I would like to hear from anyone and everyone who have actually test rode any 2014 Indian motorcycle. Your first impressions and no BS feedback would be great to read. Thanks to everyone in advance who contribute to this post.
I look at it and can't imagine cleaning all that chrome. I had a lot of chrome on my VTX1300. That learned me.2108 said:I demoed all 3 and thought they had a nice ride. The Chieftain surprised me as I didn't want to like it after having a couple of the X bikes with all the wind management issues. But the Chieftain was rock solid and everyone that rode them at our local dealing (Wagner Motorsports / Indian of New England) really liked them. No weird buffeting or waffling at certain speed and this was without lowers!
The paint looked nicer and the bike felt SOLID on the highway. One observation by many was the heat emitting from the rear cylinder. I don't recall my former Victorys putting out that much heat from the rear cylinder. The TS 111 has the 1 inch offset on the rear jug, just like the Victory. I felt heat on both of my hamstrings on the Classic and Vintage (more so with those plastic factory lower deflectors) that they had on most of the demo's. I did ride FIVE times and was able to ride a bike without the lowers and it made a big difference. Interestingly enough, the Chieftain I rode did NOT have lowers and I only felt heat on my LEFT hamstring (the offset), nothing on the right.
The torque was great for average highway driving. If you want to race, you'll have to wait for LLoyd to make stuff.
I thought all the bikes handled well.
It seems like people want to nit pick the Inidians at times on here, but I'm surprised no one complained about the heat from the rear jug at idle, but once you're going, you're fine. I'll be curious to see fuel economy reports from the first riders, that is if you can 'behave' with the throttle
I'm shooting for a Red Classic in the late spring. I'll need some luck to make the deal happen, but I'm working on it. I would like to see Indian offer the cast wheels for the NON Chieftain bike in a color matched scheme. I can't imagine wiping down all those spokes.........
I don't agree with you on the statement about passing in sixth gear on a Victory. on my Crossroads when I'm in sixth gear doing 60, 70 or 80 I NEVER have to downshift to pass. I Have all kinds of throttle and power left to pass.Earlier today I was commuting to work 50 miles all highway and several times cruising at 70 or 80 in sixth gear I simply grabbed more throttle and kicked it up to 90 and even 105 a few times to pass cars.18595 said:This is what 'Choice' is all about. With all due respect the Vision doesn't compare with the Chieftain, nor does the Cross Country or stock Harleys, power wise. I've test ridden the Vision and Cross Country many times, including just before my Chieftain test ride at Sturgis. The Victory's aren't for me and it's not the look that bugs me. It's the ackward feel and noisy motors. I don't like the ergonomics. Power wise? The Chieftain has much more and much quicker power throughout the range, and at any point in the range. Try to accelerate a Harley or Victory at 60 mph in 6th gear and it struggles. You have to drop to 5th if you need the power NOW. On the Chieftain? Twist your right hand and hold on! Hey, we all have different 'feels', desires, etc. Choice is a cool thing!
I am soooooo jealous. You guys have rows and rows of these gorgeous bikes to admire and test-ride right now.18680 said:Here's a good review from Bikes blues and BBQ in Fayettville Ark. http://youtu.be/3AX73dVP6kc