INDIAN PURSUIT (2022 - on) Review

Highlights

  • ‘Full-dress’ touring version of Challenger
  • Comes with top box, fairing lowers and mid-height screen
  • Electronic rear preload

At a glance

Power: 121 bhp
Seat height: Low (26.5 in / 672 mm)
Weight: High (917 lbs / 416 kg)

Prices

New £27,695
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

In simple terms the new Indian Pursuit is a Challenger bagger with an eye on serious touring, so has a top box, extra lower fairing panels and a taller screen. It also sits on new Fox rear shocks with electronically adjustable preload.

Indian held the press launch of this 416kg tourer in the French Alps, where it’s all switchback after switchback and not a motorway in sight. That may seem a daft thing to do on a bike made to trample big distances in supreme comfort - something we know it does brilliantly after we rode its Challenger sister in California a few years ago. But Indian wanted to prove it also has a surprising appetite for corners. That might not be a concern for riders who’d traditionally buy an American V-twin tourer like this, but if you’re coming from something sporty, you’re in for a treat.

Yes, the Indian will let you cover big miles in even bigger comfort and comes with every concession to luxury, although the dash could be better, but it also stops, goes and handles in a way a bike like this has no right to. Being able to do the sporty as well as the lazy lolloping makes the Indian Pursuit more than just a motorway cruiser it’s an unlikely performance bike, too.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

A cast aluminium frame, upside forks, stickly Metzelers and four-piston radial Brembo monobloc calipers say everything about the Pursuit’s sporty pretentions, but the Pursuit is still plush when you want to kick back and take it easy.

You’re always aware of its size and bulk, especially at dribbling speeds, but once underway, even through town, the Indian has a surprising lightness to it and is easy to control. As ever, the back brake is you friend controlling a big beast like this, at any speed and the rear Brembo has lots of power and feel.

Indian Pursuit handling well for something over 400kg

Here in the Alps the best bike for the job would undoubtedly be a supermoto, but once you’re in tune with the way it likes to be ridden and understand the limited amount of ground clearance available it flows through corners with speed and composure. It’s easy to see how this was the basis for their rapid, Daytona-winning King of Baggers racer in the US.

Although 39kg heavier than the Challenger, thanks to the extra box and bodywork the Pursuit manages to be sharper handling. That’s all down to its electronic rear preload that keeps the rear from sagging and slowing down the steering. Controlled via the dash, just tap in your weight and whether you’re carrying luggage or a pillion and off you go.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The Pursuit shares the Challenger’s ‘PowerPlus’ 1769cc liquid-cooled SOHC eight valve V-twin engine. It’s an unashamedly modern motor that’s makes 120bhp and 131lb-ft of torque and as happy being revved through the gears as it is cruising in top. It has oval throttle bodies, hydraulic tappets for lower maintenance costs and a rear cylinder that cuts at tickover to keep the heat down. It’s a smooth operator with few vibes, but still throbby enough to give you a nice dose of American V-twin character.

Indian Pursuit engine

You get three riding modes (Rain, Standard and Sport) – each with different mapping, but Standard is all you need. The Sport mode’s throttle is too aggressive for low-speed manoeuvres and Rain far too docile. Lean sensitive traction control and ABS are also standard.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

It’s not cheap, even with a PCP deal, but build quality is superb. MCN’s online owners’ reviews of all modern-day Indians are glowing, aside from the occasional report of corroding fixings.

Indian Pursuit headlight

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
3 out of 5 (3/5)

UK dealers will get the £27,695 Indian Pursuit Limited and the blacked-out £27,895 Dark Horse (plus a premium for the fancier paint finishes). It’s slightly cheaper than Harley Davidson’s £28,095 Road Glide Limited and the £29,249 Honda Goldwing Tour, but a chunk more than the £24,410 BMW K1600 Grand America, or £24,300 R18 Transcontinental.

Indian Pursuit seat and pillion perch

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

A big, luxurious tourer like this, costing as much as an early 90s two-up, two- down, needs to be well equipped and the Pursuit doesn’t disappoint. Bikes coming to the UK will have the ‘Premium Package’ fitted, so come with a 200-watt stereo, heated seats and grips, cruise control, keyless ignition, tyre pressure sensors, a 12V charger and LEDs. It also has an electrically adjustable mid-height screen (taller than the Challenger’s), but it doesn’t lower enough for a clear view through corners and at speed the wind buffeting can be noisy.

Displays are a mix of analogue dials and an all-singing seven-inch colour touchscreen dash with Bluetooth connectively, Apple CarPlay and sat nav. They contain all the info and functions you’ll ever need, but they all glare in the sunshine. The main display is overly busy hard to read at a glance and a league away from the clean simplicity of the colour 10.25in dash you’ll find on the latest big Beemers.

Indian Pursuit dash and screen

If all that wasn’t enough there you can load the Pursuit up with accessories including extra speakers and storage, soft luggage, different screens and a cooling seat that draws hot air away from your derriere.

Specs

Engine size 1769cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 8v, V-twin
Frame type Cast aluminium backbone
Fuel capacity 22.7 litres
Seat height 672mm
Bike weight 416kg
Front suspension 43mm upside down forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension Single Fox shock with electronic preload adjustment
Front brake 2 x 320mm front discs with four-piston Brembo radial calipers. ABS
Rear brake 298mm disc with twin-piston caliper ABS
Front tyre size 130/60 x 19
Rear tyre size 180/60 x 16

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax £101
Annual service cost -
New price £27,695
Used price -
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 121 bhp
Max torque 131 ft-lb
Top speed 112 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2022: Indian Pursuit introduced, based on Challenger bagger

Other versions

UK market gets Dark Horse and Limited versions

Indian Pursuit rear end

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