Will we see a brand new Indian tourer quickly? Paperwork present the Challenger-based Pursuit mannequin is ready within the wings. (Indian Motorbike/)
Indian Motorbike has so far had a reasonably quiet new mannequin launch cycle for the calendar yr 2022. We noticed its heaviest hitters unveiled a lot earlier, with the fully redesigned three-bike Chief platform (that are 2022 mannequin yr bikes) debuting means again in February of 2021 and the revised FTR sequence coming quickly thereafter.
This yr it’s been simply the brand new Scout-based Rogue grabbing headlines, however now comes the phrase that Indian has one thing far, far larger—actually—ready within the wings, in keeping with our sister website Cycle World. The gist is that we might quickly see a full-dress touring mannequin primarily based on the Challenger platform, and it’s prone to be known as the Pursuit.
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The liquid-cooled 1,768cc PowerPlus engine powering the brand new full-dress tourer additionally seems to be unchanged. (Indian Motorbike/)
After all, that makes full sense because the Challenger was designed from the bounce to be a base for a number of fashions. There’s no query the time is nigh for a definite new iteration primarily based on the liquid-cooled V-twin, somewhat than simply one other trim stage; India trademarked the title “Pursuit” virtually two years in the past.
Initially, we assumed it is likely to be a historically styled mannequin, and others guessed a sportier machine, however, the particulars Cycle World’s simply uncovered present fairly the other; in truth, we could also be India’s largest bike.
An earlier patent confirmed a historically styled machine with a liquid-cooled engine however with a batwing-style fairing and no trunk. (Indian Motorbike/)
Whereas there are not any images of the brand new mannequin simply, we did get some extra numbers to assist fill within the blanks. As an example, the brand new specs verify that the Pursuit will use the identical 1,768cc V-twin because of the Challenger (good for 103.1 hp at 5,560 rpm on our dyno), and it’ll have the identical tuning and exhaust as properly.
The brand new bike may even share the Challenger’s chassis, with the Pursuit’s 65.7-inch wheelbase, wheels, and tires all being identical (with tire sizes being 130/60-19 on the entrance and 180/60-16 out again).
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Along with the engine and chassis, the fairing from the Challenger might also make its means onto the brand new bike. (Indian Motorbike/)
The variations can be within the particulars, particularly the added bodywork, parts, and a few facilities tacked on within the title of touring consolation.
It truly seems just like the Pursuit will even carry the identical Highway Glide-type nostril/fairing design because of the Challenger, though earlier patents confirmed a batwing-looking unit fitted onto a Challenger chassis.
That facet is bolstered by specs exhibiting the Pursuit’s electrically adjustable display screen has the identical vary of motion because the Challenger’s, although the brand new bike’s display screen truly sits increased.
The spec sheet additionally exhibits that, in practically every dimension, the Pursuit is larger than the bike it’s primarily based on, which might solely imply it’ll be a full-dress tourer.
General, the Pursuit measures 102.7 inches lengthy, in comparison with the Challenger’s 98.5-inch size, and since each bike has an identical wheelbase, the additional 4.2 inches is probably going to result in an added high case, which can or might not incorporate a passenger backrest.
Then there’s the matter of weight; in able to trip type, full of gasoline, the Pursuit ideas the scales at 917 kilos, which surpasses the model’s 908-pound Roadmaster dresser.
It’s additionally pretty clear that Indians will introduce two practically equivalent variations of the bike, the Pursuit Darkish Horse and the Pursuit Restricted, within the method of India’s established trim ranges.
This means the Darkish Horse will presumably have fewer bells and whistles however get the black-out remedy, for a darker and extra minimal look, whereas the Restricted may pack on a pair of extra comfort options, with chrome and shade to present it an extra premium really feel.
That mentioned, within the specs that Cycle World reviewed, each of the Darkish Horse and Restricted variations of the Pursuit had identical weight measures, so they might be nearer to their characteristic units than not.
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Beforehand, the top-of-the-line Challenger was the Restricted trim (proven), however, India might also have a higher-level Elite model the best way. (Indian Motorbike/)
Along with the brand new Pursuit, apparently Indian additionally confirmed its intent so as to add a brand new Challenger Elite mannequin, which might put it on the high of that bagger sequence, forward of the Restricted mannequin.
Because it seems to have identical dimensions and weight, the brand new trim would possibly be highlighted by high-end detailing like hand-finished paint and different premium touches.