Question about the Challenger.

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  1. Traveler

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    Would it be in the ballpark to say the coming Challenger, from what is known already, is basically a
    Chieftain with a new faring & engine? Bags, seat, frame, taillights, etc, etc? I realize the ft forks are inverted aka Victory Cross Country but basically still a Chieftain.
     
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    It looks like it has the same frame as the 111/116 bikes except for the accommodation for the radiator.
     
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    Is that not standard auto manufacturing practice to use an existing frame platform keeps cost down and aftermarket parts stocking. What will be the retail pricing? Is surely what we all want to know. It will be above FTR but will it be under the asking price of the lowest priced big block.
     
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    The frame seems likely to have been changed since the 111 motor is a structural part of the frame. Further, that tank looks different to me, as well. Those wheels, fenders, and seat are all "in family", though. Finally, RideCommand is upgraded.
     
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    Some things stay the same,.....Why reinvent the wheel?,.....each time?,........
     
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    Totally Different Engine plus being Water Cooled .. Still think this was the Victory Engine that was going into the Cross Country to pass EPA until Polaris decided to drop it and re-badged it Indian .. With the Drastic changes having a Frame Fairing , Totally different style Engine from the Thunder Stroke 111 , Different Front End with Inverted Forks, Brembo Brakes.. Kind of tough for me to think of it as a Chieftain other than it's an Indian Bagger ..
     
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    As I like to say, 'They'll be just alike only different.'
     
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    Front of frame is different. Back part of frame is the same.
     
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    So it actually is exactly the same, other than the fact that it's completely different.
     
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    Would look better IMO if it had the Chieftain faring or no faring
     
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    One massive difference will be the sport mode on the new challenger, it will be sick. i want to take one test riding in the South Island of New Zealand.
     
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    Hell, I just wanna visit New Zealand.
     
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    Welcome any time. With the members on here, we could probably escort you around the Country. Come over, but first buy 4 or 5 Challengers for us to get around on, haha
     
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    Surely your local bikies would just loan us a few? I hear they're really reasonable.
     
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    Spare room at my place for a base camp,.......
     
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    If hit the Lotto will buy one and ship it over to Ride There and have a Drawing for who wins it when I return Home without it .. :)
     
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    Many years ago, I had a co-worker that swore he was going to retire in New Zealand. He had some very
    compelling reasons, most of which wouldn't be for public discussion. But I'm with Jay, if I become a millionaire, I'm on my way!
     
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    Spare room at my place for both of you,......but you'll have to top and tail,....:cool::p:D
    Alpal
     
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    My wife and I visited New Zealand many years ago. It is, without a doubt, the most beautiful place I've been to. Add to that friendly people, great food and wine, and no language barrier for anglophones.
    You can find plenty of lists of the best places to retire as an expat. Ecuador usually tops the list, but I agree with you guys: If ever I were to leave the U.S. it would be for New Zealand.
    You just have to watch out for the locals...they kept trying to rub noses with my wife:
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    I had no idea that you're married to Olivia Newton John!
     

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