Indian Challenger Dark Horse – $39,595
Indian Challenger Limited – $39,995
Indian claim to have redefined the bagger with their new Indian Challenger platform.
Powered by the recently revealed Indian PowerPlus engine, Indian’s first liquid-cooled large displacement motor (1769 cc/108 cubic-inch, 60-degree, four-valve, overhead-cam V-twin) packs a best-in-class 122 horsepower and 178 Nm of torque at 3800 rpm.
The new powertrain also features a six-speed transmission with true overdrive and an assist clutch to reduce clutch effort. Hydraulic valve lash adjusters and camshaft chain tensioners lower maintenance costs.
The Challenger features all the premium touring amenities riders expect from Indian Motorcycle, including electronic cruise control, full LED lighting, a long-haul seat, ABS, keyless ignition, and weatherproof saddlebags with over 68 litres of storage space.
In addition, a modern and aggressively styled chassis-mounted fairing sits over the Challenger’s inverted front suspension.
A cast aluminium frame and hydraulically adjustable Fox rear shock give the rear end a reasonable 114 mm of travel.
High-spec radially-mounted Brembo brakes provide the stopping power to haul up the Challenger which in Dark Horse form weighs in at 361 kg dry, while the Limited registers 365 kg on the scales.
Challenger’s chassis-mounted fairing features an adjustable windscreen with nearly three inches of travel and adjustable air vents – delivering unprecedented rider protection from all elements.
LED running lights, a central headlamp, and a redesigned and modernised Indian Motorcycle head-dress adorn its front fender.
Reid Wilson – Vice President of Indian Motorcycle
“The Indian Challenger delivers a new level of performance for riders who understand that the seemingly small details make a huge difference. Our mindset was to leave no stone unturned and deliver a bagger that exceeds the standards in categories like power, handling, comfort, and technology.”
Challenger Limited and Challenger Dark Horse are equipped with a Bosch IMU to add cornering pre-control to the dynamic traction control and ABS, as well as Drag Torque Control.
These models also feature Indian RideCommand, the largest touch-screen info-tainment system on two wheels.
The Challenger’s seven-inch Ride Command system features key vehicle information, Bluetooth and USB mobile pairing, and an all-new quad-core processor for faster response. In standard form the system boasts 100 watts of power.
Riders can customise the bike’s throttle mapping by selecting one of three ride modes, including Rain, Standard and Sport – resulting in one motorcycle with three distinct performance personalities.
Each ride mode has been engineered with its own distinct traction control setting to align with each mode’s specific throttle mapping.
The 2020 Indian Challenger Dark Horse is available in Thunder Black Smoke, Sandstone Smoke, and White Smoke. The Indian Challenger Limited is available in Thunder Black Pearl, Deepwater Metallic, and Ruby Metallic.
For its inaugural year, the Challenger lineup is accompanied by a variety of Indian Motorcycle Authentic Accessories that allow riders to upgrade their ride based on their preferences. With the Indian Challenger Rogue Collection, riders can and add premium blacked-out styling with a gloss black mid-rise handlebar, a tinted curved windshield and gloss black front highway bars.
For an added measure of comfort over longer hauls there’s the Indian Challenger Tour Collection, including a 406 mm (16-inch) windshield, quick release passenger sissy bar, passenger backrest and passenger floorboards, an extended reach seat, rider backrest pad, infinite highway pegs and pinnacle heel shifter. Riders can also upgrade the Indian Challenger’s audio experience with the PowerBand Audio Plus system, which delivers exceptional sound and clarity from high-output fairing and saddlebag speakers that are 50 per cent louder than the Challenger’s stock audio system.
Indian Challenger Introduction Promo Video
Indian Challenger Specifications
- Engine Type – 60˚ V-twin
- Transmission 6-speed/constant mesh/foot shift
- Bore x Stroke 108 mm x 96.5 mm
- Charging System 55 amp max output
- Clutch Wet, multi-plate with assist
- Compression Ratio 11.0 : 1
- Cooling System Water
- Displacement 1768 cc
- Exhaust Split dual exhaust with resonator
- Final Drive Belt drive, 152 tooth
- Fuel Capacity 22.7 ltr
- Fuel System EFI, closed loop/52 mm dual bore
- Oil Capacity 4.73 ltr
- Primary Drive Gear drive wet clutch
- Torque 178 Nm at 3800 rpm
- Horsepower 122 hp
- Front Suspension Telescopic fork, 43 mm, 130 mm travel
- Rear Suspension Single shock 114 mm travel, hydraulic adjustable
- Dry Weight 361 kg (Challenger Limited 365 kg)
- Ground Clearance 137 mm
- GVWR 628 kg
- Length 2501 mm
- Rake/Trail 25° / 150 mm
- Seat Height 672 mm
- Wheelbase 1668 mm
- Front Braking System Dual 320 mm floating rotor with 4-piston calipers
- Rear Braking System Single 298 mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper
- Front Tyre Metzeler Cruisetec, 130/60B19 66H
- Front Wheel Cast 19″ x 3.5″ with tyre pressure monitoring
- Rear Tyre Metzeler Cruisetec, 180/60R16 80H
- Rear Wheel Cast 16″ x 5.0″ with tyre pressure monitoring
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