Indian Pursuit Limited is heading to the Harley-Davidson Big-Cruiser Crown

As American as apple pie, the big, full-dress V-shaped cruisers are, so the engines that power these road beasts are traditionally air-cooled. Harley-Davidson has long been the industry leader, with its air-cooled Road Glide range. In fact, Grandma Johnny Purcell recently traveled nearly 8,600 miles on the Road Glide Special for charity. Now, however, Harley has a water-cooled competitor in the new Indian Pursuit Limited.

The Pursuit trades with an MSRP of around $30,000 for the base model and $31,000 for the Dark Horse Edition, and takes much of its build from the Indian Challenger released in 2020. That means a 1,768-cc PowerPlus engine and aluminum chassis. . Despite this, the Pursuit takes things a steady step into the world of touring with a new chassis, 35 gallons of luggage capacity and convenience additions—like a backrest/passenger boot—that inflate its size to 882 pounds of dry weight (though still less From India’s Roadmaster Elite). With a full six-gallon fuel tank, this Pursuit puts in the 925-pound region, so there’s plenty (and we mean a lot) more motorcycles for your money.

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The new Indian Pursuit Limited.  - Credit: Kevin Wing, Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle.

The new Indian Pursuit Limited. – Credit: Kevin Wing, Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle.

Kevin Wing, Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle.

India claims the engine’s output is 122 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque, with the latter appearing the second the clutch lever starts to return. You can get away from the traffic lights in 2nd or even 3rd gear (not recommended) and the Indian will rush in like a tractor pulling a trunk. There’s no need to explore the higher areas of the rev range where best performance is found at around 4000 rpm – just click a gear higher and let the engine do the rest.

The 1,768 cc water-cooled engine gives the bike 122 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque.  - Credit: Kevin Wing, Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle.

The 1,768 cc water-cooled engine gives the bike 122 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. – Credit: Kevin Wing, Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle.

Kevin Wing, Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle.

From the pilot’s seat, corners take some planning in Pursuit. Our test bike at launch was fitted with a $3,000 premium package which gave us access to the electronically adjustable suspension, which made a huge difference in ride quality. However, the feeling that this model is closer to a car than a motorcycle, at least in terms of sheer size, is always present.

The Pursuit comes with a ground clearance of 31 degrees off its chassis, so you can take your favorite canyon roads faster than its overall dimensions and heft would have you believe. But it’s worth noting that while the Indian aims for this to be a “full-performance ride” (if there is such a thing), the best way to enjoy this bike is to kick back and enjoy the abundant luxury that includes you and your rider.

There is no need to explore the higher areas of the rev range as best performance is found at around 4000 rpm.  - Credit: Kevin Wing, Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle.

There is no need to explore the higher areas of the rev range as best performance is found at around 4000 rpm. – Credit: Kevin Wing, Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle.

Kevin Wing, Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle.

Beautiful finished stitching on the passenger and passenger seats is just the beginning. The Pursuit comes with the Indian Ride Command system, one of the best electronic control suites on the market today. The 7-inch screen, set below the analog speed and rev counters, is the gateway to Apple CarPlay, and lets you easily find just about any piece of information you need, thanks to it being a touchscreen you can use with gloves on.

Heated seats are another feature of the Premium Package, as the passenger is immersed in sound through speakers placed on either side of the rib cage. Other luxury touches include the chrome inserts on the engine, exhaust and frame components.

The dashboard includes a 7-inch touchscreen that can be operated with a glove.  - Credit: Kevin Wing, Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle.

The dashboard includes a 7-inch touchscreen that can be operated with a glove. – Credit: Kevin Wing, Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle.

Kevin Wing, Courtesy of Indian Motorcycle.

Indian Chase piles on magic with aplomb and, given its water-cooled build, will be futureproof for years to come. It’s a rather expensive trip, and the best experience of it is having a week off from work, your other partner at your back and nowhere to go in particular.

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