Con­cept FTR1200 a tan­ta­lis­ing taste of things to come

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In­dian’s Scout and Chief­tain ranges have started to gain a strong fol­low­ing – de­servedly – while their FTR750 flat track rac­ing pro­gramme dec­i­mated the es­tab­lish­ment in 2017, tak­ing the cham­pi­onship at their first at­tempt, and 37 of the 54 podium po­si­tions avail­able in the 18-round sea­son. That’s im­pres­sive – and the FTR750 is a pro­to­type that has no road bike, or en­gine, to ben­e­fit from. And just look at this con­cept they’ve rolled out in its honour.

Ever since the FTR750 de­buted, there’s been huge pres­sure on the firm to back it up with a pro­duc­tion bike, and this is the clos­est in­di­ca­tion yet that the Min­neapo­lis mas­sive are tempted. In­dian re­main coy though, say­ing this is purely a cel­e­bra­tion to mark their race sea­son, while gen­tly hint­ing that it’s a toe-dipped to test the wa­ters of cus­tomer re­ac­tion “as an ex­plo­ration of how In­dian could ex­pand brand per­cep­tion around the world.”

In­dian Pres­i­dent of Mo­tor­cy­cles, Steve Men­neto, added: “We built this bike to cel­e­brate the FTR750’S dom­i­nant per­for­mance in Amer­i­can Flat Track and In­dian’s re­turn to rac­ing. To come up with this one-off cus­tom, we worked closely with the In­dian Mo­tor­cy­cle Rac­ing team to ex­e­cute a vi­sion of what a bike could look like if we brought the FTR plat­form to the street. We are ex­cited by the pos­i­tive feed­back on the FTR750 and the op­por­tu­ni­ties to grow the brand glob­ally in the next

five years.” Please build it.

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