First Ride on the 2022 Indian Pursuit Dark Horse


After a series of twisty roads that let Pursuit’s low center of gravity and intuitive cornering take center stage, we arrived at our final destination—Shantilly’s Place, an Instagrammable confectionary shop and marina on Chandos Lake, owned and operated by my riding partner’s wife, Shantelle Bisson.

“Shantelle has managed to honor the heritage of the marina, but also provide all the modern amenities you might want on the lake. Pizza delivery by boat, premium full-service fuel, fantastic deli food, and everything you might need during your vacation,” says Bisson. To his point, my focus is on choosing from 36 flavors of Kawartha Dairy’s finest ice cream. I land on Bordeaux Cherry and Pistachio Almond stacked on a waffle cone—the ultimate post-ride treat.

Shantilly’s Place: Eric Hendrikx, Natasha Koifman-Hendrikx, Shantelle and Yannick Bisson.

Shantilly’s Place: Eric Hendrikx, Natasha Koifman-Hendrikx, Shantelle and Yannick Bisson.
Photo: Viktor Radics

Checking the boxes

In broad strokes, the Indian Pursuit Dark Horse is equal parts comfort, capability, and eye-catching appeal. It’s a behemoth of confidence for the tour-savvy rider, designed with intuitive technologies.

“This bike checks off all the boxes—luxury, traction, stability and power,” says Bisson. “I loved that it didn’t feel like an old guy’s bike. It’s super stylish and technically high-end with a cutting-edge design. And these bikes look stellar—I saw a lot of eyeballs on us during our ride.”

Two men riding Indian Pursuit Dark Horse motorcycles.

Indian Pursuit Dark Horse optional Premium Package includes heated touring seat, integrated driving lights, electronic rear suspension and Smart Lean Technology.
Photo: Viktor Radics

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