Indian FTR750 Hits AMA Pro Hillclimb Series

Indian Motorcycle enters the 2020 series’ new Twins class armed with a modified Indian FTR750 hill climber. It’s piloted by factory rider and 10-time AMA Pro Hillclimb Champion John “Flying” Koester. Regarded as one of the sport’s top riders, Koester was the first U.S. racer to win all three National AMA Pro Hillclimb titles in a single season.

Indian FTR750

“It’s an absolute honor to represent Indian Motorcycle as it makes its dramatic return to hillclimb racing on the same machine that changed flat-track racing over the past four years,” said Koester. “We’re excited to unleash the FTR750 on the hill, with our minds firmly fixed on the ultimate goal of capturing a championship.”

Indian FTR750

Koester, with father and crew chief Gordy Koester, spearheaded transforming the Indian FTR750 from a flat tracker to a hill shredder. Mods include an extended swingarm, knobby tires, redesigned rear tail, and a Rekluse clutch. The parts account for the demands of hillclimb racing. The team also worked with S&S, designing an exhaust system specific to Koester and his riding position.

Indian FTR750

“When we created the new Twins class, our intention was to attract leading OEMs like Indian Motorcycle to return to this uniquely challenging and exciting form of racing. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Indian Motorcycle back to the hill for the first time in over 80 years,” said Rob Redmann, Director of AMA Pro Hillclimb. “There is nothing like Hillclimb racing – fast, quick and exciting. We believe brands such as Indian Motorcycle will dramatically impact our ability to draw more fans and help grow this incredible sport.”

Indian FTR750

Racing in the Blood

Since 1901, racing has been a part of the Indian Motorcycle DNA. Founders George Hendee and Oscar Hedstrom met at a bicycle race. They maintained their passion for speed and competition when developing the brand. Now, Indian Motorcycle honors its forefathers by continuing the brand’s racing prowess. From flat track to landspeed racing, bagger racing at the upcoming, inaugural MotoAmerica King of the Baggers event, and now hillclimb.

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