Indian Motorcycle is back with the “Challenger Challenge”

Indian Challenger vs. the Harley-Davidson Road Glide®


MARCH 10,2021

Today, Indian Motorcycle announced the return of its “Challenger Challenge,” a season-long demo tour and dealer activation that pits the Indian Challenger vs. the Harley-Davidson Road Glide® Special for the ultimate head-to-head comparison.

New for 2021, riders taking the Challenger Challenge will experience each bike with comparable performance upgrades, including: 

  • Indian Challenger: Indian Motorcycle Stage 1 Oval Slip-On Mufflers, PowerPlus Stage 1 Air Intake & PowerPlus Stage 2 Performance Cams
  • Road Glide® Special: Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle® Street Cannon Performance Slip-On Mufflers, Screamin’ Eagle® Heavy Breather Extreme Air Cleaner, Screamin’ Eagle® Milwaukee-Eight Stage II – Power Kit & Screamin’ Eagle® Pro Street Tuner

Taking center stage of the 2021 Challenger Challenge is Indian Motorcycle’s PowerPlus Stage 2 Performance Cams – the same cams that helped power the S&S Indian Challenger to victory at the inaugural King of the Baggers race last October. Featuring best-in-class stock performance, the Indian Challenger gains 10% more horsepower with the Stage 2 upgrade kit – providing a new level of unmatched passing power and American bagger performance. 

As you’ll see in this year’s Challenger Challenge promo video, Carey Hart and Big B took to Irwindale Drag Strip. This year, though, Big B supervised as Carey enlisted the support from King of the Baggers third-place finisher Frankie Garcia and the inaugural King of the Baggers Champion Tyler O’Hara. After three runs with each bike, the riders compared their personal best on the Challenger with their personal best on the Road Glide. No surprise, as King of the Bagger Champion, Tyler O’Hara, recorded the fastest times with both the Challenger and Road Glide® – registering 7.52 seconds aboard the Challenger and 7.96 on the Road Glide®. 

The 2021 Challenger Challenge will kick off at Daytona Bike Week starting Friday, March 12. Throughout the rally, Indian Motorcycle will strictly enforce CDC guidelines, including face coverings, social distancing, and regular cleaning and disinfecting of all bikes and common touch points. Riders in Daytona interested in taking the Challenger Challenge can visit the Speedway, every day during the rally from 9am-5pm. 

Following Daytona, riders can take the Challenger Challenge at an Indian Motorcycle demo event or at a local dealership. For more information, or a list of demo stops, please visit or call a local Indian Motorcycle dealer.

VIDEO: Challenger Challenge 2.0 – Indian Motorcycle

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Indian Motorcycle Racing Wins AFT Opener


Mees at Volusia

MINNEAPOLIS (March 16, 2021) – Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle
Insurance, jumped out to an early lead in the 2021 American Flat Track (AFT) SuperTwins standings, as
Indian Motorcycle Privateer Brandon Robinson and Wrecking Crew Rider Jared Mees secure back-to-
back wins at the Volusia Half-Mile doubleheader.
Robinson’s season-opener win at Volusia Half-Mile I marked his third straight victory, dating back to the
2020 season finale doubleheader in Daytona. After winning his semi and getting a start on the front row
in the Main, Robinson jumped out to an early lead but was battling with the second-place rider
throughout the race. In his third season as an Indian Motorcycle privateer, the win marks Robinson’s
fifth victory aboard the Indian FTR750.
“Despite being injured for the bulk of the 2020 season, Brandon finished the year with incredible
momentum, so it was truly exciting to see him pick up right where he left off and reach the top of the
box,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “Having
swept the Volusia Half-Mile doubleheader last year, Jared entered round two with fierce determination
to secure the win and garner the all-important points at a track he’s exceptionally comfortable and
confident on.”
On Saturday, Mees won his semi and was able to return to the front row for the Main. Though, it was
Wrecking Crew teammate and defending SuperTwins Champion Briar Bauman who captured the
holeshot. After leading eight laps, Bauman was unable to hold on, as Mees made his pass and gained
separation with every lap – ultimately cruising comfortably to his 54 th career win. The victory also
marked his 34 th career win aboard the Indian FTR750, a race bike he won two Grand National
Championships with in 2017 and 2018.
Following the doubleheader at Volusia Speedway Park, Mees sits atop the leaderboard with 42 points.
Robinson is closely behind with 39 points, while Bauman’s fourth and second-place finishes keep him
within striking distance with 35 total points.
The 2021 AFT season continues on May 1 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Atlanta Super TT. For
more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing and the Indian Wrecking Crew, visit or follow along on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

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