Indian unveils Scout FTR750 flat track racer
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INDIAN MOTORCYCLE AND HISTORIC INDIAN RACING LEGENDS UNVEIL NEW SCOUT FTR750 FOR AMA FLAT TRACK COMPETITION
Indian Motorcycle Wrecking Crew Living Legends, Bobby Hill and Bill Tuman were on-hand in Sturgis to celebrate the return of Indian Motorcycles to professional racing.
Indian unleashed its all-new Indian Scout FTR750 flat track race bike in a place synonymous with the brand – the 76th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally held in the US state of South Dakota. The event is the latest milestone in the historic return to professional flat track racing for the brand, while the Scout FTR750 represents Indian Motorcycle’s bid for a strong return to AMA flat track racing.
The Indian Scout FTR750 was revealed at the “Motorcycles as Art” industry event that took place at the famed Buffalo Chip in Sturgis. Special guests on-hand were the two surviving members of the legendary Indian Wrecking Crew, Bobby Hill and Bill Tuman, both of whom are AMA Hall of Fame members. The third member of the Wrecking Crew, Ernie Beckman, passed away in 1999. The motorcycle featured the #51 of Bill Tuman, as a tribute to the last rider to win a Grand National Championship on an Indian in 1953.
“A heritage of racing and winning is in the lifeblood of this brand, and everyone in attendance was clearly proud to be a part of this important moment in the historic return of Indian Motorcycle to professional flat track racing,” said President of Motorcycles Steve Menneto. “We have an incredible team of designers, engineers and designers working on this initiative, and all of us are deeply committed to building a world-class racing program that will live up to our legendary history on the track.”
The all-new Indian Scout FTR750 features a high-revving, custom V-Twin engine developed in-house and is wrapped in a unique steel frame that allows for a tight wheelbase, large centrally located airbox and unique lightweight carbon fiber body. The design of the race-only bike reflects the heritage of key Indian racing models from history including the Big Base Scout; a historic bike that won in Daytona, dominated events across the country and is still raced in Vintage competition today.
While there is currently no word from the Indian factory on whether a production version of the FTR750 will hit the streets any time soon, it does seem to signal that the brand is looking to take on old rival Harley-Davidson in the 750cc market. Polaris, Indian Motorcycle's parent company, has a track record for previewing new engines in motorsport (such as the engine found in the new Victory Octane) before committing to production.
Our fingers are crossed that the recently reborn brand is looking to continue its rapid growth in the motorcycle market with yet another liquid-cooled street machine to join the current Scout Sixty and Scout.