Answering the call of multitudes of global fans and buyers alike, Indian Motorcycle today unleashed the stunning FTR1200 upon the world. The FTR platform breaks new ground for the company and sets new standards for American motorcycling.
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.
“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.”
The Indian FTR1200 is built upon a trellis frame with inverted telescopic front suspension and an offset monoshock out back. Braking is handled by radially mounted dual Brembo brakes up front and a single disc with Brembo caliper at the rear. The airbox is positioned directly above the engine a la the FTR750 for optimised airflow. Both the FTR1200 siblings have the same suspension as the race bike they are modeled after, and get Dunlop street tyres with flat-track inspired tread pattern. Final drive is by chain, and ProTaper flat tracker aluminium handlebars give them a proper race bike look.
“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.”
Of course, there is no dearth of modern technology aboard the FTR1200 twins. Both models feature full-LED lighting including a new headlight that makes for a signature face for the new platform, a fast-charge USB port, and cruise control. The V-Twin engine powering the FTR1200 makes 115Nm of torque with a flat curve. The engine is never breathless in any situation because of the creamy dollop of torque it has at its command. A compression ratio of 12.5:1, high-flow cylinder heads, dual throttle bodies all come together to bless the bike with optimal throttle response and almost electric power delivery. As an added bonus, the engine incorporates magnesium in large amounts in its construction to lower weight. There is also a low-inertia crankshaft that allows the engine to rev quicker, belying its long-stroke character.
The Indian FTR1200 twins get three riding modes-Sport, Standard, Rain- each with their own specific levels of throttle response and traction control intervention. The FTR1200 twins are the result of painstaking, exacting research and development. “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.”
Finally, the Indian FTR1200 can be optioned in Thunder Black with choices in power output. You can choose between a 120hp or an 83hp tune, the latter of which can be further restricted to comply with A2 licensing level. THe FTR1200 S is available in Indian Motorcycle Red over Steel Gray, Titanium Metallic over Thunder Black Pearl, and a race-replica paint scheme, mimicking the FTR750 race bike. The race-replica is definitely our pick of the lot. Both the FTR1200 twins will start shipping out to dealers in the first half of 2019.