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Well, my friends... I thought I could hold out... but I can't. That's it.

I am "Chief'ing" my 1500 Intruder!

 

I have waited and waited, as patiently as I could, deadlines got pushed, bike has been delayed, I can't get no answers WHEN anyting is happening! That's it. Come what may... and it usually DOES after I do something about anything! ... and I hope it DOES! ... but I can't wait any longer to ride a "Chief" in Iceland... So I am just going to go ahead and Chief my Intruder!

 

Since 2004 I have had these Chief fenders, they have been through hell and back, caught in a hot water pipe bursting, stolen, retrieved by Hells Angels connected bikers... and me and my late mother gave me these fenders as a birthday present in 2004 and they form part of my Chief Memerobilia collection... (I have a lot of other Chief stuff, which I love but will NOT be putting on my 1500 Intruder) ... and been waiting for something, ANYTHING, to happen, a sign... but I can't wait anymore... That's it- . Ok, I did hear that Indian will be contacting those who have made the downpayment soon, to discuss "options" they want on their bikes... but no fixed date or firm details, or anything... so as some of you say "f*ck it" - I'll just make my own!

What the hell.

 

You can see the progress here:

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/0903/ice...chief_intruder/

I have been documenting it for some of my biker friends.

 

I'll be going for the black & cream look I have always wanted... and just make do with it.

 

In the meantime, if the Indian Chief comes out, ok, I WILL be watching it closely for reviews and performance, to see what people think of it, etc... and who knows what MAY happen in OUR future (me and the new Indian Chief)... but for now, at least MY wait is over. People! We're not getting any younger! - So, I will ride my OWN Chief'ed Intruder and be happy!

End of chapter... but not of STORY.

 

Yours, extremely frustrated,

Thor

 

Idea of how my Chief'ed Intruder may look (you will have to imagine a seat, it's a work on progress):

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I feel I should finish this story...  I now have 4 motorcycles in my garage... but only 3 of then have Indian Chief fenders on them...  The mentioned 1500 Chief Intruder... (based on a Suzuki Intr

Your $$..your bike....your passion for Indian left unsettled..you tried and now want to ride..build on and ride on..deep down inside you'll still ache for a chief, and maybe one day you'll get that In

i dont think me not wanting him to badge it as an indian is elitist Eric....I think it is different. Guy here has a Drifter....he has spent thousands on a DUPONT styled Indian paint job....hundreds o

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hehehe... Pessimists should look at the bright side... I get my Chief'ed ride NOW. Don't have to wait for something that may or may not be worth the wait. - After my ordeal with the Indian Chief I had last year, and losing $4500 on THAT deal, I now have a finely tuned, dependable, modern motorcycle at the heart of my bike, even if it IS a 1998 model, which is OLDER than the 2000 Indian Chief I had, it is but a MUCH more dependable bike. So the way I see it, I am WAY ahead, despite my huge $ loss... but I know the style of ride I like, and if this is the only way I can get it NOW, then so be it. hah!

 

We will have to see what Indian comes up with... If it's the same old same old, I will be even more relieved not to have waited and lost even MORE! - Don't get me wrong, I'll still stop by the roadside, as I have always done, to see if I can be of assitance to those who choose to ride bikes that constantly break down (I should know, I had a Harley like that once... AND an Indian Chief that was like that too) ... but that has never been my bag.

I'm a Rider not a Repairman.

 

Yours,

Thor

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We will have to see what Indian comes up with... If it's the same old same old, I will be even more relieved not to have waited and lost even MORE! - Don't get me wrong, I'll still stop by the roadside, as I have always done, to see if I can be of assitance to those who choose to ride bikes that constantly break down (I should know, I had a Harley like that once... AND an Indian Chief that was like that too) ... but that has never been my bag.

I'm a Rider not a Repairman.

 

Yours,

Thor

 

I understand where you are coming from

I also understand that you do not know any of us so there is no trust.

 

But Ron, Eddie and I have seen the new bikes. It will not be "the same old same old" crap that came outta Gilroy.

 

Hell, just go back over the history of how Gilroy came about and you will see that there is no comparison.

