Everyone knows the performance bagger segment is hot right now, and Indian's worthy entry in the category is the Challenger. But what if you want to take that performance on the road? As in a long road? Indian would like to introduce you to its two newest models, the Pursuit Limited and Pursuit Dark Horse.

Indian calls these new models "the most capable and refined American touring machine on the road." The Pursuit adds a cargo trunk and some other features to the Challenger platform, which is the most powerful in the lineup.

If you have to have a touring mount with an air-cooled engine that looks like we're still riding through the 1950s, Indian will sell you a Roadmaster or a Chieftain, but the Pursuit models don't hide their modern tech. They still feature traditional American touring-bike styling, but the modern features that come along for the ride range from the liquid-cooled PowerPlus V-twin engine to Brembo anti-lock brakes to a seven-inch touchscreen display with full connectivity available. And the optional Premium Package brings even more technology to bear.

Indian Pursuit Limited in black
Chrome on the exhaust and some engine bits differentiate the look of the Pursuit Limited, shown here, from the Dark Horse version. Indian Motorcycle photo.

Indian Pursuit Limited and Dark Horse

The Pursuit Limited shows off with chrome while the Pursuit Dark Horse gets Indian's blacked-out treatment on the engine and exhaust. The powertrains are identical on both models and carry over from the Challenger. Indian claims 122 peak horsepower and 128 foot-pounds of torque from the 60-degree, four-valve-per-cylinder V-twin PowerPlus engine. Those are the same numbers cited for the Challenger and it means the Pursuit is Indian's most powerful touring bike.

For comparison purposes, Harley-Davidson's Milwaukee-Eight 117 engine puts out the same torque but the liquid-cooled Indian engine is far ahead on horsepower. The inverted fork and preload-adjustable rear shock and Brembo brakes show that the Pursuit is built to get the job done, not just look good at the expense of function.

Indian Pursuit Dark Horse engine blacked out
The Pursuit Dark Horse gets the blacked-out engine and exhaust treatment. Indian Motorcycle photo.

Adding the cargo trunk provides an enveloping backrest for a passenger and roughly doubles the storage capacity over the Challenger, providing you with 35 gallons of storage. All three pieces can be locked remotely. Other comfort features include cruise control, a new comfort seat, heated grips, vented lower fairings and an adjustable windscreen on the frame-mounted fairing.

Indian Pursuit gauges and touchscreen display
Those two round analog dials may look old-school, but there's nothing retro about the seven-inch touchscreen display. If you opt for the Premium Package, you can adjust the rear suspension preload on the touchscreen, as shown in this image. Indian Motorcycles photo.

The Pursuit's seven-inch touchscreen. It offers Apple Carplay and GPS turn-by-turn navigation, along with displaying information about the status of the motorcycle. Additional connectivity features, such as live traffic information and weather overlays, are available through Indian's Ride Command+, which is free for the first year.

Indian Pursuit Dark Horse in red
Add the Premium Package and extra-cost paint, like the Ruby Metallic over Black Metallic on this Pursuit Dark Horse, and the price rises to a high of $32,499. Indian Motorcycle photo.

Premium Package

The Premium Package adds more tech and comfort features for an additional cost of $3,000 in U.S. prices. On the tech side, a Bosch IMU adds lean-angle sensitivity to the traction control and ABS. You also gain the ability to adjust the preload of the rear shock electronically through the touchscreen, a new feature on the Pursuits. If you load up the luggage and add a passenger, it only takes a few taps of your finger to adust the ride. Other features that are part of the package include integrated driving lights in the lower fairings and a heated seat.

Indian Pursuit Limited in blue
The Indian Pursuit Limited in Deepwater Metallic. Indian Motorcycle photo.

Indian never skimps on accessories, so you can further personalize your Pursuit with handlebar riders, an adaptive LED headlight that adjusts with lean angle and sound systems, among many other items.

With the Pursuit, Indian is bringing some performance bagger style to long-haul touring. Pursuits should be available at Indian dealers soon.

2022 Indian Pursuit Dark Horse 2022 Indian Pursuit Limited
Price (MSRP) Black Smoke
$30,999 U.S.
$38,199 Canada
Silver Quartz Smoke
$31,749 U.S.
$38,949 Canada
Spirit Blue Metallic
$31,749 U.S.
$38,949 Canada
Ruby Metallic over Black Metallic
$32,499 U.S.
$39,699 Canada
Premium Package
add $3,000 U.S., $3,600 Canada
Black Metallic
$29,999 U.S.
$36,999 Canada
Deepwater Metallic
$30,749 U.S.
$37,749 Canada
Maroon Metallic over Crimson Metallic
$31,499 U.S.
$38,499 Canada
Premium Package
add $3,000 U.S., $3,600 Canada
Engine 1,768 cc, liquid-cooled, eight-valve, 60-degree V-twin
Transmission,
final drive
Six-speed, belt
Claimed horsepower 122
Claimed torque 128 foot-pounds @ 3,800 rpm
Frame Cast aluminum
Front suspension 43 mm inverted fork, 5.1 inches of travel
Rear suspension Fox preload-adjustable shock, 4.5 inches of travel
Front brake Brembo four-piston calipers, dual 320 mm discs with ABS
Rear brake Brembo four-piston caliper, single 298 mm disc with ABS
Rake, trail 25 degrees, 5.9 inches
Wheelbase 65.7 inches
Seat height 26.5 inches
Fuel capacity 6.0 gallons
Tires Metzeler Cruisetc 130/60B19 front, 180/60R16 rear
Claimed weight 877 pounds
Available Early 2022
Warranty 24 months, unlimited mileage
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