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Discussion in 'Indian Challenger' started by Papa Lar, May 10, 2022.
Took this one for a test ride. It was really solid in a hefty crosswind. I feel it growing on me.
They are good running bikes.
I've been thinking about the Challenger and the Springfield for a while myself. And crosswinds are one of the reasons I considered the Challenger, since my wife's family lives in one of the windiest cities in the country.
It's challenging not to buy.
I see what you did
My friend bought a 20 in November of 19. He has 40k miles on it. 38 states
Hey Papa, How tall are you and is your foot flat on the ground in that pic?
I'm 6' 2" (188 cm)
My foot is flat in the picture. I definately could feel the difference in the lower seat compared to my RM. I can flat foot that too but not a lot of bend in the knee.
I can see myself being jealous. Hope it happens for you.
Why is the Challenger better in a crosswind? Looks like that big fairing sticking out front would catch more wind than the Chieftains fairing would.
The combination of the fairing being frame-mounted (as opposed to fork-mounted) and the more "pointy" aerodynamics, as far as I know.
Also the weight, if comparing with a smaller bike. Not the case when comparing with a Chieftain, of course.
You setting on a Challenger yet?
No. I haven't got the answer back from the insurance if the RM is totaled. In the interim I bought a ST1300 from a friend who had excess bikes. I go up to Idaho to pick it up in a couple weeks. I'll ride it until I can find a good deal on a '21 or newer Challenger. And of course I have the trusty KLR as a run-around in the meantime.
If I say I hope your RM is totalled would be rude but it would result in a Challenger which is good.
My hope is that they total the RM and let me buy it back. Then I could buy a Challenger for the long trips and strip the RM down for a knock-around ride for local trips.
Stripped down RM.... you got a Springfield.... afterwards
That would be interesting. I was thinking that with all the electronics, I would need to replace the fairing and make a chieftain out of it.
Forgot about RideCommand
My first thought as well, then I also remembered about RC...