Indian Motorcycle Unveils 2020 Challenger

Indian’s new high-powered liquid-cooled bagger is here with gallery, specs, and pricing.

The 2020 Indian Challenger is finally here! Following last week's PowerPlus engine unveil, this is the bike that will house it—the Challenger. This looks to be a familiar style of American touring motorcycle, but done in a more aggressive and high-performance manner. The showstopper is the new PowerPlus engine, which you can read about here in our First Look At Indian's New PowerPlus V-twin story last week, but there is a whole new chassis and bodywork to look at here as well. From the first look, it seems that there's quite a bit of Victory DNA bred into this Indian, and we're all about it.

The new cast aluminum chassis uses the engine as a load-bearing component, unlike that of the Chieftain but more similar to the Scout. The gas tank has flatter sides and slopes downward as it gets closer to the seat, again looking similar to the gas tank on the Scout models. The saddlebag shape is the same as that on the Chieftain line, but with an added black plastic or rubber piece on the bottom, most likely just added for aesthetics. The bike’s front fender is cut back, like the Chieftain Dark Horse line, and the headdress mounted on the front fender continues to get even smaller, as we’ve seen happening over the last few years.

The all-new front fairing is mounted to the chassis, similar to a Harley-Davidson Road Glide, as are the two storage areas on the inside of the fairing. We see a power adjustable windscreen like we have loved so much on the Chieftain line, as well as the same screen and Ride Command system, which was updated across the rest of the line earlier this year with a faster processor, and weather and traffic overlay info. The headlight configuration is interesting, with one central round light and LEDs on either side, and vent intakes outside of those—again like a Road Glide. In my 2019 Indian review, I called out the redesigned Chieftain fairing for looking like a Street Glide, and it seems we now have the Road Glide counterpart in Indian’s lineup as well.

With the new high-output engine, we're expecting some great things from this bike and should have a First Ride out to you shortly, but if you just can't wait, head over to Cycle World to get the scoop now.

2020 Indian Challenger.Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle

2020 Indian Challenger Price And Specifications

MSRP $21,999–$28,749
Engine 1,768cc, liquid-cooled, 60-degree V-twin; 4 valves/cyl.
Bore x stroke 108.0 x 96.5mm
Compression 11.0:1
Transmission final drive 6-speed w/ true overdrive; constant mesh/belt
Fuel system Electronic fuel injection w/ 52mm dual-bore throttle bodies
Claimed horsepower 122 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Claimed torque 128 lb.-ft. @ 3,800 rpm
Frame Cast aluminum
Front suspension 43mm telescopic fork; 5.1-in. travel
Rear suspension Fox monoshock, hydraulically adjustable; 4.5-in. travel
Front tire 130/60B-19
Rear tire 180/60R-16
Rake/trail 25.0°/5.9 in.
Wheelbase 65.7 in.
Seat height 26.5 in. (laden)
Fuel capacity 6.0 gal.
Claimed dry weight 805 lb.
Available Now
The 2020 Indian Challenger, Challenger Dark Horse, and Challenger Limited.Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle
2020 Indian Challenger gas tank with large headdress logo.Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle
Rear view of the 2020 Indian Challenger’s frame-mounted fairing.Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle
Riding the new high-powered American touring bike, the 2020 Indian Challenger.Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle
Front view of the all-new Indian Challenger fairing.Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle
Dual front disc brakes and Brembo calipers on the 2020 Challenger bagger.Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle
The headdress on Indian’s touring bikes seems to get smaller with each new model—a departure from their iconic heritage design.Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle
Saddlebag shape is the same as the Chieftain line, with an added piece on the bottom.Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle
Indian’s new PowerPlus engine in the 2020 Challenger.Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle
The 2020 Challenger Limited with accessories equipped.Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle
The 2020 Indian Challenger Dark Horse in Sandstone Smoke.Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle
Exhaust tips on the 2020 Challenger Limited.Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle
Billet floorboards are just one of the many accessories offered along with the release of the 2020 Challenger.Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle
Front fairing on the 2020 Indian Challenger Limited with the windshield all the way up.Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle
Exhaust tips on the 2020 Challenger Dark Horse.Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle
A 43mm inverted fork and Fox rear suspension come standard on the 2020 Challenger.Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle
The steep-backed seat we saw equipped on Chieftain models in 2019 has made its way to the Challenger as well.Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle
The 2020 Indian Challenger is a new type of American touring bike.Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle