While Indian Motorcycle Company announced its intentions to build a factory flat track racer in the near future, Indian of Lafayette, a dealership out of Indiana, is ahead of the game.
The Indian of Lafayette team brought an Indian Scout Sixty-based flat tracker to Austin last weekend. The motorcycle basically runs a stock 60 cubic-inch engine from the Scout Sixty, but breathes more freely through a big K&N filter and barks louder through custom exhaust. Like the stock street bike, the Indian flat track racer is liquid-cooled. The framer has been converted to chain final drive. The mechanic we talked to said they’re still working of the motorcycle’s electronics but otherwise it’s solid. The bike was built by the team at the Indian of Lafayette garage over the last six months, reportedly one of them the former mechanic/crew chief for 2010 AMA Daytona Sportbike champion Martin Cardenas.
AMA Pro Flat Track rider Robert Pearson took the Indian Scout Sixty flat tracker out for a session after securing his position in the Main on his Harley-Davidson. When asked his thoughts on the bike, Pearson said “it’s got lots of potential.” Later that evening, Pearson would go out and post his best GNC1 finish ever, grabbing second place in the Harley-Davidson Lone Star Half-Mile.
Indian Motorcycle Co. is rumored to be working on a new 750cc engine to compete on in AMA Pro Flat Track. And while Indian of Lafayette’s tracker wasn’t factory supported, it was good to see an Indian mixing it up on a dirt oval again with its old adversary, Harley-Davidson.
Be sure to check out Dain Gingerelli’s review of the stock 2016 Indian Scout Sixty while you’re at it!