Features September 2020



Reigning Grand National Champion Briar Bauman Records Career Grand Slam at Indy Mile I

Indian Motorcycle Racing Sweeps Top Five at Indy Mile I, Goes 1-2 at Indy Mile II

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 24, 2020) – Indian Motorcycle Racing, presented by Progressive Motorcycle Insurance, continued its 2020 American Flat Track (AFT) season with back-to-back wins at the Indy Mile doubleheader. Reigning Grand National Champion Briar Bauman swept the weekend to claim a three-point lead over Wrecking Crew teammate Jared Mees.

Bauman’s win on Friday night not only marked his first of the 2020 season, but also marked his first career Mile win – earning him a career grand slam. The win was also historic for Indian Motorcycle Racing, as the FTR750 race bike reached its 50th win since entering AFT in 2017.

“We’re extremely proud to see the FTR750 reach 50 wins in such a short period,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology and Service for Indian Motorcycle.  “It’s not only a testament to our engineering team who developed such an incredible race bike, but also to the riders and race teams who have each contributed to this historic milestone.”

Saturday night saw yet another evening of exciting racing with the Indy Mile II. Though Mees ran up front for most of the race, many riders exchanged passes behind him. Bauman stayed in contention, remained patient, and made his move with only a few laps remaining. Bauman held on to complete the doubleheader sweep and take a three-point lead over Mees on the season.

Through four races, Bauman has two wins and two second-place finishes and is the current points leader with 90 points. Mees, in second with 87 points, has two wins, a second- and a third-place finish. Indian Motorcycle Privateer Sammy Halbert, is currently in third with 66 points, while Wrecking Crew rider Bronson Bauman is in fourth with 55 points.

The 2020 AFT season will continue on September 5 and 6 at the Springfield Mile doubleheader. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Indian Motorcycle is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.


by Kenneth Olausson

After the 1960 season things looked gloomy for the Husqvarna Motorcycle division. The company had won the 500cc world championship, but in the quarter-litre class the situation was different. No research and development were done to the smaller power plants and no factory sponsoring was available for keen 250cc riders who wanted to conquer the world. As the “Silverpilen” street Huskys did not sell any longer there were low-key factors as well as new hope for ace rider Torsten Hallman. He seemed to be stepping up the ladder in the European championship. 

In the statistics we can see the factory only churned out 423 units in the year of 1961. The Silverpilen street machines had stopped selling and the mopeds showed a deep dip. The future forecast was pessimistic, and the board contemplated giving up the two-wheel division entirely. A last-minute decision gave it another try, partly due to the successful history of the company’s motorcycle adventures from 1903.

So, before the 1961 season started, Husqvarna announced that it would continue to support two riders in the half-litre class but giving nothing to the riders in the 250cc class. This meant that reigning champion Bill Nilsson received 10,000 Swedish Kronor (approx. 2,000 US dollars then) and Rolf Tibblin 4,000. They would both also benefit from premiums paid out by the factory, which amounted to a few thousand kronor each, provided the pair were delivering results. However, the world championship status had yet to be introduced among the 250cc class riders. This was the last season contenders fought for the European title and it might have had an influence on the company’s decision to stop supporting 250cc riders. Consequently, everybody thought that Husqvarna was in for a disaster in 1961. Dark Swedish predictions gave the series the status of a cliff-hanger, especially as the British manufacturer Greeves seemed to be at the top with their ace rider Dave Bickers.

“I was content to stay with Husqvarna,” remembers Torsten Hallman. “But I had to do something with my equipment. I was dissatisfied with the leading-link forks from the previous year. It was unstable so I exchanged it for Norton front forks, which worked a lot better. A further Achilles-heel on my bike was the rear brakes, causing me repeated trouble, locking up when I used them hard. The solution turned up as we developed a floating rear-anchor point, which would later be used by all MX-Husqvarnas.”

The season consisted of 13 rounds, beginning at the end of April in Aywaille, Belgium and ending with the final in Apolda, East Germany in mid-September. Four and a half months of fighting was ahead of Hallman and Husqvarna. The national championship was also held within this time. It only made up for three rounds, all in the region of the Stockholm area. So, the opening round was held in Belgium where fans were plentiful. Motocross has always attracted big crowds and is still as popular as eating pommes frites here. It turned out that Bickers had preserved his top form and he won this event without having to show his cards. He was an effective rider, easy to underestimate, but always a kind guy with whom you could have trusted stealing horses. Hallman crossed the finish line in fourth and had to be happy with three EC-points from the beginning. Well, even icons have their off days.

