Indian Motorcycle has just revealed its new Challenger bagger for 2020 – combining American muscle with modern technology and top level comfort.

Indian’s describing its new Challenger as the best performing fully-loaded bagger on the market. Speaking about the new 1769cc motorcycle, Vice President of Indian Motorcycle Reid Wilson said: “The Indian Challenger delivers a new level of performance for riders who understand that the seemingly small details make a huge difference. Our mind set was to leave no stone unturned and deliver a bagger that exceeds the standards in categories like power, handling, comfort, and technology.”

Built around Indian’s all-new 1769cc PowerPlus liquid-cooled V-Twin engine; it kicks out 122 horsepower and 178 Nm of torque. And with three distinct throttle maps (including Rain, Standard and Sport), you can fine tune the bike’s performance

Indian Challenger 1769cc liquid cooled V-Twin engine

It’s a well kitted out motorcycle ready for some long distance touring, with electronic cruise control, full LED lighting, a long-haul seat, ABS, a keyless ignition, and weatherproof saddlebags with over 68 litres of storage space.

It comes with inverted front suspension and a hydraulically adjustable FOX rear shock – which when combined with the bike’s lightweight cast aluminium frame, helps to deliver unrivalled handling and rock-solid stability (according to Indian). Brakes are race-spec radially-mounted Brembo’s – while its wheels are clad with Metzeler Cruisetec rubber.

There’s a range of thoroughly modern technology built in too – including Indian Motorcycle’s own Smart Lean Technology, which works alongside a Bosch IMU to add cornering pre-control to the dynamic traction control and ABS, as well as Drag Torque Control. It also comes kitted out with RideCommand, Indian’s massive, customisable touchscreen infotainment system. Through the seven-inch Ride Command system riders can look at weather and traffic overlays, key vehicle information, Bluetooth and USB mobile pairing.


Steve Menneto, President of Indian Motorcycle said: “While we are grounded in our iconic history, we are focused and driven to break new ground and establish a higher standard for riders; and the Challenger is a testament to that. The amount of technology and level of detail packed into this bike is incredible, and it’s something we’re extremely proud of.”

No news on pricing or availability just yet. With two models to choose from, if you’re after more information on the new Indian Challenger and Indian Challenger Dark Horse, click HERE.

Ross Mowbray

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