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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 12-24-2014, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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well for those following you know I traded my XCT in a few weeks ago on a new Indian Roadmaster. Then after a short bit I realized I didn't like the Indian, it didn't fit me at all, I could find no way to adjust and the right side engine heat was tremendous (and it was only in the 60's outside). So I called the Indian dealer and talked to them and they immediately said they would buy it back for what I paid for it. I agreed and they came and picked it up. now I am bikeless.

I loved the looks of the Indian, the electronics were top notch and the 111 is an awsome engine with loads of torque without doing anything to it. But between the ride and the engine heat I knew it was not the bike for me. Not only did it not fit I hated the way it handled in the twisties.You had to work hard and push hard, it didn't fall into the curves like the Vic or my past wings.

Anyway, that is my final Indian report. Now to decide whether to go back to a Vic (I hate the thought of building another one) or go back to a GL1800 where momma was happier. We shall see.

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In not to short of time Vic will release a new model or two.
If I sold the vision I would buy that F6B and the new ones will have abs and cruse. I here Honda was shocked at how well they sold

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I like the Indians. But for the wrong reasons. The reason I ride a cross roads is because it is the most comfortable bike I have ever road. I'm 6ft 5in and bad knees. It handles pretty good for a cruiser .
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well for those following you know I traded my XCT in a few weeks ago on a new Indian Roadmaster. Then after a short bit I realized I didn't like the Indian, it didn't fit me at all, I could find no way to adjust and the right side engine heat was tremendous (and it was only in the 60's outside). So I called the Indian dealer and talked to them and they immediately said they would buy it back for what I paid for it. I agreed and they came and picked it up. now I am bikeless.

I loved the looks of the Indian, the electronics were top notch and the 111 is an awsome engine with loads of torque without doing anything to it. But between the ride and the engine heat I knew it was not the bike for me. Not only did it not fit I hated the way it handled in the twisties.You had to work hard and push hard, it didn't fall into the curves like the Vic or my past wings.

Anyway, that is my final Indian report. Now to decide whether to go back to a Vic (I hate the thought of building another one) or go back to a GL1800 where momma was happier. We shall see.
wow. I ride a Crossroads and am ready to pull the trigger on a RoadMaster maybe as soon as this weekend. I am 6'1", and yes... the Indian is more cramped but I planned to address that with Dirty Bird bars and some highway pegs. I need a longer haul bike with a fairing, and the wife LOVES the seat...

Can I ask for some more details? How tall are you? What specifically did you not like about the ride? (besides the cornering?). Anything else you can provide is appreciated. Thanks.

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IM shocked Mr Chips , but , it is what it is .... Good luck finding a new ride , but based on what the wife says , she sleeps better on the back of our XC then she does in our bed .... I don't really know what to think about that .....

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Wow- I never thought I'd hear of someone dumping an Indian to be honest- I guess we just assume they are premium machines......

Mr Chips- I know of 2 guys that sold their Victory's and thought they were upgrading, but now they regret selling their Victory's and wasting changeover money. That says a lot to me.....

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Same thoughts here Krisd ....

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A few more details the best I can, and to answer a couple questions. I am 6'2" and hit about 275, wife is 6'.

As stated, the test ride was nice, but looking back that was excitment speaking and not being real, plus it was only a couple miles and straight.

I put highway pegs on, but that just didn't work. With feet on the boards it was a cramped feet forward position. With pegs it was just uncomfortable, no way really to describe it. I could probably have gotten used to it over time maybe. The bars were too low and felt like they were on my knees. I didn't look into seeing if someone made a taller set. I didn't need them to come back anyfurther, just up.

The seat was probably the best feeling stock seat I have ever placed my butt on. That thing rocked.

At the end of the day what really turned me off more than anything, and there was no fix was the engine heat and the dead weight cornering feel it had. Now had I not lived on GL1800's for several years and then followed that up with the Vic XCT, both of which feel like they are on rails, the Indian may not have been too bad. And again, in time I might have forgotten what really good handling felt like and gotten used to the Indian, but I would NEVER have gotten used to the right side engine heat and there was no way it would have been a happy ride when ambient temps were in the TX summer range. Granted the Vic was a bit warm, but it was NO WHERE as hot as the Indian.

It sux I had to learn the hard way and it sux I lost hold of the best fitting bike I have ever owned. But everything happens for a reason. while momma was ok on the Vic it was pretty tight back there for her. I suspect I will end up back on a GL for awhile and let her be comfortable again. I know what I have to do on those to make it work.

I am excited about the posibility of Vic announcing something new in a few months, who knows.

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I think I would try and be patient and wait a few months if possible before another purchase. Maybe rent a couple of bikes if need be for a trip. End of the year fast approaching and who knows what Victory may come out with. Think we all kind of foresee a water cooled Victory coming out possibly. I am much shorter than you, 5'7" and a 30" inseam. I like my Cross Roads but I did read somewhere that Triumph is coming out with a water cooled Bonneville possibly around 1200cc and the piture they showed looked very nice, it even still looks air cooled for the most part. Must admit that bike got my interest. Will I buy the water cooled Bonneville, who knows but it looks good to me. So lots of interesting bikes coming out possibly. Since it is winter, I would be patient and maybe something besides a Oldwing might be in your garage. Oh I forgot the G on Goldwing, darn. Merry Christmas people.

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Same thoughts here Krisd ....
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I am excited about the posibility of Vic announcing something new in a few months, who knows.
We're all different man and nothing is perfect so it's good you want to find something that suites you and your wife better. That does not detract from Injun at all.

Also bear in mind we may not see anything from Victory until September/October- the traditional "reveal " months- can you hang out that long?

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