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Trixie was sit-testing a new Indian Chief(?) today at a local
dealership, and I took a photo of the wiring mess on the left side of the frame neck.
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I haven't seen something this bad since....well, I don't recall seeing something like this, especially on a $23,000 motorcycle.

Am I being too 'picky' about this?...
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I must say, this makes my two Royal Enfields (2022 650 and 350) look pretty good, and both of them together were less than half of what that Indian is priced at.

Indian definitely needs to 'step up their game' on this sort of thing. I don't recall my '15 or '16 111 Chiefs having anything remotely close to this as far as shoddy workmanship, they were detailed and finished with the best of them.
 

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that's because they have a big ol fat headlight bucket to hide it in... should have run it on the frame back bone... then know one would give a crap... but I suppose there is not enough room there
 
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NO, no, no...y'all are missing the point here! This is Indian throwing a bone to the aftermarket companies, just like with Kuryakyn and the taillight trim piece, and fairing "eyebrow" trim pieces.

Intern at Indian: "You know, that wire harness looks a little messy...we should install a wire loom or something to tidy it up a bit!"

Aftermarket: "Say no more, fam, we got you!"
 

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I must say, this makes my two Royal Enfields (2022 650 and 350) look pretty good, and both of them together were less than half of what that Indian is priced at.

Indian definitely needs to 'step up their game' on this sort of thing. I don't recall my '15 or '16 111 Chiefs having anything remotely close to this as far as shoddy workmanship, they were detailed and finished with the best of them.
As a founding member, do you still own a Indian motorcycle of American origin?
 

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As a founding member, do you still own a Indian motorcycle of American origin?
No, not for about five years now. I joined this forum in 2014 because of my interest in the soon-to-be-released 2015 Indian Chief after seeing it displayed at the '14 Sturgis rally.

I bought an 'Indian Red' Chief Classic as soon as I could get my hands on one, rode it for a year, then traded it in for a green/cream Vintage model. I miss that beautiful, red, basic Chief a lot...
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My '16 Vintage...
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I rode that bike for a couple seasons, then traded it in on a BMW S1000R.

I haven't owned an Indian bike since, however. They just kind of left me behind when they began to subdue the styling away from the wide-white, full-fender, basic models like my '15 Chief.

The Scout and FTR don't interest me in the least either, so I'm kind of stuck out here in 'no man's land' as far as owning another Indian right now, but you never know, they could come up with something that I would absolutely have to have, but as time passes, that probably becomes less and less likely.

In recent years, I've been trending towards smaller, less expensive, motorcycles than what Indian offers....of course, with the exception of my ridiculous '22 Triumph Rocket 3 that is.
 

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After trying on the Indian in the Sturgis dealership's showroom, we sauntered over to their used bike barn across the parking lot, and found this very nice, 2019 Harley 107 Fat Boy. We're generally not Harley fans, but we both like this model's sorta subtle styling departure from what we're used to from those Milwaukee guys. It doesn't project quite as much 'Grampa's Toy' image as most of their other models in this category do.

It has some useful factory accessories, and believe it or not, the exhaust is still stock, which is something we like.

Oh, I almost forgot, it has very tidy wiring.

It's possible that Sturgis Indian may soon lose a Fat Boy from their used inventory, and gain a 2020 Triumph Speedmaster.
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Trixie was sit-testing a new Indian Chief(?) today at a local
dealership, and I took a photo of the wiring mess on the left side of the frame neck.
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I haven't seen something this bad since....well, I don't recall seeing something like this, especially on a $23,000 motorcycle.

Am I being too 'picky' about this?...
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I also was less than thrilled with the wire tangle on my Chief Bobber DH. I used a Velcro strap to “carefully” reposition the bundle and tidy up the look of the frame tubes. I have 10,500 miles on the clock and so far so good.
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