7 Best Indian Motorcycles for Big Guys (With Pictures)

The art of motorcycle riding starts as a mental process, and modern Indian motorcycles make it more rewarding than ever.

The joy of riding comes from mastering the understanding and intuition it takes to make split-second decisions while balancing a bike; it’s enjoyable to people of all shapes and sizes.

This article lists the Best Indian motorcycles for big guys, comparing the dimensions, engine, suspension, and feature specs–the most size/weight-relevant information.

1. Challenger

The Indian Challenger is an American-style bagger, broad and beefy, with a frame-0mounted fairing.

Its liquid-cooled PowerPlus V-Twin engine produces more power than anything else in its class to move the heavy, low-centered bike, making it perfect for bigger guys. 

Dimensions  
Fuel Capacity  6.0 gal (22.7 L)
Ground Clearance  5.4 in (137 mm)
GVWR  1,385 lbs (628 kg)
Lean Angle ¬†31¬į
Overall Height  53 in (1346 mm)
Overall Length  98.5 in (2501 mm)
Overall Width  39 in (990 mm)
Rake/Trail ¬†25¬į / 5.9 in (150 mm)
Seat Height  26.5 in (672 mm)
Weight (As Shipped / Running Order)  805 lbs (365 kg) / 840 lbs (381 kg)
Wheelbase  65.7 in (1668 mm)
Engine & Drivetrain  
Bore x Stroke  4.251 in x 3.799 in (108 mm x 96.5 mm)
Compression Ratio  11.0-1
Displacement  108 cu in (1768 cc)
Drive/Driven Clutch  Wet, Multi-Plate, Assist
Electronic Fuel Injection System  Closed loop fuel Injection / 52mm dual bore
Engine Type  Liquid-cooled PowerPlus
Exhaust  Split Dual exhaust w/ Resonator
Horsepower  122 HP
Peak Torque  128 ft-lbs
Peak Torque RPM  3800 rpm
Transmission/Final Drive  2.379-1
Transmission/Primary Drive  Gear Drive Wet Clutch
Suspension  
Front Fork Tube Diameter  43 mm
Front Suspension  Inverted Telescopic Fork
Front Travel  5.1 in (130 mm)
Rear Suspension  Fox Single Shock w/Hyd adjust
Rear Travel  4.5 in (114 mm)
Features  
Lights  LED Headlamp/Tail/Brake/Turn Signal
Standard Equipment  7-inch Touchscreen powered by RIDE COMMAND with Navigation and Apple CarPlay integration; Smart Lean Technology; Selectable Ride Modes; Locking Hard Saddlebags; Brembo brakes; 18+ Gallons of storage; ABS; Keyless Ignition; Chassis Mounted Fairing; Adjustable Fairing Air Flow Vents; Power Windshield; Adjustable Air Vents; 12V Charging Port

2. Pursuit Limited

Indian Motorcycle - Pursuit Limited

The Pursuit Limited is a fully dressed version of the Challenger described above. With lower-body leg protectors (lowers) and a locking trunk for extra storage, the Pursuit makes an excellent choice for big riders who travel far. 

Dimensions  
Fuel Capacity  6.0 gal (22.7 L)
Ground Clearance  5.4 in (137 mm)
GVWR  1,385 lbs (628 kg)
Lean Angle ¬†31¬į
Overall Height  56.8 in (1,444 mm)
Overall Length  102.7 in / 2609 mm
Overall Width  39 in (990 mm)
Rake/Trail ¬†25¬į / 5.9 in (150 mm)
Seat Height  26.5 in (672 mm)
Weight (As Shipped / Running Order)  877 lbs (398 kg) / 912 lbs (413 kg)
Engine & Drivetrain  
Bore x Stroke  4.251 in x 3.799 in (108 mm x 96.5 mm)
Compression Ratio  11.0-1
Displacement  108 cu in (1768 cc)
Drive/Driven Clutch  Wet, Multi-Plate, Assist
Electronic Fuel Injection System  Closed loop fuel Injection / 52mm dual bore
Engine Type  Liquid-cooled PowerPlus
Exhaust  Split Dual exhaust w/ Resonator
Horsepower  122 HP
Peak Torque  128 ft-lbs
Peak Torque RPM  3800 rpm
Transmission/Final Drive  2.379-1
Suspension  
Front Fork Tube Diameter  43 mm
Front Suspension  Inverted Telescopic Fork
Front Travel  5.1 in (130 mm)
Rear Suspension  Fox Single Shock w/Hyd adjust
Rear Travel  4.5 in (114 mm)
Lights  LED lighting, including Pathfinder LED Headlamp
Standard Equipment  7-inch touchscreen powered by RIDE COMMAND with Navigation and Apple CarPlay integration; Selectable Ride Modes; Rear Cylinder Deactivation; Cruise Control; Tire Pressure Monitoring; Remote-locking Hard Saddlebags & Trunk; 35.8 gallons of Storage; Highway Bars; Adjustable Passenger Floorboards; Brembo brakes; ABS; Keyless Ignition; Chassis Mounted Fairing; Power Windshield; Adjustable Fairing Air Flow Vents; Heated Grips; 200 Watt Audio System with AM/FM, Bluetooth, USB, Smartphone Compatible Input, and Weatherband; 12V Charging Port

