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Old 08-17-2013, 07:35 PM   #1
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2014 Indian Chieftain Questions.

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Old 08-17-2013, 08:23 PM   #2
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1. Please justify the $23,000 price tag. Granted it is the prettiest bike in the world but is shiny really that expensive?

2. Does the bike run right with the stock exhaust? I only ask this because for an additional price you can add a stage 1 exhaust that adds "a rich, throaty exhaust note that provides the perfect soundtrack for the open road. This exhaust system allows the Thunder Stroke™ 111 motorcycle engine to breath more freely and unleash additional power and crisp throttle response."
Can't you just make the bike breath more freely in the first place since it cost $23,000?

3. What is up with the Saddle bag audio. So now you can hear the riders shitty nouveau pop country music in the next zip code? "Turn your Indian® Chieftain™ motorcycle into a rolling concert hall with this Saddlebag Audio Kit. Using the color-matched Concert Audio Lids to replace the stock lids, the integrated audio system will deliver powerful, premium-quality audio to complement the output from your fairing speakers."

I like the colors though. Just wish they could make a cheap shiny version for us working stiffs.

1) personal preference. The sales numbers will tell. I, personally feel Polaris has dumped DUMPTRUCKS of cash into this, and still, will only sell a few copies. BIG loser, investment wise.
2)It's easy to make quiet pipes that meet noise regulations AND flow well... but they won't be COMPACT ENOUGH for a motorcycle. Compromise must be made... and styling rules, so flow is compromised.
3) same thing as loud pipes... self absorbed asses will blare them at stoplights. Others may just enjoy them in moderation.

I like the bike. I just don't think there are enough people who appreciate the Indian moniker to pay the bills.
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:27 PM   #3
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This belongs in Road Warriors



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Old 08-17-2013, 08:29 PM   #4
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Can't you just make the bike breath more freely in the first place since it cost $23,000?
NO. Government Regulations will not allow it.
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:28 PM   #5
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1. Please justify the $23,000 price tag. Granted it is the prettiest bike in the world but is shiny really that expensive?.
Beauty is a relative thing, I personally think all cruisers look like throwbacks to the 1940s - i.e. a period distinctly lacking in style.
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:23 PM   #6
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1. Please justify the $23,000 price tag. Granted it is the prettiest bike in the world but is shiny really that expensive?
$24k can also buy this http://www.kia.com/us/#/sorento

but is it a better value?
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:47 AM   #7
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Hey man...if I had to explain it, you wouldn't understand.

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Old 08-18-2013, 11:49 AM   #8
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Beauty is a relative thing, I personally think all cruisers look like throwbacks to the 1940s - i.e. a period distinctly lacking in style.
You may not like it but the 1940's were certainly not "distinctly lacking in style".

1947 Indian Chief


1947 Vincent Rapide

And there's plenty more.
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:55 PM   #9
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Beauty is a relative thing, I personally think all cruisers look like throwbacks to the 1940s - i.e. a period distinctly lacking in style.
Ummmmm. I think MOST would disagree.
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:26 PM   #10
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$24k can also buy this http://www.kia.com/us/#/sorento

but is it a better value?
No, but this is a better value, at ~$24,200:

Or, for less money than either the KIA or the motorcycle:
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The forty's definitely lacked style.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:50 PM   #12
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The forty's definitely lacked style.
Well....people were rather busy doing more important things during the first half of that decade.

Even so....style was in abundance during the latter half.

http://chrisoncars.com/2012/02/the-a...-1940’s/
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Old 08-20-2013, 03:32 AM   #13
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You may not like it but the 1940's were certainly not "distinctly lacking in style".

1947 Indian Chief


1947 Vincent Rapide

And there's plenty more.
Ugly bathtub fenders, tasteless whitewall tyres, seats that look like they belong on a tractor, centre stands and girder forks that look like they belong on a baby's pram! etc., etc..

Yep, you're correct - sadly there is plenty more.
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Old 08-22-2013, 09:09 AM   #14
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1. Please justify the $23,000 price tag. Granted it is the prettiest bike in the world but is shiny really that expensive?
An 1800+ cc engine puts the starting price at $15K for almost and brand.
Add:
Standard ABS.
Keyless ignition.
Hard-side saddlebag lock control on the tank.
Wind tunnel tested, thumb adjusted fairing.
Leather seats.

Here, this is from a mag review and will make it easier:
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And to that end, there’s nothing to keep the Indian brand from success. Someone looking at a Heritage Softail—the same buyer the Chief Vintage is vying for—might see a price tag swinging from the H-D that’s $3500 less, but to make the bikes comparable, he’d have to pony up for the Twin Cam 110 ($5000), ABS ($1200) and chrome for the fork, hand and foot controls ($1259). Plus, the Harley’s seat will be vinyl instead of leather, and internal handlebar wiring, cruise control and keyless ignition aren’t even optional.
The Indian team is also quick to compare the Chieftain to Harley’s Street Glide, the fared, hard-bagger that is The Motor Company’s number one seller. Again, the internal wiring, the tire-pressure monitoring system and cool power windshield that come standard on the Chieftain aren’t even available options on the Harley. To make the bikes as similar as possible, you’d need to upgrade from the Twin Cam 103 to the 110, add ABS, cruise control and a splash of chrome. In the end, Indian marketers say, you’ll spend almost $5000 more for the Harley.
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