Two weeks later the circus moved on to Thomer-la-Sogne in France, where equally there was a great MX interest. Bickers took his second victory on the grassy circuit as Hallman came home third, picking up new valuable points. The coming week it was time for Markelo, Holland and much sand. Briton Jeff Smith prevailed in the dust clouds while Hallman repeated his previous show, now earning another four points. At this time, he was second in the EC rankings. The month of May’s third EC race came near Prague in Czechoslovakia. Close to 100,000 people saw Bickers win again while Torsten failed to pick up points. The fifth event of the month was held in Katowice, Poland. Despite that, less than half the season was over, Bickers gained his fifth win and was already on a good way to the new title. Hallman did not enter as there were currency-restrictions at hand, which made his start impossible. In Schifflange, Luxemburg, Dave Bickers won once more, increasing his chances of taking the title.

“All riders have the dream of winning a Grand Prix,” Torsten Hallman remembers. “At least once before they set their sights on the title. Together with three other riders, we had borrowed a DKW pick-up, which was loaded with our equipment to its breaking point. All four of us sat in the front while the bikes were in the back. We took the ferry to Abo in Finland and had another 250 kilometres to drive. The vehicle did not make more than 40-50 km/h and we stopped every 50 kilometres to rest our sore bodies. The track at Ruskeasanta consisted of red sand, which is common in Finland. It was pouring rain during the motos so there were numerous retirements this day. I managed to finish second and third in the races, which gave me overall victory. My first Grand Prix win was a fact and I was now lying third in the championship with 23 points, well behind Bickers though.”

Italy hosted the 250cc team championship, the Trophée des Nations in Avigliana, outside Torino. The best riders of Europe contended for this exclusive trophy. The British team was unbeaten and took victory ahead of the Swedes where Torsten Hallman played a major role. The second half of the season can be summed up in one word: British! Bickers, Arthur Lampkin and Jeff Smith won it all, leaving Hallman behind. But after the last race, Torsten was fourth in the last EC championship, having gained 36 points overall. And he also won the Swedish championship with three consecutive wins, gaining a total of 30 points. No one beat the Husky ace on their home ground. So, after all, 1961 ended positively, with Hallman having won 28 events during this season. It was stepping up ahead of the coming year, which would start Husqvarna’s way to stardom – now in the world championship!



America’s First Motorcycle Company & America’s First Registered Distillery Celebrate Quality and American Craftsmanship with Jack Daniel’s® Limited Edition Indian Roadmaster® Dark Horse®

With 107 Produced Globally, New Limited-Edition Commemorates Jack Daniel’s® Gentleman Jack Whiskey; Combines Premium & Modern Styling with All-New Ride-Enhancing Technology

MINNEAPOLIS (August 7, 2020) – Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, and Jack Daniel’s®, America’s first registered distillery, along with Klock Werks Kustom Cycles, today introduced the newest addition to its limited-edition series: the Jack Daniel’s® Limited Edition Indian Roadmaster® Dark Horse®. For the fifth-consecutive year, the three American brands have united to celebrate American craftsmanship through an exclusive offering of Jack Daniel’s-inspired Indian motorcycles.

This year’s model was carefully designed to embody Jack Daniel’s® Gentleman Jack®, a premier example of the legendary whiskey maker’s meticulous crafting process. A nod to the brand’s original gentleman distiller, Gentleman Jack himself, this special whiskey is double-charcoal mellowed for an exceptionally smooth finish, perfect for celebrating life’s finest moments and the people we share them with. Gentleman Jack® is aged in handcrafted oak barrels, adding a strong but balanced oak flavor, topped off with subtle notes of caramel and vanilla. Out of consideration for the fine crafting process of Jack Daniel’s® Gentleman Jack® whiskey, the Jack Daniel’s® Limited Edition Indian Roadmaster Dark Horse carries many attributes that reflect the distillation and aging process, such as the bike’s custom Whiskey Pearl paint scheme and oakwood accents inspired by the rich and elongated Jack Daniel’s® mellowing process.

“We are honored to continue our relationship with Jack Daniel’s and Klock Werks and are excited to again celebrate American craftsmanship and ingenuity through this collaboration of three iconic American brands,” said Reid Wilson, Vice President for Indian Motorcycle. “The Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Roadmaster Dark Horse is our most premium touring motorcycle and, much like Gentleman Jack, represents the ultimate commitment to quality and craftsmanship, while offering the widest range of premium features and riding technology.”

