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:veryangry: OK, Should I be mad or not.  Most of you are probably familiar with this Kawasaki motorcycle. (first attempt at posting a photo, so I'm sure I'll screw it up).  I did a poker run yesterday and everyone kept telling me there was another Indian on the ride.  I was very interested in meeting a brother/sister Indian rider and this is what I found.  The owner had the Indian Chief fender ornament and the Indian in head dress on his tank with Indian written through the war bonnet.  

 

Some say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but to be honest I was a little pissed off.  Should I be?  Your thoughts on this matter would be appreciated.

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That's been an ongoing debate on this forum for as long as the forum has been up.

 

The only time I get ticked off about it is when the guy has gone too far by putting Indian script, labels or the warbonnet on the bike.  That's too much of a wanna-be.  Kind of sad, really.  Reminds me of the guys that put the Roll Royce hoods and ornaments on their VW Bugs.

 

As far as the stock Drifters, not bad bikes.  I really liked the first one done by Cobra and saw it shortly after I had purchased my Vulcan 1500.  I had such bad luck with the Vulcan that I got ride of it two years later and resolved never to buy another Kawasaki bike due to their poor customer service and piss-poor warranty.

 

And yes, I realize the irony of the situation with Indian's warranty but they tok care of both my bikes until they closed shop.

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I'm with you . . . but Valerie keeps telling me to "let it go".

 

I think if you look closely at the tank decal, somewhere on there they have in very small print "Drifter" . . . but my memory could be wrong.  They use a lookalike logo, but the "Drifter" text apparently is enough to keep them out of trademark infringement trouble.

 

At the end of the day . . . it's still not an Indian.

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I'm with you . . . but Valerie keeps telling me to "let it go".

 

I think if you look closely at the tank decal, somewhere on there they have in very small print "Drifter" . . . but my memory could be wrong.  They use a lookalike logo, but the "Drifter" text apparently is enough to keep them out of trademark infringement trouble.

 

At the end of the day . . . it's still not an Indian.

What keeps them out of trouble is the royalty check they pay for each bike they sell.

 

:Feet-Up[1]:

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I'm with you . . . but Valerie keeps telling me to "let it go".

 

I think if you look closely at the tank decal, somewhere on there they have in very small print "Drifter" . . . but my memory could be wrong.  They use a lookalike logo, but the "Drifter" text apparently is enough to keep them out of trademark infringement trouble.

 

At the end of the day . . . it's still not an Indian.

What keeps them out of trouble is the royalty check they pay for each bike they sell.

 

:Feet-Up[1]:

To whom LR??

 

It should be split up among us!

 

:rotfl:

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That's about as stupid as putting a Harley-Davidson logo on a Roadstar. They could at least make a decal the says Drifter in script to give it the flare of the older motorcycle era rather than trying to fool themselves.

 

Maybe they need to stop at one of the bars in 1BlackDoggs neighborhood?  :eyebrow:

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Some say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but to be honest I was a little pissed off.  Should I be?  Your thoughts on this matter would be appreciated.

I THINK THE DRIFTER IS A MIGHTY FINE LOOKIN M/C......THINKIN ABOUT TRADING MY WIFE'S 2002 SPIRIT IN FOR ONE FOR HER......I'M SURE SHE WOULD BE PLEASED WHEN I SURPRIZE HER..... :eyebrow:

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That's about as stupid as putting a Harley-Davidson logo on a Roadstar. They could at least make a decal the says Drifter in script to give it the flare of the older motorcycle era rather than trying to fool themselves.

 

Maybe they need to stop at one of the bars in 1BlackDoggs neighborhood?  :eyebrow:

There is some dude in Palo Alto with a turqoiuse and pearl white Heritage Softail. He parks it at Pete's coffee across from my jobsite all the time.

 

He has a chief front fender on it. I just want to kick it over everytime I see it. Now that is bad etiquette. I suppose that is why he is the lone ranger. Never another Harley with him. Always solo.

 

Fucker!

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That's about as stupid as putting a Harley-Davidson logo on a Roadstar. They could at least make a decal the says Drifter in script to give it the flare of the older motorcycle era rather than trying to fool themselves.

