In spite of poor sales figure by its parent company Polaris, Indian Motorcycles have reported a rise in sales for the third quarter of this year.
Polaris houses several on and off-road vehicles of different kinds including the popular Slingshot. After pulling the plug on the Victory brand, Polaris put all of its eggs in the Indian’s basket. To close down the once-popular Victory turned out to be a smart business decision for the company.
Exact numbers of Polaris’ performance in the quarter could not be accessed. This also includes a 10 per cent drop in retail sales for the entire motorcycle industry for a bike of 900cc and above. However, Indian motorcycles gained market share for the 2018 third quarter on a year-on-year basis.
This perhaps could be a result of Trump’s rants against Harley Davidson for moving its manufacturing plant to Europe amid power-breaking tariff wars.
Indian has been shining in the market especially with the launch of the much awaited flat-track offering FTR 1200.
Inspired by Indian Motorcycle’s rich legacy and success in flat track racing, the FTR 1200 is designed after the company’s championship-winning FTR750 racer that has been regularly dominating American flat track races since it first went slideways in 2016. The design of the FTR1200 also draws inspiration from the FTR1200 Custom that Indian had debuted a year ago to explore how a flat-track inspired street bike could look like.
Available in two guises, i.e. FTR1200 and FTR1200S, the new Indian combines race-inspired design and nimble handling masterfully. The riding position is upright for maximum leverage over the bars. A new 1,203cc V-Twin engine makes as much as 120hp and features an impressively flat torque curve for flexibility and strong acceleration, any gear you are in. The new platform is a vital component in Indian’s mission to expand its global appeal and bring new riders into its fold.