2023 Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® vs 2023 Indian Challenger
Harley-Davidson® of Rochester is an official H-D® dealership serving the Greater Rochester area, and we’re thrilled to introduce the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Road Glide®. The Road Glide® continues to be among the most popular baggers not just in the H-D® lineup but of any brand period, and a defining characteristic of this model is its iconic shark-nosed fairing, which is a style of frame-mounted fairing. A competitor motorcycle often compared to the Road Glide® is the Indian Challenger. We get questions about these two models at our dealership. But they’ve also become much more prevalent online, and with that in mind, here our thoughts about the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® vs 2023 Indian Challenger.
Introducing the Harley-Davidson® Road Glide®
The Road Glide® is among the iconic touring motorcycles ever made. Many enthusiasts consider it the benchmark by which all other baggers should be measured, and the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® is based on the Grand American Touring platform, which is arguably the most advanced and refined touring motorcycle platform ever. The shark-nosed fairing is iconic as well and influential. The feel and sound of the Road Glide® is unparalleled, and with the aesthetic, Harley-Davidson® has done an impressive job of blending classic design with modern inspiration.
Introducing the Indian Challenger
The 2023 Indian Challenger is a motorcycle that clearly takes an inspiration from the Road Glide®. Even the name is a nod, and Indian has also opted for a frame-mounted fairing albeit one that is even larger and perhaps more industrial in its design. It’s important to note that the Road Glide® is more of a true touring machine. The 2023 Indian Challenger, on the other hand, shares more in common in some ways with the Harley-Davidson® Cruiser family than the Grand American Touring. Those observations aside, and viewed on its own terms, the Challenger is big and bold and fills a niche not well represented.
Making the Road Glide® Yours
Harley-Davidson® appreciates that riders who choose baggers and tourers can’t just be put into the same box. It’s the reason why in addition to the standard model, you also have options like the Road Glide® Special, Road Glide® ST and CVO™ Road Glide® Limited at Harley-Davidson® of Rochester. You also have options like the Street Glide® and all its flavors and even options with no fairing. The Road Glide® is also practically unmatched when it comes to accessories and the like, and the brand makes it easy to personalize yours whether you want to do it all at once or bit by bit over the years.
Making the Challenger Yours
Indian does not offer nearly as many options when it comes to the 2023 Indian Challenger, and that is perhaps what stands out most in any 2023 Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® vs 2023 Indian Challenger comparison. When it first launched the Challenger, there were at least some model variations, but those have since been retired. There are only two color options, and both are muted, which is fine for most buyers but not the rider who wants something louder, and the customization scene is largely dictated by the aftermarket companies because the Indian catalog is rather light in comparison.
We believe that the best way to compare the 2023 Harley-Davidson® Road Glide® vs 2023 Indian Challenger is through a firsthand experience. If you’d like to test ride the Road Glide® here at Harley-Davidson® of Rochester, you can set that appointment up online through our site or by phone. You can also visit our showroom at your convenience, and if you call or email our dealership, we’re happy you answer any questions you may have, provide custom quotes and much more.