Indian Motorcycle Racing Makes a Historic Return to AMA Pro Flat Track

Indian Motorcycle announces a historic return to the AMA Pro Flat Track Championship. The Indian Motorcycle Racing Division will field a team that will have multi-time AMA Grand National Champion Jared Mees aboard a new motorcycle engineered specifically for this sport.
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Official House Springfield documents indicate that the flat-track bike will be designed with racing as the main purpose and will come with a specifically-engineered chassis. Also, Indian will develop an all-new 750cc, 4-valve, liquid-cooled v-twin engine for the flat-track machine, so we can already talk about a new middleweight machine that will make its appearance later this year.

However, 2016 will be a year of testing for the new flat-track Indian, we are being informed. This year, Indian will choose a circuit to test the new bike, hopefully in wildcard-type race somewhat similar to those in MotoGP. The full debut is expected to be made in the 2017 season and Indian tells us that they will keep everyone informed about the progress of the project.

Now, with yet another engine slated for this year, it's impossible not to think about an all-new middleweight bike from Indian, possibly an entry-point machine, a model that the existing line-up is missing. Currently, the Scout Sixty is the smallest motorcycle sold by Indian, with a liquid-cooled 999cc engine.

A 750cc v-twin could allow Indian to enter a very profitable segment, that of A2-compliant cruisers that are accessible to newly-licensed riders. With a price to match the purpose, Indian could also rival Harley-Davidson Street 750 cruiser, itself a machine that has ties with the Flat-Track Championship.

With Indian no longer making a secret of its intentions to fight H-D in as many segments as possible, developing a Street 750 contender from the flat-track race bike sounds almost certain, even before any rumors surface.
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