3. Springfield

 

The Springfield is a vintage-style American cruiser with a quick-release windscreen and locking hard storage cases. It’s wide, beefy, and low-weighted—great for larger guys.¬†

Dimensions  
Fuel Capacity  5.5 gals (20.8 L)
Ground Clearance  5.6 in (142 mm)
GVWR  1385 lbs (628 kg)
Lean Angle ¬†31¬į
Overall Height  56.6 in (1439 mm)
Overall Length  101.7 in (2,583 mm)
Overall Width  42.5 in (1,080 mm)
Rake/Trail 25¬į / 5.2 in (133 mm)
Seat Height  26 in (660 mm)
Weight (As Shipped / Running Order)  797 lbs (362 kg) / 829 lbs (376 kg)
Wheelbase  67.0 in (1,701 mm)
Engine & Drivetrain  
Bore x Stroke  3.976 in x 4.449 in (101 mm x 113 mm)
Compression Ratio  9.5-1
Displacement  111 cu in (1,811 ccs)
Drive/Driven Clutch  Wet, Multi-Plate, Assist
Electronic Fuel Injection System  Closed loop fuel injection / 54 mm bore
Engine Type  Air-cooled Thunderstroke 111
Exhaust  Split Dual Exhaust w/Cross-over
Peak Torque  119 ft-lbs
Peak Torque RPM  3,000 rpm
Transmission/Final Drive  2.2-1
Transmission/Primary Drive  Gear Drive Wet Clutch
Suspension  
Front Fork Tube Diameter  46 mm
Front Suspension  Telescopic Fork
Front Travel  4.7 in (119 mm)
Rear Suspension  Single Shock w/ Air adjust
Rear Travel  4.5 in (114 mm)
Features  
Lights  LED Headlamp/Driving, LED Tail/Brake/Turn Signal
Standard Equipment ¬†Quick Release Windshield; Genuine Leather Seat; Remote-Locking Hard Saddlebags, Highway Bars; Tire Pressure Monitoring; Light Bar; Selectable Ride Modes, ABS; Cruise Control; Keyless Ignition; Indian¬ģ Script Tank Badge; 12v Charging Port

4. Springfield Dark Horse

If you’re big and tall, you might check out the Dark Horse edition of the Indian Springfield. It has a bigger engine and more elevated apehanger handlebars, making it one of the best Indian Motorcycles for tall riders.

Engine & Drivetrain  
Bore x Stroke  4.063 in x 4.449 in (103.2 mm x 113 mm)
Compression Ratio  11-1
Displacement  116 cu in (1,890 ccs)
Drive/Driven Clutch  Wet, Multi-Plate, Assist
Electronic Fuel Injection System  Closed loop fuel injection / 54 mm bore
Engine Type  Air-cooled Thunderstroke 116
Exhaust  Split Dual Exhaust w/Cross-over
Peak Torque  126 ft-lbs
Peak Torque RPM  2,900 rpm
Transmission/Final Drive  2.2-1
Transmission/Primary Drive  Gear Drive Wet Clutch

5. Sport Chief

Another great choice for the big-and-tallers is the Indian Sport Chief. It has a 6.5-inch machined riser and moto-style bars and comes stock with Fox Piggyback Rear Shocks and KYB Inverted Front Forks for class-leading suspension. 

Furthermore, the Sport Chief comes stock with the biggest engine in Indian’s history, the 1890cc Thunderstroke 116 air-cooled V-Twin, capable of nearly 130 HP and powerful enough for big riders to rip through curves.

Dimensions  
Fuel Capacity  4.0 gal (15.1 L)
Ground Clearance  5.9 in (149 mm)
GVWR  1,160 lbs (526 kg)
Lean Angle ¬†29.5¬į
Overall Height  50 in (1270 mm)
Overall Length  90.6 in (2,301 mm)
Overall Width  33.1 in (842 mm)
Rake/Trail ¬†28¬į / 4.4 in (111 mm)
Seat Height  27.0 in (686 mm)
Weight (As Shipped / Running Order)  665 lbs (302 kg) / 685 lbs (311 kg)
Wheelbase  64.6 in (1640 mm)
Engine & Drivetrain  
Bore x Stroke  4.063 in x 4.449 in (103.2 mm x 113 mm)
Compression Ratio  11-1
Displacement  116 cu in (1,890 ccs)
Drive/Driven Clutch  Wet, multi-plate
Electronic Fuel Injection System  Closed loop fuel injection / 54 mm bore
Engine Type  Air-cooled Thunderstroke 116
Exhaust  Dual Exhaust w/Cross-over
Peak Torque  120 ft-lbs
Peak Torque RPM  2,900 rpm
Transmission/Final Drive  2.2-1
Transmission/Primary Drive  Gear Drive Wet Clutch
Suspension  
Front Fork Tube Diameter  43 mm
Front Suspension ¬†KYB¬ģ Inverted Telescopic Fork
Front Travel  5.1 in (130 mm)
Rear Suspension ¬†Dual Fox¬ģ Piggyback Shocks
Rear Travel  4.0 in (100 mm)
Lights  LED Headlight, LED Tail/Brake/Turn Signals
Standard Equipment  ABS, Ride Modes, Keyless Ignition, USB charge port, 12V Charge Port, Rear Cylinder Deactivation

