This isn’t your daddy’s Indian.
Like most of the bikes in Indian Motorcycle’s lineup, it gets its styling cues from past bikes.
Unlike all the others, its inspiration isn’t a street bike, it’s a race bike. And not from the 1920s.
The new 2019 Indian FTR 1200 and FTR 1200 S, unveiled at Intermot on November 1st, are directly based on the dominant short-track racer, the Scout FTR 750.
“We needed to make sure we delivered on the style of the FTR750. We had a world-wide focus group —- we got a lot of feedback that the styling was right.”
– Ben Lindaman, International Product Manager, Indian Motorcyle
Here’s the 750 racer.
And here’s the new FTR 1200.
Any resemblance is purely intentional.
“Our primary focus was to ensure these motorcycles carried the same lines and form language as the FTR 750 and 1200 Custom”
– Rich Christoph, senior designer, Indian Motorcycle
The fuel tank under the seat (to lower the enter of gravity,) the rear suspension and swingarm, the airbox above the engine all point to the flat-track racer.
The engine is a different matter, though. Both the FTR 1200 and S get a redesigned powerplant, Indian saying it’s 80% different to the Scout motor. While it’s still a v-twin, it’s a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 1203 cc that makes 120 horsepower and 85 ft-lb of torque (115.2 Nm) at 6,000 rpm.
Although the FTR is built for aggressive, speedy performance and has a sporty riding position, it’s not a featherweight, tipping the scales at 508 lbs (230 kg) wet. The seat height is adjustable, from 31.7 in to 33.1 inches (805 – 840 mms.)
The FTS 1200 comes with standard ABS, cruise control, Brembo brakes, a LED headlight and a fast-charge USB port.
The S is defined by its extra package of accessories. Those include fully adjustable front and rear suspension, a LCD touch screen, lean-angle sensitive stability control, and a wheelie mitigation control.
Due to go on sale in 2019, the Indian FTR 1200 will list at $12,999 and the the Indian FTR 1200 S at $14,999.