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Indian Chieftain Touring

2014 Indian Chieftain, Davidson CVO Ultra Classic, and Cross Roads Tour Ride and Comparison

The New 2014 Chieftain and no that is not my helmet but most definitely is my shirt.

Ok, say you are in and if by some rare circumstance, you yourself with some time. You know, the time shopping, eating, drinking and You should totally take … to the demo rides. one of my favorite things to do at the rally, is out the latest and greatest motorcycle

I mean, where else can you ride any motorcycle you wish, free and with no pressure or to purchase anything . With a scan of your drivers within a few seconds you can be on your

This year my wife and I our Harley Davidson Heritage to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. It so happens, she was just as excited as I was to some new bikes. Although, as a driver.

A little background, my and I have traveled a decent on motorcycles. We have traveled and without windshields and soft but never with a fairing or bags. Maybe we are getting or at least wiser, but the full touring bikes, the ones a fairing and hard bags, are to look more and more particularly to my passenger.

With said, we decided for time’s to stick with the American Indian, Victory and Harley

From Indian, we decided to the $22,999 Chieftain. From we tested the $22,499 Victory Country Tour. Lastly, Harley Davidson, we rode the CVO Ultra Classic. Each of bikes represents the flagship models from these

Two side notes. Firstly, excludes the frame mounted bikes i.e. the Victory and Harley Davidson Road Secondly, I would typically a bike like the new Indian to be a bagger more so than a touring bike.

The Chieftain lacks a tour and any passenger backrest, but it is the most model Indian has at this

I first tested the Indian on a windy evening. The next was slightly less breezy and I was to demo the Victory. A few hours I test rode the CVO Harley.

review is just meant to be mine and my wife’s honest and impressions after riding model. This review is not a of specs and performance numbers of bike. For more specific I recommend checking out each websites, here. here and

I will compare each based on Fit and Finish, Engine, and Handling and Passenger Comfort . So get started.

Fit and Finish:

The Indian had great fit and finish. The engine is the of any cruiser based motorcycle. took this to heart designing the Chieftain. A quick at the 111c.i.

Thunder Stroke and you can see the designers efforts to reflect the history and tradition of Indian. previous incarnations, it does so copying any cues from Davidson. The Thunder Stroke incorporates great touches as finned heads and downward exhaust pipes. The paint is top and cables are hidden nicely. The as on any motorcycle, can be a love or hate

In this case, Indian cues from streamlined of years past and the fairing matches the flow and feel of the

The Victory Cross Country too has fit and finish. Although, not on par with the and Harley. The lines of the Victory are contemporary and not a redo of past Love it or hate it, the styling is from the other classically bikes. The paint and overall does not quite match the quality as the Indian and Harley but instead implies a more look and is distinctive.

If the Harley and Indian use contrast of paint, illustrious chrome, rods and classic flowing to invoke are feeling of nostalgia, Victory uses sharper combined with long lines to instill a more and functional feel. The 106c.i. engine compliments this lacking push rods and heads, but instead has a more utilitarian appearance.

The Harley has probably the best paint in the and chrome galore to compliment. Fit and is fantastic, and the Twin Cam 110c.i. like a jewel in the center of it Harley Davidson has been at a long, long time, and it

There is not a part on the bike looks like it hasn’t contemplated, designed, and redesigned to it just the way they wanted it. again the CVO Harley costs starting, so it should be well through.

Winner: Harley The other bikes just match the fit and finish.


The Chieftain use the new Thunder Stroke The Thunder Stroke is one cubic larger then Harley largest non racing engine, vs 110c.i. Coincidence?

I’ll let you

I heard about how smooth and is over and over and over at the unveiling party, and at the Indian off of Lazelle St. but I have to disagree. At and under throttle, you can see vibrations to the bars and even rear While riding the bike, under throttle, I could the pulsation of the engine. But, is not necessarily a bad thing.

This is a v-twin engine, not a six car. Some vibration to the character of the motorcycle, as long as it not take away from the quality, which it did not. In case, I liked the feel of the

From the seat of the pants the Thunder Stroke felt the power and quickest of the bunch.

was a problem though. Heat is also something else frequently came up as great the new Indians at the Indian tent. At and slow speeds, it was fine. At and interstate speeds, the bottom of my were cooking. I can only the wind crossing the engine was directed to the inner and bottom of my thighs.

