The Challenger, but is it?
Lots of media attention to Indian’s new bike and especially the new engine due to be released near the end of this month, the new donk is supposedly a old Victory engine that never made it to production, it has similar looks to a current Scout or Victory Octane engine. So will it “cut the mustard” time will tell of course the existing chief Thunderstroke engines are reliable and trouble free and now upgraded to 116 cu, they had few problems maybe “runs very hot” being the main problem it never helped leaving off the oil cooler I expect. This new engine is oil & liquid cooled and 108 cu in capacity (1770cc) so that will help but I worry that the main problem is that the baby boomers this does appeal to are fast approaching 70 or well over it and I can tell you for a fact bikes tipping the scales at 800 lbs are not really on the shopping list, this Challenger will be Challenging more like it. So Indian please listen, your new model should the distinctly Indian, be manufactured for LAMS (under 670cc) for lots of new riders, be light and clean, not cluttered and be cheap to service $600 is to dear to service a motorcycle $200 is just tolerable, parts should be cheap not $1200 for a rear guard or $2000 for a fuel tank for example! I do admire the fact Polaris has in fact made the Thunderstroke and the Scout engine from scratch since 2014 (5 years ago) and now they are out with another engine, the Motor Co has’t really developed a radical new engine since the model U Knucklehead in 1938 just re-engineered the same old same old so in that respect Indian have a Challenger