By James “Hollywood” Macecari
Jay Bennett is a damn good journalist that I follow over at Popular Mechanics. So naturally when he put out this review of his test drive of the Chieftain I took notice. Right now I own a 01 Fatboy. A scooter that I will never part with. But I’m also looking around for a second bike that I could use for some cross country rides this year as I go cover some events.
My 01 Fatboy has been a dream ride for me. I’ve owned dozen of Harley Davidson motorcycles in the past. Everything from a Sportster to Glide. I finally found what I was looking for in the Fatboy. This winter season has been nothing but customizing it and throwing all the ideas into how I want it to look. I’m a West Coast fan when it comes to styling, the apes, fishtail pipes and so on.
So while I’m looking to perfect the Fatboy, I’ve been seriously looking around for a second. Have to say, Indian is really starting to catch my eye.
In previous revisions and comeback of the Indian brand name I would’ve never thought about going to them. The backers that took on the Indian name were shady at best. Reason why it failed so many times in the past.
With Polaris taking them on a vote of confidence comes into play. Through the Victory Brand Polaris was able to tinker with it’s business model and capture the hearts of many riders who prefer American Made Bikes. Many people are upset when they discontinued the Victory Line, personally, I think they made the right choice. Polaris learned the lessons it need to so they could focus 100% on the Indian Brand.
That choice is starting to pay off for Polaris. With Harley Davidson facing some of the toughest times since before AMF, Indian has been gaining steam with it’s line of models in 2018. They have priced most of their models comparable to the foreign makes (Something that Harley will never do) and targeting the blue collar worker. Something Harley Davidson has not done since before the RUB wave.
Still have a lot of thinking to do on which direction I want to go with my search. But right now Indian is topping off that list. Actually, Harley Davidson isn’t even on the list. For someone that has always rode a Harley, that’s pretty sad to say.