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Indian to produce a street-legal FTR1200 flat tracker for 2019

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Front wheels high for the magnificent Indian Scout FTR1200 concept
Front wheels high for the magnificent Indian Scout FTR1200 concept
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Front wheels high for the magnificent Indian Scout FTR1200 concept
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Front wheels high for the magnificent Indian Scout FTR1200 concept
FTR1200 concept: sweet barely-there headlight unit
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FTR1200 concept: sweet barely-there headlight unit
Left: FTR1200 concept. Right: FTR750 flat track racer. The production FTR1200 will draw inspiration from both of these, but be an original design
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Left: FTR1200 concept. Right: FTR750 flat track racer. The production FTR1200 will draw inspiration from both of these, but be an original design
FTR1200 concept: twin high-rise pipes look terrific
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FTR1200 concept: twin high-rise pipes look terrific
FTR1200 concept: the street version will not look like this, sadly
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FTR1200 concept: the street version will not look like this, sadly
FTR1200 concept: retro hotness meets serious hooligan capability
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FTR1200 concept: retro hotness meets serious hooligan capability
FTR1200 concept: uses the 1133cc V-twin motor from the Scout
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FTR1200 concept: uses the 1133cc V-twin motor from the Scout
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Indian has decided to go into production with a street-legal flat-tracker "inspired by" the gorgeous FTR1200 Custom concept in these photos. We hope the 2019 FTR1200 is as close to the concept as possible, but we're prepared for disappointment.

This story could easily be interpreted by the cynical as just another chance for us to re-run an outstanding wheelie photo. And it is. What a beauty, I'd buy a print. But it's so much more.

When we first saw the Indian FTR1200 concept in these photos, we demanded it be put into production: "pull yer finger out, Polaris, and make this thing happen." We weren't the only ones. This concept was at once a hardcore rider's hooligan machine and a retro trophy you'd spend hours in the shed polishing.

FTR1200 concept: the street version will not look like this, sadly
FTR1200 concept: the street version will not look like this, sadly

And in a press release this weekend, Indian confirmed that "an" FTR1200 will be going into production, with a target release set for 2019.

Sadly, that "an" is of utmost importance. Because Indian is not committing to build "the" FTR1200 we've seen. Indeed, the door is left wide open for this thing to get a thorough mauling with the ugly stick. Here's an excerpt from the press release that may prove telling:

"The announcement comes in response to months of speculation and 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.

"That speculation was intensified by the company's development of the FTR1200 Custom, a one-off build that toured global motorcycle shows this past year. The new FTR 1200 will take inspiration, design and performance cues from these two predecessors, but will maintain a look and style all of its own.

"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 Indian Motorcycle Senior Designer Rich Christoph. "We're thrilled about the character this bike possesses and its ability to take American V-twin motorcycles into new territory."

Left: FTR1200 concept. Right: FTR750 flat track racer. The production FTR1200 will draw inspiration from both of these, but be an original design
Left: FTR1200 concept. Right: FTR750 flat track racer. The production FTR1200 will draw inspiration from both of these, but be an original design

You fools! A regurgitation was exactly what we wanted! The concept approached perfection. People loved it. Why even call it an FTR1200 if you're not going to deliver on what that combination of letters and numbers already means to us?

The 2019 Indian FTR1200 may indeed turn out to be a great bike when we finally see it. After all, it'll probably be designed by the same team that worked on this one. But we're setting our expectations firmly at "lukewarm" and re-holstering our wallets in response to this news. Whatever the new bike turns out to be, you can sign up to win one at the Indian website.

Take a look at the FTR1200 Custom video below.

Scout FTR1200 Custom - Indian Motorcycle

Source: Indian

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3 comments
ChairmanLMAO
o boy - that's what I call an advertisement! I'd like the FTR750 though, thanks. See you at the store.
Asgard
Sadly Polaris has a habit of promising the world and delivering a beach ball. I don't recommend anyone hold their breath but I hope I'm wrong this time. Past history with Victory tells us otherwise though.
DavidRogerBrown
Really hoping Indian doesn't take a 550 lb. Scout to make a 550 lb. dirt track replica. H.D. has tried that a couple times with dismal sales & quickly discontinued. Hard for "cruiser" manufacturers to understand light weight and simple is best. Make it as close to the beautiful concept and there will be a line out the door waiting. Asking for a even lighter 750 c.c. surely would be too much.