Indian Challenger Ride Review
The new fixed fairing Challenger features the company’s first liquid-cooled large displacement,108 cubic-inch, 60-degree V-twin engine, the Power Plus. The PowerPlus’ overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder were designed to deliver improved performance and power, with a reported best-in-class 122 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque.
The new powertrain also features a six-speed transmission with true overdrive, assist clutch to reduce clutch effort, and hydraulic valve lash adjusters and camshaft chain tensioners for a low maintenance, reliable power plant. Riders can customize the bike’s throttle mapping by selecting one of three ride modes (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. Starting at $21,999, the Challenger features electronic cruise control, full LED lighting, a long-haul seat, ABS, keyless ignition and weatherproof saddlebags with more than 18 gallons of storage space.
An aggressively styled chassis-mounted fairing sits over the Challenger’s inverted front suspension. The bike also features a lightweight cast aluminum frame and hydraulically adjustable FOX rear shock.
The Challenger comes with race spec radially-mounted Brembo brakes, new performance touring Metzeler Cruistec tires, an adjustable windscreen with nearly three inches of travel and adjustable air vents, as well as Indian Ride Command.
Limited and Dark Horse variants of Challenger are equipped with Indian Motorcycle’s intuitive Smart Lean Technology, with Bosch IMU. indianmotorcycle.com