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mrindian
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As a prospective Indian owner, I'm curious though how the two brands compare in ride quality?  I've been tempted by the Road King, but am leaning towards the Chief mainly due to it's unique styling.

I know that with the Chief there will be a lot less to choose from in aftermarket accessories, not to mention places to get it repaired.

Does anyone here have experience owning both brands, and if so how do you compare the two brands?

Thanks in advance,

Bjorn


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mrindian
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As for vintage Indians, you have to be talented enough to operate a foot clutch, shift a hand-shifter, control a spring-less throttle, and operate a spark control throttle, all while braking and giving hand signals. Plus, you need to know how to maintain one.


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The "Gilroy" bikes were all S&S knockoffs...all folks are riding are
S&S based bikes with a few tweaks. But the 92 inch Indian engine
S&S made for Indian that is labeled Indian was probably one of the
best engines S&S ever made since it is a lot smoother and rides like
a cadillac. The round fins are thicker and some say provide a
smoother ride. Yes, in the Old Days of Indian.. you were busier than
a one legged cat in a sandbox just trying to go down the road. The
old Harley vs. Indian fued has kinda died out. Indian made good
quality stuff and Harley gripped much of it but for some reason their
bikes still leave oil wherever they go. I personally won't own
something that has that poor of a quality in its machining. I will say
though that the "Gilroy" Indians DO ride better and are easier to
work on than the Harley of today. I rode the entire Harley line for
2006 and I was not impressed by ONE of them. The Nighttrain was
nothing but a dog.


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