Just thought I’d share with the tribe a couple of issues I’m having with the Vintage. (I still love my ride).
A couple of days ago after about 10 days of not riding the bike since its service and gear position switch recall, I went to start the bike and found I couldn’t.
The key fob error light was on in the tank display and so I tried with my PIN and still couldn’t start.
I retried several times over about a half hour period and still nothing.
I rang Mandurah Holden (Indian dealer in Mandurah WA) for advice, explained the situation and Mark the techie walked me through the starting procedures and still nothing. They went off to find a dealer PIN that might work and whilst waiting for them to call back I kept persisting and finally I was able to restart using my PIN.
Once started the key fob warning on the display disappeared and all seemed normal again. This has happened twice now, and once my horn started sounding whilst the bike was running, indicating that the keyfob has lost it’s connection. FOB has new battery as that was the first thing I did after it happened the first time.
The other issue I have been having is when first riding off (making sure to let the bike warm up) and on approach to intersections as I change down, the bike stalls. It restarts easily – but can take a good 8 -10 mins of riding before it stops doing this. I am conscious of this and do not blip the throttle as this also stalls the bike when cold.
From my research on the forum and a few phone calls I understand that the factory fuel mapping runs very lean on the Indians, and have been advised that a dyno and PowerCommanderV or PowerVision 3 will fix this issue.
I find that at low revs and low gear (ie small roundabouts and car parks) and even being careful to roll the throttle on gently the bike is very jerky or temperamental to manoeuvre. I have the 116 Stage 3 BBK fitted and realise that the cams can make it a bit lumpy but this appear different. I always use 98 octane fuel.
Which I guess leads me to ask wise heads on the forum which to go with - PCV or Powervision3. I have contacted two places in Perth that do the dyno and one recommends PCV and the other Powervision3.
I must point out that I have very limited technical and mechanical knowledge and get easily confused🤔.
I have read most of the posts on here regarding the PCV etc but am none the wiser - anyone care to confuse me further.... 🤨
Brad - SoR, Perth WA
2018 Indian Chief Vintage (Willow Green & Ivory)
Stage 3 116 Big Bore Kit, Stage 1 Pipes, fishtails & air cleaner