Indian Motorcycle Owners Thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by DutchVDub, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. Jed Clampett

    Jed Clampett Long timer Supporter

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    Yep, lots of folks for sure. If you are back down this way, the other extensions of the canyon are more user friendly.
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  2. lrgart

    lrgart 2 wheels and a motor, I’m in!

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  3. DutchVDub

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    Had an awesome day blasting through the mountains today hunting down the Tag. Squaw Pass Road is an absolute hoot. The Challenger proved to be quite the hooligan sport bagger today, as may be evidenced by the 40min difference between actual ride time and Google's prediction. Shhh :D

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  4. DutchVDub

    DutchVDub Adventurous Pirate Supporter

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    Just more pictures of me enjoying my Challenger. Over 4000 miles and counting so far.
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  5. alekkas

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    Wow on those choppers! Committed.
  6. DutchVDub

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    No joke. Charlie's is the second one up front. He runs the knobby front tire and a car tire out back. His bike has solid forks, hard tail, exposed primary, hand shift, foot clutch, and no gauges other than his Garmin. He does 500+ mile days and travels everywhere. He just got back from a trip to Baja and back in May and then spent the end of June and beginning of this month riding to MT, ND, SD, and back.
  7. rauchman

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    Was at my local multibrand bike dealer over the weekend, and they carry Indian. I'm a Harley guy, but gotta say, the Challenger is really growing on me. From just about every review I've read, supposed to be a fantastic bike. Any issues so far? Curious if you've had any of the HD touring bikes and how the Challenger compares.

    As a side note, the dealer also had multiple variants of the new Chief. Size wise, in the Dyna/Softail class. Nice bike.
  8. DutchVDub

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    I have not personally owned any Harley other than a 1992 883 Sportster, however I have ridden a lot of them. I've aggressively ridden every generation of Electra-Glide from 2008 on. Personally speaking, once I got used to my Victory Cross Country I could never go to a HD touring bike, although Road Glides were very high on the list coming off of my Vulcan Vaquero. They just feel way to small and cramped to me. I also don't like how they handle or idle, although the fueling at low speed has always impressed me.

    I have not had any of the issues that others have reported with my Challenger. A bit of a wandering idle at times (we're talking 100rpm max) but otherwise flawless other than the glitchy new Ride Command software.
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  9. lrgart

    lrgart 2 wheels and a motor, I’m in!

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  10. DutchVDub

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    I want to build one with either a vintage Indian drive line or a Gilroy era PowerPlus, but they’re both really expensive options. I’m on the lookout for another rigid mount Sportster and then will at least put a leaf spring fork setup on it.
  11. DutchVDub

    DutchVDub Adventurous Pirate Supporter

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    Got the bike torn apart last night in preparation for my Barnstorm Cycles T-bar and dash relocation kit that is supposed to be dropped off today.

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  12. DutchVDub

    DutchVDub Adventurous Pirate Supporter

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    I was able to install the Barnstorm Cycles T-bars onto the bike tonight. Tomorrow night I get to cut and extend the wiring for my gauges and RideCommand screen, then put the new dash together.
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  13. rauchman

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  14. DutchVDub

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    I typically like lower bars but it does feel comfy sitting on the table at least. They're a little lower and within easier reach than the apes were on my Springfield. I'm nicely planted against the step-up on the Saddlemen seat. I figure it should definitely be a good starting point and now I can pretty much use any Moto style bar and HD style risers to make adjustments down the line.
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  15. DutchVDub

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    All finished up with the Barnstorm Cycles T-bar and dash relocation kit install. I couldn’t help myself and had to take it around the block. It’s pretty comfy so far. Gauges are still easy enough to read and the RideCommand is only a little further away, but also seems a bit easier to get to as you’re no longer reaching through the bars for it. Along those lines, it is a lot easier to reach the fairing vents now.

    In less than a week I’ll be doing an almost 750 mile day back home to Great Falls, MT so I’m sure I’ll get a really good feel for the new setup then.

    I also installed a new Barnett clutch cable and PSR Anthem adjustable levers, with the brake being a shorty.
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    DutchVDub Adventurous Pirate Supporter

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    I've got our weekend planned. We're leaving Friday morning and riding straight through to Great Falls, spending Saturday there and leaving Sunday morning to go through Yellowstone. We'll go home from Yellowstone on Monday morning.
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  17. DutchVDub

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    Fresh Alaska Leather sheepskin since the wife stole my old one for her bike. I can’t remember the brand on hers, but it’s also a gel pad. The Saddleman seat is comfortable enough that I opted for just a plain sheepskin on mine. I called her up and she did custom straps with loops so that I could just hook them to the passenger pegs instead of looping the one under the seat. I like this (rigged up the gel one like the too) because it doesn’t leave anything behind to dangle when removed.

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  18. DutchVDub

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    Made it back yesterday from the trip, it was a good time overall despite the heat. All three bikes did great and I'm very happy with the T-bar setup on my Challenger.
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  20. husky390

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    I rented this for four days and rode over 1,500 miles in that time and holy hell, what a machine. My only gripe was the seat which was a little on the soft side for me. Other than that, it’s probably one of the best bikes I’ve ever ridden and if I could only have one bike to ride solo and tour with my wife, this would be it.

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