Indian and Harley similarity

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  1. Bobby Jesus

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    4B2D3B8B-3826-4B96-899A-399F3468FFCF.jpeg A39858FD-E43F-4C34-9134-19253A60B671.jpeg They looked alike back then. They look alike today. Here is an example of their 1935 offering. Now lets ride
     
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    My wife looks a lot like her sister.
    I dated both.....one became my wife.... Indian became my bike...:p
     
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    97E73802-FC44-438B-B25D-3544B698C5D8.jpeg A59DE5A2-F287-4804-9B6D-B76EF2B1190E.jpeg Here's an example of the 1925 offering
     
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    That should make for some interesting family get togethers :D
     
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    :D...all is well buddy. I chose well in each case. :p
    She's my Indian....
     
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    6E621E5F-0122-454B-8278-A3B4DFA39BB3.jpeg C7D58893-AE14-48B1-85B3-CA7CDAD4E449.jpeg Ok. Last one. 2021
     
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    Agree, And why stop at HD?? You can throw my Roadstar or even my Royal Star in there. Vulcan, Boulevard...... There is only so much you can do with a large V-Twin bike. Get too crazy and they don't sell. Keep it fairly traditional and your copying. I like the new Chief. The day it came out I had stopped at an HD dealer. I love the Slim, A good compromise between their full size baggers and the Sporty, but with the big engine. If I were to buy a HD this is what I would get. But I don't want a Harley!!!!! So Indian just gave me a choice, which as I get older and my Vintage gets heavier I will certainly look at. But alas, there are those who could make a clone argument out of this also.......;)

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    Oh yeah,,, I will wait till they offer full fenders though! Not the full skirts, but regular fenders. Don't like the bob ones....
     
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    I think the "issue" if there is one, is regression to the mean, as opposed to differentiation through a stylistic evolution.
    The FTR is different (even than the other nakeds), the Classic is different, the Vintage is different, and the Scout is different. The #ChiefGlide, the Challenger, and the Chief, feel derivative. I like them all. Hell, I've owned two generations of Chieftains and am likely to own a Challenger. I'm just trying to make a conversational point not bitch about it.
     
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    Key words;

    "regression to the means"
     
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    I've never said that Indian "copying" HD was necessarily a bad thing. After all, before I bought my DH Chieftain, my plan was to find a post '08 Road Star and get rid of (black out) all the chrome and throw a HD style bat-wing on it.

    I guess, especially in the case of Chief Glide, why do it? You had a perfectly good, original looking fairing and set of bags. Why ditch them simply to pay homage to Milwaukee?

    As far as the Challenger, there are several other frame mounted fairing that are not quite as shark-like, i.e., Vaquero, Venture, Eluder, even the CTX. SO, could Polaris have been a little more original? Maybe yes.

    It has to be, admittedly, a bit harder when you don't have all the body parts, so I really give the new Chief a 100% pass on the close issue.

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    Totally agree on the fairing issue
     
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    Thanks.
    I made that point verbally in a post, but pictures are far better.

    BTW.....who was copying who, lol?!?
    Indian came first....
     
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    Pre 1953, that is the case.
     
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    Oh, I know.
    It's all good.

    It's the engines and other design elements that really matter.
    I love how I could pull a single pin, lower the rear wheel, change the tire and put it right back-- piece of cake.

    Indian has some great stuff.....like pull one pin and change your brake pads in 30 seconds.

    I like alot of Harleys style, so I'm not wound up about it.

    I want a reliable, great handling bike.
    Got one -- thanks, Indian.
     
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