Indian Motorcycle has dramatically redefined the American bagger with the introduction of the 2020 Indian Challenger.

A striking combination of American muscle, next-level technology, and premium comfort, it delivers an unmatched riding experience.

There’s two models: Challenger Limited and Challenger Dark Horse, both priced from $39,995 ride away.

Indian designers stopped at nothing to ensure that the Challenger out-classed its competition and delivered the highest performing, fully loaded bagger on the market.

“The Indian Challenger delivers a new level of performance for riders who understand that the seemingly small details make a huge difference,” Indian’s Reid Wilson said.

“Our mindset was to leave no stone unturned and deliver a bagger that exceeds the standards in categories like power, handling, comfort, and technology.”

At 1770cc the all-new Indian PowerPlus engine is Indian’s first liquid-cooled, large displacement engine and delivers a best-in-class 90kW of power and 178Nm of torque.

The new powertrain also features a six-speed transmission with true overdrive, assist clutch to reduce clutch effort, and hydraulic valve lash adjusters and camshaft chain tensioners for a low maintenance, reliable powerplant.

The PowerPlus’ overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder deliver incredible V-twin performance and power.

Riders can customise throttle mapping by selecting one of three ride modes: Rain, Standard and Sport.

Each mode has been engineered with its own distinct traction control setting to align with each mode’s specific throttle mapping.

The Challenger features all the premium touring amenities riders expect from Indian Motorcycle, including electronic cruise control, full LED lighting, a long-haul seat, ABS, keyless ignition, and weatherproof saddlebags with over 68 litres of storage space.

In addition, a modern and aggressively styled chassis-mounted fairing sits over the Challenger’s inverted front suspension.

This, combined with the bike’s lightweight cast aluminium frame and hydraulically adjustable FOX rear shock, delivers unrivalled handling and rock-solid stability.

Race-spec radially-mounted Brembo brakes provide superior stopping power, and new performance touring Metzeler Cruistec tyres offer supreme traction.

Challenger’s chassis-mounted fairing features an adjustable windscreen with nearly three inches of travel and adjustable air vents – delivering unprecedented rider protection from all elements.

With menacing LED running lights, a central headlamp, and a redesigned and modernised Indian Motorcycle headdress adorning its front fender, the Challenger presents an unmistakable profile day and night.

A true state-of-the-art bagger, the Limited and Dark Horse variants of Challenger are equipped with Indian Motorcycle’s intuitive Smart Lean Technology, keeping riders confidently grounded by utilising a Bosch IMU to add cornering pre-control to the dynamic traction control and ABS, as well as Drag Torque Control.

These models also feature Indian RideCommand, the largest, most-customisable touchscreen infotainment system on two wheels.

The Challenger’s seven-inch Ride Command system features key vehicle information, Bluetooth and USB mobile pairing, and an all-new quad-core processor for faster response.

For its inaugural year, the Challenger lineup is accompanied by a variety of Indian Motorcycle Authentic Accessories that allow riders to upgrade their ride based on their preferences.

With the Indian Challenger Rogue Collection, riders can improve sound and add blacked-out styling with the black stage 1 slip-on muffler and black PowerPlus stage 1 air intake.

While a gloss black mid-rise handlebar, a tinted curved windshield and gloss black front highway bars add a premium blacked-out finish.

The 2020 Indian Challenger Dark Horse is available in Thunder Black Smoke, Sandstone Smoke, and White Smoke, while the Indian Challenger Limited comes in Thunder Black Pearl, Deepwater Metallic, and Ruby Metallic.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.