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Just looks like a Scout with a bigger engine and that flaring up front. Wonder if the chassis is a little bigger or longer.
 

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It's will be the size of a Chiftain and weight in at around 800lbs...
 

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I saw a couple Scouts on the side of the road, highway 90, on my way out to Sturgis this year just before Blue Earth in Minnesota. That stretch claims a lot of bikes running out of fuel.
 

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I wouldn't consider that bike a bigger Scout...

It's huge like Chieftain...

Oh, and with my riding style, going 130 miles on a tank is no problem...

I'd be worried driving from point A and knowing that the next stop won't be for another 140 miles though...
 

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The First Look At The Indian Challenger We Almost Missed

From what I can see, the gas tank and engine look almost identical just bigger.
Due to C.A.R.B. certification manufacturers are nearly forced into using existing (or a different divisions, this case Victory) engines to keep up with demands from the public for something new and "fresh".
Otherwise it takes YEARS to bring an entirely new engine and platform to market.
 

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Due to C.A.R.B. certification manufacturers are nearly forced into using existing (or a different divisions, this case Victory) engines to keep up with demands from the public for something new and "fresh".
Otherwise it takes YEARS to bring an entirely new engine and platform to market.
Or sell a 49 state bike and a significantly more expensive California version. Sigh.
 

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Looks like it's going to be pulling inspiration from a few of Polaris' best designs. The frame appears to be a cast aluminum modular design like the Scout/Octane/Vision and the Powerplus 108 appears to be a hybrid of the Scout/Octane engine and the Victory Freedom 106. It's 60-degree and liquid cooled like the Scout/Octane but it's SOHC like the Freedom 106. What's really cool and appears to be unique to the Powerplus 108 is that, at least according to the patent, the camshafts can be removed without disassembling the rocker arms/valvetrain, that's going to make this a very appealing low stress platform for amateur hot rodders and means that Indian's "120 HP stock" baseline will absolutely have plenty of headroom for tuning. That is the approach to engineering and design that earned Victory their reputation as a performance oriented brand and is the evidence we've been waiting for that Polaris have not abandoned that pursuit with Indian's cruiser line. Personally I'm looking right past the fairing, the fuel tank size, and the bag design, this engine is the big news and it might just be the platform that wins back the Victory faithful.
 
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Yeah, the only similarity I see with the Scout is the shape of the tank. This is most likely an Indian Road Glide.

Interesting and exciting? Sure. In any meaningful way comparable to a Scout? Most definitely not.
 

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It's architecture is definitely scout based in its Theory.. as it should be. Because it's architecture should really be regarded as "Modern engineering" instead of Scout based since the basis of the Scout Is simply a Modern engineered bike, in vintage clothes..

Oh, and on the tank fitting on it?
Give it up.
Ain't happening with out severe modification that would likely bring to capacity down to the level of "pointless endeavor"
The scouts tank is large in size, but small in capacity to fit over the frame and it's intake bits.. the challenger seems to have most of that stuff on the side.. so would like have to re engineer the whole bottom side of tank which, would hurt it's capacity majorly.
Going long distance on a Scout in very rural area? Bring a supplement tank. Doing that a lot? You have the wrong bike...
 

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Based on early reporting and pictures to-date there is nothing about the Challenger that appeals to me so far whereas I can speak to a multitude of things that appeal to me about the scout. If it's a "bigger scout" then it's just a sheep in wolfs clothing.
 

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Based on early reporting and pictures to-date there is nothing about the Challenger that appeals to me so far whereas I can speak to a multitude of things that appeal to me about the scout. If it's a "bigger scout" then it's just a sheep in wolfs clothing.
Opinions don't have to make sense to others..I get that... but how does that even make sense to you? You like the Scout and find it appealing.. but don't find a larger, more comfortable more capable "scout" appealing? As I read it, that's basically what your saying...
 

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Opinions don't have to make sense to others..I get that... but how does that even make sense to you? You like the Scout and find it appealing.. but don't find a larger, more comfortable more capable "scout" appealing? As I read it, that's basically what your saying...
Your continual comprehension failures aren't my concern.
 
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