Would you buy an Indian?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by craigincali, Jul 3, 2021.

  1. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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    Suzuki sells a butt load of bikes elsewhere, so not a problem. Same with their cars. The U.S. market never grew for the cars and they just keep rolling along with the bikes. Who knows, maybe Suzuki may "GSXR" us again some day in some way.
  2. tpresten

    tpresten RideUmAll

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    So I have some Indians and some Harleys and all the other brands as well ....yes I am an addict....so here is how it all breaks down in my humble eyes....the Indians currently have better handling and better feeling engines....I get complimented at every gas stop on my Indians and sometimes someone will approach me on my Harleys. If you want to get chicks easier then you better opt for that Harley because outside of the motorcycle community that is what the females are looking for you to be on most the time. When you look back at the epic pictures you are going to take in Prudhoe Bay, the California coastline, Yellowstone, Bar Harbor Maine, Key West, etc and when you are old and in assisted living then you will appreciate the fact you did those trips on an American vtwin perhaps but if not just get a Yamaha Super Tenere and ride happily ever after.
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  3. Sid Post

    Sid Post Middle aged rider

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    The Super Tenere doesn't get much press in general but, I personally think it is a hidden gem overlooked by many potential owners. It may not have the looks of a Ducati or the flash of the ever-trendy and popular ADV options but, it certainly qualifies of one of the "best SUVs" of the motorcycle traveling world!
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  4. tpresten

    tpresten RideUmAll

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    Considering the used price and no maintenance required I would have to agree. I put on a set of Mitas e07 Dakar tires and other than a few oil changes it and those tires has taken me 24000 troublefree miles including a ride to Tuk in 2017. If I had to have just one....
  5. pjensen641

    pjensen641 Long timer Supporter

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    I think there may be laws about how long manufacturers must provide service and parts for vehicles. I could be wrong. I doubt Polaris is going anywhere, and if they ever did shut down Indian, they would be doing the same thing.

    I really don't get the whole "Buy a Harley because Polaris shut down Victory" argument. Do they not remember Harley doing the same thing to Buell? What about Livewire, what will its future be like?
  6. anotherguy

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    No one I can find said "buy a Harley because Polaris shut down Victory." They said the would not buy an Indian because Polaris shut down Victory. Comprehension is paramount to understanding.
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  7. Sid Post

    Sid Post Middle aged rider

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    If you take the words literally. The sentiment is clear, however, I think that misses the point.
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  8. Sid Post

    Sid Post Middle aged rider

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    Would I not buy a Chevy or GMC pickup because the General Motors parent killed Oldsmobile and Pontiac?

    Not as clear cut in terms of the connection though because those models were somewhat redundant due to "siblings" sold under different brand names.
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  9. pjensen641

    pjensen641 Long timer Supporter

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    :fpalm
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  10. ssregal39

    ssregal39 Been here awhile

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    Got me a challenger. Love it so far! Handles well for what it is. Motor is pretty fast. Cruise radio. Good stuff. 20210506_182333.jpg
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  11. ukiboy

    ukiboy Been here awhile

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    I’d definitely buy an Indian if I lived Stateside; plenty of dealer coverage over in the home of Indian.
    I’d love to have a Challenger or a Springfield but here in the UK the dealer network is thin on the ground so for reasons of practicality I’m on a Japanese steed.
    But that Challenger looks bloody great! Damn :-)
  12. pjensen641

    pjensen641 Long timer Supporter

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    They've really done a nice job with the liquid cooling integration and styling of the engine. Better than the Harley Pan America engine and radiator. The Scout was well executed as a liquid cooled bike as well.

    I wonder when they will offer a naked version of the Challenger without the fairing.
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  13. Sid Post

    Sid Post Middle aged rider

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    You sound a bit like me regarding Aprilia! Even Vespa to a certain degree! Great options with very little dealer network for support in general though the ones we have are definitely passionate about the brands and support them well.
  14. ukiboy

    ukiboy Been here awhile

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    I owned a Sportster a few years ago and loved it but HD & Indian are not mainstream bikes in the UK as the dealer network here is geared mainly towards Jap stuff.
    A shame as I’d much rather support American made bikes than Jap, Italian or German stuff.
    In the USA a Harley or Indian will have a great dealer support network, both official and Independent.
    And I REALLY like the Yankee made metal but it’s just too specialist and unique here in Britain..
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    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    I wont buy an F150 after what the FoMoCo did to Mercury
    ...I mean come on, you cant trust these company's not to just pull the plug and leave you hanging.
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  16. Deans BMW

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    Absolutely, why not, their parent company is a Power House, Polaris.
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    danh600 Long timer Supporter

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    For the same reason HD never called their bikes AMF.
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  18. danh600

    danh600 Long timer Supporter

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    We have an Indian in our garage. It's my wife's 2015 scout bought new. It has about......??? miles on it. Well, I would have to go dig out all the documents because it is on it's third odometer and instrument cluster. So you have to look at the current odometer and the two affidavits to come up with the actual miles. First odometer Indian replaced under warranty, but my wife had to rent a car to get home. Because Indian was in no hurry to ship a new odometer. Finally got it replaced after a couple weeks. Rented another car to go pick up the bike. I had to pay the labor on the second odo. I had to pay they labor and parts on the third. Yea, stick the customer with a part that is obviously bad. That's going to be fun to explain to the buyer when we go to sell the bike.

    Rear master cylinder went out. They tried to charge me for it. It was under a recall. :dirtdog

    Had to replace the stator last year.

    This is just the big stuff. Many other problems.

    One of the fun problems was when you blew the horn the engine died. That was fun. Almost as much fun as when for a period of a few months it just decided to shut off under power for no reason. I guess I should be happy it started right back up. Dealer never figured that one out. The problem resolved it'self. Which was great cause the dealer wasn't going to.

    I could go on and on. I have spent more money on repairing that bike then all our other bikes combined. Well, except the Buell we owned but that's a whole other story.

    Now with all that said. My wife has a love/hate relationship with that bike. It is no longer her touring bike. She doesn't trust it that much. However, she still loves it for day rides. It performs well and is pretty peppy for a cruiser.

    We still have it.

    I loved the FTR1200 when it was a concept. I loved the look of them when they hit the dealership. I just could not pull the trigger when it came time to buy one. I really wanted one. I decided to go with another brand bike instead.

    Just too much money for what you are getting. And honestly I wanted to see how reliable they would be.

    Keep in mind I have a small sample size of one to build my impression of them. Never been on another Indian other than that one scout.

    My wife talks to other people all the time and NONE of them have had as much trouble with their scouts. I think it's just a combination of we got a lemon and poor dealer service to get it right. It's garage kept and all maintenance done. So not like it was not cared for.

    Indian dealer are like all other brands. Some good, some bad. We have had very mixed results with them.

    So to answer the original question. No, I probably will not buy another Indian. Don't see myself owning another cruiser so that counts out most Indian models. I still like the FTR1200!
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  19. alekkas

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    never thought of that. Nekid power cruiser or even a small clear fairing. Might be interesting.
  20. KSBUTLER44

    KSBUTLER44 Been here awhile

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    I’m not sure why they aren’t using a modern plug and play speedo/odometer. I worked in the parts department of a dealership in the 90s and we would just order a new instrument cluster and it would be overnighted with the correct mileage already on it.