With only 107 produced globally, the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Roadmaster Dark Horse is like nothing else on the road. All-new, one-of-a-kind features offered on the Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Roadmaster Dark Horse include the following:

Exclusive, One-of-a-Kind Design
With attention to detail worthy of a gentleman, the crafting process of Gentleman Jack whiskey is illustrated throughout the bike’s design. A custom two-tone Whiskey Pearl paint was inspired by Gentleman Jack’s double charcoal mellowing process, while unique Oakwood ceramic engine finishes deliver a premium, custom-inspired aesthetic, exclusive to this bike only. In addition, the bike’s fine details include premium Gentleman Jack engraved floorboards, custom Jack Daniel’s branding on the seat, tank and lowers, and a numbered Montana Silversmith badge signifying the limited nature of this model.

New Ride-Enhancing Technology
The Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Roadmaster Dark Horse will debut Indian Motorcycle’s all-new Pathfinder Adaptive LED Headlight and Pathfinder S LED Driving Lights. The new adaptive headlight senses the bike’s lean angle and activates individual LED projector beams to provide unprecedented visibility. With 15 individual LED lenses that adjust in real-time to bike lean angle, patent pending technology, and the industry’s first adaptive high-beam feature, the Pathfinder Adaptive LED Headlight delivers unparalleled illumination of the road ahead – whether upright and traveling in a straight line or leaned over to carve a turn.

Furthermore, the 2021 limited-edition model will debut Indian Motorcycle’s ClimaCommand Rogue heated and cooled seat. With authentic Jack Daniel’s badging embroidered on the premium Genuine Leather seating surfaces, the seat delivers a sleek, modern look, while also allowing riders to conveniently manage heating and cooling settings via the Ride Command infotainment system. The ClimaCommand Rogue Seat uses a proprietary thermoelectric technology to cool or heat the seat, while a flexible graphene material optimizes the distribution of heating or cooling for both the rider and passenger.

Riders will also receive the luxuries of the industry leading Ride Command infotainment system, now with Apple CarPlay® integration, as well as traffic and weather overlays, controls for Bluetooth and USB audio source, navigation and extensive customization capabilities.

Premium Features
The new limited-edition Jack Daniel’s Roadmaster Dark Horse comes standard with a full suite of premium amenities, including an upgraded 600-watt PowerBand audio system, heated hand grips, an adjustable flared Klock Werks windscreen, and remote-locking saddlebags and trunk. The bike’s slammed saddlebags and precision machined wheels, with a 19-inch front, delivers a more modern style and design for the rider who demands the best. Powering the bike is the Thunderstroke 116, air-cooled V-twin engine – delivering a best-in-class 126 ft-lbs of torque. The high-performing engine includes a six-speed transmission and electronic fuel injection.

“The new limited-edition Indian Roadmaster Dark Horse truly embodies the spirit of Gentleman Jack – premium by design, attention to detail, and a smooth finish,” said Greg Luehrs, sponsorships and partnerships director for Jack Daniel’s. “Each year, we receive incredible feedback on the limited-edition collaboration, and this year, the team truly out-did themselves.”

Each Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Roadmaster Dark Horse will come with a custom Montana Silversmith Belt Buckle in a display case. Each custom gift will come engraved with the owner’s name, motorcycle number (#001-#177) and VIN.

The Jack Daniel’s Limited Edition Indian Roadmaster Dark Horse starts at $38,999 and is available to order through an Indian Motorcycle dealership. For more details on how to order, visit or call your local Indian Motorcycle dealership. Each bike will be built to order as a model year 2021 with delivery starting in September 2020.

For more information on Indian Motorcycle, or to find a dealer, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, YouTube & Instagram.

Indian Motorcycle Company is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com

INDIAN and INDIAN MOTORCYCLE are registered trademarks of Indian Motorcycle International, LLC. Always wear a helmet, protective clothing and eyewear and insist your passenger does the same. Ride within the limits of the law and your own abilities. Read, understand and follow your owner’s manual. Never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Officially registered by the U.S. Government in 1866 and based in Lynchburg, Tenn., the Jack Daniel Distillery, Lem Motlow, proprietor, is the first registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Jack Daniel’s is the maker of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey, Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails. Today, Jack Daniel’s is a true global icon found in more than 170 countries around the world and is the most valuable spirits brand in the world as recognized by Interbrand. Jack Daniel’s encourages its friends to drink responsibly and reminds bikers that Bottles and Throttles Don’t Mix.