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2022 First Look: Indian Pursuit Limited & Pursuit Dark Horse

Indian’s hot new luxury performance touring machines

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Indian expands its top-shelf touring lineup for MY22 with a total of two distinct models, each with two trim levels for a net gain of four motorcycles. Built primarily for performance-minded touring riders, the Pursuit Limited and Pursuit Dark Horse also serve admirably as grocery getters, cruisers, and boulevard bruisers. Power comes from Indian’s PowerPlus engine with over 120 horsepower on tap.

  • 2022 First Look: Indian Pursuit Limited & Pursuit Dark Horse
  • Year:
    2022
  • Make:
  • Model:
    Pursuit
  • Engine:
    V-Twin
  • Displacement:
    1768 cc
  • Price:
    29999
  • Price:

2022 Indian Pursuit Design

  • Premium Package: integrated driving lights within the hard lower fairings.
  • 35+ gallons of power-locking storage
  • Seven-inch touchscreen display powered by RIDE COMMAND
  • Adjustable windscreen and vented lower fairings
  • Premium Package: all-new Heated Touring Comfort seat
2022 First Look: Indian Pursuit Limited & Pursuit Dark Horse
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2022 First Look: Indian Pursuit Limited & Pursuit Dark Horse
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What we have here in the new Pursuit is the logical evolution of Indian's fixed-fairing Challenger platform with the touring aspects pumped up to the max.

Touring bikes are one of the ultimate expressions of freedom – enabling unforgettable experiences through longer escapes and epic adventures on the open road,” said Mike Dougherty, President for Indian Motorcycle. “With Pursuit, we’ve expanded on the unparalleled sophistication of the PowerPlus motor to deliver a class-leading, fully-loaded touring machine that combines top-tier performance with unparalleled comfort and advanced tech features, delivering an American V-twin touring experience unlike any other.

The new Pursuit models are much more than just a Challenger with a topcase. Adjustable windshields and additional fairing lowers make for a tunable wind pocket, and the lowers can be set up as storage or with sound drivers for your tunes. The topcase combines with hard sidebags for a total of 35 gallons of secure dry-storage capacity. Heated grips and saddles – standard with the Premium package and optional for the standard models – expands the comfort envelope downward for a longer riding season.

A seven-inch touchscreen bundles the electronic controls and infotainment portal with dual analog gauges for the speedo and tach. The S-curve in the flyline remains the same as before, and the Dark Horse variants carry all the same gear as their counterparts, the only difference is in the paint. All lighting is LED, and there are lots of places for upgrades with Adaptive Headlight technology and spotlights to be had from the accessories catalog.

2022 Indian Pursuit Chassis

  • Premium package: all-new electronically adjustable rear suspension preload
  • Premium Package: Smart Lean dynamic traction control and ABS.
  • Eager in the corners
  • Low-stress cruising
2022 First Look: Indian Pursuit Limited & Pursuit Dark Horse
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2022 First Look: Indian Pursuit Limited & Pursuit Dark Horse
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The Pursuit is built to deliver an eagerness in the corners not unlike Honda's famously maneuverable Gold Wing.

Looks like the frame for the Pursuit is the same as well with a full downtube/cradle structure and hard mount for the sharknose front fairing, plus it carries stock engine guards front and rear for a little extra protection. Suspension components are fairly mundane on the base models, but the Premium Package adds an electronic suspension control feature to the mix, and like many of the Premium items, it can be added at sale al la carte as an upgrade for the base model.

Additionally, Premium models rock a Bosch inertial measurement unit that adds dynamic control over both the ABS and traction control features. Basic ABS comes stock on the base models, as does the slipper clutch that adds another layer of insurance for the rear contact patch.

Cast rims and sporty Metzeler Cruisetec hoops round out the rolling chassis. Brembo brakes come with dual, four-bore calipers that bite 320 mm front discs with a twin-piston anchor and 298 mm disc out back.

Front Suspension/ Travel: Telescopic fork, 43 mm diameter/ 5.1 in (130 mm)
Rear Suspension/ Travel: Fox® Single shock/ 4.5 in (114 mm), hydraulic adjustable
Rake/Trail: 25° / 5.9 in (150 mm)
Brake System: Individual front and rear control with ABS
Front Brakes: Dual Brembo® 320 mm floating rotor with 4-piston calipers
Rear Brakes: Single Brembo® 298 mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper
Front Tire: Metzeler® Cruisetec®, 130/60B19 66H
Rear Tire: Metzeler® Cruisetec®, 180/60R16 80H
Front Wheel: Sport Contrast Cut 19" x 3.5" with tire pressure monitoring
Rear Wheel: Sport Contrast Cut 16" x 5.0" with tire pressure monitoring

2022 Indian Pursuit Drivetrain

  • Liquid-cooled, 1,768 cc PowerPlus engine
  • 122 hp & 128 lb-ft. of torque
  • Engine-control electronics tuned for cruising
  • Primed for performance
2022 First Look: Indian Pursuit Limited & Pursuit Dark Horse
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2022 First Look: Indian Pursuit Limited & Pursuit Dark Horse
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The PowerPlus engine is all about the performance with none of the curb appeal of its Thunder Stroke stablemate, but it delivers a sporty riding experience.

