Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, has unveiled the highly-anticipated FTR 1200 and FTR 1200 S in Cologne, Germany. Inspired by the company’s 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. As a result, the platform delivers an american motorcycle with true flat tracker style and the performance to back it up.
By combining race inspired design and nimble handling with an upright riding position, the FTR 1200 creates a commanding riding experience. Its 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.
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.
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. The powerful new liquid-cooled engine can achieve 85 ft-lbs (115 nm) of torque, ensuring progressive, predictable power delivery with loads of low-end punch and flexibility.
“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.”