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My 2000 Indian Chief is strictly an around town and short rides kinda motorcycle. It has no storage whatsoever. For longer adventures/activity, my '16 RK is used (hard bags and tour pak). The Indian has an S&S motor, so local mechanics can fix her. The nearest Indian dealer is over an hour away and we have a HD dealer right here in town. In the big scheme of things, logistics/repair capability/convenience dictates our motorcycle ownership.
True... HD has the advantage of more dealerships. But even better (around here) there are a few good independent shops that can/will work on Harleys, and on most any age HD ta-boot. When I drove Harleys I bought most all of my parts thru local indy shops and one in particular was always great, willing and able to give good advice on what to order and why. In my neck of the woods I'm not aware of any indy shop that can or will work on my '15 Vintage. And my one experience with the closest I/P dealer was not good, sooo... Not sure what I'd do if something went wrong with my Vintage that I was unable to fix.
 
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True... HD has the advantage of more dealerships. But even better (around here) there are a few good independent shops that can/will work on Harleys, and on most any age HD ta-boot. When I drove Harleys I bought most all of my parts thru local indy shops and one in particular was always great, willing and able to give good advice on what to order and why. In my neck of the woods I'm not aware of any indy shop that can or will work on my '15 Vintage. And my one experience with the closest I/P dealer was not good, sooo... Not sure what I'd do if something went wrong with my Vintage that I was unable to fix.
The local mechanic I spoke of is mainly HD repairs, but will work pretty much on anything American, hence he sees my Indian whenever things go wrong because of the S&S engine. His name is Paul and runs 'Street Thunder' here in Titusville (closed on Sundays/Mondays).
 

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The local mechanic I spoke of is mainly HD repairs, but will work pretty much on anything American, hence he sees my Indian whenever things go wrong because of the S&S engine. His name is Paul and runs 'Street Thunder' here in Titusville (closed on Sundays/Mondays).
1970 and I was 19 yrs old, I left NY State and moved in with a buddy who had an apartment in the St. Pete area. While there I bought my 1st Harley, a '52 Panhead, the bike was in really rough shape... used & abused. Engine knocked pretty bad, when I could get it started. So I pulled the engine and delivered it to Fletchers HD a little north of St. Pete, Largo I believe. They knew right off I was a total newb. Being somewhat "mechanically inclined" I asked them tons of questions and they were great, gave me tons of answers. The Pan ran great when they were done with it. Fletchers was nothing like todays BS boutiques. Ahhh, the good ol' daze...
 
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