Indian confirm 'no 750 road bike'
Indian Motorcycle have flatly denied that the new AMA Flattrack FTR750 racing motorcycle is paving the way for smaller capacity road bikes.
The American company is investing a huge amount of money and time into taking on the might of the Harley-Davidson in the prestigious American flattrack championship and it was a natural assumption to make that a road bike would follow.
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MCN asked Indian for an official statement and Reid Wilson, Marketing Director for Indian Motorcycle said: “The FTR750cc is a race only motor."
The FTR750 hasn’t been seen in finished form yet; only the engine has been shown so far. The liquid-cooled 750cc V-twin has four-valve cylinderheads and will be slotted into a bespoke racing chassis, to be ridden by multiple champion Jared Rees.
Polaris Industries – which owns Indian and Victory – have ploughed tens of millions of dollars into both firms as it attempts to grab a larger slice of the massive America cruiser market. The two motorcycle brands are now heading off in different directions with Indian directly taking on Harley-Davidson in the heritage category and Victory working under the ‘American Performance’ tagline.