Indian Motorcycle Returns To The Hill With Custom Bike After 80 Years

Aug 25, 2020 View Comments by

Indian Motorcycle is set to participate in the 2020 AMA Pro Hillclimb series, marking the company’s return to the sport after an absence of more than 80 years.

Indian will be represented by 10-time hillclimb champion John Koester, who will take a custom Indian FTR750 bike to compete in AMA Pro Hillclimb’s new Twins class.

The modded FTR750 has undergone a major overhaul to turn it from a track racer to a hill bike. The bike has received an extended swingarm, a redesigned rear tail, a custom exhaust system, and an upgraded Rekluse clutch to deal with the rigors of hillclimb racing.

Koester won each of AMA Pro Hillclimb’s three professional titles in the 2018 season and is considered one of the series’ best riders.

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

In addition to its return to hillclimb, Indian Motorcycle is active in a number of other types of bike racing, including flat track and landspeed. The company is also making a foray into bagger racing in the upcoming MotoAmerica King of the Baggers event, to be held on October 23-25 at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

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

Indian Motorcycle, which in the 1910s was the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, went under in 1953. Its current iteration was launched in 2006 and was acquired by Polaris Industries—the parent company of Victory Motorcycles—in 2011.



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