By Troy Siahaan
This all started with our recent Bagger Battle between the two juggernauts in the field: The Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special and the Indian Challenger Limited. In just nine days, that story garnered enough views on MO to make it our ninth-most read story of 2019 – and it was posted on December 23rd!
All that traffic got us thinking about how these two American giants stack up to the rest of the bagger field, although long-time MO readers might remember we’ve already done something similar – the Big Dam Tour shootout of 2018. Back then we actually rode all the bikes in the field, which consisted of:
- BMW K1600 B
- Indian Chieftain Dark Horse
- Kawasaki Vaquero
- Harley-Davidson Street Glide
- Harley-Davidson Road Glide
- Moto Guzzi MGX-21
- Yamaha Eluder
In lieu of the logistical nightmare that is putting seven motorcycles together for a test – especially since we’ve already ridden all of them – in this spec chart comparison we’re going to swap the Indian and two Harleys for the Challenger Limited and updated Road Glide, respectively, and take a look at the numbers. All the other bikes in the field haven’t changed much, if at all, since we rode them in 2018, which should give us a chance to see how far the new Harley and Indian have leapfrogged the field – or if they simply inch away.
Let’s get right to the heart of the matter here. Engines define a motorcycle, and nowhere is this more true than in the cruiser category. Making this comparison interesting is the wide array of engine sizes in this match-up. Bringing up the rear of the field is the Moto Guzzi, with a “paltry” 1380cc – mounted transversely, no less! But what the MG lacks in displacement it makes up with a total of eight valves, four …read more
Source:: 2020 Baggers Spec Chart Comparison