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Old 01-05-2006, 04:31 PM   #21
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I'm not sure I'd recognize one if it went by... to me all overweight underpowered poor handling ugly "OB-Gyn seating postiion" bikes are "Harleys"
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Old 01-05-2006, 05:23 PM   #22
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Maybe their first model should be called the "Phoenix" after all the times they've risen from the ashes. It's my understanding from a Dealer mechanic/ Salesman that the Powerplus engine was a dud. apparently the crankshaft bearings would go south at about 9000 miles, necessating a veeery expensive overhaul. any truth to this ? surely with 30000 "new" Indian owners out there, someone must know if this is true or not. I wish the new company luck, they will need it.
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Old 01-05-2006, 05:38 PM   #23
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Yes, and all "ass in the air", racer helmet clowns doing wheelies down I-95 with their faux leopard fur covered bikes are on gixxers...



The stereotypes go both ways.
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Old 01-05-2006, 07:29 PM   #24
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Maybe those dealers who are lining up to sell Indians should also sign up to sell that V12 Norton Comando that some huckster was talking up a few years ago.
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Old 01-06-2006, 01:39 AM   #25
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A couple of guys I drink with at the lounge and the guy who runs the liqour store I go to all own '03's with the PowerPlus and haven't seen that trouble, in fact, they're pretty happy with them. The one at the liqour store has crossed the country twice on his as well as commutes 2-3 days a week and has about 30k miles on it and told me (and he's very credible) he's never done more than oil and a few carb adjustments. I do know lots of people felt the frames and components were cheap on the Scout and Spirit, and flexed heavily during hard riding, but to be honest those Chiefs are so heavy the ride is pretty solid.
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Old 01-06-2006, 03:23 AM   #26
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"the firm has narrowed potential sites for the firm's motorcycles"



What was the question; What did you do at lunch?



If you don't already know what areas of the country are the most "friendly" to manufacturing your product, you may already be in trouble.



I'll be a dealer. Send me $250k upfront for the firtst 18 months. I need a building, staff and bikes. We can be a success together.
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Old 01-06-2006, 03:51 AM   #27
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Let it be, Indian. Based on H-D's latest sales trends, the Baby Boomers have all bought their playtoys. V-Twin cruiser-only manufacturers are going to find that their target buyers are dying off like Oldsmobile owners.



The fact that no one in the last fifty years has built an Indian that even the Lone Ranger could like doesn't bode well.



Move on, Indian -- and godspeed...
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Old 01-06-2006, 04:51 AM   #28
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Sad isn,t it?I had an Indian calender last year of their bikes,with female modelsand it was a mighty fine calender ,even though the bikes were not my cup of tea. ,the originals did look nice.I am torn about this ,as one of my co -workers has one.DId not see anthing special about it.What concerns me is that we get ripped off so much in this country for fake promises, inferior goods,et al I have to believe ,and call me cynical,that this is another pie in the sky thingie.
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Old 01-06-2006, 05:04 AM   #29
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Well said, well spoken..... The "local" Victory dealer is the nations #1 M/C dealer in North America. I insure about 100 a year and that's from one company. I average about 200 a year out of a local HD shop. Figure that's not a bad percentage for me. Victory bikes put more power to the ground than any stock HD and they have a chasis that works fairly well too boot.
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Old 01-06-2006, 05:11 AM   #30
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Lol, you forget to mention the leathers that would not be out of place at a gay pride parade the ass-in-air riders seem to be so fond of.
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