This image of what looks like a production-ready version of the coming Indian FTR 1200 motorcycle has been leaked to us.
Indian Motorcycle confirmed in June that it would build the FTR 1200 next year and dealers tell us they are already taking orders from eager riders.
This production-ready version looks quite similar to the FTR1200 that has been dominating flat track racing in the USA, but with a few variations.
Obviously it now has indicators, a single headlight and rear fender and will also have mirrors.
Other differences are a lower and much bigger double-megaphone matte-black mufflers, fatter and more comfortable seat and side-mounted red rear shock, possibly Ohlins from the yellow oil reserve.
However, it is largely similar to their FTR1200 prototype with red trellis frame, spoked-style mag wheels and flat bars.
When the company confirmed production their official press release said: “The production FTR 1200 will carry lines and styling that were inspired by the FTR750 (race bike) and FTR1200 Custom.”
“Those are the bikes people fell in love with and we want to bring those race-inspired design characteristics to the street in a way that only Indian Motorcycle can.
“We’ve leaned heavily on those characteristics to give the production FTR 1200 its own unique look and style.”
FTR 1200 price and availability
There is no word yet on engine cubic capacity, power output, price or availability, but the company says it will arrive “sometime in 2019”.
A production version is expected to be shown at either the Intermot motorcycle show in Frankfurt in October or EICMA in Milan in November.
Indian no longer calls it a Scout FTR1200, but we expect the price will be similar to the 1133cc Scout which is currently $A19,495 and $A18,995 for the Bobber version.
Indian Motorcycle Australia and New Zealand has also announced a competition to win one of the first bikes to come off the assembly line.
To win, riders only need enter their name, country and email address online. Click here to enter. It ends on September 30.
‘Style of its own’
Indian says the new bike will “take inspiration, design and performance cues” from the FTR750 and FTR1200 Custom, but will “maintain a look and style all its own” says Senior Designer Rich Christoph.
“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,” he says.
“We’re thrilled about the character this bike possesses, and its ability to take American V-twin motorcycles into new territory.”