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Indian Challenger unveiled

After a long-term preparatory campaign consisting of teasers and leaks,Indian Motorcycle has finally revealed the all-new Indian Challenger bagger in three versions.They must compete with the H-D Road Glide and are ready to offer customers more options for the same money.

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Challenger was created from scratch. It has its own frame and the new PowerPlus 108 engine.108 cubic inches means the new 1,769 cc, liquid-cooled, 60-degree, v-twin engine that puts out 121 bhp. This is more than the H-D M8 114. Yes, there will be many comparisons with the Harleys, since even the name of the model hints to us why this motorcycle was born.However, it is unlikely that true Harley adherents will pay attention to the Challenger - and all because of the liquid cooling of the motor.

From this point of view, Challenger is the spiritual heir to the Victory brand.This is also indicated by a43-mm inverted fork with 5.1 inches of travel at the front (we don’t know the manufacturer). The front wheel is armed with two 320mm floating discs paired up with a set of four-piston Brembo radial calipers.The bike is mounted on a set of cast wheels with a 19-inch circle at the front and a 16-inch one at the back, wrapped in Metzeler Cruisetec tires.There is awarbonnet in a new design on the fender. Now this is not the voluminous face of an Indian, but a flat panel with a central longitudinal luminous section and an engraved Indian on both sides.

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The fairing looks monumental. Lighting is an intermediate between a motorcycle and a Ford F-150 pickup truck. The 2020 Indian Challenger includes full LED lighting (headlight, taillight and blinkers). On the driver’s side,in the fairing, there are two instrumentation panels (the same are placed on the baggers with the Thunder Stroke motor), two speakers and a Ride Command multimedia system with a touch screen.

The Challenger frame is something in between Scout and Chief designs.It is integral, bolted, made of aluminum.The front part covers a large radiator, supports the engine and stretches over the motor. The back part contains a battery, a fuse box and some other electrics, as well as a Fox adjustable hydraulic monoshock. The curb weight is 381 kg.

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The motorcycle will have an extensive electronic package. In addition to the already mentioned multimedia, customers are waiting for angular ABS, traction control, Drag Torque Control application, cruise control and three engine mapping modes. The Challenger is also ready for long-term trips – 68 liters of storage space and a tank with a 22.7 liters capacity. The windshield is adjustable and can get 8 cm higher.

The minimum recommended prices are also released.Challenger Dark Horse (matte color, black motor, less chrome) comes in at $27,499 and the Limited (metallic, more chrome), at $27,999.The regular Challenger model is priced at $21,999. This is the economy version, which will have a multimedia system without navigation, with simpler speakers, it won’t have a part of the auxiliary electronics. Nevertheless, the price tags are set to compete closely with Road Glide, and often Indian offers more options for the same money (if not for equipment, then for performance).

There are no more details yet, it is worth waiting for EICMA, where Indian will present their new products on 5 November.

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