America thrives on competition, and Indian Motorcycle, "America's First Motorcycle Company", is calling out everyone in the bagger game with their freshly announced 2020 Challenger.
According to Reid Wilson, the VP of Indian Motorcycle, the 2020 Challenger "delivers a new level of performance for riders who understand that the seemingly small details make a huge difference.”
The first "small detail" is the brand spankin' new Indian Power Plus 108 cubic inch, 60 degree, V-twin that will be propelling the Challenger. Indian's first run at a liquid cooled powerplant, and it should be a doozy. The 122 horsepower and 128 ft-lbs of torque are put to the ground through a six speed transmission (with overdrive) and is modulated with an easy to pull clutch.
The overhead cams and four valves per cylinder (that's eight valves for those of you with my math skills) help to create the most powerful motor in it's class. Riders will be able to choose between three power modes - Rain, Standard, and Sport - giving the option to tone things down for the bar hopping or open things up for a ride off into the sunset. Each ride mode has its very own traction control setting designed to complete the package.
Pricing starts at $21,999, which will get you some premium bits such as cruise control, LED lights all around, ABS, keyless ignition, inverted forks, an adjustable FOX shock, and radial mounted Brembos. It wouldn't be a bagger without bags, (duh) so Indian attached a matched set with over 18 gallons of capacity. The 2020 Challenger will be fitted with an adjustable chassis mounted fairing with a three position windscreen with vents for protection, comfort, and aerodynamics, of course.
Need more? Indian predicted this and are offering up a "Limited" (starting at $27,999) and "Dark Horse" (starting at $27,499) version of the machine with additional features. A Bosch IMU provides Indian Motorcycle's Smart Lean Technology, and Indian Ride Command gives you a seven-inch touch screen with both Bluetooth and USB interfaces.
There will also likely be a metric ton of bolt-ons available upon release. It is an American bagger after all.
ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® Indian Motorcycle Company is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com