Monday, August 08, 2016
Indian Scout FTR750 flat track racer unveiled at the 76th annual Sturgis Rally
The Indian Scout FTR750, which represents Indian Motorcycle’s bid for making a comeback to AMA Pro flat track racing, was unveiled today at the 'Motorcycles as Art' industry event, at the famed Buffalo Chip in Sturgis. Bobby Hill and Bill Tuman, the two surviving members of the legendary Indian Wrecking Crew, were present during the unveiling of the new bike. In fact, the FTR750 (where the 'FTR' stands for flat track racing) carries the #51 of Bill Tuman, the last rider to win a Grand National Championship on an Indian, back 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 Steve Menneto, President of Indian Motorcycles. "We have an incredible team of 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," he added.
The new Indian Scout FTR750 is powered by a high-revving V-twin that's been developed in-house. The engine is mated to a steel-tube chassis and the lightweight bodywork is made of carbonfibre. According to Indian, the FTR's design "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."
The Indian Scout FTR750 will be on display in the AMA Paddock at the Black Hills Speedway during the fans walk and will be shown in the Indian Motorcycle factory display on Lazelle Street through the Sturgis Rally week. More details on the bike, including engine specs and performance data, will hopefully be available in the near future.
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