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Weather is getting crappy here out East, spending more time on this site than on my Chieftain. So who has the most miles on their Indian?
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I recently changed oil in my 2014 Chieftain and started using this 10W-50 from Castrol. I can get it for 10.69 dollars per quart. It seems like this weight oil is ideal for the 111 engine. Weather has been about 20 degrees below normal for the last 10 days with temperatures in the 30’s . This weight oil is working out very well with much easier starts and still keeps my old engine quiet !
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Purchased my 15 RM February 2015 and have 76,025 as of today. This is the first year that I have not long tripped the bike since I owned it. I ride it every day living here on the Crystal Coast , N.C. Inclement weather permitting.
Good to hear from you Big Diddy ! Glad to see that your RM is broke in now, using it almost every day is good for the bike and also good for the soul ! I used to long trip a little 40-50 years ago ( the bikes were not very trustworthy then ) but discovered my annual miles went up when the long trips went away. I think it’s just because of the fact that preparation took a week and catch up took longer yet. Maybe your miles went up this year compared to last year with no long trip? Winter is slowly coming here but looks like we got 2 more weeks without much snow, fine by me to squeeze a few more miles before the inevitable comes. Hope you and your family are doing well ! Larry
 

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Thank you all for your kind words ! I’m fortunate to have had this hobby of motorcycling for 53 years now and have never grown tired of it, it’s the only hobby I’ve had since I was 15 years old. I’ve managed to make time for riding even when I held 2 jobs at the same time, I just didn’t watch TV hardly at all or sit down to eat much ! I used to ride around my work schedule, now I work around my ride schedule ! All you riders out there, make time to go riding even if there is no destination,,,,,because just riding can be your destination! My grandfather always told me,,,, life is shorter than you think it is. Larry
 

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15 Chieftain and 14 Vintage , 50K between them and now cant ride as now on Oxygen 24/7 from Agent Orange . I had to sell my Chieftain otherwise I would be on some trip right now .
The Thunder stroke 111 is proven by all of you that who knows what the end total will be . Ride on brothers , life is short !
I admire your persistence in life from the long term effects of war. Thanks for sharing and also your service to our country, I have many friends that have suffered side effects from Viet Nam as well as other wars. You have fought the battle of life and managed to have saved the best bikes till last ! My grandpa always told me that life is shorter than you think it is. Well done Kawliga ! Larry Swenson
 

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Have you taken any of your other bikes up this high in miles? I seen a list once of your previous bikes/miles but I can’t remember if any of the others have been this high
I had a 2007 Honda ST 1300 that got to 343,000 miles before I sold it, that’s the closest mileage bike to my current 2014 Indian Chieftain. Both bikes gave me very little trouble, just some electrical gremlins once in a while, which is common for a lot of bikes with high mileage. My Chieftain is definitely the favorite for me !
 

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Outstanding Larry, oh my goodness that's just incredible! I'm betting you hit 418k+ before Winter settles into Minnesota!

Keep pounding out the miles Sir! =)

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The weather always seems to regulate what and how much we do with our outdoor activities. I guess bad weather always has a way of reminding us all to be appreciative when it’s nice outside ! Kinda like when we’re sick, we feel so much better when we are healthy. Thanks for your kind words and stay tuned to this channel for further updates Kost !! Larry Swenson
 

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HEY Larry Big Diddy here just got back on this site after a few months of workung on some of my 4 wheel autos.riding of course in the mean time. My wife and I just got back from a 2500 mile trip up to Michigan and back. The clock on the RM reads 92,423 worry free miles. You are setting the bar for all of us riders of this brand motorcycle and your to be commended for your endurance! Well done. Enjoy your retirement and keep on racking up those miles. All is well here in eastern NC. Mike
Thanks for your kind words, Mike, did you have good weather during your vacation ride? Another 7,000 miles and you’ll have your RM broke in ! We’ve had a drought most of the summer but got 5 inches in 2 days recently. Keep riding!! Larry
 

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I got my 2017 Chieftain Sept 2017 as a birthday gift to myself. Now me and "Sara" have just under 40k miles and a number of cross-country trips. We added , "Monsoon" to our family this year and have about 9k pulling her. View attachment 648076
That’s a nice set up you got there, very capable and dependable, thanks for sharing your great photo !
 

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53,000 miles on a numbered (813) 2014 Chieftain. I used to do 10k per year. Slowing down. View attachment 650659
Your Indian Red 2014 Chieftain is still one of the most beautiful iconic motorcycles ever built !! The styling and the lines on that bike are a perfect blend,,,,,,,, not to mention the power,sound,handling,suspension,braking,dependability and longevity !!! Larry Swenson
 

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Rolled past these numbers on a lunch time ride today!!

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Congratulations on your milestone ! Many years ago we never even dreamed a motorcycle could reach 100K miles without an overhaul or constant adjustments, particularly the common trip with a homemade trailer to go get the broken down bike back home. It was a common occurrence to see an abandoned bike on the roadside years ago, now when a bike is on the roadside its owner is probably using their smartphone ! I was one of the many owners that left my bike on the roadside back then ! Riding is much more enjoyable now when we have dependable bikes and cellphones for emergency services. Hope you have many more miles of enjoyment to come ! Larry
 

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Left this morning at 5:30am for a nice 12 1/2hr, trouble free ride. She never lets me down and runs better than new. Closing in on 74K miles. Compared to Larry, my '14 Chieftain is not even broken in yet but compared to my Harley friends, it's amazing! :)

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Maybe some of your Harley friends are silently wishing they had a Chieftain too ! That 111 motor is built like a tank and you’re right that it gets a little stronger with age. That engine was built and tested for longevity,,,,,, I am still testing mine ! Keeper going Bam Bam ! Larry
 
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