Indian Scout FTR 1200

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by cabanza, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. liberpolly

    liberpolly Nu, shoyn, nudnick!

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    Or they can talk Michelin into making a special tire for them...
  2. Max Kool

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    They surely could yes, but if Michelin really would make them largely depends on how many they order...
  3. shinyribs

    shinyribs doesn't care

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    Very odd looking clutch perch. Cable? Radial hydro?...though I don't see a reservoir if it's hydro.
  4. Omarius

    Omarius Long timer

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    That's for sure a cable clutch.
  5. Jack D

    Jack D Been here awhile

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    Indian builds a prototype street bike that looks like a dirt tracker. People complain that it looks like a dirt tracker. I guess that Indian
    did their job correctly and achieved their goal.
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  6. Max Kool

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    Who complains?
  7. pjensen641

    pjensen641 Been here awhile

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    :hmmmmm

    I don't see anyone complaining. We're all trying to figure out how the damn thing could be built for the street with minimal changes for practicality.
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  8. TheOtherBart

    TheOtherBart Long timer

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    I posted this in another thread about this bike, but after reading the comments in this one I can't help but cut-and-paste them here, emphasis added.

    I'm exactly the target market for this bike: I grew up going to flattrack races with my uncle, who built bikes for a couple of guys. When I got my first 50cc bike when I was 6, as soon as I could ride the thing he started me racing flattrack on it. I was at one track or another most weekends for seven or eight summers racing and watching others race. That was my entire formative experience with "motorcycling". To my eye, a flattrack bike with just the "right" lines (subjective, I know) is the epitome of what a motorcycle should look like. And that Indian concept gets the look right as far as I'm concerned.

    And of course people will criticize it because it doesn't have an all-day comfortable seat, or a 300+ mile fuel range, or provisions for mounting luggage, or full coverage front and rear fenders. But those people are 100% missing the point. Street trackers are tributes to a very specific kind of race bike. I would love one just to cruise around town on, and to stare at sitting in the garage (or living room). I have another bike with a fairing and a comfy seat and heated grips to use as an every-day ride, to commute on when it's raining, to travel on. I'd own a bike like that Indian (or a Mule street tracker) just because the style of it makes me smile.

    All that's standing in my way is a set of six winning lotto numbers...
  9. Max Kool

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    You could not have said it better @TheOtherBart !

    It's like double salted licorice: either you love it, or you don't. And if you don't, you won't understand.
  10. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    Stop being reasonable, you’re ruining the thread. :lol3
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  11. TheOtherBart

    TheOtherBart Long timer

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    :hide :jack
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  12. TheOtherBart

    TheOtherBart Long timer

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    Maybe I should jump on the bandwagon to revive the thread? How about this: Where in the hell is my wife supposed to sit when we're touring two-up? And that wheelbase is going to make for some lousy launches at the drag strip. Total piece of shit. :zilla
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  13. Max Kool

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    Your wife should either be on her own bike, or give you an afternoon off on your FTR1200. :D

    This is not a “sole form of transportation” kind of bike imho, but a toy.

    I fail to see what’s wrong with that wheelbase btw. It’s the product of having 19” wheels, a big lump of an engine, and a fairly steep (agressive) steering angle...

    As a comparison, my Desert Sled has a 1505mm wheel base with 24 degrees/112mm trail and steers totally fine. The FTR1200 has a 1518mm wheel base with 25 degrees/94mm trail and weighs roughly the same...

    I don’t see a problem here :freaky
  14. TheOtherBart

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    :baldy
  15. Max Kool

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    The asperger in me missed the joke, did he?
  16. liberpolly

    liberpolly Nu, shoyn, nudnick!

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    Blah blah blah, just fucking build it, Polaris, we're all shaking fistfuls of cash at you!
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    TheOtherBart Long timer

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    Maybe a little :beer
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  18. alekkas

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    a brilliant recovery!!!!!!! I’m using that one.
  19. Cuttlefish

    Cuttlefish Riding to disappear.

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    Good god man...this is not the type of bike to tour around with your ball and chain.
    This is a bike for bar hopping to pick up loose women that have a room within staggering distance of the strip club.
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  20. rider33

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    this bike deserves to be built even if it sells in very small numbers at higher-than-you-would-expect prices, it will help broaden the brand in the mind of people who do not buy 800#+ cruisers. If Polais doesn't, I hope whatever Harley is cooking up with its XG or Sportster refresh will, somebody needs to reflect the deep roots of American Flat Track Racing, it's a form that is well entrenched in the motoring psyche but only seen at the consumer level in a few one-off customs.
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