Indian Motorcycle, officially entered the World Wheelie Championships at the weekend, with experienced American protagonist, Cecil ‘Bubba’ Myers, also setting two UK production bike speed records on the FTR1200’s debut.
A tentative first outing at the Straightliners-run event that sees an eclectic mix of machines enter, including turbo-charged machines that reach over 210mph on the back wheel, Bubba’s FTR 1200S was simply a production machine with the rear number plate hanger removed.
“This has been a really positive introduction to the FTR. The bike was pretty much standard compared to everything else out there this weekend, so to set the speeds I did shows how much potential there is. The balance of the bike is really good, but I was most impressed by the engine; Its torque is really impressive and within just a couple of passes I was super comfortable with it. We’re pleased to begin the FTR’s story with some records in the bag too. A big thanks to Indian Motorcycle Company for the support, I hope we’re back next year.”
With a limited number of runs, due to other commitments for Bubba on his regular turbo-charged machine, the 2018 world champion set a fastest 1 Mile Wheelie at 131.137 mph (211 km/h) on the FTR1200S. Any dab hand on a sportsbike can easily eclipse those numbers, but that is pretty good going for Indian’s new twin-cylinder roadster.
Myers then went on to set two UK speed records, recording a speed of 145.543mph to set the ‘Flying Start ¼ mile’ record and 145.613mph to secure the ‘Standing Start Mile’ record too – both in the production V-Twin up to 1350cc category.
Obviously there were no Ducati machines present, as they would have smashed those figures… But still some good numbers and publicity for Indian’s FTR1200.
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