Indian Motorcycle debuts highly-anticipated FTR 1200 & FTR 1200 S

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    New Flat Track Inspired Street Bike Draws From Indian Motorcycle’s History & Success in Flat Track Racing


    All-New Platform Combines Flat Tracker Styling with Powerful New Liquid-Cooled V-Twin Engine with 120 Horsepower

    COLOGNE, GERMANY (October 1, 2018) – Today Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, set a new standard for American motorcycling with the unveiling of the FTR 1200 and FTR 1200 S. The FTR platform proudly breaks new ground and answers the call of enthusiasts around the world anxiously awaiting its debut.

    Inspired by Indian Motorcycle’s storied history and success in flat track racing, the FTR 1200 and FTR 1200 S take design and styling cues from the championship-winning FTR750 race bike that has dominated American Flat Track since it was introduced in 2016. It also takes styling inspiration from the FTR1200 Custom, unveiled a year ago as an exploration of what a flat track-inspired street bike could be. The platform delivers an American motorcycle with true flat tracker style and the performance to back it up.

    The FTR 1200 combines race inspired design and nimble handling with an upright riding position to create a commanding riding experience. A new 1203cc V-Twin engine with approximately 120 horsepower (90 kW) provides an impressively flat torque curve for flexibility and strong acceleration in any gear. The new platform is a key component in the company’s broader mission to expand its global appeal and reach new riders.

    “Our vision from the beginning was to be more than a traditional American V-twin brand. We continually seek to broaden Indian Motorcycle’s reach to a wider range of riders, and FTR 1200 represents a significant step forward in that strategy,” said Steve Menneto, President, Indian Motorcycle. “Indian Motorcycle was founded on performance and innovation, and we remain grounded by our founder’s mindset of constantly pushing forward. In light of that history, the FTR 1200 is a natural extension for the brand that we couldn’t be more excited about.”

    Built around a trellis frame with a sporty riding position, both models feature an inverted front suspension with radially mounted dual Brembo brakes for exceptional control and stopping power. The fuel tank is strategically located under the seat for a lower center of gravity and more centralised weight distribution. Similar to the FTR750 race bike, the airbox is positioned directly above the engine to optimise airflow and maximise power. Both models feature a similar rear suspension and swingarm design as the FTR750 to not only provide a race bike look, but also ensure maximum grip with a compliant ride. Newly-developed Dunlop street tyres with flat track-inspired tread, a chain final drive, and ProTaper flat tracker aluminum handlebars complete the race bike look.

    “This is an extremely exciting platform for us, and after investing such a significant amount of time, expertise and energy in the design process, it’s an incredible feeling to finally show the world these motorcycles,” said Rich Christoph, the Indian Motorcycle Senior Designer who was also instrumental in the design of the FTR750 and FTR1200 Custom. “Our primary focus was to ensure these motorcycles carried the same lines and form language as the FTR750 and 1200 Custom. We knew that’s what riders around the world fell in love with. I couldn’t be more proud to turn the FTR750 into a flat tracker for the street and help launch Indian into a new era.”

    Adding to the design is a host of premium features and ride-enhancing technologies. The FTR 1200 and FTR 1200 S models both feature full LED lighting, including a new headlight that provides an unmistakable face for the new platform, a fast-charge USB port to easily charge mobile devices and cruise control for a comfortable ride.

    Propelling both models is a powerful new liquid-cooled 1203cc V-twin engine making an approximately 120 horsepower (90 kW) and 85 ft-lbs (115 Nm) of torque. A flat torque curve ensures a progressive, predictable power delivery with loads of low-end punch and flexibility. The engine features a 12.5:1 compression ratio, high flow cylinder heads, and dual throttle bodies for optimal throttle response and power delivery. Additionally, the engine makes wide use of magnesium to lower weight and utilises a low-inertia crankshaft that allows the engine to rev to its redline quickly for thrilling acceleration.

    The FTR 1200 S features all that and more, including:

    – Fully adjustable front and rear piggy-back suspension with preload, compression, and rebound adjustments so riders can perfectly match the bike to their personal riding style

    – 4.3-inch customisable Ride Command LCD touch screen with Bluetooth compatibility

    – Lean-angle sensitive stability control, ABS traction control, and wheelie mitigation control for improved confidence and control

    Three Ride Modes (Sport, Standard, Rain) with unique throttle response traction control intervention levels

    The new platform underwent extensive development and testing to ensure it meets Indian Motorcycle’s high quality standards and performs at the highest levels.

