I've been riding since 1971 and worked on a couple of Springfield Indians during the years I owned a bike shop. The 1st and only Indian I have owned was Chieftain #873, which I picked up in El Paso in late January 2014. I have put 84,000 miles on the bike since then. I joined this forum shortly after purchasing #873 because I wanted to share the experience of riding a new Polaris Indian with other enthusiasts, and my experiences posting here have been rewarding. Chieftain #873 has been the most reliable bike I ever owned.
Sadly, I'll soon be saying farewell to Chieftain #873. The 800+ lbs. has become too much for my aging and patched-together legs to manage any longer. I already have a Moto Guzzi/Ural sidecar outfit I can still ride, so I'm passing the Chieftain along to my nephew. He owned a 1st-year Scout but sold it when he moved from Florida to Northern Virginia several years ago. He and his wife have been caring for my aged mother for several years, and I wanted to express my thanks. He'll take good care of the bike just like he's been taking good care of his Grandma.
I will continue to visit the site regularly and will post when I have something to offer. I remain interested in seeing what Polaris does with Indian Motorcycles. And I will continue riding the Moto Guzzi/Ural rig for as long as I can.