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Well, we told you that this was going to happen and here’s the official word on Indian Motorcycles returning to the AMA flat-track series in 2017.

Here’s is what Steve Menneto, Vice President of Polaris, the company that owns Indian, said: “I don’t have anything more to tell you at this stage, beyond the fact that the decision has been made, and we’re definitely going racing with Indian in the oval-track world with a factory-supported team.”

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So that’s that, but what does that mean for the roadbike market? Well, it’s further fuel to the rumour fire that Indian will release a road-going version of the flat-track motorcycle. This is a bike that will sell heavily on the long history of the American marque on the slidey-stuff.

And, just like sister company Victory did recently with the Victory Project 156 big muscle naked, Indian has now shown a secret project bike built with custom bike industry man Roland Sands.

Top American publication Cycle World has these details about the bike, which started out as an Indian Chieftain.

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The bike has 26 degrees of rake and 85mm of trail, there’s various styling touches that harp back to the glory days of the 1930s of Indian flat-track heroics and the seat sits on a wooden paddle made by Paul Schmitt of Schmitt six skateboards. There’s also a Fox Float downhill mountain-bike air shock under the seat to smooth things out even more.

The bike is rear-brake only, like the flat-track originals and the custom-made wheels have been sized to take flat-track racing rubber. This bike won’t be the one that’s racing on track though because that engine size is limited to 750cc – so for the championship in 2017 Indian will have to use a new liquid-cooled 750cc V-twin.

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Hmmm… so in short the new Indian flat-tracker that we told you about a while ago could well look something very much like this bike here but with a sporty 750cc rorty motor. Hollleeee Mollleeeee.

Looking forward to this one, Indian. Crack on. Here’s a teaser video of Sands doing the metal-thing:

https://youtu.be/RYgjQ0dqOTc

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Tony Carter

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