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Guess you have a case of "a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do". I am a bit of a purist when it comes to Indian and I like the more traditional look of most of our bikes.

I haven't had to think too much on the opposite, meaning other brands being altered to resemble Indians. I am not a big fan of the Drifter but other folks are and I respect their choices regardless of whether I like what they ride.

You could name it "Intrudian" or "Ind-truder" :P

I wish you luck for your endeavor and I hope that you are happy with the finished product. If my memory is accurate you have huge tax/import fees to pay on any bike that you have shipped over. Maybe your plan is a good Plan B. If you like it, in the end, that is all that matters.

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I understand where you are coming from

I also understand that you do not know any of us so there is no trust.

 

But Ron, Eddie and I have seen the new bikes. It will not be "the same old same old" crap that came outta Gilroy.

 

Hell, just go back over the history of how Gilroy came about and you will see that there is no comparison.

 

Hey there... It's not just about the trust, even though I don't know you guys, I do trust you to an extent, that's the unwritten "biker" code that I adhere to, also... On top of dependability and how easy it will be to get fixed if anything should go wrong, it's also a question of PRICE (that's a big issue for me, who doesn't make that much a month, and the bills have started stacking up, from fewer hours on offer. Partly my fault. While I was looking after my mother, who had cancer, I "gave away" part of my teaching hours to other teachers, to get more time away. These hours I nevere got back. They are happy to oblige, but not to retunr them later. Also as the job market is flooded by "computer" educated people, there are less applying, since there is a shortage of jobs, etc.). Anyway, if the new Indian Chiefs will have a decent motorcyle market price... then that would mean people like me might be able to afford one.

 

On top of everything else, I aim to come to the USA this summer to RIDE!

 

My plan was to ride the new Chief, but it looks like that will not happen... or at least I can't rely on it happening, meanwhile I still need to PLAN stuff around a bike I will be on, and since I don't know if I can afford one AND if it will be available... I still need to make the arrangements NOW (book flights, etc)...

 

So I have now bought a Roadstar in the USA, that a friend is "Chief'ing" as well... but I WILL have to have a bike in the USA this summer that I can RIDE! It will look like the Chief I am after, and NOT leave me stranded wherever I take it...

 

There is a long plan... but I don't know how much of it I can make happen, but I will be starting in Kentucky, I hope to ride south, to Arkansas, check out some land prices, then maybe Texas and AZ, and UT on the way to California for the annual 1500 Intruder BBQ in Riverside... before heading off to friends in Pahrump NV, maybe catch the Las Vegas show I missed last time, then roll to Devil's Tower Wyoming (again! I was there in 2001) across to Sturgis, then across to Minneapolis (visit more friends, maybe drop in on the dealership that sold me the Chief! Just top say "hi" (I don't hold grudges, life's too short!)), down to Chicago... Maybe swing by Springfield, see if there's anything left of the old Indian plant over there... Then of course, KingsMountain NC see what's going on there... Maybe by that time they will be offering guided tours of the factory... Knoxville Honda Hoot was on the agenda, and the SCRC national meeting... (I should pop in there, I made the wings on their emblem!)... and perhaps Virginia Beach to send the bike to Iceland... or leave it in my friend's garden shed, in Washington DC, where it will be next May when I do it all again! - Anyway... I need a bike that I can totally DEPEND on for such a trip... Not something that might still being tested, etc. AND I want it to have the Chief look... That's the style I love... and if this is the only way I can make it happen... Then so be it.

 

... and probably the most important thing: I will be happy.

 

Yours,

Thor

 

ps. I was half hoping the planned trip might be some sort of promotional tour for the new Chief... but, oh well. Maybe next year, if I can afford the bike! - In which case I WOULD take it to Iceland... and then to Germany the year after that. The 1500 Intruder crowd have an amazing "Riding in the Alps" gathering that I would especially have liked to attend on the new Chief! ... but New CHief, StarChief, whetever, so long as it gets me where I want to go, and looks like a Chief. I will be happy... and that's all that matters.

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Guess you have a case of "a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do". I am a bit of a purist when it comes to Indian and I like the more traditional look of most of our bikes.

