The anticipation of getting a Brand New 2014 Indian Chieftain Motorcycle was almost unbearable as we drove from Montana to Lynnwood, WA near Seattle. We left knowing that it was suppose to be snowing by the time we got back home so the possibility of riding would be very slim. The roads and passes were dry and there was barely any snow except off in the distance until we got closer to the Seattle area, then we hit rain off and on (what a surprise). What would the roads be like on the way home?
For our 20 year Anniversary we decided to upgrade my husbands motorcycle. It was time for a more comfortable, brand new ride that we could both enjoy together on some up and coming road trips or he could just ride in style by himself.
We finally arrived at Lynnwood Motoplex!! They had two Indians setting right out front, a black one and a blue one. How beautiful they looked, way more impressive than any of the pictures we had previously seen! However, 0ur RED one was yet to be seen….would it be as beautiful, would we be disappointed? NO!!!! Completely and utterly in love with the RED, so magnificent and bold yet sophisticated in its overall looks!!!
We are completely satisfied, how can you not fall in love with the RED beauty? And the sound that comes out of the split dual exhaust with cross-over is awesome!!! The pictures really don’t do it justice.
My husband talked with the employees about his bike while I took many pictures of our new Indian, part of the showroom and more photos of other Indians and Victory motorcycles. Talk about a kid in a candy store, if the pocketbook was endless our garage would be full of new bikes, we could have one for every day of the month, a couple of times!
One of the Victory Motorcycles.
One of the mechanics/technicians came out and went over every part and feature that the bike has. He was very thorough in his explanations and teachings. There is a lot to remember.
Going over every detail…
After the hands on tutorial it was time to sign papers and then take her out for a little ride. My husband Terry went around a few blocks to get a feel for the bike. He said it was like night and day, like he was on a Cadillac of bikes!!! The hubby, was grinning from ear to ear!
The guys we dealt with at Lynnwood Motoplex were all very helpful and full of knowledge. Before we left, the owner even came and congratulated us and then took a picture of my husband with our Indian. (It is ours but I have no intentions of being anywhere but directly behind my hubby on this bike. I am still new to riding by myself, I have a much smaller bike that am happy riding solo.)
Getting ready for first ride!
Now, it was time to get the Chieftain loaded before dark. Long story, but earlier that day we ended up buying a trailer with sides about 20 minutes away to get the bike home. Needless to say it was brand new and had no proper tie downs for a motorcycle to be securely tied down. Getting it loaded took a bit of talent as we wanted to be 100% sure it wasn’t going to move. The guys did a great job and got the bike secured in a metal crate and then loaded the crate into the trailer. Our problem had been solved!
Ready to load on the trailer..
Yeah, we are now on the road home! We had some rain off and on and then some extremely heavy dense fog that slowed us down for part of our drive. We stopped and stayed the night in Spokane. By the time we decided to leave Spokane the weather was very cold and crisp and the big winter storm seemed to be moving in. We figured that it was late morning so the passes should be cleared by the time we went over them. It was looking like Terry wouldn’t be getting to ride along the way, but we still had a few hours of driving so you never know.
As we started to get out of Coeur d’ Alene just before the pass it was snowing slightly and there was snow on the ground but the roadway was just a little wet. The pass was actually nothing like the highway cameras has been showing earlier in the day and the night before. We made it to Lookout Pass….snow….there was snow on the sides of the roads and the trees were snow covered. The weather was partially cloudy, the sun looked like it was trying to peek through the clouds and the roads were clear.
Snow on Lookout Pass
The closer we got to home the less snow, the warmer the temperature and the brighter it became outside. Would it be nice enough to ride the bike home with me following Terry with the truck and trailer? Despite the 35-40 degree weather my husband was going to ride the bike home from Missoula. It was partially cloudy but lots of sunshine towards home…….
Filling up the tank to ride home.
On the highway…
What a great road trip just the two of us getting our new 2014 Indian Chieftain Motorcycle!!! We have had the bike home for about 2 weeks. The bike started with only 3 miles and now has a little over 200 miles on it. Considering it is the end of November, we have been lucky enough to go for some small rides. One day it was close to 45 degrees out. WOW!!!! What a nice ride, it is smoother than any other bike I have ridden on and we did NOT have all the cold bitter wind blowing on us like our old bike. The fairing and the windshield on this bike works AWESOME!!! Even on the ride at 35 degrees it wasn’t too bad for me. Anything under 35 degrees and I let the hubby ride alone……it is a bit cold and I don’t want to wear a snowsuit to ride a motorcycle! 🙂 Consider these customers satisfied with the Indian!!! Our motorcycle journey’s are just beginning………..
Our first ride, 35 degrees out.
I am going to do a separate post with a bunch of the pictures of the motorcycles and the showroom at Lynnwood Motoplex so be on the lookout for more beautiful bike photos!!!