Indian FTR750 - Ride Report
By Ross Sharp - 21 Apr 19
I've been following flat track in the USA for decades, perhaps not really closely at first but in the last few years it's become somewhat of an obsession. And when Indian Motorcycle announced that they were planning to build a dedicated race machine to take the fight to Harley-Davidson this reached fever pitch. With the Indian brand resurrected by Polaris it wasn't just a pot of cash that became available but access to a resource and talent pool from outside of the rather closed walls of the regular flat track community which would prove crucial. Part of the fresh approach was utilising another company within the Polaris fold, GP engine manufacturer Swiss Auto. The 748cc v-twin they produced is a dedicated competition engine, free from the shackles of having to work around designs originally destined for use in real life, away from the track. Harley's water cooled XG needed to meet emissions regs, like EU4 in Europe, had to manage on lengthy service intervals and be capable of withsranding hamfisted owners. The engineers at the Swiss Auto HQ just north of Bern, Switzerland had no such concerns. Producing a bonefide racing machine to crush the competition and put the Indian name back on the racing pages their only goal. In the summer of 2016 Kevin Cameron from Cycle World magazine visited the Swiss Auto facility and his three part report on the powerplant is well worth a read.