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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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    I learned to ride on my brother's '47 Chief with LH throttle & RH shift. By the time I bought my '48 Chief, I was so used to having a RH throttle that I got in a small wreck with my "new" Indian's LH throttle. I quickly switched it to right hand, but never got around to moving the shift to the left. One of these days, I'll do that because taking my hand off the throttle to shift is just a bad idea. Leaning across the bike to shift with my left hand is awkward. It does not bother me switching between right side and left side foot shift on bikes, but it is just not safe for me to have a LH throttle.
    George Tinkham
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    1941 Indian 841
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    1956 H-D KHK
    1960 CH
    1964 BMW R69S
    1966 Honda Touring Benly (aka "150 Dream")
    1984 Moto Guzzi V65Sp

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    I like my right hand throttle because when I am starting it. The left hand throttles the engine wants to run off. It is easier to idle the bike down with the throttle on the right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arley View Post
    I like my right hand throttle because when I am starting it. The left hand throttles the engine wants to run off. It is easier to idle the bike down with the throttle on the right.
    Whatever feels good, Arley!

    But the machine shouldn't know the difference to 'run off'.

    I'm right-handed, and never had that issue with a left-hand throttle.

    Just reflex issues from riding brandx for decades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T. Cotten View Post
    Whatever feels good, Arley!

    But the machine shouldn't know the difference to 'run off'.

    I'm right-handed, and never had that issue with a left-hand throttle

    Just reflex issues from riding brandx for decades.

    ....Cotten
    I understand I have to kick my bike standing next to it. I haven't been able to start it from being on the bike.

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