Indian’s FTR750 Flat Tracker Unveiled!

Say Hello To The Indian Flat Tracker

Updated August 14, 2018

And watch Roland Sands crash one live on stage at Sturgis! But more about that further down. In the meantime, let’s take a look at the Indian Scout FTR750 in all its glory. We heard a while back that Indian were planning on returning to the flat track scene, and they’ve made good on their promise. If you cast you cast your mind back, you’ll remember Harley Davidson’s new flat tracker too – it seems like 2016 is the summer of flat tracking…

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Anyway, here we have the Indian Flat Tracker Scout FTR750, a liquid cooled, 750cc V-twin machine, wrapped in a svelte frame and breathing through a fairly hefty air box. On top of that, the FTR750 comes with a number of lightweight carbon fiber parts to keep the overall weight down, and an awesome retro-modern look. The details are on the down low at the moment, but Indian have announced plans to race the Scout FTR750 in the 2017 AMA Pro Flat Track competition.

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This particular model has been given the #51 racing number in respect to Bill Tuman, who last won the Grand National Championship with Indian back in 1953. In fact, Bill and fellow member of the Indian Wrecking Crew, Bobby Hill, were on hand for the unveiling at the “Motorcycles as Art” event held at Buffalo Chip in Sturgis.

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President of Motorcycles Steve Menneto said: “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.”

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“We have an incredible team of designers and engineers 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.”

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The unveiling however, will be best remembered for motorcycle legend Roland Sands on stage antics… the plan was to bring the bike on stage (we can’t see whether it was the FTR, or one of Roland’s own Indian flat tracker models) just before Kid Rock was due to perform on the Buffalo Chip stage. The announcer will certainly regret foreshadowing the oncoming disaster with his immortal words: “The bike has no front brakes!” – A fact that several members of the audience and Mr. Sands himself will no doubt remember for the rest of their lives…

Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt, with only four minor injuries reported and few cuts and bruises for Roland Sands. However, we’re sure that Roland Sands will take the whole thing in good humor – and when you’ve had such an illustrious career in the industry, it’ll take more than this to damage his pride. As a marketing stunt though, the value of the crash is priceless. And shit like this happens to the best of us, right?

You’ll remember the Indian Scout FTR750 forever now…


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