I haven't had to think too much on the opposite, meaning other brands being altered to resemble Indians. I am not a big fan of the Drifter but other folks are and I respect their choices regardless of whether I like what they ride.

You could name it "Intrudian" or "Ind-truder" :P

I wish you luck for your endeavor and I hope that you are happy with the finished product. If my memory is accurate you have huge tax/import fees to pay on any bike that you have shipped over. Maybe your plan is a good Plan B. If you like it, in the end, that is all that matters.

 

Hey there...

 

Oh yes, I also love Indian alright, despite everything (sometimes I feel it's a love / hate relationship)... I have been in contact with Indian through the website a few times, and hope all the best for them... but that's the way it is... I have to try and make this happen in real terms, and just get on with it. - I can't hang around waiting forever, for something that may or may not be out of my price range anyway, after the whole wait... or until people find some fault with it (I HOPE not, but you never know, hence people were suggesitng "wait a year")... but that's another YEAR I'd have to wait... It's just TIME, that's all. Time has come, to make something happen. I have decided NOT to be sad or depressed in case I jumped the gun too quick... and the bikes I have can easily be sold (not my Harley, though, I guess I am STUCK with that forever? No one wants it, and I don't blame them! I just wanted to get paid for the work I did for the dealership up here, hence I bought that. Another mistake.)

 

I owned a Drifter in 2003 and it's not for me either. Even though mechanically sound, it was too small, fibreglass fenders didn't appeal to me, it BENT in the middle, the rider and passenger sat in mid air... The list is endless. I SO understand you not liking it, I didn't either, and I woned one! - I sold mine before I left the USA... It DID take me through 6 states, tho... and never left me stranded. - but it was not for me. - You just KNOW when a bike is right for you... and when it isn't.

 

[i feel it's only fair to reveal, that I HAVE been offered what I have been told is "perfectly sound Indian Chief" for the trip this summer... but it IS another 2000 Chief, and I just can't do it. - I'd go for the NEW Chief, because I KNOW they would do their best to make a bike that just GOES and GOES... but... price? when? etc. not known. So I will go with what what I know to be sure, this summer. - I am refering now to the RoadStar I have just bought, and will ALSO be Chief'ed, that I will ride across the USA on this summer. - I have never ridden a Roadstar before, it is always interesting to try a new bike... but I KNOW these bikes sell fast on the market... and I got a good "spring" price, I might even make a buck back (of the $4500 I lost in the USA last time :-]

 

"Intrudian" - There's already a guy in California who named his bike "Intrudian"... but it's not for me... The bike it resembles is an Chief... Hence my bike project is called "Chief Intruder"... Someone said that "if Indian is the manufacturer, and Chief is the model, then it should be Suzuki Chief?" that I also find not so interesting. I donno, people get caught up in the naming of stuff... I just like to think of it as a "classic looking bike." - There was a discussion on MotorcycleOnline.com that the "LC" in "1500 LC" (the model name of the Intruder) meant "Legendary Classic"... Later someone said it was a code name for "Long Chassis"... Who cares! it's just a name! haha

 

Yep, my happiness is at the ceneter of all of this... I just wanted to share that with the rest of the people on here. Those are still Indian Chief fenders on there... I thought people would be happy they were being put to good use! They don't just make Indian Motorcycles look good... They make ANYTHING look good!

... and that's why I bought them!

 

Yours,

Thor

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Looks like from the Pictures you put a lot of work into this Bike & looks like (from the pictures) you did a good job,,,You may catch some grief from some & some will respect it for what it is,,,,,,

 

Whats important is ,,,, Do you like it ? Thats all that matters!

 

I think it looks good & probably is more reliable and rides better than a lot of Indians/Harley's & victory too !

 

Dont worry, If you & your Chiefter ever get to Florida, look me up ,,,,,, I'll ride with ya !

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I understand where you are coming from

I also understand that you do not know any of us so there is no trust.

 

But Ron, Eddie and I have seen the new bikes. It will not be "the same old same old" crap that came outta Gilroy.

 

Hell, just go back over the history of how Gilroy came about and you will see that there is no comparison.

