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Brought the Indian Chief home today.

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by John Backlund, Jun 5, 2015.

  1. John Backlund

    John Backlund Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    It was threatening rain, but I managed to get the bike home from the Sturgis Indian dealership late this afternoon. In the photos, the overcast makes the red color of the bike a bit darker than it really is.

    Tomorrow morning, I'll 'solo' the bike out by removing the passenger seat and footpegs, very easy to do, should take about six minutes.

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  2. telleutelleme

    telleutelleme Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Beautiful. Congrats again.
     
  3. Bulldog87

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    That is a sweet looking Indian!
     
  4. jaybones

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    Nice! Always liked the old look of those, especially the full fenders.

    Yeah, lose the B pad.
     
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    The word I'm thinking begins with the letter F.

    That is one F____ing beautiful machine.
     
  6. John Backlund

    John Backlund Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    It's the rolling eye-candy I've been missing with some of the bike's I've had recently. I like color and chrome, with a dash of polished aluminum here and there, and this one provides plenty...and there also seems to be a fine motorcycle under all the glitz.

    I'm a sucker for wide whites too. This is my way of getting a little bit of that 1947 Pontiac fastback I've always wanted but never had the money, or space to keep one even if I did.

    My wife thinks I should get a Rocketeer outfit to wear when I ride the Chief....if I could lose another 50 lbs, I might think about it.
     
  7. slauson slim

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    That is an absolutely gorgeous machine. Congratulations.
     
  8. Swampash&Tweed

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    That's awesome. Ride it with the best of health!

    But I'd leave the seat.....nothing like some arms draped around ya when cruising. ;)
     
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    so that's why you thinned the herd......niiiiicccceee
     
  10. Stubee

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    Bad, very bad machine.
     
  11. Middleman

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    Shameful. Think of all the telecasters that would buy.


    Nice ride however.
     
  12. bloomz

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    Dripping with class.
     
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    Choice!
     
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    Overcast skies being slightly more common here than clear sunny ones, I appreciate the darker hue of the paintwork in these photos. Elegant. Colour me green! Enjoy and keep the rubber side down.
     
  15. John Backlund

    John Backlund Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    Yes, there was no way to buy a machine this expensive (for me, anyway) without sacrificing some other very nice motorcycles we had, but even so, we still have the GL1800 and my wife's Hayabusa, so it's not like we're suffering or running out of motorcycles.

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  16. william tele

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    Great bike and so period perfect looking. Bet our grand daddies would have loved those disc brakes!
     
  17. John Backlund

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    Trixie wanted a ride on it last night, so we took the 'Cheef' out to supper, but she just wanted a sample of the bike and won't want to ride pillion on it other than that. We bought the Goldwing for the times when we want to double-up on a bike, and she has her own motorcycle to ride anyway, so it will be configured as a solo bike hereafter...but the passenger seat and pegs can be re-installed in minutes if needed.
     
  18. John Backlund

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    Actually, I think it's way better than period-looking. I was never much of a fan of the original Indian motorcycles that this machine takes it's basic visual styling cues from...i.e. the fenders. Unlike some of the cars from those times, motorcycles of the 1940's and 1950's remind me more of farm machinery than rocketships. It took a very modern re-interpretation of those old bikes to bring them visually up to the truly sleek level of the Polaris Chiefs.
     
  19. william tele

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    I'm sure that's a very accurate assessment of the styling. My remarks come from someone who has a very generic and thumbnail awareness of the actual bikes of the that era. To me it looks very much art deco and 30's, 40's. My father owned one of the original Indians of that time but it's been a long time since I've seen that one black and white photo with him standing beside it looking proud as can be...
     
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    Real nice. I wouldn't want to clean it;). It's Americade weekend in Lake George. I must be on a popular tour route because there's an endless stream of bikes going past the house the last couple of days.
     
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