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Very narrow audience on this kind of request, so sorry for those with no interest.

I am a spinal cord injury/broken spine kind of guy. I collect medical screws and other acouptremon for fun in both my neck and back. With this chosen hobby, I also get to experience the all too often day ruining pain that goes with it. Those with a passion, like me, for the stooped over and bent sideways lifestyle understand what I’m saying.

I’m trying to reach out to any other rider out there that experiences back/neck pain that has found the riding of a new Indian Roadmaster to be an incredibly soft occurrence. I’ve test ridden the Roadmaster three times for a total of about 100 miles and have no complaint. In fact I’d liken it to riding on a bag of Angels Breath and Unicorn Farts.

Is there any Indian owner out there that would suggest NOT buying it for their pain alone? I get that it’s all subjective, I just want some “been there done that” kind of opinions.

I’ve owned others prior to my injuries, and recently test rode HD, BMW, Honda and found the Indian (in my not so humble opinion) is wayyy softer than anything out there. Actually

Any opinions on the matter would be considered. I'm sure that if your like any other rider out there, you've all got one.

“Ride the pain”
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I had spinal surgery last February. No problems on my Chieftain over the past year including long road trips at 80mph with heavy head winds through the desert. I have managed to bottom out the Chieftain fully loaded on a few of the SoCal third-world roads and potholes thanks to our local government but have been happy with the ride outside of that.
 

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I had spinal surgery last February. No problems on my Chieftain over the past year including long road trips at 80mph with heavy head winds through the desert. I have managed to bottom out the Chieftain fully loaded on a few of the SoCal third-world roads and potholes thanks to our local government but have been happy with the ride outside of that.
So you know exactly what I was saying. Thanks. I hit every pot hole Metro Detroit has to offer and was amazed at the ride. The ride marshall on one of the test rides actually told me to stop trying to break it.
 
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I have back and neck issues. I have the 2014 Chieftain and it is much better than my H-D. The Roadmaster would be the ultimate in my book. When I sat on it I thought right away that I wanted one. The handlebars on the Roadmaster have a slightly different bend to them that make them noticeably comfortable also. For my body it would be a great improvement over my Chieftain, and I am thrilled with it.
 

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I have back and neck issues. I have the 2014 Chieftain and it is much better than my H-D. The Roadmaster would be the ultimate in my book. When I sat on it I thought right away that I wanted one. The handlebars on the Roadmaster have a slightly different bend to them that make them noticeably comfortable also. For my body it would be a great improvement over my Chieftain, and I am thrilled with it.
Thanks Builder.
 

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That's just the kind of thing I want to hear. I have a bad back and want a Roadmaster. Sounds like I'm on the right page anyway.
 

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I had spinal surgery last February.
I'm curious, what did you have done? I'm comparing against mine and if we would experience the same ride quality.
 

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I have back and neck issues. I have the 2014 Chieftain and it is much better than my H-D. The Roadmaster would be the ultimate in my book. When I sat on it I thought right away that I wanted one. The handlebars on the Roadmaster have a slightly different bend to them that make them noticeably comfortable also. For my body it would be a great improvement over my Chieftain, and I am thrilled with it.
Could you tell me your neck and back problems? I'm fused C-3,4,5,6&7 and L-3,4,5. I am SO looking forward to getting on a bike again.
 

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Compressed the nerves between C5/C6 100%/80%. Have a 5" scar on the back of my neck where they went in, opened up everything and swept my spine with a dremel to open up the spaces. I had been sleeping upright in a chair for the last five years as that was the most comfortable position to be in. I couldn't lay on my back long enough for the MRIs.
 

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Loki, I totally get what your saying.
 

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Could you tell me your neck and back problems? I'm fused C-3,4,5,6&7 and L-3,4,5. I am SO looking forward to getting on a bike again.
I have been avoiding surgery for 30 years for low back injury when I was 24 or so. They would have been fusing my vertebrae to if I had went that route. The doc told me then to limit my motorcycle riding to 20 minutes at a time if I wouldn't stop. Now I have 3 deteiriated and/or bulging discs, Ripped muscle lining along my vertebrae, whiplash injuries (a lot of Migraines and neck pain), came close to losing my leg in 2007 so I have a lot of pain associated with that, arthritis in my feet, knees going bad, shoulder/elbow arthritis. I don't feel old, but I feel broken. I only put on 4-7K a year on my bike. It is a therapy, but it can be painful too. I wouldn't trade all my injuries for the right to own your x-ray though. I guess it is that when something hurts.....it supersedes all the other pains. Then when that feels better, something else hurts. It doesn't go away as much as something else hurts worse that day. If I could get rid of one pain it would be the headaches. One learns how to live with the pain better, and let it NOT intrude into the rest of your life a little better. That is the difficult part. Several years ago I gave up taking pain meds. The doc was going to prescribe Oxicontin, and I told him I wasn't going to take it. I never got a prescription and stopped taking all the others. Still have prescriptions, but try to not take them. Most times I don't even think about trying to eliminate pain with drugs. A nice pillow, comfortable shoes, easy chair and a good bed are the best tools. Learn to say No when your Mom or others want you to move couches and rearrange furniture. Things that make you smile mean more because that is the moment or moments you can be relieved. I have never considered giving up riding.
 