The beating heart on the Pursuits remain the same across the board. Indian’s water-cooled PowerPlus, 60-degree V-twin delivers the goods with a whopping 122 horsepower at the redline with 128 pound-feet of torque at 3,800 rpm for a top speed around the 125 mph mark.

The engine-control electronics were tuned a tad to suit the greater bulk and heft brought on by the extra gear and luggage. Displacement mics out at 108 cubic-inches (1,768 cc) and compression is middling at 11-to-1. Traction control comes stock. You can further boost performance with the accessory air cleaner and camshafts with 10-percent more power and three-percent more torque to be had. On the downside, this engine is all about the performance. It has none of the curb appeal of its Thunder Stroke stablemate, but delivers a sportier riding experience.

Engine: Powerplus 60˚ V-twin
Displacement: 108 cu in / 1,768 cc
Compression Ratio: 11.0 : 1
Bore x Stroke: 4.252 in x 3.799 in (108 mm x 96.5 mm)
Torque: 128 lb-ft @ 3,800 rpm (174 Nm @ 3,800 rpm)
Horsepower: 122 hp
Fuel System: Electronic fuel injection, closed loop/52 mm dual bore
Cooling System: Water
Exhaust: Split dual exhaust with resonator
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate with assist
Primary Drive: Gear drive wet clutch
Final Drive: Belt drive, 152 tooth
Transmission: 6-speed/constant mesh/foot shift

2022 Indian Pursuit Price

2022 First Look: Indian Pursuit Limited & Pursuit Dark Horse
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2022 First Look: Indian Pursuit Limited & Pursuit Dark Horse
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MSRP starts at $30k for the base-model Limited and runs up to $35.5k for the Dark Horse with the Premium Package.

The new Pursuit Limited rolls for $29,999 MSRP to start with, and you can add the entire Premium Package for another three grand. The Dark Horse starts at $30,999 with a $33,999 sticker on the Premium version.

As for paint, the Pursuit pair roll in a choice between Black Metallic, Deepwater Metallic, and the two-tone Maroon Metallic over Crimson Metallic. For the Dark Horse version, you can go with Black Smoke, Silver Quartz Smoke, Spirit Blue, or Ruby Metallic over Black Metallic.

Pursuit Premium Package Features: Electronically Adjustable Rear Suspension Preload, Smart Lean Technology, Integrated Driving Lights, Heated Touring Comfort Seat
Limited Colors: Black Metallic, Deepwater Metallic, Maroon Metallic over Crimson Metallic
Limited Price: $29,999, Color: $30,749, Two-Tone: $31,499
Limited Premium Price: $32,999, Color: $33,749, Two-Tone:$34,499
Dark Horse Colors: Black Smoke, Silver Quartz Smoke, Spirit Blue Metallic, Ruby Metallic over Black Metallic
Dark Horse Price: $30,999, Color: $31,749, Two-Tone: $32,499
Dark Horse Premium Price: $33,999, Color: $34,749, Two-Tone: $35,499

2022 Indian Pursuit Competitors

2020 - 2022 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited
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2015 - 2022 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero / Vulcan 1700 Voyager
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2022 BMW K 1600 Grand America
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So right out of the gate, the Pursuit steps into the fray with competition from all quarters.

Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited

2020 - 2022 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited
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The first, and perhaps most obvious, is Harley-Davidson with its own top-drawer fixed-fairing tourer in the Road Glide Limited that makes a direct competitor to the Premium Pursuit models in general, and the Dark Horse Premium specifically with a $28,299 starting price.

Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager

2015 - 2022 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Vaquero / Vulcan 1700 Voyager
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Representing the Asian market is Kawasaki’s Vulcan 1700 Voyager that delivers almost the same level of touring prowess with a much more attractive base price of $18,299 to put the pressure on America’s oldest motorcycle maker.

BMW K 1600 Grand America

2022 BMW K 1600 Grand America
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Straight outta’ Bavaria, BMW fields its own sportier version of the classic U.S. tourbike build in the K 1600 Grand America, though it hits many of the same design points to include baggage, fixed fairings, and electronic goodies. Beemer even has its own blackout version in the Option 719 Midnight that represents the actual visual starscape that rolls for $30,495 MSRP.

