The All New Indian Challenger Makes its Debut
The bar for American touring motorcycles has officially been elevated. Indian Motorcycle has redefined the American bagger with its introduction of the 2020 Indian Challenger – a striking combination of American muscle, next-level technology, and premium comfort to deliver a truly high performance, fully loaded bagger.
It all starts with the all-new Indian PowerPlus engine, Indian’s first liquid-cooled large displacement motor (108 cubic-inch, 60-degree V-twin) that packs 122 horsepower and 128 ft-lbs. 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 powerplant. The PowerPlus’s overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder deliver incredible V-twin performance and power. Riders can customize 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.
Starting at $21,999, 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 weather proof saddlebags with over 18 gallons of storage space. In addition, a modern and aggressively styled chassis-mounted fairing sits over the Challenger’s inverted front suspension. This, combined with the bike’s lightweight cast aluminum frame and hydraulically adjustable Fox rear shock, delivers stable handling and rock-solid stability.
Race-spec radially-mounted Brembo brakes provide superior stopping power, and new performance touring Metzeler Cruistec tires offer supreme traction. 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. With menacing LED running lights, a central headlamp, and a redesigned and modernized Indian Motorcycle headdress adorning its front fender, the Challenger presents an unmistakable profile day and night.
A truly state-of-the-art bagger, the Limited and Dark Horse variants of Challenger are equipped with Indian Motorcycle’s intuitive Smart Lean Technology, keeping riders confidently grounded with lean-angle-sensitive traction control and predictive ABS. These models also feature Indian RideCommand, the largest, most-customizable touchscreen infotainment system on two wheels. The Challenger’s seven-inch Ride Command system features weather and traffic overlays, key vehicle information, Bluetooth and USB mobile pairing, and an all-new quad-core processor for faster response.
For its inaugural year, the Challenger lineup is accompanied by a variety of Indian Motorcycle Authentic Accessories like the Indian Challenger Rogue Collection. Riders can improve sound and add blacked-out styling with the black Stage 1 slip-on muffler and black Stage 1 Air Intake. While gloss black Mid-Ape handlebars, a new tinted curved windshield and gloss black Front highway bars add a premium blacked-out finish.
For an added measure of comfort over longer hauls there’s the Indian Challenger Tour Collection, including a 16-inch windshield, quick release passenger sissy bar, passenger backrest and passenger floorboards, an extended reach seat, 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% louder than the Challenger’s stock audio system.
Pricing for the 2020 Indian Challenger, available in Titanium Metallic paint, starts at $21,999, while the Challenger Dark Horse, starting at $27,499, is available in Thunder Black Smoke, Sandstone Smoke, and White Smoke. The Indian Challenger Limited starts at $27,999, and is available in Thunder Black Pearl, Deepwater Metallic, and Ruby Metallic.
With its modern, aggressive look, and a vast array of performance, comfort and technological features, the Indian Challenger hopes to stand alone as the ultimate American bagger. American Iron Magazine will have a New Bike News Sneak Peek in issue 382, and have a hands-on full ride evaluation in issue 383. We shall see if this new Indian is up to the Challenge.
Indian Motorcycle’s advertised power output of the new PowerPlus engine is stated to be 122 hp and 128 ft-lbs. These are engine dyno numbers, not rear wheel figures. American Iron Magazine is awaiting a test bike to evaluate actual rear wheel power numbers. Stay Tuned!