Indian Motorcycle Unveils the Scout FTR750 at the Sturgis Rally

Indian’s Wrecking Crew living legends, Bobby Hill and Bill Tuman on hand at Sturgis to celebrate historic return to professional flat track racing.

Indian Scout FTR750 at Sturgis
The race-only Indian Scout FTR750 will be on display in the AMA Paddock at the Black Hills Speedway this week.©Motorcyclist

MINNEAPOLIS (August 8, 2016) — Indian Motorcycle, America's first motorcycle company, unleashed its all-new Indian Scout FTR750 flat track race bike in a place synonymous with the brand – the 76th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. 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.

Bobby Hill, Jared Mees, Bill Tuman.
The two surviving members of the Indian Wrecking Crew with Jared Mees. That's Bobby Hill on the left and Bill Tuman on the right.©Motorcyclist

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 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 racing engine
The all-new Indian Scout FTR750 racing engine was developed in-house and is wrapped in a specially built frame.©Motorcyclist
Flat-track FTR750 engine
The liquid-cooled 750cc four-valve V-twin competition engine is specifically designed for flat track.©Motorcyclist

The all-new Indian Scout FTR750 features a high-revving, racing 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.