America’s first motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle, today confirmed that its all-new Indian Scout FTR750 race bike will make its racing debut on Sunday, September 25, at the Ramspur Winery Santa Rosa Mile AMA Pro Flat Track race in Santa Rosa, Calif.The race takes place at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds at 1350 Bennett Valley Rd. in Santa Rosa, where gates will open at 11 a.m. PT.
The Indian FTR750 has created quite a stir on the web. The purpose built, flat-track machine is Indian’s response to the reinvigorated style of racing that has produced more than one legendary rider.Indian has tapped the skills of Joe Kopp to send the FTR750 on its maiden voyage at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Kopp is something of a legend in the flat track world, as he’s one of 15 riders to complete the Dirt Track “Grand Slam,” and has accumulated victories on short track, TT, half-mile, and mile courses. He’s also known for his 2000 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship. Kopp will be rocking #3 on the FTR750, just like he did back when he was still racing professionally.Indian announced it’s return to flat track racing during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally at the Buffalo Chip venue in South Dakota. Bobby Hill and Bill Tuman, the two surviving members of Indian’s iconic Wrecking Crew, both of which are AMA Hall of Famers, along with thousands of motorcycling fans, welcomed the FT750 to Indian’s racing lineup. During the debut of the FTR750 in Sturgis, the bike that fans saw was adorned with the #51, a nod to Bill Tuman being the last factory rider to win a National title on an Indian.For many, it’s common knowledge that Indian built its brand through flat track racing. For the FTR750, the brand started with a clean slate, letting the racing development team run wild. The result is the Indian Scout FTR750. A V-Twin engine featuring a light-weight steel frame, jaw dropping carbon fiber body work, and a stripped down ethos that can only mean one thing: It’s not street legal.“It’s a proud moment for all of us at Indian Motorcycle to get the Indian Scout FTR750 on the track and formally launch our professional flat track racing program,” said Gary Gray, Product Director for Indian Motorcycle. “We’re delighted to have Joe Kopp riding for us at this historic debut event, and we look forward to a robust and highly competitive racing schedule for 2017.”There are several other highlights to be seen at the AMA Pro Flat Track event, Indian Motorcycle has sponsored the Pro/AM Hooligan and RSD SuperHooligan races in Santa Rosa on September 24. All of the action will get underway at Sonoma County Fairgrounds in the Chris Beck Arena. Roland Sands will be kicking up some mud, along with several other special guests in the SuperHooligan class. RSD and crew will be racing around on their Indian Scout Sixty dirt track racers that you might have seen at Daytona Bike Week.For tickets and information about the action-packed weekend of racing, visit The Santa Rosa Mile. Racers interested in registering for the SuperHooligan class can register here.Be sure to follow Indian at IndianMotorcycle.com, and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram media channels.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, the weekly podcast brought to you by Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Motos and Friends is brought to you by Yamaha. You can check out the amazing YZF-R7 at your local Yamaha dealer, or of course at YamahaMotorsports.com. The YZF-R7 is an amazing supersport machine that is comfortable too!
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams takes the smallest BMW ADV bike on an urban adventure in Los Angeles. The BMW G 310 GS is a full size motorcycle with a modest engine, so of course we wonder if it is a little too underpowered and might struggle. Don put it through its paces and gives us his take.
In the second segment, Neale Bayly and Kiran Ridley have returned from the Ukraine to Paris where Kiran is based.
Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.