 

Maybe they need to stop at one of the bars in 1BlackDoggs neighborhood?  :eyebrow:

There is some dude in Palo Alto with a turqoiuse and pearl white Heritage Softail. He parks it at Pete's coffee across from my jobsite all the time.

 

He has a chief front fender on it. I just want to kick it over everytime I see it. Now that is bad etiquette. I suppose that is why he is the lone ranger. Never another Harley with him. Always solo.

 

Fucker!

I don't have a problem with anyone wanting the skirted fender look. Just don't put a warbonnet fender light and Indian logos on it. I have a buddy that wants to put a skirted fender on the front of his Roadstar but he plans to trim it to match the Yamaha motif and put a Roadstar fender orniment on it. Should look OK if he does it right. The bike has all the Yamaha and Roadstar badges on it now and people still ask him what year his Harley or Indian is. He jumps right up and says, "It's a 2000 and it's a Yamaha!" It gets darn right comical at times.

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That's about as stupid as putting a Harley-Davidson logo on a Roadstar. They could at least make a decal the says Drifter in script to give it the flare of the older motorcycle era rather than trying to fool themselves.

 

Maybe they need to stop at one of the bars in 1BlackDoggs neighborhood?  :eyebrow:

There is some dude in Palo Alto with a turqoiuse and pearl white Heritage Softail. He parks it at Pete's coffee across from my jobsite all the time.

 

He has a chief front fender on it. I just want to kick it over everytime I see it. Now that is bad etiquette. I suppose that is why he is the lone ranger. Never another Harley with him. Always solo.

 

Fucker!

I don't have a problem with anyone wanting the skirted fender look. Just don't put a warbonnet fender light and Indian logos on it. I have a buddy that wants to put a skirted fender on the front of his Roadstar but he plans to trim it to match the Yamaha motif and put a Roadstar fender orniment on it. Should look OK if he does it right. The bike has all the Yamaha and Roadstar badges on it now and people still ask him what year his Harley or Indian is. He jumps right up and says, "It's a 2000 and it's a Yamaha!" It gets darn right comical at times.

I like his attitude!!

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"a nod is as good as a wink to a blind man" and with that being said, it's not hard to tell the difference between the two for those who have eyes.

 

I have seen lots of folks do lots of things to their rides that I would not do, but then I won't make an issue of it, cause it's their ride, and their vision.

 

I've seen folks wear fake rolies, and think their putting one past the fellows their trying to impress, but it only makes them look sad, same can be said for ladies carring fake dunnies, but in the end they know there fakes and they have to cast envious looks at those that have the real deal.

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That's about as stupid as putting a Harley-Davidson logo on a Roadstar. They could at least make a decal the says Drifter in script to give it the flare of the older motorcycle era rather than trying to fool themselves.

 

Maybe they need to stop at one of the bars in 1BlackDoggs neighborhood?  :eyebrow:

There is some dude in Palo Alto with a turqoiuse and pearl white Heritage Softail. He parks it at Pete's coffee across from my jobsite all the time.

 

He has a chief front fender on it. I just want to kick it over everytime I see it. Now that is bad etiquette. I suppose that is why he is the lone ranger. Never another Harley with him. Always solo.

 

Fucker!

I don't have a problem with anyone wanting the skirted fender look. Just don't put a warbonnet fender light and Indian logos on it. I have a buddy that wants to put a skirted fender on the front of his Roadstar but he plans to trim it to match the Yamaha motif and put a Roadstar fender orniment on it. Should look OK if he does it right. The bike has all the Yamaha and Roadstar badges on it now and people still ask him what year his Harley or Indian is. He jumps right up and says, "It's a 2000 and it's a Yamaha!" It gets darn right comical at times.

I like his attitude!!

Everybody likes PJ. He's a cool dude.  :cool:

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Some say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but to be honest I was a little pissed off.  Should I be?  Your thoughts on this matter would be appreciated.

I THINK THE DRIFTER IS A MIGHTY FINE LOOKIN M/C......THINKIN ABOUT TRADING MY WIFE'S 2002 SPIRIT IN FOR ONE FOR HER......I'M SURE SHE WOULD BE PLEASED WHEN I SURPRIZE HER..... :eyebrow:

Ha ! Ha! Shive ! If its so nice ,why not trade in the 2000 Chief! At least that way someone in your family will have a real Indian! Your wife might let you ride with her (at a distance of course!)

