So many choices. That’s what Indian Motorcycle is throwing at bikers with its largest ever model year lineup. From Scout to Pursuit to an all-new Challenger Elite, the American maker has a 2023 model for any rider, plus limited editions, a slew of lineup enhancements, and the introduction of the FTR Sport.
It’s a lot to take in. Indian has four distinct 2023 FTR models alone: FTR (a unique take on American V-twin performance), FTR Rally (the one with knobby tires), FTR Sport (replacing FTR S as the mid-range trim) and the premium FTR R Carbon. Pricing for the FTR lineup begins at $13,499 USD /$16,699 CAD.
Then there’s the bold Indian Challenger Elite, a super limited edition of 150 clad in Sapphire Blue Smoke Paint with Black Smoke and Titanium Metallic Smoke accents. The PowerPlus engine touts a best-in-class 122 horsepower and 128 ft-lbs of torque. Premium features include: Sport, Standard, and Rain ride modes; electronically adjustable rear suspension preload from Fox; smart lean technology; an adaptive LED headlight; LED driving lights; adjustable flare windscreen; spacious select floorboards; heated grips; 6.5” Powerband Audio with saddlebag speakers; and new precision cut five-spoke wheels.
Indian also made a bunch of ride-enhancing updates throughout the line: a retuned front braking system for a firmer feel; a new slipper clutch to improve performance; speedometers that were moved higher for easier viewing; and a sport exhaust muffler is now standard on all models.
Indian Springfield models now come with standard LED lighting. Chieftain, Indian Challenger, Roadmaster and Indian Pursuit models now feature a redesigned LED headlight to improve the spread of light so the rider can see what lies ahead, while also making them more visible to other motorists. All that plus a pile of accessories and merch makes this the most bountiful Indian rollout in quite some time.