Running up that hill: Indian announce AMA Pro Hillclimb entry

Indian Motorcycles have announced a return to hill-climbing with a specially adapted version of their FTR750 flattracker, which has taken the American Flat Track series by storm.

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The competition machine has been re-worked with an extra long swingarm, custom S&S exhaust system and knobbly tyres to compete in the twins class of the AMA Pro Hillclimb in America.

“It’s an absolute honour to represent Indian Motorcycle as it makes its dramatic return to hillclimb racing on the same machine that literally changed the game for flat-track racing over the past four years,” said 10-time AMA Pro Hillclimb Champion John ‘Flying’ Koester.

Indian FTR750 hillclimber engine

“We’re excited to unleash the FTR750 on the hill, with our minds firmly fixed on the ultimate goal of capturing a championship.”

Indian have a strong history in hillclimb competition but haven’t entered a factory backed machine for over 80 years.

Indian FTR750 hillclimber

Gary Gray, Vice President Racing, Service and Technology for Indian Motorcycle added: “We are always looking for exciting and unique opportunities not only compete, but to also demonstrate the prowess of our engineering and design teams and the capabilities of the incredible motorcycles we develop.

“We’re not only fans of hillclimb racing, but with our brand’s history in the sport, it was a no-brainer that we’d make our return after all these years.”

Ben Clarke

By Ben Clarke

Assistant Editor (Motorcycling), hick for life, two cylinders max