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Indian 2021 Challenger Dark Horse Touring Bike Review Specs

The Indian Challenger Dark Horse has unparalleled power and a never-ending attitude. Premium features and an aggressive blackout shield guarantee that heads will go wherever you go.

The Indian Challenger Dark Horse was created for riders who demand advanced technology and the best shape. The premium technology options available on the Indian Challenger Dark Horse include Smart Lane technology, ride-on command with connected services and Apple CarPlay® connectivity, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

The motorcycle stands out from the crowd thanks to aggressive LED lighting, a bright front headdress, paddle lights, a 19-inch sport contrast kit wheel, a shiny black dash and matte paint with blackout finishes.

Thunder black smoke, bronze smoke, and white smoke are all options.

Indian 2021 Challenger Dark Horse Touring Bike – Features

Indian 2021 Challenger Dark Horse Touring Bike

Free Rein to Dominate

Our Blackout Power Plus Liquid Cooled Engine is an entirely modern design that re-imagines American V Twin performance. Straight from the factory, the Class Leading is dominated by 128 ft-lb of torque and 122 horsepower. The three ride settings provide unparalleled acceleration and passing power while maintaining the V-twin flare you expect.

Carve corners—all of them.

Crew-hugging handling and unbridled stability are provided by the ultimate front suspension, lightweight cast-aluminum chassis, and hydraulically adjustable Fox® rear shock.

Supreme traction. Superior stopping power.

Brembo® brakes with radial mounting provide better stopping power and performance touring. Metzeler® Cruisetec® tires offer exceptional traction.

Indian 2021 Challenger Dark Horse Touring Bike

A Commanding Presence from Indian Motorcycle

Ride the Indian Challenger Dark Horse to the beat of your drum. Comfortably a wicked bike and a distinct black shape that makes the journey longer and longer an adventure like no other.

Lead the Way

The fairing mounted on the chassis allows very accurately, stable handling while simultaneously providing class-leading wind protection after one mile for optimal comfort.

Style That Stands Alone

The aggressive firing design, complete with full LED lighting and dangerously operated lights, creates a signature face that guides both style and function.

Command Attention

There is nothing wrong with the Indian Challenger’s open fender with a slight flip and updated twist on the famous light headdress.

Indian 2021 Challenger Dark Horse Touring Bike

On The Forefront of Technology

On the Indian Challenger Dark Horse, you can ride with complete confidence. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, it ensures that every ride is as enjoyable as thrilling.

Lean into Every Ride

With 6-axis Bosch IMU, dynamic traction control, ABS with cornering control, and drag torque control, Smart Lean TechnologyTM anchors and charges you on the road.

More Beats For the Streets

Upgrade to a 6.5-inch speaker that produces 100 watts of crystal clear audio.

More screen. More control

RIDE COMMAND is the most comprehensive and customizable two-wheeled system, with Apple CarPlay® integration, intuitive destination search capabilities, rotation navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, vehicle information, and associated traffic and weather overlays. Long to put on the road.

Indian 2021 Challenger Dark Horse Touring Bike

New Accessories

Climacommand Heated & Cooled Seats

In all weather conditions, both the rider and the passenger enjoy a comfortable ride. These well-cushioned chairs provide adjustable heating and cooling settings via the side of the seat and the ride command display. Passenger armrest pads and a trunk backrest pad are also available with matching styles (each sold separately).

Pathfinder Adaptive Led Headlight

Monitors tilt angles in real-time to provide maximum light. As required, 15 different rays are ignited. Lighting has been improved in both low and high beam modes. Reduces road glare and focuses light where needed.

Pathfinder S LED Driving Lights

Diameter: 3.5 inches. Parts with LED lighting that are powerful and durable. Increases motorcycle exposure.

Low Profile Quick Release Passenger Sissy Bar and Backrest Pad

This low-profile quick-release enhances the comfort and support of the passenger without deviating from the attractive design of the passenger sissy bar motorcycle. This steel backstop provides reliable support for passengers to sit comfortably. With a choice of cushioned backrest pads, the creation of the places compliments the sleek shape of the seat. The material of the black vinyl cover matches the seat cover of the original equipment and additional seats.

Powerband Audio- New for Indian Challenger

Riders can choose between audio options that are 50% higher than factory audio with power band audio. The system is designed with an integrated amp on each speaker (no additional amps required) and is fully integrated with the RID command. When the power band audio speaker is installed, the RID command automatically Recognizes upgrades and increases parity from 5 to 9 bands. Additional preset options and loudness control. Powerband Audio (Firing Upgrade) and PowerBand Audio Plus are available for riders (Firing and Saddle Bag Upgrade).

