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To make a long story short, I had hip surgery 4 months ago. I was having an agonizing ride on my bikes and I had to have the surgery. One thing I realized is that I cannot ride a high seat bike any more plus, I will be 70 years old next year. I had one of the Gilroy Chiefs in the past but I have had Guzzi's (mostly), Harley, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda etc. But I needed a low seat height bike that had everything I need. I like to do long trips and I needed a cruiser that had a shorter wheelbase and was easier to move around as I don't have the same upper body strength that I used to have. I went to the Indian dealer and found the bike which I believe will be my last bike, a Super Chief Limited. Now don't get me wrong as I hadn't been on a bike for nearly 4 months and I was a bit apprehensive as I like to ride every day and keep up the knowledge. But I was a bit apprehensive as is the case with any new bike. Everything went well. Tomorrow I will put in more break-in miles as it is very important to break in a strictly air cooled bike (and it used to be with Volkswagens) with a strict regimen. Once you are finished with the 500 miles you can let it rip, at least that is why I intend to do. This is the most expensive bike I have ever purchased but it will be just fine...
 

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I will probably look to something like the SCL in the future. Right now I have three and a half years of payments to go on my Challenger. I'm thinking 4 to 5 years then maybe the Super Chief Limited. By then my legs will appreciate something lighter to back up.
 

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To make a long story short, I had hip surgery 4 months ago. I was having an agonizing ride on my bikes and I had to have the surgery. One thing I realized is that I cannot ride a high seat bike any more plus, I will be 70 years old next year. I had one of the Gilroy Chiefs in the past but I have had Guzzi's (mostly), Harley, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda etc. But I needed a low seat height bike that had everything I need. I like to do long trips and I needed a cruiser that had a shorter wheelbase and was easier to move around as I don't have the same upper body strength that I used to have. I went to the Indian dealer and found the bike which I believe will be my last bike, a Super Chief Limited. Now don't get me wrong as I hadn't been on a bike for nearly 4 months and I was a bit apprehensive as I like to ride every day and keep up the knowledge. But I was a bit apprehensive as is the case with any new bike. Everything went well. Tomorrow I will put in more break-in miles as it is very important to break in a strictly air cooled bike (and it used to be with Volkswagens) with a strict regimen. Once you are finished with the 500 miles you can let it rip, at least that is why I intend to do. This is the most expensive bike I have ever purchased but it will be just fine...
That Super Chief looks pretty bland compared to that Gilroy Chief!! Super nice bike!!

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Nice 2000 Gilroy Chief. That's the year I had as well.
 

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Yeah the Gilroy Chief had all the bells and whistles. The list is endless but I particularly like the Traveleer bags that Osprey did for me. My brother had original Speed King bags done for his Indian. Since I had all the spray equipment, I put on the Indian head and clear coated it. Both my brother and I lived on Moloka'i and there wasn't any sort of motorcycle place on the island (we bought the bikes on Oahu) so all the upgrades and maintenance was done by me. The only problem I had with the bike was that the nut and washer on the crankshaft primary came off and destroyed the clutch basket and belt and some other items. I ordered the parts from Riviera and Indian reimbursed me for the purchase. The funny thing is when I got back to California I wanted to have a bike that handled better and had superior brakes so, I sold the bike. The guy that bought it never registered it then subsequently he passed away and his wife gave the bike to the son. This is about 8 years after I sold it. Since Hawai'i bureaucracy is so messed up it took about a year to get it registered in California.
 

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I am 72 and was in exactly the same situation as you and oddly, came up with the same solution. It is amazing how much easier it is to move the Super Chief around. I expect it will give us both a number of years longer out there on two.
 

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you can always put a
sidecar on it.
 
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Slinger, I just didn't want to give up yet. There is still riding left in me. Yes, I tried the other Indians that don't have a fairing with longer wheelbase and I tried the Road Kings' heavy front end and decided on the Super Chief as it has the low seat height, easier to muscle around, shorter wheelbase, easy to service motor and good looks.
 

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cant be any or
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Just did a ride of over 100 miles and the bike is getting broken very well, thank you. It finally cooled down so the back country was only in the low 80's. I really do like the bike. Of course all bikes are a compromise but, this one has fewer compromises than a lot of cruiser bikes. Going in this week for the 500 mile service. I ordered the crash bar and rear rack but they are almost 2 months away from delivery. They must be made in Taiwan as there is a backup of many container ships here in LA harbor. They say there 60 of them. I have sailed those waters many times going to Catalina and luckily there is enough room for them.
 

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Congratulations on your new Chief. I will be turning 70 this month as well, and am looking to many more riding miles still ahead. I just did the latest oil change on my Bobber DH at 5500 miles. I still have a "4 Corners" ride on my bucket list...shooting for next year. I won't be making that journey on my Chief, however. If the replacement ECM ever arrives at the dealership, I'll have my 2017 Chieftain Limited back and then I can start planning my trip.
 

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Congratulations Pete. That's a great looking bike.

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Did the 500 mile at 775 miles and everything checked out well. They put in the semi-synthetic Indian oil which is good to break in the motor more but will changeover to Amsoil 15w-60 at 1500-2000. I've been using Amsoil for over 20 years and it is a fantastic synthetic. Wolf, I have been near the four corners area but never there as they have a marker in the ground where you can straddle four states all at the same time. Made it to Monument Valley though.
 

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Did the 500 mile at 775 miles and everything checked out well. They put in the semi-synthetic Indian oil which is good to break in the motor more but will changeover to Amsoil 15w-60 at 1500-2000. I've been using Amsoil for over 20 years and it is a fantastic synthetic. Wolf, I have been near the four corners area but never there as they have a marker in the ground where you can straddle four states all at the same time. Made it to Monument Valley though.
Curious as to why you would go with the 15w-60. When I contacted Amsoil they recommended the 20w-50 weight.
 

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That's what the Indian dealer put in. I had a Moto Guzzi Eldorado (2016) with a 1400 motor that was a great performer and it called for 15w-60 and on the Amsoil website the motor oil for Indian and Victory is 15w-60. Of course 20w-50 will work but in the manual it says 20w-40 which in my book is too thin especially for hotter climates.
 

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Did the 500 mile at 775 miles and everything checked out well. They put in the semi-synthetic Indian oil which is good to break in the motor more but will changeover to Amsoil 15w-60 at 1500-2000. I've been using Amsoil for over 20 years and it is a fantastic synthetic. Wolf, I have been near the four corners area but never there as they have a marker in the ground where you can straddle four states all at the same time. Made it to Monument Valley though.
My “Four Corners” ride is visiting the four corners of the Continental US. I’ll have ridden in 49 of the 50 states when I’m finished.
 

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The longer I look at that Gilroy the more ridiculous it looks.....such a gorgeous bike!!! That said, I too will reach that point where a bike easier to manage will become a priority. The Super Chief will be my go-to bike at that point and yours is a beauty!!! Congratulations and ride it in good health, my friend.
 
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