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Anyone see the new Indians by Polaris?

While I dig the retro look...its an UGLY retro look. But the features are sweet. Power front windshield, hard bags with electric locks, no key starting....

What yall think?
 

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Yes absolutely love the Chieftain. Love everything about it. Passing lights and turn signals molded into the fairing, super high tech dash, and the keyless starter. Man if I ever buy a brand new bike it will be a Chieftain.
 

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Saw them at two different locations, dealer about an hour and a half away, and then the NCY Int'l MC show. Yep like them, hate the big $$'s to buy them though :(

Ended up with a 2014 Stratoliner Deluxe instead, guess it was a case of Chieftain envy :D:D
 

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Saw them at two different locations, dealer about an hour and a half away, and then the NCY Int'l MC show. Yep like them, hate the big $$'s to buy them though :(

Ended up with a 2014 Stratoliner Deluxe instead, guess it was a case of Chieftain envy :D:D
I don't think they are priced to bad. They are more then the stars, and right with HD
 

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The motor is pure engine porn... I love the way they styled it.

If I were to go Indian, it would be the Chieftain but Id be riding a Cross Country if I went Polaris.

I think if they retroed the old indian style better they could have pulled a lot more of the market.
 

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But the features are sweet. Power front windshield, hard bags with electric locks, no key starting....
Odd that you'd list those as the 'sweet' features. Most people seem to go straight for the fuel capacity and the number of gears in the transmission.

but, yes they are some really nice bikes. I'm not 100% on the styling but the engineering and the spec sheet seem perfect.
 

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Can't wait to see some customized ones with a more modern look.
The motor and all, look good just want something a little more modern looking.:rolleyes:
Like the bike over to the left. LOL
 

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I really like the looks of that fairing on the Chieftain, in all honesty though it took me a couple look overs to feel that way.
 

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If I understand correctly, they will vibrate a lot.....on purpose! Why? I had a bike that vibrated and was happy to sell it.

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That was not one of them Hardley bikes, was it? If that is the case with the new Indian, then hell folks, morgage the farm and go ahead and buy a Hardley, I figger, huh?:rolleyes: Sugar Bear sure don't get no tingle from the looks of the new Indians, the whole shootin match ain't real purty to me, I figger I will stay with the best bike for the money, the Star line of bikes:cool:
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That was not one of them Hardley bikes, was it?
Nope. It was in an article about the new Indians. It referred to something about the "classic" feel of the engine vibrations or something along those lines. They tried to make it sound like it was a good thing. Personally, I chose the v star because it didn't vibrate. This is 2014, not 1930, right?

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You want a bike that doesn't vibrate, you want to look into a Gold Wing or the new Valkyrie. Those flat six engines feel more like an electric motor than an engine. I believe BMW has an in-line six, but I don't know the model.
 

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You want a bike that doesn't vibrate, you want to look into a Gold Wing or the new Valkyrie. Those flat six engines feel more like an electric motor than an engine. I believe BMW has an in-line six, but I don't know the model.
Your definitely right, but for what they cost, they should at least be as smooth as our v stars. I once had a bike that vibrated like the "classic v twin" and my wife wouldn't ride anymore. I love the look of the Indians, but I was really surprised after reading the article, and they were reviewing a $30,000 bike.

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Many years ago I read an article, probably about the time Harley redesigned one of their engines. In that article an anonymous Harley engineer said Harley knew perfectly well how to design an engine that didn't vibrate. He also said it wouldn't sell, because the Faithful demanded a certain "feel" from their motorcycles.

Even if the engine were designed so there was no inherent mechanical imbalance (uneven firing order, rocking couple, reciprocating or rotational imbalance) it would be difficult to damp the power pulses from a V-twin with an uneven firing order and large displacement, particularly when riders demand a "relaxed" low rpm cruise.

You might find this article - http://www.epi-eng.com/piston_engine_technology/torsional_excitation_from_piston_engines.htm - interesting.
 

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Many years ago I read an article, probably about the time Harley redesigned one of their engines. In that article an anonymous Harley engineer said Harley knew perfectly well how to design an engine that didn't vibrate.
do they also know perfectly well how to design an engine that doesn't leak oil or need constant repairs?
 

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I really hope they come out with a Scout. The Chief seems compare to a Road King or Softail Deluxe..

A scout that was in a smaller, lighter frame...with the same engine - or slightly smaller engine, would be awesome. Comparable to a dyna in size and costing thousands less in price.

I like the Chief. Full fenders have always been a thing of mine - hence why I get the Classic over a Custom..But WAAAY out of my price range.

If they made a Scout that was around 11-12k, I could do that. But 19k before taxes is a bit too much :p
 

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Odd that you'd list those as the 'sweet' features. Most people seem to go straight for the fuel capacity and the number of gears in the transmission.

but, yes they are some really nice bikes. I'm not 100% on the styling but the engineering and the spec sheet seem perfect.
I went to those first because as far as I know its the only bike that offers them. There are plenty of 6 speed bike with big gas tanks out there.
 

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I like the new Indians. But they are pricey, I like the standard Indian, without the fairing and bags
 
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