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You know what? your comments about the smile and not lifting stupid shit is so on the mark. Unfortunately, I am my own worst enemy. I live to do stupid shit. Oh well. Only recently have I been able to consider getting on a bike again. I need to start to live my life for me. I figure that if the man upstairs wanted me dead, he has had lots and lots of time to take me already. So this is my interpretation of him telling me to get the Roadmaster.

here is a pic of my neck. Daves Neck.jpg
 

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I had a discectomy, laminectomy L-3-4-5 from a bad jump (Airborne) in 95. My back has bothered me a great deal over the years but I find the ride of the Roadmaster excellent. It rides really nice. I always suggest getting a backrest as I find they help a lot in providing support.
 
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You know what? your comments about the smile and not lifting stupid **** is so on the mark. Unfortunately, I am my own worst enemy. I live to do stupid ****. Oh well. Only recently have I been able to consider getting on a bike again. I need to start to live my life for me. I figure that if the man upstairs wanted me dead, he has had lots and lots of time to take me already. So this is my interpretation of him telling me to get the Roadmaster.

here is a pic of my neck. View attachment 3271
My worst enemy is my pride. People can't see my injuries, nor can they realize that I am disabled unless I let them know. I don't like it being an excuse, but it does "excuse" you from things. I need to save my body for the things (furniture) my wife wants me to move around. ;)
 

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I had a discectomy, laminectomy L-3-4-5 from a bad jump (Airborne) in 95. My back has bothered me a great deal over the years but I find the ride of the Roadmaster excellent. It rides really nice. I always suggest getting a backrest as I find they help a lot in providing support.
Air Assault! Oh believe me, I've got mine all decked out. I'm going crazy with the accessories. Well, not so much for the frilly strap things.

Thanks for your service.
 
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My worst enemy is my pride. People can't see my injuries, nor can they realize that I am disabled unless I let them know. I don't like it being an excuse, but it does "excuse" you from things. I need to save my body for the things (furniture) my wife wants me to move around. ;)
I don't have a choice. My legs don't work very well anymore and my neck and back are totally screwed up tight. I look like I overdosed on Viagra. It does make for conversation. I tend to "one-up" a lot of people with the medical histories... LOL
 

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My back feels real good after this discussion but I traded my 13 road glide for the chieftain suspension....I don't worry about every little thing like manhole covers since this rear suspension doesn't bottom out!!!!!
 

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[QUOTE="since this rear suspension doesn't bottom out!!!!![/QUOTE]

Thanks Avanti.
 

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Seems like all of the old goats here (myself included) have back issues. I have had 3 back surgeries to repair blown discs, degenerative bone in my lower spine, and various fractures caused over the years. The Marine Corps did a good job of messing me up and not so great of a job of rebuilding me. My Chieftain is the first bike I have had that I am not raising my butt off the seat using my pegs to get my back a break. I did add the drivers backrest and that helps.

To all my brothers and sisters in arms....thank you for your service.

Semper Fi,
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Seems like all of the old goats here (myself included) have back issues. I have had 3 back surgeries to repair blown discs, degenerative bone in my lower spine, and various fractures caused over the years. The Marine Corps did a good job of messing me up and not so great of a job of rebuilding me. My Chieftain is the first bike I have had that I am not raising my butt off the seat using my pegs to get my back a break. I did add the drivers backrest and that helps.

To all my brothers and sisters in arms....thank you for your service.

Semper Fi,
DrZ
DrZ happy belated birthday.Got my Roadmaster last Friday.Put a couple hundred on Sunday in 40*weather.Stayed warm with grips and heated seat.Opened upper air vents and got heat off engine.Trying to get the 500 in this week and then put it up for winter.Waiting for Stage 1 filter,backrest,and leather grips.Semper Fi.
 
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