INDIAN has unveiled its two new FTR 1200 models, expanding the company’s range of bikes that lean on the flat tracker style.

The FTR 1200 and 1200S take design and styling cues from Indian’s FTR750 race bike which has covered itself in glory in American flat track since it was released in 2016. It also takes some styling inspiration from the FTR1200 Custom released last year as “as an exploration of what a flat track-inspired street bike could be”, says Indian.

The new bikes both run under-the-seat fuel tanks to get the centre of gravity low, a 120(ish)-horsepower liquid-cooled 1203cc V-twin engine housed in a trellis frame, dual Brembo ABS brakes, LED lighting, cruise control, and a fast-charge USB port for your phone.

The up-spec S model adds adjustable suspension (preload, compression and rebound), 4.3 inch Bluetooth-connected touch screen, lean-angle sensitive stability control, traction control, wheelie control, and three ride modes (sport, standard and rain).


But the new bikes are all about the looks, really. And they look pretty hot.

“These bikes have gone through a rigorous, multi-year design and testing process to ensure that they perform as good as they look,” says 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.”

The FTR 1200 will come only in black and will sell for around $20k, while the S model will come in any colour you like (so long as you like silver and red) for about $3k more. Indian expects the bike to hit Australia some time in the first half of next year.

We’ll try to get a ride when they arrive.

More info here.

CAPTION: Rear footpegs are for the brave. Watch your feet on that exhaust …
CAPTION: We can’t remember the last time we saw a tubular swingarm. Adds a very old-school look to the trellis frame structure. Note chunky tread pattern on the made-for-Indian Dunlops.

CAPTION: The up-spec S model gets snazzy touch screen and three riding modes.





Peter Terlick

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