Indian Motorcycle re-enters into Hillclimb racing with custom FTR750

August 19 2020

Indian Motorcycle announced its resurgence into Hillclimb racing after an 80-year hiatus—this time with a custom FTR750 race bike and 10-Time AMA Pro Hillclimb Champion John Koester as its pilot.

“It’s an absolute honour to represent Indian Motorcycle as it makes its dramatic return to hillclimb racing on the same machine that literally changed the game for flat-track racing over the past four years,” said Koester. “We’re excited to unleash the FTR750 on the hill, with our minds firmly fixed on the ultimate goal of capturing a championship.”

Using the American Flat Track championship winning FTR750 bike, hillclimb racer John “Flying” Koester, along with his father and crew chief Gordy Koester, spearheaded the transformation to a full-fledged hill shredder.

Modifications include an extended swingarm, knobby tires, redesigned rear tail, and an upgraded Rekluse clutch to account for the increased clutch use demanded by hillclimb racing. The team also worked with S&S to design an exhaust system specific to Koester and his riding position. 


Your can watch and learn more about the FTR750 Hill-climber below through these links.

Indian Motorcycle Builds Custom Hillclimb FTR  – Indian Motorcycle –

Indian Motorcycle Partners with S&S Cycle to Build Custom Hillclimb FTR  – Indian Motorcycle –

Indian Motorcycle Enters AMA Hillclimb Circuit with Custom Hillclimb FTR – Indian Motorcycle –




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