There is no release date yet, but Indian have finally made clear that they have the intention of transporting you back to a time when sex was safe, racing was dangerous and flat trackers were powered by good ol’ V-Twins.
They first unveiled the FTR1200 Custom at EICMA. And it caused an uproar of customers waving their wallets in the air to buy the model. They stated that they will listen to the feedback of riders and they definitely have spoken. The riders want it. And they’re making it.
At this year’s Wheels & Waves Festival in France, they announced that the model is going into production and, while no official release date has been confirmed, it’s probably going to be available by spring of 2019.
The announcement comes in response to demand for a street version of the company’s wildly successful FTR750 – a purpose-built flat track racer that has dominated the American Flat Track professional racing series since its introduction in 2017.
Also present at the announcement was Indian Motorcycle Senior Designer Rich Christoph, who was instrumental to the design of the FTR 1200, FTR1200 Custom, and FTR750.
“We wanted to make sure that the FTR 1200 wasn’t merely a regurgitation of the FTR1200 Custom, but something uniquely ‘street,’ albeit flat track inspired,” said Christoph. “We’re thrilled about the character this bike possesses, and its ability to take American V-twin motorcycles into new territory.”
A small group of industry VIPs viewed an early production version of the FTR 1200 behind closed doors at Wheels & Waves, showing that Indian is indeed serious about bringing the new model to market.
“From the very beginning, our intention was to develop Indian Motorcycle into a global brand,” said Michael Dougherty, President, International. “Armed with a strong foundation, it’s now time to break new ground for an American motorcycle manufacturer and the FTR 1200 is where that begins.”
So, while you wait for more details, it would be a great idea to go to www.indianmotorcycle.com to sign up for a chance to win one of the first FTR 1200’s off the production line and make your friends unimaginably jealous.