Indian is bringing back the Challenger Challenge in 2021.  The company is undeniably proud of its Challenger Model.  So much so that they think that another challenge is in order.

In 2020, Indian pitted its Indian Challenger against a Harley-Davidson Road Glide.  After all the dust had settled, Indian claimed that the Challenger beat the Road Glide.  Now for 2021, Indian decided to up the ante a bit.  This year, both bikes would receive Stage 2 upgrades.  Then, the bikes would be drag raced at Irwindale Speedway’s 1/8 mile drag strip.

Changes to the bikes include:

  • Indian Challenger: Indian Motorcycle Stage 1 Oval Slip-On Mufflers, PowerPlus Stage 1 Air Intake & PowerPlus Stage 2 Performance Cams
  • Road Glide® Special: Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® Street Cannon Performance Slip-On Mufflers, Screamin’ Eagle® Heavy Breather Extreme Air Cleaner, Screamin’ Eagle® Milwaukee-Eight Stage II – Power Kit & Screamin’ Eagle® Pro Street Tuner

To ensure that pro-level riders did the testing, King of the Baggers Champion Tyler O’Hara and third-place finisher Frankie Garcia would ride.  The two riders would make three passes on both of the bikes.

After three runs, the pair compared their personal best times on the Challenger and the Road Glide.  Ultimately, King of the Bagger Champion, Tyler O’Hara, recorded the fastest times with both the Challenger and Road Glide® – registering 7.52 seconds aboard the Challenger and 7.96 on the Road Glide®.

Challenger Challenge demos

And with Daytona kicking off on Friday, March 12, Indian is once again running the Challenger Challenge.  They are offering back-to-back test rides on the Challenger and Road Glide Special to let the riders decide which is the best machine.

After Daytona is over, riders can still take the Challenger Challenge at an Indian demo event or a local dealership.  For more information, you can visit Indian’s Challenger Challenge webpage or contact your local Indian Motorcycle dealer.




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