Take a look at that building - the reason they failed the first 50 times is because they spent all their cash on infrastructure - buildings, furniture, etc... and not enough on the bikes and a qualified dealer network
The bikes started having problems and there was nobody there to service them.
I like the Chief Standard, kinda looks cool to me. I wish them luck and at $30k+ they are going to need it. They lost alot of loyal customers last time out and trying to win them back with these prices seems like a failure waiting to happen. I give them 5 years tops
I guess opinions vary. Personally, I like the look of the Indian. Granted, I would not pay $35K for the bike, but it looks cool. It's not my style, but I can imagine myself talking to an owner about his ride and him (or her - gotta be politically correct - LOL) about mine (Raider). Actually, everywhere I go people stop and talk about my bike. Today I was in a Harley shop, Eagle Leather (buying new gloves) and another shop and everywhere I went I ended up talking to people. They were astonished when I told them it's "113 cubic inches of raw attitude'.
I'm a relatively tame/mellow guy. For what it's worth, I have never experienced the feeling of peer pressure - even though I had several VTX rider friends tell me not to get a Raider. I did it MY way. It just suits me.
As for any Indian owners - old or new - it's their ride. It's their pride and joy and means as much to them as the Raider means to me. I would never even think the thought that their ride is inferior' in any way. It's just different.
If I'm lucky, I'll ride one one day - just to say I did it.
I agree with Pink on this and every other my bike is better or worse thread that is out there. I will ride what I want they can ride what they want, I hate to see people rain on others parade just because it is diffrent from what they would have choosen. (not saying thats what is going on here)
I am not a big fan of these at all, but I would never say that to a new owner who just coughed up 35K. What's with the cyclops on the front fender? Anyone?