Inspired by the FTR750, its American Flat Track championship-winning race bike, and the FTR1200 Custom shown at EICMA last year, Indian Motorcycle has unveiled two new production models, the FTR 1200 and FTR 1200 S.
After sweeping the AFT Twins championship podium in 2017, FTR750 riders now occupy the top 10 positions near the end of the 2018 season, and Jared Mees will soon lock up his second consecutive AFT Twins title. With a long history in racing and its recent success in flat track, Indian is bringing race-inspired design and performance to the street.
“Our vision from the beginning was to be more than a traditional American V-twin brand. We continually seek to broaden Indian Motorcycle’s reach to a wider range of riders, and FTR 1200 represents a significant step forward in that strategy,” said Steve Menneto, President, Indian Motorcycle. “Indian Motorcycle was founded on performance and innovation, and we remain grounded by our founder’s mindset of constantly pushing forward. In light of that history, the FTR 1200 is a natural extension for the brand that we couldn’t be more excited about.”
Powered by a new liquid-cooled, 1,203cc, 60-degree V-twin held within a tubular-steel trellis frame, Indian says the FTR 1200 and FTR 1200 S make 120 horsepower and 85 lb-ft of torque and have a 12.5:1 compression ratio, high-flow cylinder heads, dual throttle bodies and a 6-speed transmission with a power-assist slipper clutch. Like the FTR750, the airbox is positioned directly above the engine to optimize airflow and maximize power. Generous use of magnesium reduces weight and a low-inertia crankshaft allows the engine to rev up quickly.
Said to have nimble handling and a sporty upright riding position, both models have a 43mm upside-down cartridge fork, a side-mounted lay-down rear shock, 5.9 inches of front/rear suspension travel, dual radial-mount Brembo Monobloc 4.32 front calipers and a 3.4-gallon fuel tank located under the seat to keep the center of gravity low and mass centralized. Cast aluminum wheels (19-inch front, 18-inch rear) have street-legal Dunlop tires with a flat track-inspired tread, and chain final drive and a ProTaper flat tracker aluminum handlebar round out the racy look. Claimed dry weight is 488 pounds.
“This is an extremely exciting platform for us, and after investing such a significant amount of time, expertise and energy in the design process, it’s an incredible feeling to finally show the world these motorcycles,” said Rich Christoph, the Indian Motorcycle Senior Designer who was also instrumental in the design of the FTR750 and FTR1200 Custom. “Our primary focus was to ensure these motorcycles carried the same lines and form language as the FTR750 and 1200 Custom. We knew that’s what riders around the world fell in love with. I couldn’t be more proud to turn the FTR750 into a flat tracker for the street and help launch Indian into a new era.”
Both models feature full LED lighting, a fast-charge USB port to easily charge mobile devices, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and cruise control.
The higher-spec FTR 1200 S features fully adjustable front and rear suspension, a 4.3-inch customizable Ride Command LCD touchscreen with Bluetooth, lean-angle sensitive stability control, switchable ABS, traction control and wheelie mitigation control, and three ride modes (Sport, Standard, Rain).
“These bikes have gone through a rigorous, multi-year design and testing process to ensure that they perform as good as they look,” explains Ben Lindaman, Indian Motorcycle Senior International Product Manager. “The process was incredibly robust, including over one million miles logged through simulated rides. We also accumulated tens of thousands of test miles on the street with input from racers, including our championship winning Wrecking Crew flat track team and former Grand Prix racers.”
The FTR 1200 starts at $12,999 and is available in Thunder Black, while the FTR 1200 S starts at $14,999 and is available in Indian Motorcycle Red over Steel Gray, Titanium Metallic over Thunder Black Pearl and a Race-Replica paint scheme matching the iconic FTR750 race bike. Both models will begin shipping to dealers in spring 2019.