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Indian Challenger touring range unveiled

Indian Challenger

The Indian Challenger fixed-fairing touring range powered by the new liquid-cooled 1770cc Powerplus engine has finally been unveiled.

Neither has been much of a secret with leaks and spy photos for months.

The Challenger looks like an Indian version of the Harley-Davidson Road Glide with its frame-mounted fairing providing more stability with light steering and agility.

Features include LED headlight, 19-inch cast front wheel and 16-inch rear 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, cruise control and keyless ignition.

Handling is aided by upside-down 43mm forks and a hydraulically adjustable Fox rear shock.

The Challenger has a lightweight cast-aluminium frame, Metzeler Cruisetec tires and stopping power is provided by race-spec, radially-mounted Brembo brakes.Indian Challenger

It will come in three models:

  • The standard Challenger which Australia will not be getting.
  • The blacked-out Challenger Dark Horse in silver, grey or black at $A39,595 ride away; and
  • The flagship Challenger Limited in red, blue or black from $A39,995.

The Limited has Smart Lean Technology with 6-axis Bosch IMU, Dynamic traction control, ABS with cornering control, and Drag Torque Control.

Indian Motorcycle Australia says the bikes will arrive in early 2020.
A range of special touring accessories will be available, including a bigger windscreen, highway pegs, heel sifter and sissy bar.

Powerplus power

As we reported back in April, the liquid-cooled, DOHC 1770cc V-twin engine produces 91kW of power (122hp) and 178Nm of torque.

It is believed the quad-valve Powerplus was originally developed as the Victory Freedom V2 before Polaris axed the brand in 2017.

The new liquid cooled Powerplus powered motorcycle range are smaller than the current 111-cube Thunderstroke V-twin that powers the Chief and Roadmaster models.

Click here for more details on the engine and watch and listen to it in action below.

Indian Challenger (2020) 
Power 91kW (122hp)
Torque 178Nm at 3800rpm
Type V-Twin PowerPlus
Bore and Stroke 52mm dual bore
Displacement 1769cc
Fuelling Closed loop fuel injection
Length 2500.7mm
Width 990.2m
Height 1427.5mm
Wheelbase 1667.8m
Clearance 137.3mm
Seat 672mm
Weight (wet) 377kg
Fuel Tank Capacity  22.7L
Transmission 6-speed
Clutch Type Gear Drive Wet Clutch
Indian Challenger
Indian Challenger
7-inch screen
Indian Challenger
Challenger Limited
Challenger dark Horse
Challenger Dark Horse
Indian Challenger
Indian Challenger
Challenger Limited
  1. I currently own a 2015 Indian Chieftain which I am extremely happy with and there is plenty to like about the new Indian Challenger but to be honest the new bike does nothing for me. I don’t like the looks especially the fairing nor the panniers, these two items just make the bike look too much like a Harley Davidson & won’t turn heads like the Chieftain does. I don’t like the 2020 versions of the Indian Chieftain for the same reason, they look too much like HDs with their recent changes. Having said that there are going to be plenty of riders who will like the new bike & I hope Indian Motorcycles get plenty of sales.

  2. The Challenger has a host of new and improved tech . A new water cooled powerhouse of an engine . The styling is similar to the HD , but far excedes the HD in the power stakes , has far superior tech features , includuding the newly upgraded 7″ touch screen / sat nav featuring faster than ever processors . Not everyone loves the Classic and Iconic look of the Chieftain and Roadmaster . Some people hate the deep valanced guards . So I consider it very smart of Indian to offer alternatives to the retro look . Like the all new awesome FTR1200 , Chieftain Ltd , and now the Challenger . This Powerplus engine package , will be used in a host of models . Indian hasn’t forgotten its past , is not stuck there either , and keeps proving that it’s forward planning is looking far ahead without having tunnel vision .

  3. Both Indian and HD are way overpriced and now they just look the same. I just wish the Japanese would get back into the cruiser market and send then all packing.

    1. I have ridden many Japanese cruisers , and love Japanese bikes . But I have yet to ride a Japanese cruiser that genuinely rode and felt the same as a HD or an Indian . They are the kings of heavy metal . There is a difference .

  4. I’ve owned a few Harleys,they were good but the Indian darkhorse I have now is the most comfortable well balanced cruiser I have ridden,.I wish Indian had more Custom parts avaliable like HD so that we can personalise our bikes

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