The Challenger Is Coming Soon
Dealer meeting with a lot of people? Check. Crappy cell phone video taken vertically? Check. Information about a motorcycle that’s not supposed to get out for some time? Check. It’s definitely a leak, and this particular one is about the Indian Challenger.
We reported a while back that Indian had trademarked the Challenger name among several other names. It’s now clear what that name will be used for. It will be on a new fully-faired touring machine. This bike had previously been spotted out testing, so this leak isn’t a catastrophe for Indian, but the company can’t be thrilled that one of the attendees at the dealer meeting decided to let the world know about it.
While we appreciate getting the leak, we would assume this only hurts the relationship between the dealers and Indian. Still, forget all that for a moment and let’s talk the leaked video. It starts by showing a V-twin engine, the Powerplus 108. This engine was discussed in the media a while back. It is a 1,770cc 60-degree V-twin that’s water-cooled. It should make around 120 hp.
It’s unclear when Indian will officially unveil the Challenger to the public. RideApart suggests the bike could make its debut at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally which runs August 2 to 11 in South Dakota. You can check out the full leaked video, which was posted to YouTube with some additional commentary by Berlin Biker.