Photos by: Garth Milan
Fresh off of winning the 2022 MotoAmerica King of the Baggers championship, Indian has gone and done it – Indian is offering a super-exclusive opportunity to actually buy yourself a Challenger RR. This is an exact replica of the bike Tyler O’hara used to win the KotB championship. Yes, an exact replica. Meaning if you had the skill that Tyler has, you could go and win bagger races with it. This is a full-on, non street legal, racing machine that just happens to look like an Indian Challenger (well, loosely…).
How exclusive is this? Indian is only making 29 of them, in honor of O’Hara’s racing number. Hurry up and buy them before his competitors do. What’s the price, you ask? Oh, just a healthy $92,229. The number play with O’hara’s race number is thick, but there’s a number of you out there that have mentioned that Indian should make one of these available to the public. Well, be careful what you wish for.
If you’re one of the many who can’t fork over a cool 93-large for a race bagger, or even worse, if you’re customer number 30 on the list, the next best thing is to read my review
Check out the full press release below.
INDIAN MOTORCYCLE CELEBRATES 2022 KING OF THE BAGGERS CHAMPIONSHIP WITH ULTRA-LIMITED INDIAN CHALLENGER RR
An Homage to Tyler O’Hara’s #29, Only 29 Indian Challenger Race Bikes Offer Rare Opportunity for Riders & Collectors to Own the Undisputed King of the Baggers
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – March 9, 2023 – In celebration of Indian Motorcycle Racing and S&S Cycle’s 2022 King of the Baggers championship season, America’s First Motorcycle Company today announced the retail availability of 29 highly exclusive Indian Challenger RR motorcycles. Built to 2022 race spec by the same S&S hands that wrenched Tyler O’Hara’s #29 championship-winning bike, each purpose-built Indian Challenger RR is available for die-hard track riders and collectors for a premium price of $92,229.
The Indian Challenger RR marks the first-time fans can purchase a purpose-built race bagger. Hand crafted and race-tuned with the same setup that won O’Hara’s second King of the Baggers championship, Indian Motorcycle, and S&S are offering fans and collectors the unique opportunity to own a piece of history.
“Originally, the thought of road racing baggers was perplexing to many and even downright offensive to some road racing purists. But in just three short years, King of the Baggers has emerged as the hottest thing in motorcycle racing as these bikes have rapidly evolved in their sophistication, and we thought it would be awesome to give people the opportunity to own the bike that holds the crown,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology and Service for Indian Motorcycle. “We’re excited to embrace the fandom of bagger racing and celebrate our second title with this highly exclusive, special run of Indian Challenger RR motorcycles. This bike is the real deal, much like when we released the venerable FTR750, the Challenger RR is a true race bike and is not street-legal. Put in the right hands, it will reach the podium in MotoAmerica’s Mission King of the Baggers race series.”
Specs for the Indian Challenger Race Replica include the following:
- S&S 2-1 race exhaust
- 17″ race rims
- Dunlop race tires
- S&S billet adjustable triple clamps
- Ohlins FGR250 forks
- TTX Ohlins rear shock
- S&S chain drive conversion
- Carbon Fiber saddle bags
- Fiberglass rear fender
- Saddlemen raised race seat
- S&S adjustable fairing mount
- Aero headlight insert
- Aero windshield
- S&S belly pan
- S&S rear set foot controls
- S&S camshafts
- 112 CID big bore cylinder/piston kit
- S&S air intake system with 78mm throttle body
- CNC ported cylinder heads
- S&S Billet adjustable rocker arms
- Hayes rear caliper, EBC rear rotor, SBS pads
- Brembo M4 front calipers, 330mm rotors, SBS pads
- S&S automatic chain tensioner
- Maxx full adjustable ECM
- AIM DL2 data logger/dash
- Quickshifter kit
- S&S billet clutch cover
- S&S adjustable handlebars
- S&S race modified swingarm
Racing, and winning, has long been a core element within the Indian Motorcycle brand DNA. Founded by racers, driven to innovate by a desire to go faster and win races, Indian Motorcycle has been racing, and winning, for 122 years. From Oscar Hedstrom’s endurance racing dominance at the turn of the century to O.C. Godfrey winning at the famed Isle of Man in 1911, to Burt Munro’s land-speed records, to the original Wrecking Crew’s dominance in the ‘50s and the modern Wrecking Crew’s six consecutive American Flat Track Championships from 2017-2022, to the 2022 Super Hooligan Championship on the FTR, and the brand’s two King of the Baggers Championships in 2020 and 2022 – the list of history-making racing milestones for Indian Motorcycle is unparalleled.
Riders can learn more by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com