I just sold my Road King so I spent the weekend test riding the Street Glide Special and the Chieftain. Since I also own two vintage Chiefs I preferred the looks of the Indian but I was open minded about what I was going to get. The SG had a lot of torque and much better balance than my RK. I liked the new gauges and the stereo. When I took it out though I found quite a bit of vibration, more than my RK. I made it a point to go down some rough streets and I thought for a moment I was riding a hardtail. There is very little travel in the rear suspension. The new fairing vent worked great on the highway - very little buffeting. Next I went to see the Chieftain. A lot of things that were black on the H-D (switches, etc) were chrome on the Indian. The seats were leather instead of vinyl. The whole bike seemed very well thought out except for the phone compartment which I think I need a creeper to access. The ride would be the deciding factor. First were some slow speed figure eights. Like the H-D the Chieftain was very well balanced and didn't seem like a big heavy bike at slow speed. I went down some rough streets and felt much better rear suspension travel. At 25 mph in 4thh gear I rolled the throttle and found out this is a real stump puller - tons of low end torque. When I hit the highway I raised the windsheild from low to high exposing the vents and the head buffeting was gone. For me there was no comparison once I road them and I bought the Chieftain. I road H-D for 38 years and I think they're a great company but when I'm spending over 20K the ride and features beat out brand loyalty.