The stats are interesting but who in their right mind does a top gear roll on at 40 MPH? Can you define extreme lugging?
Who buys an air cooled bagger to sassify a quest for ultimate power?
I've ridden an Indian. Plenty of guys here would probably like its low end delivery. I prefer (what I perceive to be) the stonger top end of my XR. Indian feels breathless up top, but a pipe and filter would probably fix that.
How about the comfort, mileage, handling, features, warranties etc? The link to the article lead me to a forum that prevented me from opening it. I tried to create an account to see it, but it wouldn't allow that either.
Every article and every forum poster seems to gush over how improved the new Harley tourers are except for MCN who was still pretty critical of its behavior under stress. Granted, most touring riders don't ride like the MCN testers, but it'd be nice to know if the new Harleys really do buckle under pressure of if they just got a lemon.
I got in the Injun site and read the article which clipped the musings about the Harley.
Just from the spec sheet, I'd say Harley has the Indian matched or bettered in everything except high speed braking, alternator output, rear wheel travel, which is a ridiculous 2.1" and perhaps its use of bias ply tires. Like several Vic spoked bikes, Indian choose to use a bias ply E3 on its mag rim at the front, why?
I don't get the price listed for the Harley in the article. For a solid SG, Harley lists the price as $20,399. Since the Indian is also a solid color I'd think that is a fair comparison. If they chose the more expensive SG with the home theatre system in the fairing, I think that's an specious comparison since the Chiefton does not have such a fancy human/machine interface. So given that the test rider found the Harley more comfortable, better handling, longer warranty, better mileage, correcting for the price factor, and neglecting Harley's reputation for its lack of reliablity, I'd say the Harley with some aftermarket shocks is the better buy. The Harley riding author preferred the Indian. So much for riding spec sheets...