Indian Motorcycle

Indian Motorcycle and S&S Cycle have teamed up to commemorate Tyler O’Hara’s 2022 King of the Baggers championship win in a unique and wonderful way. 

  • only 29 units of the King of the Baggers race bike will be build. 
  • the limited-run race machine will be built to full 2022 racing specification.

Both parties is creating a limited run of the ‘track-only’ Indian Challenger RR King of the Baggers race. The Indian Challenger RR is an extreme bagger racer that costs around USD100,000 (RM451k) and is built to full 2022 racing specifications, making it impossible to ride on the road.

Based on reports, the UK will only get one bike, while the other 28 will be distributed between Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, and Japan. 

The limited-run machines are being built to celebrate O’Hara’s success, and only 29 will be made, which is the number of bikes he ran over the 2022 season.

Based on Indian’s 1768cc Challenger V-twin cruiser, the limited-run Challenger RR will undergo a massive transformation to make it race-ready. The engine will be upgraded with a new camshaft, a 112 CID big-bore cylinder/piston kit, a new air intake, and CNC ported cylinder heads. 

Protecting the motor is an S&S belly pan, and sportier foot controls assist with ground clearance. The bike is also fitted with a quickshifter and a billet clutch cover.

The suspension has been upgraded, and 17-inch rims with Dunlop treaded race tires have replaced the standard 19-inch front and 16-inch rear wheels. Fully-adjustable Öhlins FGR250 front forks and an Öhlins TTX rear shock provide excellent handling. 

The bike has been converted to chain drive, and the swingarm has been modified to cope with the additional power required in the corners.

Other modifications include:

  • carbon fibre saddlebags
  • aerodynamic bodywork
  • Brembo M4 front calipers
  • Chunky 330mm Alpha Racing discs with specialist SBS pads

Indian Motorcycle is launching a new model in its Chief range later this year called the Indian Sport Chief. 

  • Indian Motorcycle to expand its Indian Chief range with the new Indian Sport Chief. 
  • The Indian Sport Chief offers a wide range of accessories and will be available in three exciting colours. 

It is designed to be sportier and comes with premium suspension from KYB, inverted forks at the front, and Fox for the rear shocks that extend wheel travel by 100mm over standard. 

The Brembo braking system features radially-mounted, four-piston, semi-floating calipers on dual front brake discs, providing confidence and capability for a more aggressive riding experience. 

Other new additions include a quarter fairing, moto-style handlebars, machined triple clamps, 152mm risers, and Night Dragon tires from Pirelli. 

The bike comes with a 15.1-litre fuel tank, LED lighting, keyless start, and three selectable riding modes: Sport, Standard, and Tour. It is powered by the twin-cylinder Thunderstroke 116 motor, providing 162Nm of torque, and features a steel tubular frame. 

The Indian Sport Chief also has a range of accessories available to customize your ride to your liking, including fully-adjustable Fox rear shocks, windscreen options, luggage bags, and a variety of seat options. 

The Indian Sport Chief is available in three colors: Black Smoke, Ruby Smoke, and Stealth Grey.

While waiting for Indian Motorcycles to officially announces the brand’s arrival in Malaysia, the American motorcycle company has introduced the 2023 Indian FTR Stealth Gray Special Edition in Europe.

  • The European continent will only receive 150 units.
  • Features special trendy grey with fluorescent red FTR badge. 

The 2023 Indian FTR Stealth Gray is a European-exclusive model with a special livery that combines a trendy grey base colour with a red FTR badge across the tank.

According to the American company, the FTR Stealth Grey is limited to 150 units and built specifically for the European markets.

“This factory exclusive, designed by our internationally staffed design teams, takes the FTR’s American heritage and iconic silhouette and combines its dynamic performance with understated, under the radar, styling,” said Indian Motorcycle’s International Vice President Grant Bester. 

Despite the exclusive colour and graphics, the FTR Stealth Gray is a repackaged FTR R Carbon and features the same 1,203cc V-Twin liquid-cooled engine that makes 123hp and 120Nm. 

Power is delivered to the rear-wheel via slip and assists clutch equipped six-speed gearbox with final chain drive. 

Other exclusive features include:

  • A 4.3-inch TFT touchscreen capable display.
  • Akrapovic exhaust.
  • Three riding modes.
  • Wheelie control.
  • Cornering ABS, stability control.
  • Traction control and cruise control.

Meanwhile, braking is done by radial-mounted Brembo four-piston callipers at the front and a single two-piston calliper at the rear. Suspension is fully adjustable with 43mm front forks. 

Indian Motorcycle welcomes its latest addition to the FTR range with the Championship Edition to celebrate the FTR success at the American Flat Track race series.

The FTR Championship Edition debuted last week during the opening of the AFT season at the Volusia Half-Mile. With just 400 made, the 2022 FTR Championship Edition features a mechanical combination of existing FTR models.

First and foremost, the FTR CE gets the Scrambler tall seat height, longer suspension travel and 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels, fully adjustable Sachs front fork and piggyback shocks.

The FTR CE also fitted with the same ride mode selection, ABS and TFT instrument cluster with touchscreen capability found on the S and the R Carbon variants. This, in turn, made the FTR CE a different variant altogether, not just an esthetic upgrade.

Nevertheless, FTR Championship Edition does not fall short on the cosmetic end either as it gets exclusive red spoked wheels, red frame, colourful tank and tail accents, and a championship commemorative bezel mounted on the tank.

By the way, the bike also features a host of carbon fibre components, including the front fender, seat cowl, airbox covers, and headlight.

According to the American firm, the FTR Championship Edition is priced at USD16,499 (RM70k).