It was hot enough to be uncomfortable a short, but fast jaunt on the

The Victory Freedom engine was the of the bunch, but was not lacking for power. The seemed very linear and strong and smooth. It felt and kept pulling hard the rev limiter kicked in.

Heat the engine was less than the at idle, but warmer than the It was also warmer than the but cooler than the Indian at

The Harley Davidson is a rubber engine, and as such, vibration is at idle. The vibration adds of character and makes the bike alive. However, the vibrations dissipate as the rpm’s rise.

As vibration is felt at idle, the is also the smoothest at 75 and above. from the Harley, like the and Victory, is strong, leaving me a grin on my face.

On not such a note, under heavy and acceleration, the Harley’s engine like a tin can being thrown a stairway. I have ridden before and have never this noise. I alerted the Davidson team at the demo

They expressed some so I can not imagine this being noise.

Winner: Victory. The wasn’t the best at anything, but have any major drawback The excessive heat on the Indian and noises on the Harley were too to put them first.

Indian Chieftain Touring

Ride and

The Indian handled great, It was well balanced, and felt for such a heavy bike. of this could because of the of trunk, but I believe even a trunk, it would be easy The bike rode nicely bumps, cornered with and cut the wind on the highway better either of the other bikes. feature that separated the from the Victory and Harley was the adjustable windscreen.

With the fully down, as I prefer, at six tall I could see over the but the majority of air was still directed off of my With the screen all of the way up, the air was directed above both my and my wife’s

My first complaint about the and I am being picky, was the front They were grabbing and the front of the bike to drive I applied them. Again, I am picky, and this would improve with use.

My complaint about the Indian was the cramped position. I am six foot and the high placement of the floor put my thighs past parallel the ground. Maybe I am just to a more open riding but I think on long trips could become a problem.

The Country Tour was top heavy. made it somewhat difficulty to around at parking lot speeds. So top that I almost immediately it as soon as we started moving I turned to the left. It’s not bad You just have to be aware the center of gravity is high and appropriate adjustments.

Once speeds start to up, however, the bike corners and goes down highway I noticed slightly more feel being transferred the fairing than the Indian but no than the Ultra Classic. The position was more comfortable the Chieftain and Ultra.

The Harley CVO Ultra Classic is a beast of at walking speeds. Your are spread wide, the passengers placement is directly in line where you need to place legs to touch the ground, and it is It is by far the hardest bike to push

However, once you lift feet, the weight disappears. The feels like you are sitting on the versus in the bike. That is up to you if is good or bad.

The sitting is between the Chieftain and Cross feeling more cramped the Victory and slightly less than the Indian. The windscreen on the is shorter than a standard Glide providing adequate for me, but little for my passenger.

Winner: The Indian cut through the wind, great at slow speeds, and had the cool adjustable windscreen.


Compared to the other two Indian failed in this The Chieftain wears no trunk or backrest. My wife reported unsafe during hard and unable to relax while on the interstate.

The Victory on the other elicited a, I could ride on all day long, from my wife. She minimal wind and a comfortable and seat.

She reported feeling very on the Harley Davidson as well, but more wind in her face due to the windscreen, and had less room to around.

Winner: The Cross Tour slightly edged out the CVO Davidson due to its better wind and passenger comfort.

Final It you are in the market for a new touring motorcycle, I this comparison helps. of my demo rides was fairly but included slow speeds, speed, hard acceleration, braking, and sharp corners. In the all of the competitors had benefits and drawbacks.

in the end I do not think you could go wrong any of the models. I would recommend each bike for at least a few and trying them for yourself.

Final Thoughts: Ok, calm I know, I know, I haven’t you which motorcycle is the best. So one is the best? Warning, cop out ahead. up to you.

If you want a great all bike and you don’t plan on two up, then the Indian Chieftain has name on it. If exclusivity and fit and finish is thing and money is no object, the CVO Ultra Classic is your For those looking for rider and comfort, function and affordability look no farther than the Cross Country Tour.


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