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I've seen folks wear fake rolies, and think their putting one past the fellows their trying to impress, but it only makes them look sad, same can be said for ladies carring fake dunnies, but in the end they know there fakes and they have to cast envious looks at those that have the real deal.

Hey Fireman Dave, I bought my 03 Chief in July 03.  In May 03 I was still trying to decide Indian and Harley.  I was at a motorcycle show and checking out a couple of outlaw looking dudes with their long hair coming out of their bandannas.  One of the guys covered with Harley patches on his leather pulls off the bandanna and the hair is actually sewn into the bandanna.  I started laughing and it was that moment I decided to go with the Indian.  I'm not an outlaw, but I sure as hell ain't whatever he was.  

 

Kinda new hear, so please don't burst my bubble and tell me that you fellows are wearing hair sewn int your wraps...

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IF he could afford one, he'd have one.

 

Till then, he is tellin ya what he WANTS to be riding.

:charger:

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'xactly....the guy doing my chrome has a drifter...he painted in a vintage Indian color, put an Indian fender ornament, chromed it up of course and it's a nice looking scoot--just a lil small for my taste.

 

He'd always luv'd Indian, they weren't in production when he was buying and he couldn't justify buying one now..

I ain't hatin' him..

eric

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I was at a motorcycle show and checking out a couple of outlaw looking dudes with their long hair coming out of their bandannas.  One of the guys covered with Harley patches on his leather pulls off the bandanna and the hair is actually sewn into the bandanna.  I started laughing and it was that moment I decided to go with the Indian.  I'm not an outlaw, but I sure as hell ain't whatever he was.  

:babyhaha:  :rotfl:  :babyhaha:

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I've seen folks wear fake rolies, and think their putting one past the fellows their trying to impress, but it only makes them look sad, same can be said for ladies carring fake dunnies, but in the end they know there fakes and they have to cast envious looks at those that have the real deal.

Hey Fireman Dave, I bought my 03 Chief in July 03.  In May 03 I was still trying to decide Indian and Harley.  I was at a motorcycle show and checking out a couple of outlaw looking dudes with their long hair coming out of their bandannas.  One of the guys covered with Harley patches on his leather pulls off the bandanna and the hair is actually sewn into the bandanna.  I started laughing and it was that moment I decided to go with the Indian.  I'm not an outlaw, but I sure as hell ain't whatever he was.  

 

Kinda new hear, so please don't burst my bubble and tell me that you fellows are wearing hair sewn int your wraps...

I have been written up, and  being in the Biz, you know what that means, and I quote "While your hair is in regulation it often gives the appearence of being out of regulation"...LOL

so the answer is no, what there is of it, is all mine.

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same can be said for ladies carring fake dunnies, but in the end they know there fakes and they have to cast envious looks at those that have the real deal.

WTF is a dunnie?Out here in BFE I guess I am clueless!!

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Just the other day I was cruising down the freeway with the family when my oldest son says " check it out dad , an Indian"

I look over, check it out and say "What the fuck is that ??????

That not a fuckin Indian, It's A......... " Then the wife gives me that look and I realize that I was in trouble. I have a deal with my two sons, that I pay them when I say inappropriate words.

Dammit that one fuckin incident cost me some fuckin chrome,

fuck there I go again.

I can't understand why some one would go through so much trouble to look like an Indian WTF

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Just the other day I was cruising down the freeway with the family when my oldest son says " check it out dad , an Indian"

I look over, check it out and say "What the fuck is that ??????

That not a fuckin Indian, It's A......... " Then the wife gives me that look and I realize that I was in trouble. I have a deal with my two sons, that I pay them when I say inappropriate words.

Dammit that one fuckin incident cost me some fuckin chrome,

fuck there I go again.

I can't understand why some one would go through so much trouble to look like an Indian WTF

One more reason to dislike them wannabes !!

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same can be said for ladies carring fake dunnies, but in the end they know there fakes and they have to cast envious looks at those that have the real deal.

WTF is a dunnie?Out here in BFE I guess I am clueless!!

What's BFE? Anything like EBF? ???

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