Indian 2021 Challenger Dark Horse Touring Bike

Quick Release Trunk for Indian Challenger

With the addition of an easy-to-install trunk, you can increase storage and organize your luggage. Each trunk has adequate storage space for two full-face helmets. These trunks have unique color matching possibilities, are more comfortable for a traveler, and are an ideal addition to any ride. They are now available for the Indian Challenger.

Performance Accessories

The 2021 portfolio of performance accessories for Indian motorcycles Thunderstroke 111, Thunderstroke 116, and Power Plus engines dramatically changes the overall shape, sound, and performance of each engine. Riders will choose to upgrade their performance, starting with the stock engine and progressing to the best stage kit to match their riding style.

Indian 2021 Challenger Dark Horse Touring Bike – Price

The new Indian 2021 Challenger Dark Horse Touring Motorcycle is available at $27,999 only.

Indian 2021 Challenger Dark Horse Touring Bike

Indian 2021 Challenger Dark Horse Touring Bike – Technical Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain

Bore x Stroke 4.251 inches x 3.799 inches (108 mm x 96.5 mm)
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Displacement 108 cubic inches (1768 cc)
Drive/Driven Clutch Wet, Multi-Plate, Assist
Electronic Fuel Injection System Closed-loop fuel Injection / 52mm dual bore
Engine Type PowerPlus
Exhaust Split Dual exhaust w/ Resonator
Gear Ratio (1st) 10.169:1
Gear Ratio (2nd) 6.933:1
Gear Ratio (3rd) 5.151:1
Gear Ratio (4th) 4.105:1
Gear Ratio (5th) 3.508:1
Gear Ratio (6th) 3.017:1
Horsepower 122 HP
Peak Torque 128 ft-lbs
Peak Torque RPM 3800 rpm
Transmission/Final Drive 2.379:1
Transmission/Primary Drive Gear Drive Wet Clutch


Fuel Capacity 6.0 gal (22.7 L)
Ground Clearance 5.4 in (137.3 mm)
GVWR 1,385 lb (630 kg)
Lean Angle 31°
Overall Height 56.2 inches (1428.5mm)
Overall Length 98.5 inches (2500.7mm)
Overall Width 39 inches (990.2mm)
Rake/Trail 25-degree / 5.9 inches (150mm)
Seat Height 26.5 inches (672mm)
Weight 796 lb
Wheelbase 65.7 inches (1667.8mm)


Front Brakes Dual / 320mm Semi-Floating Rotor & 4-Piston Radial Caliper
Rear Brakes Single / 298mm Floating Rotor & 2-Piston Caliper

Tires / Wheels

Front Tires Metzeler Cruisetec 130/60B19 66H
Front Wheel Sport Contrast Cut with Indian Red Pin Stripe 19 inches x 3.5 inches
Rear Tires Metzeler Cruisetec 180/60R16 80H
Rear Wheel Sport Contrast Cut with Indian Red Pin Stripe 16 inches x 5 inches


Front Fork Tube Diameter 43 mm
Front Suspension Inverted Telescopic Fork
Front Travel 5.1 inches (130mm)
Rear Suspension Single Shock w/Hyd adjust
Rear Travel 4.5 inches (114mm)


Color / Graphics Thunder Black Smoke, Bronze Smoke, White Smoke
Factory Warranty 2-Year, Unlimited Miles
Gauges Fairing-mounted instrument cluster containing analog speedometer and tachometer with fuel gauge, range, odometer, and current gear. 15 LED telltale indicators; cruise control set, cruise control enabled, neutral, high beam, turn signal, low tire pressure, ABS, check engine, battery, low fuel, security system, low engine oil pressure and MHP or km/h unit designation.
Infotainment Ride Command with connected services on 2021 model year bikes includes a complimentary 2-year trial for connected features from the vehicle sales date (fees apply). 7″ touchscreen display with a real-time clock; ambient air temperature; heading; audio information display; map/navigation having real-time traffic and weather; Bluetooth status for phone and headset, and Apple CarPlay Integration.
Lights LED lighting, including Pathfinder LED Headlamp
Standard Equipment Ride Command with navigation and Apple CarPlay integration; Smart Lean Technology; Selectable Ride Modes: Locking Hard Saddlebags: Brembo brakes: 18+ Gallons of storage: ABS: Keyless Ignition: Chassis Mounted Fairing: Adjustable Fairing Air Flow Vents; Power Windshield: Adjustable Air Vents; 12V Charging Port

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