Indian Motorcycle has put
months of public speculation to rest. At the Wheels & Waves festival in
France, the iconic American motorcycle company confirmed that an FTR 1200,
inspired by Indian’s storied history in flat track racing, will be going into
While a formal release date
has not been set, plans point toward the bike going on sale in 2019. In
addition to announcing production intentions, Indian also announced a prize
draw where riders can enter to win one of the first bikes to come off the
assembly line. Riders who want to own the new Indian FTR 1200 can visit www.win-ftr1200.com
for a chance to win the highly anticipated new model.
“When we unveiled the FTR1200
Custom at EICMA, we said we’d listen to feedback from riders around the world,”
said Steve Menneto, President, Indian Motorcycle, adding that, “Riders definitely
have spoken and the response has been overwhelming. We’re proud and excited to
announce that we will be putting the FTR 1200 into production.”
The announcement comes in response to months of speculation and demand for a street version of the company’s wildly successful FTR750 – a purpose-built flat track racer that has dominated the American Flat Track professional racing series since its introduction in 2017.
That speculation was intensified by the company’s development of the FTR1200 Custom, a one-off build that toured global motorcycle shows this past year. The new FTR 1200 will take inspiration, design and performance cues from these two predecessors, but will maintain a look and style all of its own. The FTR 1200’s full specification is yet to be announced, but it will have a flat tracker style, a trellis frame and be powered by a V-twin engine.
Also present at the announcement was Indian Motorcycle Senior Designer Rich Christoph, who was instrumental to the design of the FTR 1200, FTR1200 Custom, and FTR750. “We wanted to make sure that the FTR 1200 wasn’t merely a regurgitation of the FTR1200 Custom, but something uniquely ‘street,’ albeit flat track inspired,” said Christoph, adding that “We’re thrilled about the character this bike possesses and its ability to take American V-twin motorcycles into new territory.”
A small group of industry VIPs viewed an early production version of the FTR 1200 behind closed doors at Wheels & Waves, showing that Indian is indeed serious about bringing the new model to market.
Source: Indian Motorcycle
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