Whether at Indian or Harley-Davidson, the bagger is a strategic category. A mix of cruiser and stripped-down GT, these machines have gained in pace and importance in recent years. Indian is developing its range with the 1770 Challenger, surprising in more ways than one behind its massive face. More than ever, the clash between Illinois and Wisconsin turns into a fratricidal war.
Certainly, there is the Chieftain in the catalog to appeal to fans of the genre. But Indian wanted to provoke the Road Glide. With manifest effrontery. Like her, its facies is a huge fork crown, as stylish as a military SUV, with the particularity of being fixed on the frame and not on the steering column. American expression in all its lightness, with the slenderness of a cathode ray tube and the contents of a multimedia cabinet.
With this generous space, Indian took the opportunity to integrate the Ride Command multimedia console, with GPS, radio, intercom, smartphone pairing, tire pressure control, USB playback, etc … As well as two large speakers, vacuum -pockets, two needle counters and an electric windshield.
In front, the light signature is imposing, challenging, with a very characteristic and identifiable daytime play. When a Challenger arrives, it can be seen from afar and it shakes up close.
The presentations are made, the slaps are going to be fired. Produced by the Milwaukee Eight for Harley against a brand new engine that the Challenger draws. Big, dry, torquey. It is called Powerplus 108. Not completely new because it is derived from the Scout twin 1133. Except that it’s much bigger, has only one ACT per cylinder, is also liquid cooled, looks just more powerful than 1200 FTRs, and has the highest torque of any model from the manufacturer..
Whether mounted in the Dark Hors or in the Limited, this block sends 122 horsepower as well as 18.15 mkg. 1 more than the 1901 ThunderStroke block, yet more filled with 132 cc. At its service, a 6-speed gearbox, an assisted clutch, 3 driving modes (Rain – Standard – Sport), traction control and cruise control are used..
But what makes the Challenger Dark Horse different from the Limited? It is not the engine, nor the equipment, nor the form, nor the function. So what !?! It is above all the decoration and the metal protection bars. They are present on the Limited, not here; which explains the weight cut by 4 kilos. Bof, on 377 kilos of bike all full, it won’t change much.
The other point is the Dark Horse finish, covering in black the exhaust line, the engine, the handlebars, the parts which are chrome on the Limited, the mirrors, the tank console, and part of the sioux head (reflected) on the front fender.
Here are the only elements which will be able to favor one or the other version. The prices are also identical, as well as other specificities of the machine. Briefly include the aluminum frame, the almost sporty front end with an inverted 43 mm fork and Brembo M4.32 calipers, 68 liter cases, ABS cornering, IMU inertial unit, keyless start, the FOX shock absorber with hydraulic adjustment, LED lights … In short, this bagger is no longer really the philosophy of the stripped. Normal, Indian wants to be upscale; only the Scout Sixty has a popular inclination.
"The ultimate bagger" – This is how the brand presents its Challenger. Of bagger, it has only the form. Ultimately, he has the plumb and the equipment. The machine cannot go unnoticed and promises services of a different caliber than the machines it attacks. Hence its frankly well-chosen name.
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The technical aspect
Indian 1770 Challenger Dark Horse 2020
- Tank: 22.7 liters
- Width: 990 mm
- Height: 1,428.50 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,668 mm
- Dry weight: 361 kg
- Weight in running order: 377 kg
- Train before
- secondary by belt
- Rear axle
(108 x 96.5 mm)
at 5,500 rpm
at 3,800 rpm