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I picked up my new Chieftain on June 12, 2014. I wasn't even going to buy that day, but...
I have been looking, drooling and dreaming since these came out. Hattiesburg Cycles is the closest dealer and is 175 miles from my home. I had the opportunity on June 7th to stop by and look, but didn't have my riding gear. Went back on the 12th for a test ride and to talk numbers.
I rode my 2003 Heritage up there, not a bad ride, but the Heritage is not really a good long ride bike.
I got the opportunity to ride 2 different Chieftains. One was bone stock(Blue), the other had the Stage 1 exhaust, Corbin Seat and 2" pullback bars(Red).
Once I jumped on the red one and maneuvered around the parking lot while waiting for my escort rider to get his gear. I noticed right away how easy the bike was to control at slow speeds, turning, up and downhill. It seemed very well balanced. The seat felt extremely comfortable, but the pullback bars were too long (I am 6'3", 210 lbs).
On the road, the power was great, the handling felt incredible. I swear I felt like I was on a 400lb bike. It was very easy to turn, pass, switch lanes, etc. The suspension was as smooth as my wife's Yukon Denali, but never felt soft or spongy.
After about 10 miles, we switched bikes and I got on the blue (bone stock) bike. Power was the same, the seat was a little stiffer, but comfortable and the stock bars were much better for my long arms. I really liked the sound of the stock exhaust better than the Stage 1, both riding and following.
I ended up buying the blue one and having the Deluxe Passenger Backrest installed right then and there and riding it home. I got a pretty good backache on the ride home and then set out to adjust the bars and highway pegs. I learned that I needed to change my posture on this bike. Where my HD had me leaning forward a bit in a somewhat aggressive (?) posture, the Indian felt batter if I leaned back and stretched out my arms. I got the highway pegs adjusted for this posture, then my shoulders began to ache because I was leaned back and holding myself up by my arms.
Yesterday, I went back to Hattiesburg Cycles for my 500 mile check. I had them add the drivers backrest to take the pressure off of my shoulders. The ride home was great. No fatigue in my back or shoulders at all. I do need to get this seat broken in. My butt hurt a little, but I have a feeling that will get better with a few more rides.
The cruise control is great (never had that before), the power is all you could ask for, the power windshield is awesome, get as much or as little air as you want.
I am so happy that I took the plunge and bought this bike. Until the HD, all of my street bikes have been junk and "around towner" bikes. I am looking forward to more cruising on this ride.
I have to put in a plug for Hattiesburg Cycles. They are top notch in customer service. All of their people are polite, easy to talk to and knowledgeable.
An additional "attaboy" to Justin Cargill in Sales, Jason Trest and Brent in Service, Justin in Accessories, Vic for the test ride, and the parts department in general.
If an Indian dealer opens up closer to my house, I will have a hard time leaving Hattiesburg Cycles for them.
 

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Nice report Dan. What update would you have after having the bike for 2 months?
 

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Nice report Dan. What update would you have after having the bike for 2 months?
See my thread on "Seat Lessons Learned". A small leak on the cam cover, that's being fixed right now. Small issue with engine heat on the legs, but the highway pegs remedy that.
After just over 2000 miles and one 700 mile road trip, I love this bike.
 
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