6. Chieftain

The Indian Chieftain is an American Bagger designed to rip hard enough to eat corners like a streetfighter. It’s broad, rugged, low to the ground, and has an air-cooled Thunderstroke V-Twin powerful enough to move a big rider, passenger, and all their gear. It’s also one of the best Indian Motorcycles for two riders.

Suspension  
Front Fork Tube Diameter  46 mm
Front Suspension  Telescopic Fork
Front Travel  4.7 in (119 mm)
Rear Suspension  Single Shock w/ Air adjust
Rear Travel  4.5 in (114 mm)
Engine & Drivetrain  
Bore x Stroke  3.976 in x 4.449 in (101 mm x 113 mm)
Compression Ratio  9.5-1
Displacement  111 cu in (1,81ccscc)
Drive/Driven Clutch  Wet, Multi-Plate, Assist
Electronic Fuel Injection System  Closed loop fuel injection / 54 mm bore
Engine Type  Air-cooled Thunderstroke 111
Exhaust  Split Dual Exhaust w/Cross-over
Peak Torque  119 ft-lbs
Peak Torque RPM  3,000 rpm
Transmission/Final Drive  2.2-1
Transmission/Primary Drive  Gear Drive Wet Clutch
Suspension  
Front Fork Tube Diameter  46 mm
Front Suspension  Telescopic Fork
Front Travel  4.7 in (119 mm)
Rear Suspension  Single Shock w/ Air adjust
Rear Travel  4.5 in (114 mm)
Lights  LED Headlamp, Tail/Brake/Turn Signal
Standard Equipment

 7 in touchscreen powered by RIDE COMMAND; Power Windshield; Vinyl Gunfighter Style Seat; Selectable Ride Modes; Rear Cylinder Deactivation; ABS; Cruise Control; Keyless Ignition; 100 Watt Audio System with AM/FM, Bluetooth, USB, Smartphone Compatible Input, and Weatherband; 12V Charging Port

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7. Roadmaster

The Roadmaster is one of the best Indian Motorcycles for long rides, as it’s essentially a Chieftain with extra protection, a locking storage trunk, and a bigger version of the Thunderstroke to move it all when it’s fully loaded.

Dimensions  
Fuel Capacity  5.5 gal (20.8 L)
Ground Clearance  5.5 in (140 mm)
GVWR  1,385 lbs. (628 kg)
Lean Angle ¬†31¬į
Overall Height  55.7 in / 1415 mm
Overall Length  104.6 in (2,656 mm)
Overall Width  40.2 in (1,022 mm)
Rake/Trail ¬†25¬į / 5.9 in (150 mm)
Seat Height  26.5 in (673 mm)
Weight (As Shipped / Running Order)  877 lbs. (398 kg) / 909 lbs. (412 kg)
Wheelbase  65.7 in (1668 mm)
Engine & Drivetrain  
Bore x Stroke ¬†4.063″ x 4.449″ (103.2mm x113mm)
Compression Ratio  11-1
Displacement  116 cu in (1,890 ccs)
Drive/Driven Clutch  Wet, Multi-Plate, Assist
Electronic Fuel Injection System  Closed loop fuel injection / 54 mm bore
Engine Type  Air-cooled Thunderstroke 116
Exhaust  Split Dual Exhaust w/Cross-over
Peak Torque  126 ft-lbs.
Peak Torque  RPM2,900 rpm
Transmission/Final Drive  2.2-1
Transmission/Primary Drive  Gear Drive Wet Clutch
Suspension  
Front Fork Tube Diameter  46 mm
Front Suspension  Telescopic Fork
Front Travel  4.7 in (119 mm)
Rear Suspension  Single Shock w/ Air adjust
Rear Travel  4.5 in (114 mm)
Lights  LED Headlamp / Driving / Tail / Brake / Turn Signal
Standard Equipment

 7 in Display powered by RIDE COMMAND with Navigation and Apple CarPlay integration; Power Windshield; Driving Lights; Highway Bars; Vinyl Seats (Separate Rider/Passenger Heat Controls); Heated Grips; Adjustable Passenger Floorboards; 36.2 Gallons of Storage; Tire Pressure Monitoring; Remote-locking Hard Saddlebags & Trunk; Selectable Ride Modes; Rear Cylinder Deactivation; ABS; Cruise Control; Keyless Ignition; 200 Watt Audio System with AM/FM, Bluetooth, USB, Smartphone Compatible Input, and Weather band; 12V Charging Port

Sources

Indian Motorcycle – America’s First Motorcycle Company

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