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Plans announced for new flat track-inspired street bike with an on sale date of 2019. A global prize draw will give riders the chance to win one
[BIARRITZ, FRANCE] – Indian Motorcycle has put months of public speculation to rest. Today at the Wheels & Waves festival in France, the iconic American motorcycle company confirmed that an FTR 1200, inspired by Indian’s storied history in flat track racing, will be going into production.
While a formal release date has not been set, plans point toward the bike going on sale in 2019.
In addition to announcing production intentions, Indian also announced a prize draw where riders can enter to win one of the first bikes to come off the assembly line. Riders who want to own the new Indian FTR 1200 can visit www.win-ftr1200.com for a chance to win the highly anticipated new model.
“When we unveiled the FTR1200 Custom at EICMA, we said we’d listen to feedback from riders around the world,” said Steve Menneto, President, Indian Motorcycle. “Riders definitely have spoken and the response has been overwhelming. We’re proud and excited to announce that we will be putting the FTR 1200 into production.”
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.
PHOENIX, AZ (MAY 14, 2018) – Indian Motorcycle Racing continued its dominance in American Flat Track, as Wrecking Crew riders Jared Mees, Brad Baker and Indian Motorcycle privateer Henry Wiles finish 1-2-3, respectively.
The Arizona Mile marked consecutive races of an all-Indian Scout FTR750 podium.
After edging out Baker in Semi 1, Mees earned the first starting position and selected the outside spot on the front line of the Main. Mees held the first-place position in to turn one and never looked back, lengthening his lead and ultimately lapping through the 11th-place rider. Wiles aligned next to Mees, while Baker strategically selected the outside starting position on the second line. Baker made several passes early to gain control of the second-place spot, while Wiles battled for the final podium position through all 20 laps.
“It was a long day on a tough track, so to be leaving the first mile of the season with a win is huge,” said Mees. “I cannot thank my team enough for continuing to have my Indian Scout FTR750 dialed in.”
Seven Indian Scout FTR750s made the Main, with all seven finishing in the top 10. Davis Fisher (Double D Performance), Robbie Pearson (R/J Performance), Chad Cose (Indian Motorcycle of OKC) and Jeffrey Carver Jr. (Roof Systems, Indian of Metro Milwaukee) finished sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.
“Our factory and privateer riders continue to perform and compete at a high level,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “As we hit a stretch of Miles, we’re excited for Bryan Smith’s return next week in Sacramento. The ‘mile master’ will...
“Evel Live”, an unprecedented three-hour live event premiering Sunday, July 8th at 8PM ET/ 5PM PT on HISTORY® in partnership with Nitro Circus, will see Travis Pastrana attempt three of Knievel’s most famed jumps on the Scout FTR750, including jumping the length of 52+ crushed cars, 16 Greyhound buses, and the ill-fated Caesars Palace fountain jump that left Knievel grasping for his life. If successful, Pastrana will be the first individual to complete all three jumps in one three-hour timespan and on a motorcycle similar to those Evel used.
The Indian Scout FTR750 is a flat track racing motorcycle designed to push the boundaries of speed and redefine control with two wheels firmly on the ground. Rewinding time, you find the motorcycles Evel jumped were designed for similar purposes. However, neither were intended for jumping.
“It was extremely important to use a motorcycle similar to the ones Evel jumped. The Indian Scout FTR 750 is just that, a modern-day evolution of the flat track motorcycles of the past,” said Pastrana. “It has the power I need and handles well, but I’m only going to have a few days to get comfortable on it, not to mention I’ve never jumped a V-twin before. I’ve got my work cut out, but we’re used to going big at Nitro Circus, so we’ll make it happen.”
The Indian Scout FTR750 is far different from the lightweight motocross bikes you would typically find Travis Pastrana jumping. The engine of the FTR750 features a powerful 750cc 53-degree V-Twin and utilizes 43mm conventional front...
It’s a story that has captured the imagination of Anvil Motociclette, who is currently working on a Scout Sixty project bike to be unveiled later this summer.
“Albert Burns was simply a legend,” explains Phonz, whose love of historic motorcycling characters from the past make their way in to many of Anvil’s bike projects. “One of our greatest passions is to read and get information about motorcycle history. During our research we found out Shrimp’s story and suddenly we’ve been fascinated by this guy who wasn’t so famous even though he is in the AMA Hall of Fame. Not many people know about Shrimp’s story, but we think all passionate bikers should read about him!”
In 1912, when Albert was just 14-years-old, he built himself an Indian racing bike and began to take part in competitions alongside more experienced and adult riders. He started to win, which prompted his older rivals to complain about his age and small size (lighter on the bike). He was even turned away from some motordrome races, but the young Albert Burns did not lose heart and would climb the fences to make faces at some of the racers who had complained about him or he would sneak on to the track after the racing had started, and in some instances then go on to win the race. His short, thin size and cheekiness earned his the nickname “Shrimp”.
Shrimp’s first appearance for Indian was the opening event of the 1920 season, a week of racing at Ascot Park that had 25 and 50-mile National Championships. He crashed on the 25-mile race at 107 mph, filling his hands and arms with splinters from the wooden board track. For the 50-mile race, Shrimp borrowed a teammate’s Indian and took back to the track wrapped in bandages. He was behind the leaders for most of the race, but used the high...
While Indian’s Pro ‘American Flat Track’ team took podium glory in the US; The Hells Race ‘Indian Motorcycle Hooligan Class’ was a gritty grass roots affair. Racing lightly modified street bikes on Lelystad speedway’s tight 270-meter shale oval guaranteed spectacular bar banging short-track action, thrills and spills.
Hooligan riders from across Europe brought their wild rides to Lelystad, with Indian Motorcycle dealership Krazy Horse supporting Scout Sixty machines for team riders Lee ‘KP’ Kirkpatrick and Jonathan Falkman, plus DTRA Scholarship riders Leah Tokelove and Chris Hatton.
Lee Kirkpatrick #152 – Krazy Horse Race Team – P3
Krazy Horse Team Rider and Mechanic Lee ‘KP’ Kirkpatrick showed his talent early on, slipping and sliding his Scout Sixty Hooligan machine through the three heats with P2, P1, and P2 to place himself in the finals and claim a solid P3 podium on the short-track.
Commenting after the race, Lee said “I’m really finding the grove with the Scout now, it’s performing really well. My confidence has improved so much that I now prefer riding the Indian Scout to my DTX flat track bike, I feel so much faster, bring on the next round at Peterborough.”
Jonathan Falkman #50 – Krazy Horse Race Team – P6
Last year’s Hells Race winner, Swedish racer Jonathan Falkman showed strong pace and great style in Saturday’s practice sessions before a spectacular high-side saw him and the machine cartwheel out of contention. Despite dented pride and some damage to the machine, a battered Falkman was in good spirits; he heroically battled on to...