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Thread: Indian Chief Right or Left hand shifter preference

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    Thank you, for all that added to the forum on this, survey or polling.

    It seems that personal preference, may be the driving factor on this question. Oh, yes, other factors enter into it also.

    I do hear comments, or observe people; looking at my 1948 Indian Chief, that is Left shifter and Right throttle. The usual comment is, "oh it is Harley controlled" or "somebody changed this bike". I guess they don't know, that Indian, in that era, would build and sell a bike like that, if the buyer requested it. Though the preference is so called Indian Controlled, Right shifter, Left throttle.

    When I ride my 1946 Chief, Right shifter and Left throttle; No one has any comment on the location of the shifter.

    On any combination other than the previous two (2), would make a hard to ride bike; only in my opinion. Again people will do what ever suits them.

    bjind

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    Sometimes, Bjind,..

    You just let the sidewalk experts talk to themselves.

    ....Cotten
    PS: I've got plenty more 'snagged' pics of lefty Indians.
    What's rare is HD pics with the righty shift,
    Perhaps there were more defectors from HD to Indian than vice-versa?
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    "You just let the sidewalk experts talk to themselves"

    ...Cotten


    Well Said, Cotten

    bjind

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    [QUOTE=bjind;185365]"You just let the sidewalk experts talk to themselves"

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    Well Said, Cotton


    I had a great one. Young guy, maybe late 20s early 30s, pulls up on a loud as you know what sportster. Looks at my 440. Is that a shovelhead??? Got mad at me when I laughed and I asked how old he was.
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    Folks,...

    I said "sometimes".

    And there's a difference between a sidewalk commando who tells you all about your machine,
    ("Chevy valves in a Panhead" was one of my favorites)
    ..And somebody new and in awe, with an honest question.

    Only my questions are stupid ones.

    ...Cotten
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    PaulCDF has a good point: be concerned about what to do in a panic situation. I have two bikes and they have the rear brake pedal and toe shifter switched between the two. Complicating it is the shift pattern is reversed. One bike it's toe down for first and up for the other three. The other bike is toe up for first and down for the other three. I end up upshifting when I should be braking and vice versa. Makes me wonder what I would do in a panic situation... Maybe I need to stick to one bike 'cause my reflexes aren't improving with age.

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