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Feel Like A King: Indian’s King Of The Baggers Race Bike Now On Sale!
Feel Like A King: Indian’s King Of The Baggers Race Bike Now On Sale!
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Whoever thinks baggers are boring, bulky, and slow needs to watch MotoAmerica’s King Of The Baggers championship. It epitomizes cruiser racing with race-prepped Indian and Harley-Davidson baggers setting American racetracks ablaze–a place where you’d least expect a bagger. Among the two protagonists, Indian has dominated the championship for two consecutive years. And as a celebration, it’s giving you a chance to take home the uber-exotic Challenger RR race bike—the same motorcycle Tyler O’Hara “bagged” last year’s championship on. Here’s all you need to know about it.


Though a bagger barely belongs on a racetrack, the Challenger RR has a kitchen sink’s worth of trick components. It rides on Öhlins FGR250 upside-down forks and an Öhlins TTX monoshock, paired with 17-inch forged aluminum wheels front and rear. The up-specced wheels also house Brembo M4 calipers clamped to 330 mm discs up front, along with a Hayes rear caliper. All this, together with the race-only bodywork, helps this beast weigh in at 619 pounds, a massive 176 pounds less than the road-going Challenger.


Similarly, the Challenger RR boasts unmatched performance too. It is powered by a 1,834cc, 60-degree V-twin engine, ripe with an S&S air intake system, 78 mm throttle bodies, CNC ported cylinder heads, and S&S camshafts. Though Indian hasn’t revealed the true figures, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out the amped-up mill will produce much more juice than the stock Challenger’s 1,768cc, V-twin with 122 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. You also get an S&S two-into-two full system exhaust for an earth-shattering exhaust note.


The next highlight of the Challenger RR is its ergonomics. Unlike the upright, foot-forward rider triangle of the Challenger, the RR has a raised leather saddle (35 inches), S&S adjustable handlebar, and rear-set footrests for corner-carving prowess. The bespoke belly pan and carbon fiber saddlebags further better the cornering clearance. Oh, and when you’re blasting down the straights, the aerodynamic half-fairing will help you avoid the wind blast. You can also adjust the fairing position to suit your proportions.


Finally, let’s talk pricing. Thanks to all the upgrades, Indian has priced the Challenger RR at $92,229, roughly four times as much as the $24,999 Indian Challenger. Yes, this is too expensive for most of us, but let’s not forget race bikes cost millions in R&D. Plus, only 29 units will go on sale, each hand-built by the same S&S engineers who helped Tyler O’Hara win the title, so even if you don’t take it to the track, it’ll still be a solid collectible you can make a profit on later. Convinced? Then, head to indianmotorcycle.com for more information.

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