Hi all, I have a Springfield Blue Chieftain #372. Purchased at Mom's in Foxboro, MA.
Wow - so interesting to see so much interest and planning going on for a club that does not yet exist. This must be a weird bunch - I like it! Add me to the list: Chief Classic, #1317, Blue, Honolulu, Hawaii, and I can be contacted through this forum.Patches? With badge number and color-coded threading? I like it!An anniversary ride? I like it! Personally, I vote (is this a democratically-run not-yet-formed club?) for organizing the ride to correspond to the date and location of next year's Sturgis event. I am being totally selfish on this. I am already planning on attending Sturgis next year as my final stop after first traveling from California up to the Arctic Circle through Canada. It is not as stupid as it sounds and has been done before by other riders, although it is not for the timid. It might be interesting to be the first to do it on a 1901, then glide into Sturgis on my way back to California.Really, if this club gets off the ground, I can see Indian picking us up for full sponsorship (in similar fashion as Harley does for the HOG). Is that good or bad?Do we have a club handshake yet?Richard
So, for a little fun, here is another idea for a badge. I liked the other riders' ideas that the badge should be color-coded and contain the issue number of that owner's bike, and that it should be similar to Indian's other logos (although that would require permission from Polaris). So, here are a couple of examples, with subtle issue numbers included. Bill, I do not know the color of your bike, but you can get the idea... Should the badge also indicate the model (Classic, Vintage, Chieftain)?Richard
Listen, we're all Indian Riders. I think that making distinctions between us and owners that buy later on might be a big mistake, kinda like making them 2nd class citizens. I'm all for a patch if that's what everyone wants but remember, there will be only 1901 "Originals" scattered across the country. If we had 10,000 members of this site we'd probably have an annual event showing of maybe a couple of hundred. I don't believe at this point it's a good idea to segment and possibly alienate future members. Think about it. Just saying.
Quote from: 2Cool on November 26, 2013, 03:41:59 PMListen, we're all Indian Riders. I think that making distinctions between us and owners that buy later on might be a big mistake, kinda like making them 2nd class citizens. I'm all for a patch if that's what everyone wants but remember, there will be only 1901 "Originals" scattered across the country. If we had 10,000 members of this site we'd probably have an annual event showing of maybe a couple of hundred. I don't believe at this point it's a good idea to segment and possibly alienate future members. Think about it. Just saying.I tend to agree. We started this site for a few reasons...one because I love motorcycles (I've always had a love-affair with Indian and their history), two I had been contemplating getting one of the new bikes (not in the cards for me right now) and three there was a unfulfilled niche to have a forum specific to the new launch of bikes. I know there are already sites out there, but they were specific to all Polaris bikes, older Indians, etc.I am all for the club if someone wants to start it, but it feels like it is something that is going to compete directly with this site. I offered to include it as part of the forum, but the common theme has been independence which is counter-intuitive to this site and I agree with you point of not segmenting users if possible. That being said, I am up for putting to vote...the members make this site and I think it should be up to the group as a whole to decide how this should be handled.
And some members are not in North America, and have absolutely no chance of being in the 1901. Need to join a club, join IIRA.
... but The Chief Forum is the only forum that is dedicated to the new Indian only and we should support this forum.
I agree with a lot of what mototwin has to say. I myself joined this site for two equally important reasons: (1) to share opinions and ideas on riding and maintaining my new Indian, and (2) to have a friendly atmosphere to spend a few quiet moments in the evening. I think that everyone would agree that all of the members of this site should be equally invited to all corners of the site and that no group within the membership should try to set themselves apart from the rest. However, I felt that the 1901 group was only trying to find common ground with other 1901 members and not trying to isolate themselves from other future Indian members. Nevertheless, if the other members of this site believe that a 1901 group within the membership is not good for this site, then I would guess that a simple request to the organizers of the 1901 group to drop the idea is all that it would take to end the stress.