Would you buy an Indian?

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  1. Monkeyshines

    Monkeyshines Long timer

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    Not really, it’s a failure of the company to survive. There were numerous poor short term business decisions that lead to that point.
  2. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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    So you like Harley... quite clear.

    Does it matter that there were five decades between Springfield to Spirit Lake? Only to those who don't like them. No one else.
  3. Monkeyshines

    Monkeyshines Long timer

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    Nice try. It’s not about me.
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  4. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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    @Monkeyshines Exactly, and not about me either. You see, Indian came close, but neither one has built a bike I'd buy anyway. Just that all the stuff is meaningless for anything but a Harley vs Indian rivalry. Right now Indian has strong backing and is in for the long run, Harley may be struggling and I certainly hope they can build back strong and expand their market, maybe even build a bike I'd buy.
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  5. Sid Post

    Sid Post Middle aged rider

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    Fair point. Current Harley leadership really needs to refocus on building their motorcycle brand. Personally, Harley fashion may bring in revenue and attract non-riders but, it really seems to have taken their focus away from the motorcycle and brand development. When over half the dealership is clothing (not motorcycle-specific gear), it is clear their focus isn't primarily on the motorcycles.

    At some point, current Harley riders will age out and where are the new masses to continue the brand's status as an American icon?
  6. KSBUTLER44

    KSBUTLER44 Been here awhile

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    They are focused on bringing new riders in that's why they introduced the Pan America and the Sportster S. With more on the way.
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  7. Sid Post

    Sid Post Middle aged rider

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    For an ADV option, the Pan America doesn't do much for me, especially considering its price point and the competition. The Sportster S probably has some appeal to the general market though.

    Still though, I hope the new management can breathe some life into the brand which seems to have suffered a lot the past few years as brands like Ducati, Aprilia, BMW, and some others made progress into the larger marketplace globally and the USA specifically.
  8. KSBUTLER44

    KSBUTLER44 Been here awhile

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    Well even though the Pan America is not for you you have to admit they are reaching out to new customers by offering the Revolution Max engine in more models.
  9. Sid Post

    Sid Post Middle aged rider

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    I wish them well. Yes, they are trying but, I question large heavy ADV motorcycles for anything other than bragging rights at the local watering hole. Crazy horsepower numbers are questionable too unless you are strictly an asphalt rider IMHO. The Harley riders I know would have a heck of a time getting something like that safely down a gravel road much less a real ADV style road.

    The Ducati Multistrada V4 with dual-sport knobbies is in the same league IMHO. Taking one off-road makes zero sense to me. Sure, in skilled hands it will do basic dirt roads and gravel but, the skills needed are not likely part of the normal Multistrada rider. The BIG KTM makes a little more sense if you want to hit the Interstate to some far-off point and do some light ADV work but, it will be a handful for most normal riders.

    For that kind of money, I'll take a better off-road option and a better street option. Sort of a "Jack of all trades, master of none" thing versus a better solution for each ride without the extraneous stuff you don't really need.

    What do I know? When I bought my 2007 KLX-250S, all the riders at work could say was "you could have bought a 650 for what you paid!". Truth is, an extra ~80lbs and a higher center of gravity were the last things I needed for that ride! That's part of the reason today I'm looking at things like an Indian FTR S or Ninja 1000SX.
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  10. Sid Post

    Sid Post Middle aged rider

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  11. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    Screw Harley....This is where it's at when it's my money

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  12. anotherguy

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    Which begs the question....is there one in your garage?
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  13. Monkeyshines

    Monkeyshines Long timer

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    must be I’ve never seen one on the road.
  14. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    No.
    I have 8 more payments left on my 1290 SuperDuke GT, the only 4 stroke V-twin I ever felt worthy of my money previously...
    ....Then, I am ready to shop again.
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  15. Monkeyshines

    Monkeyshines Long timer

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    you have a hayabusa too?
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  16. anotherguy

    anotherguy Long timer

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    You oughta see his collection.
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  17. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    Yes I do, bought new in 2002.....put over 30,000 on it in 10 years, and retired it, then went retro with my 79 CBX/GSXR for a few years.
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  18. Monkeyshines

    Monkeyshines Long timer

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    Beat me by a year. Bought mine new in ‘03, sold it to a friend a few years ago.

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  19. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    Here's mine at the Wilmington Mile in Ohio ......started raining as I got my turn to run.....sat for an hour before track was dry enough for a go.
    Miserable weekend....

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    Anyway....back to Indian stuff....sorry





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  20. Moose Dog

    Moose Dog Mr. Nice Guy

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    Indian=Polaris=junk.