2014 Indian "Thunder Stroke" 111 V-Twin

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Hughlysses, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    It's not the color, it's the graphics. They oppose the styling of the bike. The polished aluminum girder isn't right either. Black would be a lot better but it wouldn't draw attention to all the machine work that made the fancy "billet" suspension.
  2. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer

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    I saw the Indians at the NYC Progressive show. Not my cup of teas buit nice for their type and all, seem well screwed together; but man are they big/long/wide!


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  3. BCC

    BCC I know better

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    I'm into cruisers these days and I pretty well like all bikes. But, um, maybe it will grow on me.
  4. Donkey Hotey

    Donkey Hotey De Jo Momma

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    Not that it justifies the weight or cost, that fork does have anti-dive properties: honk on the brake going into a turn and the dive is zero. It's also very plush riding. (I'm also a fan of the Rune front fork--since I know you're a Gold Wing geek :D)

    I'm with you on the graphics--I just like the candy paint.

    The challenge with the girder fork--IMO--is the angle required for the legs to put the axle where it needs to be. On the legacy design, the fork legs are at a steeper angle than the steering head. Most people would look at a modern version of this geometry and probably hate it, even though that's what it requires to make it work.

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  5. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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  6. Donkey Hotey

    Donkey Hotey De Jo Momma

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    :nod Or the Confederate Wraith.
  7. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    How about something that was actually produced in any sort of quantity.
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  8. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Rough Photoshop drawing, but it looks like it has some trail to me...

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  9. Gas Hog

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    A little older but.. a good side view :wink:
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  10. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    It sounds like the local Harley Dealer in Salt Lake has picked up Indian now. I don't know the details yet.

    I hope this doesn't mean my experience with Troy from the Vegas facility and this new development mean that Indian is going to start acting like Harley used to do.
  11. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    No one gives you crap for having a messenger bag when you're riding dieselpunk motorcycles, do they Gas Hog? :1drink
  12. Gas Hog

    Gas Hog Two Wheel Fanatic

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    Hell no :gdog
    Dieselpunk..I kind of like that :wink:
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  13. OConnor

    OConnor Bad juju

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    :rolleyes You do realize there are multi-line dealerships that sell everything along with Harleys right? If you just want to convince yourself that Indian is going to be a bunch of pricks (which is obviously the direction you are pushing no matter who says otherwise) you don't need to build a back-story for Christ's sake!
  14. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    Yeah, you should probably back track the thread a little before you go all rogue next time. :1drink
  15. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    he probably has..... I've read about your dealings with Troy and I had the same take as he did.
  16. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    Then you obviously don't understand what I wrote. I believe that's possible since you also chalked up extremely rude and unprofessional behavior on Troy's part to being over exuberant.

    And, you're also ignoring all the previous posts I've made in this thread outlining my excitement for Indian, and the fact that my experience with Troy is a direct result of my taking the time to configure a bike on the website and putting in my contact information.
  17. OConnor

    OConnor Bad juju

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    It seems your excitement was easily tainted by one dealer-dink. All I've heard since then is you overstating how this must be a reflection of the Indian Brand as a whole and drawing comparisons to some Harley-type image. You take one guy and make him the face of a company he doesn't even work for. If you're that easily swayed, perhaps sticking with bikes that are a whole lot less of an investment would be a better idea. Less to lose when you sell it in a year because some random salesman upset you.

    Granted I may have read you totally wrong and if so I apologize. This is after-all the inter-webs and reading is hard.:freaky
  18. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    Well, you would probably be surprised at the number of top tier bikes I've owned over the years anyway.

    It's ok that not everyone agreed with me or is concerned about the same issues as I am. There's plenty of great bikes coming out right now so I'm not too concerned about it overall.
  19. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away

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    As a minor footnote to all the fact, fancy and folderol in this thread, I was talking to an Indian dealer the other day who'd had over 55 units go out the door since first arrivals. We could hardly find a one on the floor that wasn't sold or on hold.
  20. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    I haven't seen one in person yet and the closest dealer is over 2 hours away. I see that Polaris stock is doing nicely though.