me still.

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Rode the plain Indian yesterday at the Phx. show. Rode the blue one without windshield or bags. Very nice and smooooth riding bike. The transmission shifted very nice, wish my XR shifted that nice. Was inpressed actually. If you want a very cushy ride for long trips the Indian may just be your ticket. Still owe the bank on my XR so it is still new to me till I pay it off. They do seem very high quality. Now for the things that bugged me personally, sorry I know I am not suppose to say anything negative about them, but then again the is a forum for Victorys. #1 the speedo is on top of the fuel tank,you have to look down to see your speed, unsafe to me. #2 the primary/clutch cover does protrude to the left to far in my opinion, sorta like those there HD bikes with that big ass primary covery, ha,ha. There you go only two things I listed, very good really for the first time riding one and first year of production. I personally think they ought to offer a annalog speedo and tach mounted above the handle bars as is an option on the Victorys. The protruding clutch/primary cover, you would get use to that after a few miles.----------Overall very nice bike, the Indian, I think they will stay around for some time if they do not deside to jack the prices way up as some popular bike brands have done in the past.

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One of the plus factors for me selecting a Cross Roads was the speedo on the bars and an available tach that mounts along side it. Great for safety as Speedblue sez, plus I like to tour with a tank bag and tank mounted instruments preclude that.

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Anyone test ride a Goldwing as well? I wonder how it compares overall with a Cross Country Tour. The Goldwing has a reverse gear, but ABS is not standard on all the models. And storage capacity is higher with the Victory. Would be interested in seeing comments.
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I like to tour with a tank bag and tank mounted instruments preclude that.
I don't know how you manage that. I figured I could use the old tank bags, but the handlebars bang into all but my smallest one on my XR. And the clearcoat is so soft, it scratches that up.




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