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The Dark Side / Re: My Darkside...
« on: October 06, 2019, 02:02:09 pm »
Baited with beer I'm ok with.... :mfr_lol:

The Dark Side / Re: My Darkside...
« on: September 30, 2019, 12:28:51 pm »
I would love to meet all of you as well.

The Dark Side / Re: My Darkside...
« on: September 29, 2019, 04:44:42 pm »
My friend, I unlike many over here (US), understand what England means.  It's all England.  Whilst we would have liked to tour Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland I had to make a tough decision on where we wanted to go.  I needed to include Oxford and the only tour that did that was all England.  We'll arrive in London and depart from Manchester.  Many tears will flow and much beer will be consumed.  I haven't been back since the fall of 1968.

The Dark Side / Re: My Darkside...
« on: September 28, 2019, 05:56:59 pm »
I don't think that's on the itinerary, unfortunately.  I believe it's all England.  I'd love to go there, though.  I'll post everything soon.

The Dark Side / Re: My Darkside...
« on: September 28, 2019, 04:38:23 pm »
Will be coming over on a 13 day tour with a group from our AAA tours.  Once I get final details I'll let you know where we're going to be staying along the route.  Hopefully we can meet up at some point.

The Dark Side / Re: My Darkside...
« on: September 27, 2019, 05:58:22 pm »
So what you're saying is I should come back to England?  Well, stay tuned for May 2020.

The Dark Side / Re: My Darkside...
« on: September 27, 2019, 01:36:34 pm »
Update:  Have taken the bike out with the Mrs on a quite a few long trips and I must say that I don't regret our decision (she picked it out actually) to purchase the bike at all.  Will be riding this one, the bike and also the Mrs, for quite some time into the future.  I didn't think I'd like the louder pipes but that sound grows on you.  It's so guttural.  It just makes me feel good.  Having ridden quiet bikes since 1995, it's quite the change up.

Accessories (Indian and aftermarket) are abundant unfortunately for the Indians as my wallet can attest to unlike the GTR.  Polaris Industries (owner of the brand) is doing this iteration of the Indian motorcycle right and is gaining market share over Harley Davidson.

Since the last update have gone to Indian stage 2 which is a cam and ecu update.  Has quite the lope now....even better.  The only nits I have with it is the heat output and it's somewhat heavy debonair.  Makes the GTR heat output (gen 1 bike) feel non-existent.  It's not too bad whilst riding but heaven forbid you sit in a traffic jam in 90 degree plus weather.  It cooks you alive.  Probably will be buying Love Jugs (electrical fans that attach to the two cylinders) next year to cool it down somewhat.  The newer bikes (2019) will cut the ignition to the rear cylinder to manage heat when stopped but running).  The weight without rider is about 940 lbs.  With rider, passenger, and accoutrements it's pushing 3/4 tonne.  Went down with it on our last trip in a parking lot (no speed, just tipped over) and before you could say WTF, the group had us back up within seconds.  No damage except a small boo boo on the front right engine guard.

The only things I've had go wrong with it were the rear TPMS (started to flat line) and replaced a slow starting starter.  The drive belt adjustment can be a bear as I've been dealing with a chirping belt for awhile but it seems that's been taken care of last night by the dealer.  Also, lack of a center stand presents maintenance challenges to the point that most of what I get done is with the dealer.

I've also joined our local IMRG (Indian Motorcycle Riders Group club.  We support ChildHelp which takes care of abused children and raise funds for them year round.  I can't say enough about our IMRGF (Fredericksburg, VA) members and functions as I've never been part of an organised group like this. Always been 'Lone Wolf' for my entire riding career.  Actually makes me teary eye'd on thinking about it.  Can't say enough about our dealer either in Fredericksburg.  They've been good to us and are very pleasant to work with.  I know all of them by their first names.

All in all, I'm glad we made the switch.  The C14/GTR has gone on to a good home and to someone that really likes it and I get parental visits on occasion.  :laugh:

The Dark Side / Re: My Darkside...
« on: October 11, 2017, 06:01:06 pm »
You know, the more I ride this bike, the more I like it.   It just feels good.  A tad on the noisy side but as I'm going slowly deaf, that really is not an issue.

The Dark Side / Re: My Darkside...
« on: June 11, 2017, 07:47:12 pm »
As do I.  I like Art Deco and this bike definitely has that look.  It does have reverse but it requires feet to implement.

The Dark Side / Re: Why are people moving to the dark side?
« on: June 11, 2017, 07:45:23 pm »
It certainly was a weight issue for me.   I wanted a heavier bike to throw around.  I think my Indian is nearly 900 lbs.  I didn't go out looking for a new bike, you know.  It kinda just happened.  I still have the C14 but it's sulking in the back of the garage for now.

The Dark Side / Re: My Darkside...
« on: May 19, 2017, 08:44:21 pm »
Yep, it's American but I think they sell them over your way as well.

The Dark Side / My Darkside...
« on: May 19, 2017, 06:52:13 pm »
About two months ago we wandered into the Indian Dealer....  Bought a Roadmaster.   The C14 will be going up for sale soon.   Very smooth riding bike albeit somewhat loud.  Got a stage 1 performance kit put on yesterday (intake, pipes, ecu remap)..made a big difference, not that it needed the power but I wanted just a little bit more.

« on: March 29, 2017, 09:31:59 pm »
That missile destroyed another BMW didn't it?  If so:

The Dark Side / Re: Summoned to the Dark Side
« on: November 30, 2016, 10:09:07 pm »
you certainly could not, that's one of the things about this superb forum

That's  not really a pictur of me ya know   :no:   

Quite right.  We have his real picture on our forum... :mfr_lol:

The Dark Side / Re: My Dark Side Ride
« on: September 29, 2016, 10:10:59 pm »
No good can come from washing bikes...

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