I so agree. After seeing the 19 Chieftain Limited I was so happy that I bought an 18. They could have easily redesigned the fairing while retaining the integrated running lights/turn signals.I agree that the 19's are nice bike's. I just wish Indian would try to innovate more. The new design just looks way too much like a Harley. I wish they would push the design limits and come out with something different from the chieftain classic look but not too Harley like. I personally like the styling of my chieftain classic and hope they never do away with that design. But I also want them to have alternative designs to attract people who prefer a different look. The way I see it the more riders they can attract the better for the longevity of the brand. Just don't copy anyone else.
I just got my 19 which is beautiful, but I still find the 18 to be more distinctive. I would have preferred they stuck with the 18 type styling but the dealer says the new ones are selling better. Both beautiful bikes.I purchased mine toward the end of the season last year. Except I bought an 18 because I have a Harley in the garage that looks quite a bit like the 19 limited.After 45 yrs on Harleys I needed change something that Stands out on its own. And the ride and handling were incomparable
Yeah the handling and suspension travel of the Chieftain were the main factors. And the price after haggling, plus the fact that when I park the Chieftain amongst a sea of Street Glides it sticks out.I was looking at the 2019 Chieftain Limited or Street Glide Special. Handling and suspension were the major reasons for choosing the Chieftain. Proved to be a good choice on recent 4000 mile trip. You can call suspension any special name you want, but 2" will not match 4" no matter what you call it. Secondary reason is just personal. I like the chrome. I know the blacked out look is very popular, but I guess I am a shiny kind of guy.