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Thinking about what to replace my 2015 Vintage with (when the time comes). Seems like all the manufacturers are steering away from the "Vintage Vibe" market. With the exception of BMW's R18... Which is a thing of beauty IMHO. Unless Indian releases an inline 4...What are we all going to do when our Chief Vintage models need to be replaced?
 

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Thinking about what to replace my 2015 Vintage with (when the time comes). Seems like all the manufacturers are steering away from the "Vintage Vibe" market.
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I kind of like the R18, but the proportions are wrong to my eye in some areas, and it's too big overall. But I understand how someone could really like it, absolutely.
 

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Thinking about what to replace my 2015 Vintage with (when the time comes). Seems like all the manufacturers are steering away from the "Vintage Vibe" market. With the exception of BMW's R18... Which is a thing of beauty IMHO. Unless Indian releases an inline 4...What are we all going to do when our Chief Vintage models need to be replaced?
BMW R18 looks sweet....

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I second R18, there's nothing quite like it in my mind.. Boxer twin, exposed drive shaft, and it looks like an airplane engine with two wheels. Reverse assist and other "BMW esque" options are nice too
In the end I never got around to a demo because I liked the Chief so much but the R18 is a beauty!

If and when I want a bagger I'd have a hard look at the R18B :)
 

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The only issue with Moto Guzzi and Triumph is they have even less dealers than Indian. As for the R18, only buy it at a deep discount, even better buy a demo at a very deep discount.

If a dealer has more than one listed on their site they are usually more than willing to deal. My local does not expect them to sell for more than five years and some think it could be less. However if you really want one take it out for a good ride as the suspension on the base and classic can be harsh. Still it is stupid gorgeous
 

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The only issue with Moto Guzzi and Triumph is they have even less dealers than Indian.
I bought my 2004 955i Daytona in 2007 with 14,000 miles. It now has over 70,000 miles. I've ridden it in some very, very remote places. If you can find a dealer with the Triumph you want at a price you can live with, then there are enough Triumph dealers. They are reliable as bricks.
 

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I just don’t see the comparison with a Vintage and the R18! No attraction for me.

There are actually quite a few Triumph dealers, but the problem is they are many times also in BMW dealers. BMW offers a lot of buyer programs whereas Triumph does not, so the salesmen push BMW. I had a Triumph Trophy SE and it was a fantastic motorcycle.

Guzzi‘s are great, but dealerships are far and few between! (We have 2 dogs, one named Moto and one named Guzzi)
 

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I just can’t get over the engine on the r18. It looks like a pair of floppy titties. It’s gotta be one of the most god awful things I’ve ever seen on a bike. Get rid of the floppy titties and the r18 is gorgeous.
 

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Thinking about what to replace my 2015 Vintage with (when the time comes). Seems like all the manufacturers are steering away from the "Vintage Vibe" market. With the exception of BMW's R18... Which is a thing of beauty IMHO. Unless Indian releases an inline 4...What are we all going to do when our Chief Vintage models need to be replaced?
I was drooling over the R18 just the other day... good thing the folks at my Triumph/BMW shop know me and don't mind mopping the floor when I leave! That baby is bigger than the souped-up VW street bug I built back high school! And it also has reverse! Seriously, I think it is gorgeous. Never ever thought I'd hear myself saying that about a BMW. My impression was always that they were too "modern high-tech rocketship" for my liking. But that R18... oh yeah. Just as soon as I win the lotto...
 

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Thinking about what to replace my 2015 Vintage with (when the time comes). Seems like all the manufacturers are steering away from the "Vintage Vibe" market. With the exception of BMW's R18... Which is a thing of beauty IMHO. Unless Indian releases an inline 4...What are we all going to do when our Chief Vintage models need to be replaced?
Personally if I were in the market for a Vintage I would get a Vintage and find the last year available used in great condition when the time comes to need one. If I loved that model enough I’d keep an eye out for a second one after that… that’s what I do with cars. Just updated the wife and my 28-30 year old trucks with two 15 year old models (last year they made my truck). I’m in the market for two more 15 year old models so when this one dies I’ll have backups. If it’s the one it’s the one. If you’d consider something else then it’s not the one anyway :) cheers :)
 

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MilwDave: I love the look of your R18, but where do you put your feet?
It looks like the pegs are straight down from where the tank/seat meet with no way to change riding positions. Although I am only 6’ with a 33” inseam - I would miss the forward controls that I have grown used to on my Vintage, Chief and Scout.

That being said - I would gladly ride naked - sitting backward on a machine that cool!!
 
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