The proof is in the pudding...& so far, all "I've" seen is a EMPTY BOWL...n a Blurry photo.... :babyhaha::Rulz[1]::stfu:

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I understand where you are coming from

I also understand that you do not know any of us so there is no trust.

 

But Ron, Eddie and I have seen the new bikes. It will not be "the same old same old" crap that came outta Gilroy.

 

Hell, just go back over the history of how Gilroy came about and you will see that there is no comparison.

Hey last resort ! Is that avatar you have one of the ZZ Top members??? B)

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Well, my friends... I thought I could hold out... but I can't. That's it.

I am "Chief'ing" my 1500 Intruder!

 

I have waited and waited, as patiently as I could, deadlines got pushed, bike has been delayed, I can't get no answers WHEN anyting is happening! That's it. Come what may... and it usually DOES after I do something about anything! ... and I hope it DOES! ... but I can't wait any longer to ride a "Chief" in Iceland... So I am just going to go ahead and Chief my Intruder!

 

Since 2004 I have had these Chief fenders, they have been through hell and back, caught in a hot water pipe bursting, stolen, retrieved by Hells Angels connected bikers... and me and my late mother gave me these fenders as a birthday present in 2004 and they form part of my Chief Memerobilia collection... (I have a lot of other Chief stuff, which I love but will NOT be putting on my 1500 Intruder) ... and been waiting for something, ANYTHING, to happen, a sign... but I can't wait anymore... That's it- . Ok, I did hear that Indian will be contacting those who have made the downpayment soon, to discuss "options" they want on their bikes... but no fixed date or firm details, or anything... so as some of you say "f*ck it" - I'll just make my own!

What the hell.

 

You can see the progress here:

http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/0903/ice...chief_intruder/

I have been documenting it for some of my biker friends.

 

I'll be going for the black & cream look I have always wanted... and just make do with it.

 

In the meantime, if the Indian Chief comes out, ok, I WILL be watching it closely for reviews and performance, to see what people think of it, etc... and who knows what MAY happen in OUR future (me and the new Indian Chief)... but for now, at least MY wait is over. People! We're not getting any younger! - So, I will ride my OWN Chief'ed Intruder and be happy!

End of chapter... but not of STORY.

 

Yours, extremely frustrated,

Thor

 

Idea of how my Chief'ed Intruder may look (you will have to imagine a seat, it's a work on progress):

DSC02971f.jpg

Well the way I see it , you my friend have a desire and that my friend shows on your build. Great work! I myself commend you on your passion for Indian motorcycles but please do not refer to the bike as a Chief . Its a Intuder that intruded on a look of a real Chief. I would refer to the bike as Tomahawk! Because tomahawk chops things up and kills things. Its the Tomahawk from Iceland ! Cool! Thats it!

Ride with you anytime my friend.

Ride long Ride Safe

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if you want an indian get an indian....if you ride a kawasaki...be proud of your kawasaki.

 

I have no use for a metric bike with Indian tank stickers...a fender light...that says everything is Indian but is really a Kawasaki. Either be proud of what you ride or get something you can be proud of...but I totally hate it when people put the tank badges, lights, and all the other Indian Motorcycle stuff on their Kawasaki and then hope nobody notices.

 

 

Its like fucking and getting a blowjob from what you told your friends was a hot sexy woman...but she was found to have size 13 feet, red hair that was a wig...and was a dude.

 

Sorry you have "settled" when the bikes will be out in a couple months....and especially when three of us SAW THEM. Take a bit of work and conviction to own an Indian...either the wait is worth it...

 

I dont know....I thought you really loved Indian Motorcycles but now I think different. You are to be commended on your work and effort I guess....but it aint an Indian....and I just get totally disgusted by these "tribute bikes"

 

sorry......but that is me.

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I don't see, or have a problem with what you like or want to build.

 

As mentioned, it's still an Intruder, just will big fenders and a different look. It's really no different from anyone else trying to clone someone bike into their style.

 

Some may say my Honda 4 chopper is trying to be a Harley chopper. Wrong, I wanted to build a radical custom, just with a Honda motor that was built in the 1976 Bicenntenial year.

