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  1. Klyde1

    Klyde1 Well-Known Member

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    I just received my latest print copy of the IMRG newsletter. There's a story in there of a retired farmer, that lives in Minnesnowta, who has 192,000 miles on his 2014 Chieftain. There's a photo of his odometer to prove it. He says he never travels more than 100 miles from home - usually does that twice per day, and has not modified his ride other than to install a removable passenger backrest. He was actually considering a trike when he test-rode the Indian, and that sold him. Guess he doesn't have a clacker, eh?
     
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    Sorry, I didn't see that someone had already started a thread on this topics. Moderators, feel free to delete this one if you feel so inclined.
     
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    I try to ride every day and normally don’t get much more than 150 miles from home. I’ve been able to ride my SF for 15 of the 22 months I’ve owned it and have 19,000 miles on it. You’d practically have to live on your bike to rack up the short range mileage he has. When you factor in where he lives it makes it that much more incredible.
     
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    Exactly. I ride my Indian A LOT (when there's no snow in my way) and I only have 50,000 miles after 20 months. :confused:
     
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    Had a 1,000 month mile a month average for a while , but lost it for now, may get it back this summer .. :)
     
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    How do you know it's not a clacker?
     
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    Got a fright when I worked out my miles since getting the second Scout Jay. I've done 5,000 miles since November and I'm not riding anywhere near as much as I used to because of the body recovering,......so I was a little surprised at the distance,......
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    I was doing 2,000 a month until my accident. I got back up to 1,000 but have dropped off again. The fire just isn't there any more but it should be because I feel better after a ride than before. Pains are way down. But that only lasts about an hour after and the pain level starts bak up. But I can't stay on a bike all the time.:rolleyes:
     
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    Well this is interesting, here I was thinking I was the only one feeling the way I do and then I read your post. It's like I'm reading me! I have even thought of selling the Scout already and buying a do up,......there's a 1941 741B, painted red I can get for 12500 Kiwi. I mean if the fire for the ride is dying I'm gonna need something to tinker with. I will still have Gertruda the Intruder,.....oh and the cage Stephs friend gave us,.....
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    I just need to find another reason to ride. I was doing PGR missions but locally that group has just got to political. I can only take so much of their progressive BS. Then they started doing Honor Guard flag presentations and not requesting the Legion Honor Guard. PGR ride captains are making a mockery of it and I gave them 2 years to straighten out but just can't take any more of it. When visitors come by to shake my hand and ask(they can see my Legion patch) if they always have trouble like that, it got to me finally. Enough is enough. It's a local problem and maybe some day those ride captains will leave and I can go back to it.
     
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    Regardless of the organization, even with such a Noble cause as the PGR has, it’s inevitable. That is why, I refuse to join any group including the Legion Riders or the PGR.

    Sorry about the issues and hope it gets better.
     
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    How do you become a ride captain? Maybe you should jump in there. It's better to be an influencer.
     
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    We have averaged 1,000 miles/month on the Vintage since buying it in August 16. Scheduling the 20K service....also think I'm going to proactively replace front fork seals and replace the fluid with a good synthetic. Front end is starting to feel "flat". - John
     
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    I can't help but think back many years to when we had a group of riders, maybe 8 - 9 guys who would meet and ride on the weekends as you do. Two of the group ended up with positions within the local chapter and ourlittle group fell apart in no time flat. It seemed everything was good untill someone got a "title". Of all the guys only Noel and I ride together now. Our comraderie is as strong now as it ever was. Sensing I was down last week, Noel jumped in his 4x4, travelled a hundred miles, took me out for the day. This is a guy who is recovering from cancer, is too weak to ride his Harley but found the strength to visit me,......speak volumes I feel,......
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    Well, that's why I started flying big flags and leading the escorts. But the ride captains have to go to stupid political meets and kiss butt. I refuse to do that. Our Legion post does on occasion still need my escort services. Just not as many as the PGR did/does. Some day the PGR will realize they've cut out half the potential volunteers here locally, or not. If that ever happens and I'm not too old to ride I'll be back. We went from 15 to 20 riders each and every mission down to 3 to 5 and if my wife and I showed up 7. That's a huge drop. But right now they don't seem to care. It is the typical denial the left leaning live in. Trying to be and do the best for all is EXTREMELY hard. I understand that but they right now don't even care. Denial is their thing. I just keep hoping they wake up before it's too late. I don't know if it's a nation wide thing or just a local issue but hope it's just local. Even the number of requests for PGR service has dropped. It really is sad.

    Okay...back to Indian durability. :D
     
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    I just joined yesterday and found this old thread of myself, so I figured it needed an update! Here’s a recent photo of my odometer to show longevity is possible with the Thunderstroke 111 . 3F71349E-6EDC-4F45-A22F-28C4A1453FF6.jpeg
     
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    Hi Larry!,....Welcome aboard Buddy,.......you mean you are the guy Klyde was talking about?,.....Boy!,....You've come a long way since then huh!:p:p:p,.....keep it up Bud,.....half a mill is not far away but don't wait till then to come chat again:cool::p:D:rolleyes:;)
    Alpal, from where number 35 grew up!:p
     
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    Okay -- what's a clacker?
     
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    Oh, wait -- I know: an Oriental cracker . . . . politically incorrect on two levels, huh?
     
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    A “clacker” is a term that HD made up to convince everyone that the TS111 makes a clacking noise and make everyone think there’s something inherently wrong with the design. The campaign failed.
     
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