If you wanted a Harley-Davidson Road Glide that wasn’t a Harley, Indian’s been offering that for a while now in the form of its Roadmaster line of full-dress V-Twin touring bikes. If you want an American V-Twin full dresser that looks the part, but goes like stink, now Indian also offers the Pursuit. The traditional American V-Twin buyer has always been highly skittish prey, easily frightened off by overhead cams and lack of cooling fins. But with its Challenger of two years ago, Indian decided it was time to take the high-performance plunge, developing a revver instead of a chuffer,
Who are we to question the motorcycles red-blooded Americans love most? Harley-Davidson sells more Street Glides than it does Road Glide Limiteds (which basically adds the frame-mounted fairing and trunk), but the song remains the same. Indian’s new Pursuit adds the same things to its Challenger – though its fairing was already a frame-mounted design. Who doesn’t want more storage? More closet space? Nobody. And that goes double for people who travel in pairs. In every couple, there’s at least one shoe hound.
Gold Wing and BMW fans will continue to look down their noses, but American-style grand touring
After seemingly ages of speculation, the Indian Pursuit officially launched on February 22, 2022. Based on its established Challenger platform, the stately tourer promises capability and handling for whatever roads you’re chasing. Packed with style, performance, convenience, and ample space for both rider and passenger, Indian intends it to be ready for all the miles you care to Pac-Man up with it. Does the whole package add up to a design victory? Let’s take a look.
The heart of the beast is, of course, Indian’s liquid-cooled, 1,768cc PowerPlus V-twin engine that makes a claimed 121 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of