 

Enjoy your bike, it's your design and your build.

 

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difference is I dont think you would put Harley Davidson Stickers.....unique Harley Davidson branded and otherwise traditional items on your Honda chopper to "tribute" Harleys...

 

I dont have a problem with him painting the bike and fixing her up all within the realms of being a Drifter.....my problem is with slapping Indian Motorcycle tank stickers on the tanks...a warbonnet light on front fender......etc.

 

Kawasaki makes things for the bike to dress it up with fringe and such already...no need to put Indian badged items on it...that is my beef. If you love your bike and like the styling then ride it and be proud. Just dont rebadge it to appear to be something else it is not.

 

His bike looks good.....I just hope he does not badge it like an Indian. Without the badges it is a sweet look and one to be proud of.

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Your $$..your bike....your passion for Indian left unsettled..you tried and now want to ride..build on and ride on..deep down inside you'll still ache for a chief, and maybe one day you'll get that Indian you dream of..

I'm probably one of the most (or perhaps the most) "Indian-centric" persons I know of, and I have no problems with it, esp after what he's been through..

you guys sound like a bunch of elitest.. it's not for me, but it's also not my bike and my $$..

I can certainly understand the circumstance, happenstance..and whatever else you are going thru, with the $$ and the sick mom and such..

it was these snobish attitudes (and lack of aesthetics) that kept me away from HD...you doubt the guys integrity and passion because he wants to ride an Indian, has tried to ride an Indian and has failed..he is now doing something that he knows isn't an Indian, and won't be an Indian at heart, but will at least have some true Indian parts on it, and in his heart, will be a bridge until he gets what he desires.. I think there is a difference b/those how deck buy or deck out a drifter (which has no Indian parts) and what he has ultimately decided to do..and most importantly, he will be able to RIDE this summer..

A first year bike mite not be the thing for him also, as they will likely cost at least $25, and to boot, warranty issues would be a bitch..and as much confidence as I have in KM, they will be issues that need repairing--these are mechanical things, and they will break down..

good luck, and better luck getting that true Indian one day...

eric

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The proof is in the pudding...& so far, all "I've" seen is a EMPTY BOWL...n a Blurry photo.... :babyhaha::Rulz[1]::stfu:

 

It's all good charger.

You have made it clear you think I am a lying worthless piece of shit.

It's your opinion and it's a fine one at that. You have ever right to have it.

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I have no problem with the bike he is building.

He ain't trying to sell it as an Indian.

 

Hell, I was close to buying a Drifter but they are too damn small and I was able to swing a sweet deal on a brand new Y2K Chief.

Was also looking at the Victory back in 2000. But just did not like them for what ever reason.

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i dont think me not wanting him to badge it as an indian is elitist Eric....I think it is different. Guy here has a Drifter....he has spent thousands on a DUPONT styled Indian paint job....hundreds on tank stickers, pin striping, horn covers, fender lights, even getting custom leather with Indian logo on seat and bags so it looks like an indian to the ill informed.

 

says it is because he could nto afford an indian but money he has spent would have bought him an indian. I had no issues with anything this guy did except the rebadging of his bike to now it says Indian on tank...has a gold warbonnet on front fender...Indian engraved fender tips...and all the leather work says Indian Motorcycles on it.

 

That is my beef...not the bike...but the rebadging to make it appear as something it is not. Sorry I am alone in this...but I would not paint my Dodge and change out the grill to say Ford...and then put FORD 2500 badges on side....repaint tailgate to say FORD....etc etc because I want a ford and could not find one over the course of a year.

I would buy the best truck I could with the mechanical things I wanted and be happy for a nice truck that meets my needs. I would not join a FORD 4x4 club though and repaint it and badge it to try and fit in and call it a TRIBUTE FORD TRUCK. LOL

 

Maybe I got a hair up my ass over this but I see it all the time...I mean ALL THE FUCKING TIME around Charleston...and only takes once for them to compare their bikes to a real Indian and then say there bike is as much an Indian as my Gilroy bike. It gets ugly at that point.

