Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Side of a mountain in New Hampshire
Apparently Polaris designers are genetically predisposed to highsiding in the last turn. They smacked the wall with details on my Vic and it may be repeating on some small potatoes with Indian. Even CW, a rag not without a sense of restraint when it come to criticizing the products of manufacturers that pay for it's staff junkets, found ground for mincing about the control scheme and the boards mounts on the Chief, both items small details that can be made to conform to the standards the rest of the machine displays.
Why? This ain't the Panama Canal. Engineer and manufacture controls that are functional and if not the most beautiful parts of the bike, at least visually neutral. The rider has to have this stuff right in front of them all the time. Can't controls do their job and still either speak to the pedigree of the machine or say nothing?
I'm a tad sensitive to this issue because when I look at my bars I wonder if when they were finalizing controls concepts on the Vic, was "handlebar controls to evoke a sense of gonads after a hot shower" the checkbox that sold the design?
It's almost like they plan this goofiness. Let's give them something easy to whine about. How about instead let's not?
What a bike looks like from ten feet away is what the world sees.
What it looks like from one foot away is what the owner sees.
Cross Country Tour.
We can't help it
We just keep moving
It's been that way since long ago
Since the stone age chasing the great herds
We mostly go where we have to go
That was written by James McMurtry