Indian Motorcycle has built a bike as a tribute to the original 2017 American Flat Track Championship winning FTR750. The FTR1200 Custom will tour the world, reaching global audiences, and showing off Indian’s racing pedigree.
The Indian Scout FTR1200 Custom is a tribute to the Scout FTR750 that took the 2017 AMA Flat Track Racing Championship by storm, clinching numerous resounding victories throughout the season. The FTR750 was piloted by the ‘Wrecking Crew’, Indian’s factory racing team.
The Indian FTR1200 Custom is made in close collaboration with Indian’s racing team. Built upon the Scout’s 1133 cc V-Twin. Originally designed and built to honor Indian’s race team of Jared Mees, Bryan Smith, and Brad Baker, it also serves the purpose of showcasing the brand Indian to a global audience. Such a sporty one-off custom could very well alter the brand perception of Indian, and lead to exciting products that could cater to a wider variety of consumers.
The Indian Wrecking Crew swept into the lead with 37 out of 54 podiums of the 18 races of the 2017 Flat Track Racing season. Aiming for the best, the Wrecking Crew grabbed six podium sweeps and 14 wins, bringing home the manufacturer’s title for Indian. Jared Mees clinched his fifth AMA Grand National Championship. Mees, Smith, and Baker also grabbed the podium at the 2017 American Flat Track Championship, placing first, second and third respectively.
Mees took 10 victories out of 18 races, setting a new record of 17 podium finishes in a single season. Smith scored the podium nine times, with four first-place finishes, three runner-ups, and two third-place finishes. Baker earned ten podiums, despite being unable to compete in the final two races on account of injury. He landed five runner-ups and five third-place finishes.
Indian motorcycle hosted the Wrecking Crew at the 2017 EICMA, Milan at the unveiling of the Indian Scout FTR1200 Custom. President of Motorcycles, Steve Menneto was quoted as saying: “We built this bike to celebrate the FTR750’s dominant performance in American Flat Track and Indian’s return to racing. To come up with this one-off custom, we worked closely with the Indian Motorcycle Racing team to execute a vision of what a bike could look like if we brought the FTR platform to the street.
“We’ve built a strong foundation in the Cruiser, Bagger, Tourer (CBT) segment over the past five years and we are excited by the positive feedback on the FTR750 and the opportunities to grow the brand globally in the next five years.”
Throughout 2018, the Indian Scout FTR1200 Custom will continue touring the world at Indian’s different initiatives in its current markets. it will primarily showcase what Indian can do and have achieved in motorcycle racing as well as the CBT segment.
Talking about the FTR1200, Reid Wilson, Marketing Director of Indian Motorcycle, elaborated the potential of the FTR platform and how closely Indian street bikes and racebikes overlap in terms of technology and features. This technology is conceptualised, raced to the limit aboard bikes like the FTR750, improved continuously, and then only allowed to filter through to street models. Wilson further says, “As was the case with Indian’s original founders, we are using racing to develop, test and showcase the capabilities of our motorcycles.”
Indian is committed to pushing its own boundaries by developing products that will shake up consumer perception of American motorcycles worldwide. While the US already has a pretty established flat track racing culture, with a large devoted audience, Europe is also getting into the sport. Not surprisingly, numerous European racing teams are choosing Indian Scouts as their weapon of choice to tackle the flat track challenge. Indian’s VP/GM for Europe, Grant Bester said, “The sport is becoming increasingly popular across Europe. This custom build (Scout FTR1200) will gain some attention as it goes on its World Tour and we will be really interested in the consumer feedback.”
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