This Stunning, Loaded Motorcycle Is a Highway Dream

Nearly four years ago, just a few months into my tenure at Gear Patrol, I wrote a little news story called “Indian’s New Bike May Be the Most Feature-Loaded Motorcycle Ever.” Reporting on the brand’s ambitious new bagger, I was nearly out of breath by the fifth sentence: “Along with all the amenities we’ve come to expect from a top-line touring bike — think electronic cruise control, full LED lighting, ABS, keyless ignition and spacious weatherproof saddlebags — the new Challenger is jammed with outstanding features that have us stoked to give it a test ride.”

The most exciting one was, of course, the all-new Power Plus engine, a 1,768cc, 60-degree V-twin delivering 122 horsepower and 128 ft-lbs of torque. Alas, the pandemic hit shortly thereafter and that test ride dream was deferred. In the years since, I’ve gotten to try out a bunch of other compelling Indian bikes — including the Chieftain Limited, Chief Dark Horse, Scout Bobber Sixty and Sport Chief. Yet somehow, save for one half-day cruise in Tennessee, the Challenger had eluded me.

But I guess good bikes come to those who wait, because I finally got to scratch the itch earlier this summer, loading up on seat time around New York City and on a 528-mile round trip to the D.C. area. With a few years for the designers and engineers to fine-tune it, could the latest edition of this ride live up to my breathless initial expectations? Let’s find out.

2023 Indian Challenger: What We Think

The new Challenger builds on the promise of its predecessors by pairing the aforementioned Power Plus engine with an impressive array of technical attributes and friendly amenities. Standout features include full LED lighting, race-spec Brembo brakes, fairing-mounted 100-watt speakers, loads of storage (two “glove compartments” and two saddlebags) and a 7.0-inch touchscreen powered by Ride Command, Indian’s proprietary infotainment system.

Of course, all these features mean little if they don’t play well together on a bike that is rugged and reliable, fast and fun. Over hundreds of miles, I was glad to find that for the most part, this bevy of elements adds up to a pretty rad ride. Of course, one bike can’t do everything, and this one is no exception, but especially on the highway, the Challenger shines. Here are the major takeaways after a few largely satisfying weeks in the saddle.

Indian Challenger

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$24,999.00

  • Super smooth and stable on the highway
  • Best moto speakers we’ve ever heard
  • 18-plus gallons of storage space
  • 831 pounds make low-speed maneuvering a drag
  • Too big to split tight lanes with
  • Almost too comfortable

The Challenger totally rules the highway

2023 indian challenger motorcycle
A chassis-mounted fairing and height-adjustable windscreen keep 80-mile-an-hour breezes at bay.

Steve Mazzucchi

With its sheer size and strength, the Challenger is clearly intended to dominate the big roads, and in that regard it does not disappoint. With an 831-pound running order weight, it is indeed Indian’s biggest bagger (just edging out the

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Maeving RM1 review: a stunning electric motorcycle with removable batteries

As regular readers of T3 will know, we have a strong history already with electric motorbikes. I myself rode the Harley-Davidson LiveWire, while we’ve also had team members hopping about electric bikes such as the Zero S – and we’ve been impressed with what we’ve seen so far.

Which is why I was so interested to leave my Aprilia RSV 1000R in my garage and hop on board the brand new, built in the UK, Maeving RM1 electric motorcycle (opens in new tab).

And it wasn’t just the RM1’s drop dead gorgeous looks that had me eager to go hands on, but the all-electric two-wheeler’s rather unique removable battery system.

Indeed, this ability to remove the RM1’s power source, and then charge the battery indoors in the home or office, feels like it has the potential to be a huge game-changer for many urban commuters, as it removes the need to have the vehicle near your home or to have charging cables trailing out of it.

I rode the Maeving RM1 for entire week, and this is what I thought of it.

Maeving RM1

The Maeving RM1 sat on my drive. What a beauty!

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Maeving RM1 review: design and battery system

One look at the Maeving RM1 and it’s easy to see how this thing turns heads. Simply put, the motorcycle looks stunning, with a gorgeous overall retro style contrasted at its heart by the electric motor and second battery tank. It’s a gorgeous hybrid of old and new to my eye.

There’s lots of lovely details on the RM1. The floating, leather upholstered seat, rear wheel guard-mounted licence plate (which is the current style for many new motorbikes), streamlined classic bike instrument cluster, large circular central headlamp, thin and sculpted tank (where another battery is located) and slick black suspension springs and frame.

The main way you can customise the look of the RM1 is in terms of selecting the colour of the bike’s tank, with options including Maeving Blue, Blackout, Silver, White, Grey, Green and Sand. In my mind all these look class, but Maeving Blue and White would be my top picks.

Overall I think Maeving has done a fantastic job with the design of the RM1. Classic bike styles, such as this boardtracker-inspired design from Maeving, are bang on trend right now in the motorbike world, so I can see the RM1’s look really appealing to a lot of riders.

Maeving RM1

Battery number one slots into this vertical bin that sits under the tank.

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