Indian Motorcycle officially entered the World Wheelie Championships 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 turbocharged machines that reach over 210mph (337kph) on the back wheel, Bubba’s FTR 1200S was simply a production machine with the rear number plate hanger removed.
With a limited number of runs, due to other commitments for Bubba on his regular turbo-charged machine, the 2018 world champion completed his fastest 1 Mile Wheelie at 131.137mph (211.044kph) on the FTR1200S, before going on to set two UK speed records in the process, recording a speed of 145.543mph (234.228kph) to set the ‘Flying Start ¼ mile’ record and 145.613mph (234.341kph) to secure the ‘Standing Start Mile’ record too – both in the production V-Twin up to 1350cc category.
Talking about the weekend, Bubba Myers, commented, “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.”