Indian Motorcycle Company is a brand one associates with big, V-twin engine cruisers, but from what we see at the INTERMOT show held in Germany is a bike which by no means seems to be a cruiser. The FTR1200 which was showcased at the said show is a bike which borrows design cues from the Scout FTR750, a purpose-built Flat Track Racer. Indian Motorcycle company says The FTR 1200 was inspired by our championship-winning FTR750 race bike but made for the street. It will also get a bunch of amenities like a LED headlight, a fast USB charging port and cruise control as standard. This also happens to be the American Manufacturers fastest and sportiest bike till date.
The bike would be available in two variants, a standard FTR1200 and a more premium FTR1200 S. The S variant gets a 4.3-inch TFT touchscreen display which would even offer phone connectivity via Bluetooth. The bike gets a 1203 cc V-Twin which is tuned to deliver 120 horsepower and 112.5 Nm and mated to a six-speed transmission which gets a slipper clutch. The wheels are wrapped in custom-developed Dunlop DT3-R flat track rubber which offers precise grip and great durability on any road. The standard variant will also miss out on cornering ABS, traction control, riding modes, fully-adjustable Sachs suspension at both ends and wheelie control.
This could lead to the entry of the iconic cruiser brand into new, unknown territories. The FTR750 may have indicated that but unlike the latter, the FTR1200 is a road legal bike which would be on sale in the American market from the first half of 2019 and may make its way to India via the CBU route. The bike looks to target a new set of customers, people who do not want to ride a huge cruiser, but a much more refreshed, Flat Track racer inspired bike. What are your thoughts on the bike? Let us know in the comments.