No more skirted fender?

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  1. N. Cognito

    N. Cognito Well-Known Member

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    Apologies if you read this (cough) elsewhere (cough)...

    Fairly solid word from my dealer that Indian informed them today that future Chieftain models, not just the Elite/Limited models will come with the larger front wheel and non-skirted fender.

    Now, I have some difficulty with this, as it would seem to diminish the value of the special editions if the open fender wasn't an exclusive feature. But speaking strictly for me, the lack of the traditional skirted fender, complete with lighted Warbonnet would come close to being a deal-breaker. OR, at the least would aim me to the used market.

    Thoughts? Confirmation? Disproof?
     
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    I think Indian should build both models. Too many people like the Skirted Fender.
     
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    There will be both options. There will also be a fender-wheel kit so you can customize you chief. You can also leave on the skirted fender and add the 19" wheel. I for one, like both fenders but the skirted fender is special.
     
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    I think (and sincerely hope) that your dealer is misinformed.
     
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    I think the Option should be available for Skirtless at a reasonable cost but personally think the Skirted Fender is fine unless want to add air to the Tires .. :)
     
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    Don't go being practical there, Jay...
     
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    Sounds like a poker game, "Dealers Choice".
     
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    Agreed. One of the biggest features that got me off my previous bike onto my chief classic was in fact that classic Indian look with the skirted fenders. Stands out in a crowd for sure and the warbonnet is a MUST for me.

    Going away from the traditional Indian look seems counter-intuitive since the skirted fenders and war bonnet are what make the Indian, an Indian. I love the powerplant for sure but if the future of Indian is without the classic looks, that would be a deal breaker to me.
     
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    Yeah, I wonder. I suspect that the rear on the Elite/Limited is different than on the regular Chieftains. So the cost difference from a production standpoint is the wheels (maybe a wash?), the front tire (almost certainly a wash), and the fender (the cutaway version almost certainly cheaper to stamp, finish, and paint). So, to go all tin hat conspiracy theory...do we end up paying more to get the skirted fender?
     
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    At my age (62) I doubt this will affect me. I don't think I'd be interested in an Indian without skirted fenders. But if they did quit them all together I suspect ten years later I could still buy a clean low mileage one off of Craigslist or Cycle Trader. By the time I wear that one out I'll probably be in chrome plated 4 wheeler i.e. Wheelchair.
     
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    Another practical viewpoint...

    J/K.

    The used option is where I'd go, too. Truth is, if I'm smart, that's where I go anyway.
     
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    I'm pretty sure I suggested this would happen. Indian now builds Harley clones/alternatives and may make some "vintage" editions to remind us that the brand had an identity.

    If this rumor becomes reality, it may be time for me to go buy a Roadglide.
     
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    Not going to happen. Just another option. The new bike is a hit but so is the Roadmaster classic (black) indian is just reaching out to those who want less fender. Again, more choices mean more sales. I'm not complaining.
     
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    I hope you're right, but the slide away from what I consider authenticity seems inexorable. Time will tell.
     
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    Another practical viewpoint: wait until you're riding in sleet and rain for a few hours. Makes you appreciate the skirted fenders.
     
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    Been in rain many times - with no lower coverage still get soaked unless I minimally have gaters or a suit on - now front coverage from the fairing and windshield is totally different with very good weather protection
     
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    I prefer Commando.
     
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    I have a Mint Condition 2016 Vintage for sale on here, you should snap it up ! ...$ 15,500
     
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    TMI o_O:eek:
     
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