2020 Indian Challenger

A water-cooled performance-bagger warning shot across Harley-Davidson’s bow.

2020 Indian Challenger left side
2020 Indian ChallengerIndian Motorcycle

With the introduction of the 2020 Challenger, Indian has made no bones about its intended target: Harley-Davidson’s Road Glide. The Challenger enters the arena with an all-new 60-degree V-twin, a six-speed transmission, and a suite of electronic rider aids. On the Cycle World dynamometer, the liquid-cooled, solid-mounted PowerPlus 108 engine cranked out more horsepower and torque than a 114ci Road Glide Special. And on the street, the PowerPlus delivers right-now acceleration with less engine heat funneled to the rider. A snout-nosed fixed fairing is perhaps the Challenger’s defining aesthetic feature, with standard touring goodies—adjustable windshield, locking saddlebags, electronic cruise control, three ride modes—going a long way toward sealing the deal.

2020 Indian Challenger Limited right front
2020 Indian Challenger LimitedIndian Motorcycle

Three trim levels are available: Challenger, Challenger Dark Horse, and Challenger Limited. The base model ditches navigation but keeps antilock braking. Dark Horse and Limited bring Indian’s “Smart Lean Technology,” which uses a Bosch IMU to enable cornering ABS and traction control as well as Drag Torque Control. “The Challenger strikes an excellent balance between engine performance and chassis precision,” Andrew Cherney wrote after riding the Challenger Limited, “with the added benefit of well-calibrated electronics capped off with pleasing ergonomics.”

2020 Indian Challenger Dark Horse right side
2020 Indian Challenger Dark HorseIndian Motorcycle

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Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $21,999–$27,999
Engine Liquid-cooled SOHC two-cylinder
Displacement 1,768cc
Bore x Stroke 108.0mm x 96.5mm
Horsepower 122.0 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque 128.8 lb.-ft. @ 3,800 rpm
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Belt
Seat Height 26.5 in.
Rake 25.0°
Trail 5.9 in.
Front Suspension 43mm inverted fork, nonadjustable; 5.1-in. travel
Rear Suspension Preload adjustable; 4.5-in. travel
Front Tire 130/60-19
Rear Tire 180/60-16
Wheelbase 65.7 in.
Fuel Capacity 6.0 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight 831 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height 29.0 in.
Wet Weight 839 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower 103.11 hp @ 5,560 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque 113.08 lb.-ft. @ 3,330 rpm
0–60 mph 4.1 sec.
1/4-mile 12.72 sec. @ 105.51 mph
Braking 30–0 mph 33.4 ft.
Braking 60–0 mph 127.4 ft.