Kind of digging these new Indians.
Until you posted I didn't know Indian was offering sportier bikes that weren't as big as a tug boat. Those "FTR" models (~ahem~ ... F
ack) look a lot like their flat track bikes.
Indian is certainly seeing a lot of success in the American Flat Track series, pretty much beating up on Harley and making them their little punk.
Damn ... I wish my step dad were still alive to see all that has happened since 1999 (when he died on his 69th birthday). He and I agreed on nothing, except when motorcycles were in the conversation. He'd be flabbergasted seeing racers at 63 degree leans in 170mph corners. Not to mention Indian's rebirth and the rise of flat track over the last several years. As well as those insane Russians on Ice Speedway bikes leaned over until the handlebar hits the ice.
He raced flat track in the 1950s and early 1960s on Harley 750 flat heads and Triumph 500s. His hero was Joe Leonard. He really taught me well, and made me into a good public roads rider as well.
Anyhow, those Indian FTRs are MAJOR competition for the Harley Sportster when it comes to lighter weight V-Twins commercially sold. I didn't know Indian offered anything other than massive motorcycles with fenders that came off of 1940s Buicks.
= my step dad and I, 1975 ... I was 15 and that was my 175cc that I raced in the 250cc class for three seasons, red plate = points leader .... Image #2
, his one and only motocross race on his 1973 Yamaha 360MX, he won!)
(sorry for oversharing)