Indian Motorcycles: Meet the Challenger Elite

America’s beloved bike brand just dropped their 2023 lineup – and center stage is this year’s limited edition, highly anticipated Indian Challenger Elite.

Let’s dive in.

Sapphire Blue Smoke paint with Black Smoke and Titanium Metallic Smoke accents grace the PowerPlus heart of the bagger (capable of 122 horsepower and 128 ft-lbs of torque), as well as a host of high-end components in the electronics department:

  • Three driving modes
  • Electronically adjustable rear suspension preload from Fox®
  • Smart Lean technology
  • Adaptive LED headlight
  • LED spotlights, an adjustable flare windshield
  • Select floorboards, heated handles
  • 6.5-inch Powerband audio with saddlebag speakers
  • New Precision Cut five-spoke wheel
  • 7-inch touch screen
Indian Challenger Elite. Media sourced from Indian Motorcycles.

According to the latest press release from Indian, only 150 of these beauties will be available, and they’re up for grabs worldwide for an MSRP of $35,999 USD, so don’t expect them to sit on the shelf for long.

As for Indian’s 2023 model range, updated technology and upgraded components follow a healthy peak of activity across the FTR range.

Indian FTR Sports.  Media sourced from Indian Motorcycles.
Indian FTR Sports. Media sourced from Indian Motorcycles.

Newly revised in Indian’s garage is the 2023 FTR Sport; currently she sits below the FTR R Carbon and above the FTR/FTR Rally when it comes to trim, including a chic number plate, chin guard and seat cowl accompanied by a 4-inch circular touchscreen display powered by RIDE COMMAND, with navigation (also available on the R Carbon, by the way).

Indian FTR Sports.  Media sourced from Indian Motorcycles.
Indian FTR Sports. Media sourced from Indian Motorcycles.

For riding modes, we have the usual three in addition to the Lean Angle Sensitive Stability Control, ABS, new tank panel design and color schemes (Black Metallic with Indy Red accents and White Lightning with Indy Red and Black Metallic accents); nof course, the major upgrade to the R Carbon means riders will benefit “carbon fiber components, premium saddle, fully adjustable Öhlins gold fork and a gold piggyback shock.”

Indian FTR R Carbon.  Media originating from India.
Indian FTR R Carbon. Media originating from India.

The whole range (including the FTR Sport) has received a new sport muffler, retuned front braking system, relocated speedometer and new clutch, with prices starting at for $13,499 USD.

Indian Springfield Dark Horse.  Media originating from India.
Indian Springfield Dark Horse. Media originating from India.

Here’s a quick list of the new stuff coming to other 2023 models, courtesy of Indian’s press release:

  • All Thunderstroke and PowerPlus models get a new clutch
  • The Indian Springfield, Chieftain, Indian Challenger, Roadmaster and Indian Pursuit models feature a redesigned LED headlight
  • Integrated buttons on the heated seats and heated and cooled seats for PowerPlus and (heavy duty) Thunderstroke models now feature haptics
  • Indian Pursuit models (with Premium package) now offer standard fairing storage pockets.
  • Models with the four-inch circular touchscreen display can now link their RIDE COMMAND account from the Indian Motorcycle app or website to their bike.
  • New exterior colors throughout, including Sagebrush Smoke on Chief Dark Horse and Stryker Red Metallic on Scout Bobber Sixty, Chief Bobber and Roadmaster Limited models.
Indian's Chief Bobber Dark Horse.  Media originating from India.
Indian’s Chief Bobber Dark Horse. Media originating from India.

Of course, all of the above can benefit from Indian’s updated accessory list, as well as their new partnership with CruzTOOLS®; this includes three accessories, two of which are tool kits said to be compatible with all models, and an axle adapter for FTR models.

“To add storage space to most models, a new All-Weather Vinyl Tailbag can be attached to select passenger seats or cargo racks. In addition, a new syndicate heated seat is available for Indian Challenger models, while a reduced reach kickstand is now available for all Indian Challenger and Indian Pursuit models. completes the press release.

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Indian Scout Bobber.  Media originating from India.
Indian Scout Bobber. Media originating from India.

If you’re concerned about shipping, don’t worry; everyone leaves at different times for 2023, but there are no delayed waiting times.

Dredge and Touring models will be out in a few weeks, while the Scouts will ship in December – and all overseen by India’s enthusiastic President Mike Dougherty.

“…the 2023 lineup is a powerful testament to our team’s relentless efforts over the past nine years to build and refine a truly comprehensive product offering,” says Dougherty.

“This effort is focused across the board and within each model range, as evidenced by the introduction of the FTR Sport – the addition of which creates four unique FTR offerings, each with its own style and personality.

Indian FTR R Carbon.  Media sourced from Indian Motorcycles.
Indian FTR R Carbon. Media sourced from Indian Motorcycles.

What do you think?

Stay tuned for updates, leave a comment below and let us know what you think, and as always, stay safe on the turns.

*Media sourced from Indian Motorcycles*

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