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i should clarify---I AM NOT SAYING KM BIKES WILL HAVE A BUNCH OF WARRANTY ISSUES..JUST SAYING HE WILL HAVE ISSUES GETTING ANY THAT ARISE REPAIRED IN ICELAND...

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I hate it when Chiefin is a bigger man than me. Well, I like it when he's bigger widthwise, I just don't like it when he's more fucking charming.

 

As far as it goes, whatever floats yer boat. No shit. I didn't fund it or design it and I don't have to ride it. He's in the wind and that's better than a buncha Icelandicons or Icelanders or Icelandicanos or whatever they got goin.

 

On the other hand, this here would be the Intruderthatlooklikeindianmotorcyclecommunity.com if those of us that encountered problems with our Chiefs opted to unload them and slap Indian tin on another ride. There were issues with the Chief he had. Some of us would trade the problems we had off in heartbeat for the problems he had. This animal heah will present him with a different set of problems. Not mechanical hopefully, but the nature of the build is a liddle bit whatcha calls contreeversial.

 

Fortunately I just don't unnerstand how most American peeps think, let alone put the big water between Pop and another group a peeps with a entirely different upbringing and I'm lost. Culture shock, yep that's my story and I'm stickin with it.

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Looks like from the Pictures you put a lot of work into this Bike & looks like (from the pictures) you did a good job,,,You may catch some grief from some & some will respect it for what it is,,,,,,

 

Whats important is ,,,, Do you like it ? Thats all that matters!

 

I think it looks good & probably is more reliable and rides better than a lot of Indians/Harley's & victory too !

 

Dont worry, If you & your Chiefter ever get to Florida, look me up ,,,,,, I'll ride with ya !

 

Thank you very much for the very kind offer. It just MIGHT happen! SInce I'd like to ride the amazing "Florida Keys"... TO get there I need to pass through the whole state! hehe... I have CUSINS that stay in Daytona (one which married an American girl)... and an Icelandic family in Naples FL (he's a pilot)... and NOW I also know a Veteran in Key West! He offered to sell me his RoadStar (it did sell for $1000 more than I could pay to someone else in Michigan... but we decided to be friends since he is interested in what happens on the trip! - I now HAVE a dual piped Yamaha Roadstar waiting for me in the USA... It will ALSO be "Chief'ed"... and THAT is the bike I aim to ride over there.

 

The bike in the picture is not mine. It is the so called "Intrudian" of Keith in California. AT the time he got his made he DID offer me to get mine done at the same time. At the time, however, the dollar exchange rate was DOUBLE what it is now, so it was far too expensive at $700 a fender, it was $1400 for the pair. That was a LOT back then... but now, with the dollar / krona exchange rate, I could afford it. - I was using Keith's bike to see what the color scheme would look like on my Intruder. That's Keith's bike. Mine is in the first post on this thread. - Sorry if there has been any confusion, because I left Keith's pics in the album. At present my bike is unpainted... and I could go for all black or straight to black & cream, which is what I REALLY want.

 

This is what I hope the Roadstar I will be riding in the USA this summer will look like:

 

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Got to love those fenders!

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difference is I dont think you would put Harley Davidson Stickers.....unique Harley Davidson branded and otherwise traditional items on your Honda chopper to "tribute" Harleys...

 

I dont have a problem with him painting the bike and fixing her up all within the realms of being a Drifter.....my problem is with slapping Indian Motorcycle tank stickers on the tanks...a warbonnet light on front fender......etc.

 

Kawasaki makes things for the bike to dress it up with fringe and such already...no need to put Indian badged items on it...that is my beef. If you love your bike and like the styling then ride it and be proud. Just dont rebadge it to appear to be something else it is not.

 

His bike looks good.....I just hope he does not badge it like an Indian. Without the badges it is a sweet look and one to be proud of.

 

There are no "stickers" on my Intruder... "Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!" ... It is just a "motorcycle" without a brand name or such. I removed them in July 2000, after almost being run off the road by a curious guy in a car, who was trying to read what it said on them! - I could hardly read what it said on them standing next to the bike, the chrome reflected the light so much, so he had no chance from a moving vehicle. After he almost ran me down, and mounted a curb, from not paying attention to where he was going, I took a side exit, rolled home and removed the tank logos.

