Fairing Comparison

Discussion in 'Indian Challenger' started by Baldhead_J, Nov 24, 2019.

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Is the #ChiefGlide ugly?

  1. Yep. You should've waited for the Challenger

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  2. Meh....s'alrite

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  3. Nah, bruh- face of an Angel.

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  1. Baldhead_J

    Baldhead_J Gold Member
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    Is the #ChiefGlide ugly? Asking for a friend.

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    No,......
     
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    *Side view I like the Chieftain better.
    *Front view I like the Challenger better.

    Nothing ugly with either.
     
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    I just think the Chally is sexy. It makes the #ChiefGlide look.....well.....like a stripper when the house lights come on.
     
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    I like the Challenger....not at the cost of disliking other bikes......can't wait to test ride one!
     
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    I've actually seen that...it'll give you chills.

    I truly wish I had waited for the Challenger, but that Chieftain fairing is by no means ugly.
     
  7. Baldhead_J

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    I've lived with one and dated a few. I FULLY get it. It's the sense I get now, in my garage. Is the Challenger the one you bring home to Mom, but you go act a fool with the #ChiefGlide at night in the good parts of town?
     
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    Ok, full disclosure...I'm going to look at one on Friday. I may need to call some kind of nut case support line if I start feeling weak. Challenger I mean, not stripper :D
     
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    I think the old style locomotive fairing looks 10x better then both of those myself
     
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    Not a fan of fairings but if I were, being a function over form type,I would not care about what it looks like.
     
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    Well I’ll say this I put 80g on my last Roadglide which handled quite well but rode horrible. Bat wing fairings like the new chieftain limited similar to Harleys batwing which I’ve had 14 of provide better protection for your hands and body in cold weather and rain. But at high speeds say 108 and up are dangerous. They buffet float out the front end and will put you into a tank slapper honestly BS aerodynamics.Speaking from experience and a medivac trip. But the older style locomotive so called indian fairing is without a doubt at high speeds 118 minimum a rock solid steady experience. Best fairing I’ve ever run coast to coast in all conditions of weather an awesome design. Oh yeah and looks better while doing it. But can’t speak of the challengers function haven’t rode one yet but will
     
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    I've laid down 20 thousand miles on my 2019 Roadglide special. Most stable motorcycle at highway speeds i have ever owned. Trucks and their turbulence don't bother me at speed. I do have legend suspension front and back and slightly lowered stance. I have not test road the Challenger "yet" but i am most certainly going to give her a try. I am most interested in the water cooled power plant. But even more concerned in a lack of mothership support? Have they improved? Without question, a frame mounted fairing improves front end handling esp at slower speeds and higher speeds - midrange speeds? meh... don't think it matters.
     
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    I can’t speak for a 19 RG but I put 83,000 on my 12 in 4 years. And yes it did handle well in comparison to my Electras and ultra classics. But my 18 chieftain limited handles as well if not better at a 100 mph plus. And the ride forget it no comparison. 3 of my sons ride Harley still and I rode my boys 18 RG. I gotta be honest the ride still sucks IMO. And having to change the suspension to get a good ride after spending all that $$ to me just don’t work. But I have 3 boys who will ride nothing but . Lol and they will tell ya if it don’t say Harley we’re not riding it ! But again my wife dropped them a lot as baby’s
     
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    Owning an RM and riding it from FL to SC, SC to upstate NY, SC to Rolling Thunder, SC to Philly etc., etc., etc., and now having test rode the Challenger twice, the wind protection on the Challenger is far superior to the RM....thats 100+ MPH too. I've never been a fan of fixed fairings, but between the power plant, ride quality and wind protection, the Challenger is on my buy list.
     
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    @doublej i haven’t rode the challenger so I can’t put it into play with others. I mite and I mite not. I ran my 18 from Chicago to Cali to NYC to Chicago and can only compare it to what I’ve owned in the past on the trip I do about every summer. I’m afraid if I ride the challenger I mite like it that much and that would piss me off. Lol because I can’t get with the look of it. I bought my RG for the reason of handling for all the road trips I do. And it was better then any of my priors for sure. But I never liked the look of it the whole time I had it. But I’d sure love to have that challenger drivetrain ! And I have no wind issues at all on my limited but I do run fork wind deflectors
     
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    C'mon.....you can't see how you look while riding it anyway! Ok, well, don't ride one!!!!!!;):)
     
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    Lol when they put that drivetrain into a chieftain there’s a very good chance I’ll have one ;):D
     
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    Like dirt in her stretch marks......
     
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    That's rough. Reminds me of the Matador, just outside the east gate at Eglin AFB.

    I've never had a bike with a fairing, so it never occurred to me that high speed aerodynamics would factor in. That may be why my father-in-law would back off once I hit 115.
     
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