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Well, I'm currently on an '02 Gold Wing but now thinking of moving on to a big CI bagger. Latest issue of Rider magazine had a feature comparing the Vic XC, Harley Street Glide and the Chieftain. Had me leaning towards the XC but I've since seen a video that had Jay Leno testing the Indian and interviewing the designers. Damn - that Indian looked and sounded nice! Jay loved it. So, I'm definitely going to do some more research, give it a hard look and hopefully a test ride. The elect windshield is also attractive I must say. My main worry would be "first year production" potential problems. Will at least have to give the HD a look too! Just told my wife tonight that I'm looking for a new ride while we were out to dinner... Got a long quiet stare initially but she "thawed" some as the night progressed. She used to ride her own bike (we're both in our mid 60s) so I think I could do this without her leaving me (after 44 years)... $$ not a deal killing issue.

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The XC and Indian are both nice rides. The best thing that you can do is test ride both and see what you like the best. You should try out the vision too.

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They're both very nice motorcycles. I prefer an overhead cam 4 valve engine that can rev a bit higher over a 2 valve pushrod engine. Strickly a preference on my part. I like the Chieftain but I'd never trade my CCT for one. But I'd not trade away the CCT for anything else either.

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Well, I'm currently on an '02 Gold Wing but now thinking of moving on to a big CI bagger. Latest issue of Rider magazine had a feature comparing the Vic XC, Harley Street Glide and the Chieftain. Had me leaning towards the XC but I've since seen a video that had Jay Leno testing the Indian and interviewing the designers. Damn - that Indian looked and sounded nice! Jay loved it. So, I'm definitely going to do some more research, give it a hard look and hopefully a test ride. The elect windshield is also attractive I must say. My main worry would be "first year production" potential problems. Will at least have to give the HD a look too! Just told my wife tonight that I'm looking for a new ride while we were out to dinner... Got a long quiet stare initially but she "thawed" some as the night progressed. She used to ride her own bike (we're both in our mid 60s) so I think I could do this without her leaving me (after 44 years)... $$ not a deal killing issue.
Take a look at Leno's body position. He's only 5'10" and he's cocked back like he'e riding a chopper with the curve in his back in an ergonomically disasterous C shape, his feet are falling off the front of the floorboards, knees are above the hips.

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It may seem perfectly comfortable for a 40 mile ride around the hills, but I'm thinking his comfort would diminish quick on the long haul.


Harleys are similarly compact, but tall people still seem to manage. Just don't know why one would unless they are more about the badge than the ride.




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While was thinking seriously on a Chieftain for a while even to the point of Trading in both Bikes owned to get one, am starting to think The 2 Vics I own are just fine .. Not saying it couldn't happen, but for the time being will Enjoy my XC and KP ..

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Well, I'm currently on an '02 Gold Wing but now thinking of moving on to a big CI bagger. Just told my wife tonight that I'm looking for a new ride while we were out to dinner... Got a long quiet stare initially but she "thawed" some as the night progressed. She used to ride her own bike (we're both in our mid 60s) so I think I could do this without her leaving me (after 44 years)... $$ not a deal killing issue.
Biggest thing she will beat you about is the rear seat comfort. the GL1800 is the gold standard is passanger comfort. Ii have had my XCT for a year now and I never hear the end of ho w the GW was so much more comfortable.

If $$ are not a deal killer keep the GL1800 and get a Bagger.

Wife will be happier and life will be easier.

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I am liking your KP gatorjoe!, good color combo and the luggage goes well with the bike.

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I test drove a few of the Harley Ultras a few years back...and settled on the Victory XCT. Last year I test drove TWICE at two different locations the Indian Cheftain...and while I really liked the STYLE of the bike, and I really liked the HISTORY and TRADITION of the bike, for me personally, I would NOT GIVE UP MY VICTORY XCT. I love this bike STILL after almost 2.5 years and 30,000 miles. LOVE RIDING IT!!!

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I rode all the new Chief models and even though I'm only 5' 6" I felt that crampness like the touring Harley's are only not quite as bad. The Indian's rode really nice suspension wise and power was adequate but not thrilling. I didn't like the way the air cleaner pushed your leg outward on one side of the bike but not the other, felt un-natural. My conclusion after riding them....there is no bike out there that compares to an XC like the one I already own so I've already got the best bike that can be had. Sorry Indian, I'm sure some people will really like them but the X bikes win IMO.
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I wanted an XC from the 1st time I laid eyes on one. I got over the Street Glide thing when I took ownership of my 11 XC. When it comes down to HD and Indian it's definitely about the badge. There is not one XC owner that has ran to trade his bike for a Chief that I know of or read of. The ones that did cant admit it is a better bike. If you think HD and Indian is better than a Cross bike I would like to hear why. Looks alone wont get it and so far neither has me wanting to trade my XC.

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