The performance-oriented Challenger bagger lineup from Indian returns for 2021, with three models to choose from. All three 2021 Indian Challenger models get the 122-horsepower PowerPlus liquid-cooled 108ci motor that pumps out 128 ft-lbs of torque.As the Challenger line debuted last year, there’s not much in the way of changes. The standard Challenger is the least expensive way to get into the line, with the Dark Horse and Limited models adding a few more features.
Paint and electronics are the differentiators. The 2021 Indian Challenger Dark Horse and Challenger Limited come standard with the Ride Command System, which now includes Apple CarPlay. That means access to traffic and weather overlays, GPS navigation, and the ability to program a route with as many as 100 waypoints. All three Challengers get the seven-inch TFT dash, plus a 100-watt audio system that ties into your smartphone via Bluetooth and USB.Photography by Jordan Pay and Scott G. Toepfer2021 Indian Challenger, Challenger Dark Horse, and Challenger Limited SpecsENGINE
Type: 60-degree V-twin
Displacement: 108ci (1768cc)
Bore x stroke: 4.252 x 3.799” (108 x 96.5mm)
Maximum power: 122 horsepower @ 5500 rpm
Maximum torque: 128 ft-lbs @ 3800 rpm
Redline: 6500 rpm
Compression ratio: 11:1
Valvetrain: SOHC, 4vpc
Fueling: EFI w/ 52mm dual-bore throttle body
Lubrication: Semi-dry sump
Transmission: 6-speed w/ overdrive
Primary drive: Gear
Final drive: Belt
Frame: Cast aluminum
Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable 43mm fork; 5.1 inches
Rear suspension; travel: Spring-preload adjustable Fox shock; 4.5 inches
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!