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Old 11-04-2000, 06:52 AM   #11
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Yeah I agree with your sentiments about the indian. I am sick and tire of fringe and the reto cruisers. out here in La La land Harley reconizition and appeal is on epedemic porportions. Citzen kane Is a strong movie but As far as it being the definitive american made movie i do not know. The reason people do not like black and white movies is the same reason we have musical groups as the backstreet boys, britney spears(nice tits though) and whatever MC rapper flavor of the month.
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Old 11-04-2000, 07:03 AM   #12
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Hey Hey Hey! I played college ball at the University of Idaho and Graduated with a 3.8 GPA While Majoring In ARCHITECTURE. MY day started a 5:00 am (actual get up time 4:55am) and generally ended sometime past midnight, everyday. Try doing Your studies on travel days while dealing with that weeks game plan. Though the Chief is a pease of ****. And as far as being a classic. Classic what I even think the style sucks. Remember If a whole bunch of people (namely the american public like, it is probable a mundane piece-o-****.
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Old 11-04-2000, 07:31 AM   #13
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Perhaps you should learn how to spell "Shakespeare" before you "get started" on him...
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Old 11-04-2000, 03:23 PM   #14
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The P-40 rules! It will kick the snot out of anything. The F-16? Puh-lease. Fly-by-wire and no prop, what is that crap? Oh, I'm sorry. I thought this was Warbirds.com.
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Old 11-05-2000, 02:32 PM   #15
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What does any of this have to do with the motorcycle??



Apparently you skipped all of your English/grammar/rhetoric classes, as your post has sentence structure on par with a two-year- old's.



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Old 11-06-2000, 03:37 AM   #16
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I had the opportunity to ride on a 1950 Panhead Harley this past summer. A club buddy has a restored daily rider that he takes on runs. I was talking to him about the bike and he offered me a chance to take it for a ride. A quick lesson on the foot operated rocker clutch, "Toe to go, heel to stop" and some points on starting should the thing stall and I was ready to go. I yelled to my girlfriend, "Hey take a picture of me on it before I go, while itÂ’s in one piece".



I manually advanced the points and with the second kick , the beast fired up. A lot of vibration and mechanical noise came out of this machine. I rocked the clutch back and reached down and grabbed the shifter rod under the seat and threw it back into first. Easing forward using the foot clutch out of the driveway wasnÂ’t as bad as I thought it would be. Down the street I went staying in first as I approached the stop sign getting ready to pull out onto a busy secondary road. "Heel to stop", I think as I come to the stop..



As I wait at the stop sign with the bike shaking beneath me I contemplate the task before me. Was I nervous? Hell ya! This was a nearly priceless bike that my buddy was letting me ride and the thing wasnÂ’t like anything I had ridden before. My oldest bike had been a 78 Triumph BonniÂ’ that had modern controls on the correct sides.



I said a little prayer and eased the toe forward as I felt the dry clutch start to grab and I was off. Bringing up to speed in first I rocked the clutch back and moved the shifter rod forward. I rocked the clutch forward and gave it some gas and found neutral. Oops! Quick clutch and push the rod forwards another six inches and I think I was in second. I rocked the clutch forward and I was off again. Into third and into forth I had the bike up to 50mph. I couldnÂ’t believe my buddy rode this thing all over the place with trips into Boston for commuter duty once and a while. The bike was wandering all over the road. Any crack in the pavement had it requiring constant corrective steering. It had an old pan head springer front end with the wide tire and fender much like the new Heritage Springer. I can see why everyone loved the Hydra Glide. Springers are tough. Any bump had the front bouncing.



This ride made me appreciate my own modern bikes. It felt like the bike had every fastener loose compared to my Road King never mind my 996. I brought the bike back and in one piece. I pulled into the driveway and brought it to a stop and shut it down. Wow, what an experience.



Later on I took off on my Road King and thought how sterile it felt. A good and bad thing depending on where you stand. I can see why Steve loves that old bike. ItÂ’s alive.



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Old 11-06-2000, 06:40 AM   #17
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Top left, select "Navigate @MO" pulldown, select www.motorcycle.com and hit Go!



Once I found that thing got a bit less agrivating but only a bit.



Still think MO is doing a great job though. Growing pains are inevitable but they'll get there. To much to lose.
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Old 11-06-2000, 08:11 AM   #18
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We had a club ride on Sunday and a guy turned up on an Indian (a Scout I think). My buddy and I were both on Honda 650 Bros's (Hawk GT's). When we saw the Indian we thought "Here's the tail-end charley" and sure enough we left him behind quickly. But a funny thing happened. Every time we slipped back into cruise mode there was a smooth v-twin burble as the Indian slipped by. He was sitting on a constant 120-130 km/h (75-80 mph) and when we dropped close to the New Zealand 100 km/h limit he would catch us quickly. When we got to our mountain destination (after more than a couple of chin on the tank efforts on the straights) he was about 5 minutes behind me. Outdated?...yes. Effective?...definitely. Fun?....judging by Paddy's grin, I say so.



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Old 11-07-2000, 03:19 AM   #19
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For some reason my reply was removed from the board, i guess for being to cruel to the jerk for not knowing what he was talking about. Good for you that you are happy with your H-D. They are good bikes, just like some other brands. Finally a guy I can relate to.



(Triumphs (old) are better, but you seem pissed, so I won't go into it now.)



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Old 12-29-2003, 05:15 PM   #20
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I ride an 03 Chief an am in love with it. I had many jap cruisers, a hog and here I am with something I appreciate more than the rest. Why, well can we ever really explain it?



It's probably the least refined cruiser I've had, it's raw, big, strong, it vibrates, the beach bars are huge. It's a handfull to manuever slowly and has the funniest start up sound. Man do I love this thing!



For me, some how it's what is in the Indian name and the undisputedly American roots that name has. There is a proud heritage that I am proud to ride. And when I pull up to some bike stop somewhere, everyone and his brother does NOT have one.



I hope the Indian name can find a home again, a home that lasts this time.



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