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Indian and Jack Daniel’s New Challenger Dark Horse is Born to Rye-d

When two American classics come together, you’re in for a treat. Like shake ‘n bake or mac and cheese, the synergy of red, white and blue flavours generally delivers the goods and this year’s collaboration between Indian Motorcycles and Jack Daniel’s is no exception. The new Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Challenger Dark Horse is a two-wheeled homage to Tennessee rye whiskey that is dripping with all-American ingenuity.

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The sixth incarnation of Indian Motorcycles and Jack Daniel’s ongoing partnership, this year’s model comes by way of Klock Werks Kustom Cycles. Limited to just 107 available globally, the liquid-cooled, 108 cubic-inch PowerPlus beast is finely tuned for the road.

Specifically, the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Challenger Dark Horse delivers a class-leading 122 horsepower and 128 ft-lbs. of torque, but there’s more to be harnessed. According to Indian, you can upgrade to the Indian Motorcycle PowerPlus Stage 2 Performance Cams for an added 10% boost in horsepower and 3% more torque.

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“We’re proud to continue this unique partnership with Jack Daniel’s and Klock Werks – two respected brands with whom we share the age-old American ethos of uncompromising quality and craftsmanship,” Aaron Jax, vice president for Indian Motorcycle said. “The Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Challenger Dark Horse takes our award-winning bagger to an even higher level, representing the highest levels of premium technology and craftsmanship – just as Jack Daniel’s has done with its Tennessee Rye whiskey.”

In an effort to really capture the rye appeal, the new Dark Horse cops custom Rye Metallic paint with gold and green accents and a numbered Jack Daniel’s Montana Silversmiths badge. But from there, Klock Werks dropped the heritage in favour of innovation.

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The new Challenger Dark Horse comes with an adaptive headlight that senses the bike’s lean angle and activates individual LED projector beams to provide unprecedented visibility. Further to that, the brand has added Fox electronically adjustable rear suspension preload which allows riders to adjust their rear suspension preload from the convenience of the massive seven-inch display powered by Ride Command with Apple CarPlay.

“Just as the Indian Challenger breaks the mold for American baggers, so does our Tennessee Rye for American whiskey with its unique distilling process and bold finish,” said Greg Luehrs, sponsorships and partnerships director for Jack Daniel’s®. “This year’s bike perfectly embodies what our rye is all about – innovation and a relentless, uncompromising drive to craft American products of the highest quality.”

Each Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Challenger Dark Horse will come with a custom, co-branded bike mat with the corresponding motorcycle number. Starting at USD$36,999, the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Challenger Dark Horse is exclusively available through Indian Motorcycle dealerships from October 21, 2021.

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