Following last year's official launch of Indian Motorcycle’s flat track-inspired FTR 1200, "America's First" bike brand has unleashed the 2020 Challenger.
At the heart of the badass bagger is Indian's new 122-hp "PowerPlus" 1769cc V-twin, its most powerful ever. The formidable engine comes mated to a six-speed transmission with overdrive and assist clutch.
Three modes—Rain, Standard and Sport—offer different traction control and throttle settings best suited to different ride styles and pavement. Brembo brakes provide stopping power to performance rubber.
An aggressively styled, chassis-mounted fairing with an adjustable wind screen sits over the Challenger’s inverted front suspension, and a lightweight cast aluminum frame with a hydraulically adjustable rear shock delivers smooth handling and rock-solid stability.
The enhanced Limited and Dark Horse editions get Indian's "Smart Lean Technology, which adds cornering and torque control assistance, as well as Ride Command, which Indian touts as the "largest, most customizable touchscreen infotainment system on two wheels." Features of Ride Command include weather and traffic overlays, vehicle info, and Bluetooth and USB mobile pairing.
Being a tourer, all Challenger models feature premium amenities for extended excursions, including electronic cruise control, full LED lighting, a long-haul seat, ABS, keyless ignition, and weatherproof saddlebags with over 18 gallons of storage space.
Two optional packages are also available. The Indian Challenger Rogue Collection boasts a blacked out stage 1 slip-on muffler and intake that enhance the V-Twin's roar, plus a murdered out handle bar, highway bar and exterior finish.
The Challenger Tour Collection comes with a 16-inch windshield, quick release passenger sissy bar, passenger backrest and passenger floorboards, an extended reach seat, rider backrest pad, a better heel shifter and highway pegs.
Anyone who wants to upgrade its on-board sound system can opt for PowerBand Audio Plus, which adds 50-percent louder fairing and saddlebag speakers.
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. Visit Indian's website for more info.