Indian Motorcycle has launched the new eFTR Hooligan 1.2 electric bicycle in partnership with ‘American lifestyle adventure brand’ Super73.

The eFTR Hooligan 1.2 is based on the Super73-S2 platform and features a similar removable 960Wh battery that resembles an FTR fuel tank.

Other features include an inverted front fork, moto-style handlebars, LED headlight, and an FTR 1200 Rally-inspired windscreen.

The eFTR also features a gold chain and an all-terrain Super73 GRZLY 20-inch tires to create the ‘hooligan’ look.

According to Indian, the eFTR Hooligan 1.2 can deliver 65km of range at 30 km/h in throttle-only operation and more than 120km when using Eco pedal-assist mode.

Similar to the Super73-S2, riders can select four riding modes via the Super73 mobile app:

  • Class 1 – pedal assist with 30km/h max speed
  • Class 2 – throttle operation and pedal-assist at 30km/h max speed
  • Class 3 – pedal assist at 45km/h max speed
  • Off-Road – up to 2000W of power and speeds more than 45km/h

The Indian eFTR Hooligan 1.2 is available for USD3,999.99 (RM16k) and will be offered in Spring 2022.

If you don’t know who Sebastien Loeb is, you probably live under a rock.

The man is a nine-time World Rally Championship champion and has three Dakar podiums in his career.

The WRC legend will add another achievement as Indian Motorcycle announced Loeb as the company’s new ambassador!

In addition, Loeb will now ride an Indian FTR R Carbon to help promote the American motorcycle brand.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Sébastien Loeb, who is a charismatic and talented personality. 

“During our meeting, I discovered a real enthusiast, of cars of course, but also of two-wheelers, especially motorcycles with a character like the FTR

“I am thrilled with this new partnership which goes against the grain of Sébastien’s traditional universe. Basing this partnership on the Indian FTR is a natural fit; it is a motorcycle with a unique style and performance, everything that Sébastien was looking for in his future motorcycle,” said Pierre Audoin, Indian Motorcycle National Manager, France.

Meanwhile, Loeb also expressed his excitement over the new development with Indian and is looking forward to taking the FTR Carbon R on numerous adventures.

“I am pleased to collaborate with Indian, I am seen more often behind the wheel than the handlebars, but I have always ridden to experience different sensations.

“I love riding whenever I get the chance, whether on the track or on the road, and the FTR has all the qualities necessary to have fun at any pace,” he said.

Despite spending most of his life behind four-wheelers, a love for motorcycles is often there and is often the case with drivers racing at the top level. The 47-year-old himself spent a lot of his time at moto-racing, including enduro, during his earlier days.

Indian Motorcycle has officially introduced the 2022 Scout Rogue, the fourth model of the American firm’s popular 1133cc cruiser line-up.

Features a sportier stance than the Scout Bobber and Scout Bobber Twenty, the new Scout Rogue is equipped with new fairing and a larger 19-inch front wheel.

The Scout Rogue is seen as an ideal replacement for the discontinued Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Iron that also features the same 19-inch front and blacked-out aesthetic.

Nevertheless, the 2022 Scout Rogue continues to carry the firm’s liquid-cooled V-Twin, claiming to produce 94hp @ 8,000rpm and 98Nm @ 5,600rpm.

Despite sharing significant similarities as the rest of the Scout range, the Rouge is fitted with new components, including a small fairing upfront, ape-hanger handlebars, round side mirrors, sport-style seats, and a blacked-out 19-inch front wheel equipped with Metzeler Cruisetec.

The Scout Rogue is also fitted with a 298mm floating rotor brake disc paired to a two-piston calliper at the front and a single-piston unit at the rear.

2022 Scout Rouge dimension details:

  • 649mm seat height
  • 1576mm wheelbase
  • 129mm ground clearance
  • 241-kilogram kerb weight

According to Indian, the Scout Rouge is available in three monochromatic colourways, Black Smoke Midnight, Sagebrush Smoke and Stealth Gray.

Meanwhile, the new cruiser comes in both ABS and non-ABS versions in America.

The Indian Motorcycle’s Challenger represent a bold approach to the American V-Twin baggers when it was launched back in October 2019.

The American motorcycle company recently teamed up with Jack Daniel’s to unveil the limited edition Jack Daniel’s Challenger Dark Horse.

Thanks to Brian Klock of Klock Werks Kustoms, the 108 cubic-inch Powerplus mill with 122hp and 173Nm looks outstanding with Rye Metallic paint and gold with green accents.

The limited-edition Challenger also features Jack Daniel’s branding on the seat, gas tank and floorboards.

Interestingly, it also sports the brand’s Pathfinder Adaptive LED headlight, Pathfinder S LED driving lights, Powerband audio and Fox’s electronically adjustable preload shocks.

With only 107-units available worldwide, one can only purchase the motorcycle by filling up a form on the brand’s website. Shipping will only start at the end of October 2021.

Finally, there is some good news coming from the States as Indian announced updates for the FTR 2022.

There is one significant update for 2021 followed by some smaller changes which focus on creating better handling.

According to Indian, the (1,203cc liquid-cooled V-twin) engine has been retuned to deliver a smoother throttle response which involved all four models – 1200 Standard, FTR S, FTR R Carbon, and FTR Rally.

*Indian FTR Rally

The handling for FTR is improved with new and narrower handlebars from ProTaper with Indians quoted as saying, “support the bike’s handling and provide a higher level of overall control.”

The fuel consumption also improved with a new rear cylinder deactivation feature by shutting down the back cylinder of the engine during stop-and-go traffic.

Whereas the Standard, FTR S, and the FTR R Carbon offer 17″ wheels, the Rally offers 19″ front and 18″ rear including slightly different handlebars (by ProTaper).

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