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Indian Challenger leaked at dealer conference

Indian motorcycle dealers have leaked the companies next new bike that features a 1777cc water-cooled twin-cam engine

A conference for Indian motorcycle dealers in the US has ended by giving the assembled crowd a sneak peek at the firms next motorcycle, the Indian Challenger.

In a move that’s likely to get them into hot water, one of the dealers has not only gone ahead and snapped a video of the bike, but they’ve also been as bold to share the post on Facebook, already gaining over 31k views!

UPDATE: The video was taken down after a few hours of coverage but here is the clip as shared by Motorcycle.com:

The video confirms a number of interesting factors about the new bike, starting with the engine, which features a DOHC, water-cooled V-Twin. The capacity of the bike will be 108 cu in (1770cc) giving the new bike a claimed 120hp. The video also confirms the engine’s name which will be the PowerPlus 108, with the new bike being called the Indian Challenger.

The video also confirms that the new Indian Challenger will be a touring machine, with a large frontal fairing, what looks like leg shields and fixed paniers. The video also shows the front light of the machine which includes a complex looking mixture of large LED headlights, shrouded by smaller more intricate LED bands that could function as DRLs (Daytime Rising Lights). To keep the Indian purists happy the machine is completed by a chunky looking illuminated glass Indian figurine on the front mud-guard.

It’s possible the new power unit could power a range of new machines in the coming years, after Indian earlier this year filed patents for names such as Raptor, Renegade and the new Indian Challenger. Could we see a range of larger capacity Bobbers along the lines of the Scout soon?

With no other information as to a potential launch date, the fact that the bike is so complete looking in the teaser video – which was first shared on Sunday last week – it’s possible the bike could be unveiled officially at the Sturgis motorcycle rally which runs the first couple of weeks of August.

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