Read our full review of the Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited
Read our full review of the Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager
Read our full review of the BMW K 1600 Grand America.

He Said

“Am I the only one who sees more than just the suggestion of the now-defunct Victory in these models? Maybe in the Ness-like swoop on the gas tank and S-curve in the flyline? Kudos to Indian for turning out a tourbike that’s more performance-centric than the prettier engine.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “Well, you knew this was coming, yeah? Indian put together a nice dresser in the Pursuit stablemates. The Premium packages include the electronic suspension – which you can get as an option on the base models – but the whole package makes for a nice tourer. Attractive options include LED adaptive headlight, upgraded audio system, performance upgardes and a really nice touring bag and rider backrest. I do see the swoopiness my husband mentioned. You had to know Polaris was going to put those old Victory designers to work, didn’t you?”

2022 Indian Pursuit Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine: Powerplus 60˚ V-twin
Displacement: 108 cu in / 1,768 cc
Compression Ratio: 11.0 : 1
Bore x Stroke: 4.252 in x 3.799 in (108 mm x 96.5 mm)
Torque: 128 lb-ft @ 3,800 rpm (174 Nm @ 3,800 rpm)
Horsepower: 122 hp
Fuel System: Electronic fuel injection, closed loop/52 mm dual bore
Cooling System: Water
Exhaust: Split dual exhaust with resonator
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate with assist
Primary Drive: Gear drive wet clutch
Final Drive: Belt drive, 152 tooth
Transmission: 6-speed/constant mesh/foot shift
Chassis:
Front Suspension/ Travel: Telescopic fork, 43 mm diameter/ 5.1 in (130 mm)
Rear Suspension/ Travel: Fox® Single shock/ 4.5 in (114 mm), hydraulic adjustable
Rake/Trail: 25° / 5.9 in (150 mm)
Brake System: Individual front and rear control with ABS
Front Brakes: Dual Brembo® 320 mm floating rotor with 4-piston calipers
Rear Brakes: Single Brembo® 298 mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper
Front Tire: Metzeler® Cruisetec®, 130/60B19 66H
Rear Tire: Metzeler® Cruisetec®, 180/60R16 80H
Front Wheel: Sport Contrast Cut 19" x 3.5" with tire pressure monitoring
Rear Wheel: Sport Contrast Cut 16" x 5.0" with tire pressure monitoring
Dimensions & Capacities:
Length: 98.5 in (2,501 mm)
Seat Height: 26.5 in (672 mm)
Wheelbase: 65.7 in (1,668 mm)
Dry Weight: 877 lbs (398 kg) (Premium Package: 882 lbs (400kg))
Ground Clearance: 5.4 in (137 mm)
Fuel Capacity: 6 gal (22.7 ltr)
Oil Capacity: 5 qts (4.73 ltr)
Electrics:
Battery: 12 volts / 18 amp/hour, 310 CCA
Charging System: 55 amp max output
Infotainment System:
Screen Size: 7 in
Premium Audio System: 100-Watt with AM/FM, Bluetooth® and USB input RIDE COMMAND+ including traffic and weather overlays, Apple Carplay® Integration
GPS Navigation: Turn-by-turn directions, built-in points of interest
Customizable Route Builder: Add up to 100 way points
Details:
Pursuit Premium Package Features: Electronically Adjustable Rear Suspension Preload, Smart Lean Technology, Integrated Driving Lights, Heated Touring Comfort Seat
Limited Colors: Black Metallic, Deepwater Metallic, Maroon Metallic over Crimson Metallic
Limited Price: $29,999, Color: $30,749, Two-Tone: $31,499
Limited Premium Price: $32,999, Color: $33,749, Two-Tone:$34,499
Dark Horse Colors: Black Smoke, Silver Quartz Smoke, Spirit Blue Metallic, Ruby Metallic over Black Metallic
Dark Horse Price: $30,999, Color: $31,749, Two-Tone: $32,499
Dark Horse Premium Price: $33,999, Color: $34,749, Two-Tone: $35,499

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TJ Hinton
TJ Hinton
T.J got an early start from his father and other family members who owned and rode motorcycles, and by helping with various mechanical repairs throughout childhood. That planted a seed that grew into a well-rounded appreciation of all things mechanical, and eventually, into a formal education of same. Though primarily a Harley rider, he has an appreciation for all sorts of bikes and doesn't discriminate against any particular brand or region of origin. He currently holds an Associate's degree in applied mechanical science from his time at the M.M.I.  Read full bio
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