    “These bikes have gone through a rigorous, multi-year design and testing process to ensure that they perform as good as they look,” explains 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 is available in Thunder Black with a choice of power variants, a full power (90kW) model or a reduced power (70kW) model which can be restricted further for A2 compliance. The FTR 1200 S is available in Indian Motorcycle Red over Steel Gray, Titanium Metallic over Thunder Black Pearl, and a Race-Replica paint scheme, matching the iconic FTR750 race bike. Both models will begin shipping to dealers in the first half of 2019.
     
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    I’m thinking I need to add this bike to my Stable. Can’t wait to see what Lloyd’z will come up with for some more horsepower.
     
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    The excitement on the big Harley forum has already started. Looks like it’s gonna be a home run for the tribe.
     
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    I'm an old guy but I just gotta go try one. 120hp on roughly 450lbs!! It has to be one bad mamba-jamba…..Both dealers around me say they are all sold on pre-order.
     
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    I’ve taken 10 deposits. One from a well known bike builder who I’ve known for quite a while. I was not expecting him to call. This is good for Indian.
     
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    When can we expect to see them at the dealerships. I'm drooling on my computer.
     
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    I think it's stunning, very satisfied with how this all turned out, and pleasantly surprised at a number of decisions they made. While it is waaaaay out of my price range ($19,500 MSRP for the FTR1200S in race colors up here in Canada, the one I really want) and I'm still waiting for the announcement of a more affordable FTR750, I am so glad to see that Indian have managed to meet the price point of their primary competitors with this bike (Ducati/BMW) while simultaneously incorporating a level of technological sophistication that most of us were not expecting.



    Digitally controlled ride modes, lean sensitive traction and stability control, wheelie control, cruise control, ABS, an engine with larger valves, redesigned cylinder heads, 60mm dual throttle bodies, a larger and more accessible airbox (a godsend when modding season begins), higher compression, magnesium single-piece engine covers and weight reduction efforts across the entire block, crankshaft weight reduction and more aggressive cams, a proper slipper clutch, adjustable seat height, mass centralization leading the design of the fuel tank and battery placement, a power to weight ratio of 5:1 off the showroom floor, Akropovic high pipes offered right out of the gate, fully adjustable front & rear suspension with 6'' of travel, dedicated tires developed specifically for this motorcycle, 4-piston Brembo calipers and dual discs, LED lights across the board, a large and bright touch screen display that integrates via bluetooth with your phone for music, nav, and charging.

    This is 100% Polaris rising to the occasion and meeting the demands of the high performance motorcycle segment in full form, this is America rising to the occasion and meeting the demands of the international motorcycle industry. This is Polaris demonstrating that they are serious about motorcycle development, they have gone above and beyond our expectations in terms of R&D investment and sophistication of engineering. THIS IS NOT AN XR1200. This is a full confirmation of what many of us believed the Indian resurrection was all about, this is what we wanted, a focused effort to restore the innovative & competitive reputation of the Indian brand and motorcycles that compete on the world stage while retaining the spirit of a visceral American machine. It may not be an HP4 yet, but it is absolutely Indian showcasing to the industry that they are ready to play in the big leagues.



    Those of you that are still skeptical, you just wait... wait until this rolls into our garages... wait until we start seeing the FTR1200S with an uncorked airbox, lightweight performance pipes, and custom PVCX ECU maps, wait until we see it fitted with aftermarket headlight nacelles and solo seats, wait until we see it with dedicated dual-sport tires, skid plates, and crash bars.

    This is going to be awesome.
     
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    Delivery to dealers in the first half of 2019,.............
     
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    My local dealer is claiming that they ship in January and that their first orders (deposits laid down) will be ready in April, though I typically take what my local dealer says with a grain of salt.
     
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    120 H.P. Wow....that front wheel will be pawing at the air about eye level all the time.
     
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    Our local dealer here has a waiting list already. Seems if the enthusiasm keeps up, they won't be able to keep them in stock.
     
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    I keep looking at this thing will get tempted, but not doing the waiting list thing again like did with the Scout .. With the 7+" Ground Clearance could finally lean the way I truly like to without scraping , and would spend a lot more time in the Ozarks visiting the Grandkids so could enjoy this kind of ride .. Maybe by the time they are ready available it won't be so tempting to buy .. :)
     
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    I do believe that Jay is possibly feeling a bit weak in the knees at the moment,.........getting the bug Jay? Feel like smoking up the highway?,......the thrill of the chase not quite the same on the DH?,.......remember Jay?,.......all that power?,......hanging into corners?,.......instant acceleration?,......torque to burn?,,........great wasn't it?,.......well now you can have more Jay!,........next year is not so far away Jay,...........:cool::rolleyes:;)
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    Sounds like fun. Hopefully I can get to demo ride one this coming Spring when my dealer hosts the demo event.
     

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