Indian Challenger Customized

Carey Hart’s fresh take on Indian’s new bagger for 2020.

Carey Hart debuted his new Indian Challenger custom at the 2020 The One Moto Show in Portland, Oregon.
Carey Hart debuted his new Indian Challenger custom at the 2020 The One Moto Show in Portland, Oregon.Courtesy Indian Motorcycle

Motocross marvel and custom builder Carey Hart has been an Indian Motorcycle brand ambassador for several years, and in a short time he’s modded his fair share of the company’s stock bikes. We’ve seen him rework everything from bobbed Scouts to stripped Chieftains to last year’s King Killer, a former Indian Springfield turned roadrace-styled rocket, which came out at 2019’s The One Show (where it won the Red, White, and Blue award for Best American Build).

Keeping the streak alive, Hart showed up at this year’s The One Show with yet another new custom to unveil: a reworked, freshly painted, and modded Indian Challenger, and we managed to snag some snaps of it.

We found the bike in the main exhibit hall where the uneven lighting wasn’t doing it any favors, though we could make out a super-slick new titanium exhaust system (still in 2-1 configuration) with a stainless collector and can from Fab28 (https://www.fab28industries.com/). The V-twin valve heads and air cleaner also received new finishes and graphics. Another big visual change comes from the addition of high-rise Z bars from Torch Industries and a custom fastback seat (with a serious bolster!) from Saddlemen. We also spotted new footboards, controls, and, since Hart’s a Dunlop guy, different rubber on this bike than on the stock Challenger. There’s probably much more going on underneath, but since the Indian crew was tight-lipped on the specifics, we’ll just have to serve up the photos for now. We’re sure more details will be out soon though, so stay tuned.

This Challenger custom brings new paint and bars (possibly Klock Werks KlipHangers), pipes, and a wicked high-back saddle.
This Challenger custom brings new paint from Airtrix and Torch Industries bars, Fab28 pipes, and a wicked high-back saddle from Saddlemen.Courtesy Indian Motorcycle
Same Brembo brake setup, but the bike wears Dunlop rather than Metzeler rubber.
Brembo monobloc brake setup, with Brock’s Performance carbon fiber wheels and Dunlop rubber. GP Suspension supplied the fork internals.Courtesy Indian Motorcycle
From the front, the Challenger’s lighting configuration stays intact, though the windscreen looks reshaped and lowered.
From the front, the Challenger’s lighting configuration stays intact, though the windscreen looks reshaped and lowered.Courtesy Indian Motorcycle
New covers, graphics, and finishes in the engine bay. Just look at those cool welds.
New covers, graphics, and finishes in the engine bay with shift lever from San Diego Customs and pie-cut pipes from Fab28.Courtesy Indian Motorcycle
Ola Stenegärd, Indian’s director of product design, was seen hanging with Hart and checking out the new build.
Ola Stenegärd, Indian’s director of product design, was seen hanging with Hart and checking out the new build.Courtesy Indian Motorcycle
At the Challenger launch a few months back, some riders thought the bars on the stocker sat a bit low. Problem solved.
At the Challenger launch a few months back, some riders thought the bars on the stocker sat a bit low. Problem solved.Courtesy Indian Motorcycle
The entire bike was repainted in red, white, and (mostly) blue colors, with the Indian headdress graphic remaining at the center.
The entire bike was repainted by Airtrix in red, white, and (mostly) blue colors, with the Indian headdress graphic remaining at the center. Pinstriping by Mr. Oz.Courtesy Indian Motorcycle
Another view of the raised Z bars with Beringer controls.
Another view of the raised Torch Industries bars with Beringer brake master and clutch perch, and Rizoma mirrors. Brake lever from San Diego Customs and grips by ODI.Courtesy Indian Motorcycle
The bike was in the shadows at the show. Pretty sure it would look completely different in the sunshine…
The bike was in the shadows at the show. Pretty sure it would look completely different in the sunshine…Andrew Cherney
…so we’re glad we hung around to see it being wheeled outside after the event. The blue just totally pops.
…so we’re glad we hung around to see it being wheeled outside after the event. The blue just totally pops.Andrew Cherney