I reserved a HD Roadking again & thankfully, it was out. I had wanted to try the Indian Chieftain for a while so I did. I have to tell you, this bike has the agility of a Ninja, has the power of a Monster truck, and is so smooth on mountain switch back turns that I'm hooked! I rode 180 miles in six hours. Almost all Cleveland forest mountain roads just East of San Diego. This is my choice from here on out! Amazing ride!
This bike was absolutely stunning. Comes out great in pictures and even better in person! Everyone who saw it was completely blown away. Great comfort. Bluetooth integration allowed me to play music off of my phone. Power adjustable windshield was a nice touch. Lots of torque, lots of power no matter what gear. Very nimble, easy to toss around side to side. A must try for sure!
When I picked up the 2015 Indian Chieftain in LA it had 202 miles on it. After putting 1500 miles on it myself on just about every type of road any bike would see in its normal lifetime, from the city traffic in LA and SanFrancisco to the tightly wound Canyon roads in Santa Barbara to sandy beach roads in Big Sur and all the highway miles in between, the Indian and rider fared well.
The first thing you notice about the Indian walking up to it is its style. It's a beautifully put together machine, fit and finish are second to none. The black paint looked deep and the chrome finishes are craftsman-like. And that 111 cubic inch power plant is a work of art.
The bike is very comfortable when you first mount it, the seat is low and the bar position puts you in a comfort zone, but it begins to feel small after an hour in the saddle. I began to look for ways to reposition my feet and stretch my legs but the large floor boards offer only a few inches of movement forward or back for your feet. The controls on the grips are smartly placed and easily accessible. On the left side you have the turn signal switch, horn, stereo controls and the adjustable windscreen control and not once did I press the wrong switch. The right thumb controls the starter button and the cruise control which worked amazingly well. The information center in the fairing dash gives you information like miles to empty, tire pressure monitor, speed and direction, stereo and Bluetooth functions. The LED screen was easy to see at night or in direct sunlight, but most of the time I found it difficult to read.
Forward controls and highway pegs are the second thing I would add if I owned this bike, but before I did that I would replace the seat if there is a replacement for it, and add a backrest. The seat is too narrow, too shallow, too short and too hard for the long haul, and offers no back support. I had to strap my back pack to the pillion and lean back against it to get some relief in
It's become mainstream for everyone that can ride, to ride a Harley! While I enjoy riding a Harley personally, I felt I should try something a little different.
That's where the Indian comes in. Once I sat on it, I felt as if I were sitting on a Harley but more comfortable. It was ergonomically fitting to my size and stature, ( I'm 6'3" 240lbs ). Once I started it and took off down the road, it handled as well, if not better, then any other bike I had ridden. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with the ease of the handling. Although, the bike I chose was a large bike, height and storage were very easy to manage, I had no issues with tucking it away from any potential hazards. ( parked cars, people, etc...).
My overall experience with this bike was a great one. If anyone wanted to keep the power and styling of a Harley but just try a different bike, I'd highly recommend an Indian!!! Thanks again Eaglerider Motorcycles and I will be seeing you again, next March!!!
It is important to note that I am 6’6” and weigh about 275. So I am a bit bigger than the average Harley rider. I love the Victory and Indian offerings. Lots of torque, good sounding bike without tons of upgrades. And comfortable to ride. I rented and rode from LA, up the coast freeway to Hearse Castle and back in two days. It was a fantastic ride. Plenty of miles. And tested the bike in several ways.
My one complaint was the maintenance of the bike. The front tire pressure monitor continued to complain while I had the rental. Taking it back to the place of rental was not an option. Also, a default seat heater would have been spectacular like on the victory vision motorcycle. The only model issue is the solid motor mounts make it vibrate at 3k rpm. Nothing that Victory and Indian engineering is not aware of.
It was comfortable with the stock seat. The handling is superb. The weight is low in the bike making low speed cornering fantastic. The height was fine… I like the ability to raise and lower the windshield as I am taller and as I ride highway vs low speed. Storage was acceptable. I did bring my daughter for an hour of the ride as a passenger. She was comfortable and enjoyed her portion of the ride. And the HD models don’t really compare. I have owned HD bikes. The only one large enough for me is the road king classic. I love the size and room on the Vic and Indian.
What a great motorcycle!!! From the moment I hopped on, I could feel the difference from other american made bikes. Everything from the power to the suspension leaves this bike heads and shoulders above the competition.