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OHEvtxr 06-11-2016 11:54 AM

Victory or Indian?
 
I have started selling a few things off so I can get another motorcycle. Harley is not an option for me so I am considering a Victory or an Indian.

Right now I am leaning towards a 2009 Indian Chief Roadmaster.

Your thoughts?

frnkcat 06-11-2016 12:16 PM

I would have a very hard time deciding on a new bike, if I had the ability to choose anything I wanted.
Best of luck on the decision...



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Chicago-Spike 06-11-2016 12:22 PM

2009 Indian.....No JMHO
Present day Indian, sure but that 2009 has little to no infrastructure so parts will be nonexistent both OEM and aftermarket. Those years built in NC were of limited production numbers and not very well built. Now, Polaris makes them so they are a ton better and much more reliable. You want a bike to ride buy a Victory and even a Harley of that year 2009 would be better than the Indian

OHEvtxr 06-11-2016 12:46 PM

Thanks for the input Spike. What year should I be looking for if I want the Roadmaster (other than 2016)

vtxtugg 06-11-2016 01:04 PM

Test ride the Vic if you are thinking about one. The handlebar grips are too close together and at 70 mph your head will be getting knocked around. That is my initial impression. And the bike is quieter than my X.

Chicago-Spike 06-11-2016 01:14 PM

2013 to present, since Polaris started making their own Indian engines and putting them in their frames. Either way, Victory or Indian both are made by Polaris in the same area of Spirit Lake Iowa. You can get a lot more bike for less with the Vic Cross Country though

Glenn W 06-11-2016 01:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Chicago-Spike (Post 3948225)
2013 to present, since Polaris started making their own Indian engines and putting them in their frames. Either way, Victory or Indian both are made by Polaris in the same area of Spirit Lake Iowa. You can get a lot more bike for less with the Vic Cross Country though

Like Spike said :thumbup: The CMC and Kings Mountain "Indians" were just the 2nd & 3rd to last companies to own the Indian name, and they both went under. If the Indian name & style trip your trigger, I'd go with the current nameholder i.e. Polaris, because they're more modern and reliable, parts are assured, and at least Polaris has the deep pockets needed to support the brand, unlike the predecessors. For more of a VTX-like power/performance concept, the Victory are a worthy choice to consider.

OHEvtxr 06-11-2016 01:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vtxtugg (Post 3948201)
Test ride the Vic if you are thinking about one. The handlebar grips are too close together and at 70 mph your head will be getting knocked around. That is my initial impression. And the bike is quieter than my X.

Does it have the nutz your VTX has?

Chicago-Spike 06-11-2016 03:00 PM

My 2012 Vic XC was a great bike. As much power as the VTX but because of all the extra weight for bags and such it will feel heavier. It moves, fast. Handles better than the VTX, slow and fast. The buffeting was addressed about year ago or so and they now include lowers that helped soften the bffeting. I added lowers to mine and the bike was very quiet going through the air. It's a great touring platform

OHEvtxr 06-11-2016 04:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chicago-Spike (Post 3948369)
My 2012 Vic XC was a great bike. As much power as the VTX but because of all the extra weight for bags and such it will feel heavier. It moves, fast. Handles better than the VTX, slow and fast. The buffeting was addressed about year ago or so and they now include lowers that helped soften the bffeting. I added lowers to mine and the bike was very quiet going through the air. It's a great touring platform

Thanks again Spike. I imagine you have been riding bikes since before I was born (1970) so your opinion matters. If you were in my shoes and about to drop $15000 on a bike which bike would you choose? Harley? Indian? Victory? Other?

Thanks for the input Spike!


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