 

I documented the process here, in case others wanted to do the same:

Emblem Removal Intructions

 

If people want to know what bike I ride they can ask me. I will be more than glad to tell them it is a 1500 Suzuki Intruder with genuine Indian Chief fenders adjusted to fit it. They are not fake fibreglass copies, these are the real deal... and they can touch them if they want to feel a part of motorcycle history! (There is no Chief in Iceland... YET!) - and I will end up loving my bike even more than before, now that it is closer to how I want it to look. - It's more MINE now than when it was identical to everyone else's ride. - It's slowly becoming what I want it to be... or better.

 

... and even though I have these Indian relics in my "Chief" collection:

 

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My Chief memerobilia collection is from the love of the "Chief", not the Intruder or my old Drifter, which had no emblem either:

 

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Here I am "Drifting" towards Cortez Colorado on my 1500 Drifter. As you can see from this picture, the guy who took it couldn't have cared less about the fenders, and left them out of the picture! Yet, that is all I saw when I bought the Drifter. We're all different.

 

My "Chief" collection does not belong on any other bike... In fact, since almost being run off the road, I have taken a dislike to any logos or branding... and what I ride is just "My Ride". Whatever it is. However, I have a certain LOOK that I love... and it's not just me, everyone who owns a bike customizes it in some way to make it THEIRS, to bring it closer to what they LOVE. I am the same... I just like the closed sweeping fenders.... ok, correction... I LOVE the closed sweeping fenders. I am the same way about cars... If I COULD I would get me a "Chief Car" ... Which to me is this:

 

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Now THESE people knew how to make a car that I would LOVE to own & drive!

 

I call these things "Chief" cos they remind me of... The "Indian Chief", with it's sweeping fenders... Of course one COULD argue that the Indian Chief was a copy of the this style, and what I REALLY love is the Dousie! (Duesenberg) ... but some how it doesn't sound the same as loving the "Chief"... plus if you knew about my love for Native Americans, and the many Powows I've been to, Sweat Lodges I have taken part in, etc. You would know that I am actually connecting the two, to form my own American "Chief" Icon, possibly nothing like what it means to you. - We all take things differently, and what makes something dear to one person, might make it dear to another person for a totally different way.

 

Here's a picture of me at the only Powow ever to take place in Iceland:

 

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I bet the "Chief" concept means a lot of different things to different people... and that's fine with me.

This is part of what it means to me... and... it means a LOT to me.

;-D

 

Yours,

Thor

 

ps. the rear light in the picture above was baught to put on the rear Chief fender, and even if it is on an Intruder, it's still a Chief fender! ... The light isn't "branded" or anything, but now that I have it, I have mixed feelings about using it. In my mind it is like a historical relic of a motorcycle that has come and gone... and might rise again... So I might go wide custom tombstone, tail light... but then again I don't have that up here, yet... So I might have to "settle" for using the Chief light (hehe)... You see? This is how it is with me. I am terribly undecided about things... but I bet many would like to have my "problem"! haha

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Small correction... ;-)

 

Although I like my rides UNBRANDED... I have a weakness for personalized numberplates!

This was the California numberplate on my Drifter...

 

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"THORIDE"

 

Made sense at the time.

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There are no "stickers" on my Intruder... "Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!" ... It is just a "motorcycle" without a brand name or such.

 

Hello Icelandknight,

 

I've just been following along on this thread.. and I believe you have the right attitude. I know that don't mean anything coming from someone that you don't know, but I put it out there anyway. :)

 

I can agree with Brock on the badges, I was at a swap meet last year and someone had badged a drifter as an Indian. I didn't even want to park mine close to it. Too many people were looking at his and thinking it was an Indian.

 

Your's is gonna have a very unique to you look and I think you will be pleased.

 

I'm gonna have to search this forum to find your story on the 2k Chief that you had. I am pretty new to the place having only arrived here in September of last year.

 

BTW my brother-in-law is from Iceland. He got me and my family into skiing.. I'm gonna to try to return the favor by introducing him to Indians.

 

MJ

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