Road Glide vs Indian Challenger

The Road Glide has been among the most popular motorcycles for years, but now, a new challenger has stepped up. In a comparison between these two bikes, which will come out on top: the 2023 Road Glide or the Indian Challenger?

At Pfaff Harley-Davidson, we’re covering this competition for motorcycle enthusiasts of Richmond Hill, Markham, and Vaughan, Ontario. See how these bikes compare and choose your next new bike with a little help from us.

Road Glide

Indian Challenger


Milwaukee-Eight™ 107 V-Twin

PowerPlus Liquid-Cooled V-Twin




Factory Paint Options



Motorcycle Style, Fit, & Finish

This is a category where the bike that has been around the longest has the advantage, and that would be the Road Glide. This Harley-Davidson has had more time to perfect its style, with lines that run seamlessly and harmoniously from front to rear.

It’s certainly an understated look. However, the features feel more fluid than those on the Indian Challenger, which sports a top-heavy appearance thanks to its oversized fairing. The openness of the frame around the Road Glide’s engine feels more traditional and appealing than the Challenger’s densely packed chassis.

The paint on both bikes looks beautiful, and they both offer three colours. For the Challenger, pick between black metallic, maroon metallic, and spirt blue metallic. With the Road Glide, you can choose from three stunning shades, including a more vibrant blue:

  • Vivid Black
  • Atlas Silver
  • Redline Red

Both motorcycles do have options for additional parts and accessories.

Road Glide vs Challenger: Performance

An important part of a motorcycle is its performance. In the case of the Road Glide and Indian Challenger, it’s a battle between two V-Twin powertrains.

The engine in the Road Glide comes from a line of air-cooled 45° V-Twins that Harley-Davidson motorcycles have used for more than 100 years. The Indian Challenger opts for newer technology with a liquid-cooled powertrain; both engines are thoroughly modern.

Handling should feel similar on these bikes because the lean angle is the same (31°, but 29° on the Road Glide’s left side due to the primary drive), and the rake angle is close (26° on the Road Glide and 25° on the Indian Challenger). 

The Road Glide, in particular, has been noted for its smooth performance in part due to years of engine refinement.

Road Glide vs Indian Challenger: Which is Better?

While the Road Glide and Indian Challenger are competitive in different areas, we can say that riders looking for a more classic look will find enjoy the style and fit of the Road Glide.

Before you decide, take the Road Glide out for a test ride. We invite Richmond Hill, Markham, and Vaughan, ON, riders to book a visit at Pfaff Harley-Davidson and take this Grand American Touring bike for a test drive today.

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