Indian Motorcycles, one can generally relate the name to the big and comfy, or as we like to call it, ‘Sofa on Wheels’ type of motorcycles. But what if we came to know that Indian Motorcycle Company is towards a street motorcycle based upon their huge experience and rich history in flat-tracking? We’d be surprised. And that is exactly what Indian did in June when they announced that a motorcycle based on the the Indian FTR 1200 Custom, their flat-tracking motorcycle, will see the production line and will arrive in the market sometime in 2019.

Now, another proof of its existence and a pointer towards a rather early unveiling of the motorcycle has surfaced. Thanks to a patent application with the USPTO, we have a pretty good look at the machine. The application has a line drawing which reveals many details of the motorcycle. A trellis frame, and a V-twin engine are a couple of those details. Indian Motorcycle also confirmed that the engine is going to be a V-twin. The short wheelbase, the larger front wheel (larger than the rear wheel), and the riding position are portraying the motorcycle like solid street-tracker. One can also spot the console which looks like an LCD-unit, radially mounted calipers and dual-discs.

They have borrowed a lot of stuff from their FTR750 race bike like the offset shock at the rear. The dual exhaust though is different and looks a bit conventional (as conventional as it can get on a bike like this). We don’t have any concrete information on the specs but because of the filing of the patent, we think that the Indian FTR 1200 might make a surprise appearance at the INTERMOT show. If that happens, we are in luck because we are also going to Cologne to attend the INTERMOT.

Indian Motorcycle Company announced and confirmed the production of the FTR 1200 in June at the Wheels and Waves show. This was in response to the 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. A small group of industry VIPs viewed an early production version of the FTR 1200 behind closed doors at Wheels & Waves, showing that Indian is indeed serious about bringing the new model to market.

Steve Menneto, President, Indian Motorcycle
said, “When we unveiled the FTR1200 Custom at EICMA, we said we’d listen to feedback from riders around the world. 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.”

Rich Christoph, Senior Designer, Indian Motorcycle said, “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. We’re thrilled about the character this bike possesses, and its ability to take American V-twin motorcycles into new territory.