I never read any of that stuff on the forums before I bought mine. In fact this is the first I am reading about it now.No it was not a troll but people who have had problems with their thunderstroke engine. These problems are documented and real unless your flavor of kool-aid is Indian. No engine is perfect no matter how many R&D test miles they say they have on it. BTW, HD said they tested TC engine for 2.5 million miles before release.
I'm curious have you not visited the Indian forums and read about these problems, they have even been posted on the Indian FB page?
Even for the 2016's?Go on a Indian form. Complaints of a lot oh heat coming of the motor, sound familiar doesn't it. They have had a recall, motor running very hot, bike could catch on fire. A good bike, but not perfect. One owner took his bike to the dealer, his pipes were glowing red. Dealer " it's ok, they all do this". On this form, of course a Indian is going to tell you how great his bike is. In his eyes it is.
That's not surprising.Friend of mine has one ... a 2014 I think. It caught fire a month or so ago.... apparently a gas tank weld failed and leaking gas ignited. Damage repaired under warranty.
Other than that he loves the bike.
Anybody else have fire problems?
This is a mechanical device. As with all machines you will have a failure every now and then. However one out of thousands of Thunderstoke motors is not bad odds. Even 100 out of thousands is not bad. Some people just like to take the worst of something really good and bring light to it. If you look at any brand you can find a tread about failures. Not to mention HD because it would take years to go through all of them. Just enjoy your new Indians and ride them. They will give you years of reliable service and fun. Indian is here to stay. Polaris is a company just like Harley only more diversified in it endeavors. They are very committed to the Indian brand.Except for the heat, the clacking and possible engine failure
I really liked the Springfield Best on Looks and Handling , but with the wife who does like ride along now and then, approved the Chieftain so with Tunes and Fairing , that's what I have with no regrets .. As least the Chieftain Fairing Windshield is Adjustable ..Rode a new Springfield yesterday on a demo ride and was totally impressed with the handling & power and a lot less vibration than my Harley.
The Dealer network,and support by the Company, are Pitiful.. especially when they took the time to create a pretty good product... Cheap made... but pretty nice.Just had a buddy's Chieftain engine fail this summer while under full warranty. Polaris had zero engines available and no parts. Would be two weeks before they could put something together. So instead of getting a replacement engine, or everything internal (the case's we fine), they did let the dealer pull a used one out of a used bike and put in his. Not sure how ID feel about that, but, it did solve the problem.
Oh My!!! I cannot get away from the Vintage!!!I really liked the Springfield Best on Looks and Handling , but with the wife who does like ride along now and then, approved the Chieftain so with Tunes and Fairing , that's what I have with no regrets .. As least the Chieftain Fairing Windshield is Adjustable ..