Indian Motorcycle have just unveiled the FTR 1200 and FTR 1200 S, inspired by Indian Motorcycle’s storied history and success in flat track racing, these new models take design and styling cues from the championship-winning FTR750 race bike that has dominated American Flat Track since it was introduced in 2016.
The 2019 Indian FTR 1200 will start at $19,995 Ride Away and the FTR 1200 S starts at $22,995 Ride Away in Australia.
They also takes styling inspiration from the FTR1200 Custom, unveiled a year ago as an exploration of what a flat track-inspired street bike could be. The platform delivers an American motorcycle with true flat tracker style and the performance to back it up.
The FTR 1200 combines race inspired design and nimble handling with an upright riding position to create a commanding riding experience. Propelling both models is a powerful new liquid-cooled 1203cc V-twin engine making an approximately 120 horsepower (90 kW) and 85 ft-lbs (115 Nm) of torque. A flat torque curve ensures a progressive, predictable power delivery with loads of low-end punch and flexibility.
The engine features a 12.5:1 compression ratio, high flow cylinder heads, and dual throttle bodies for optimal throttle response and power delivery.
Additionally, the engine makes wide use of magnesium to lower weight and utilises a low-inertia crankshaft that allows the engine to rev to its redline quickly for thrilling acceleration.
The FTR 1200 and FTR 1200 S feature a tubular trellis style steel mainframe with an aluminum rear subframe that optimizes rigidity and minimizes weight. The design features a single side rear shock mount and aluminum support parts, including the rear engine mount, mid-frames, and front head mounts. The frame also includes removable passenger hand-holds.
Both models feature a similar rear suspension and swingarm design as the FTR750 to not only provide a race bike look, but also ensure maximum grip with a compliant ride. Newly-developed Dunlop street tyres with flat track-inspired tread, a chain final drive, and ProTaper flat tracker aluminum handlebars complete the race bike look.
Modeled after Dunlop’s DT3 flat track race tire, the DT3-R on the FTR1200 and FTR 1200 S are modified for the street – featuring closer tread blocks, a shallower tread depth, and additional silica to
increase grip and improve wear. Both the FTR 1200 and FTR 1200 S feature 19-inch front and 18-inch rear light-weight cast-aluminum wheels.
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.
Brembo M4.32 4-piston front calipers on 320mm rotors offer sportsbike level performance, with a Brembo P34 2-piston rear caliper on 260mm rotor.
The fuel tank is strategically located under the seat for a lower center of gravity and more centralised weight distribution. Similar to the FTR750 race bike, the airbox is positioned directly above the engine to optimise airflow and maximise power.
Both models feature 43mm upside down cartridge forks with 150mm of travel, and the gold FTR 1200 S suspension is fully adjustable with preload, compression and rebound adjustments. The standard meanwhile FTR 1200 features a monoshock with preload and rebound adjustments, while the FTR 1200 S features a monoshock with an aluminum piggy-back reservoir that is fully adjustable for preload, compression and rebound.
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.
2019 Indian FTR 1200 S features
- Fully adjustable front and rear piggy-back suspension with preload, compression, and rebound adjustments so riders can perfectly match the bike to their personal riding style
- 4.3-inch customisable Ride Command LCD touch screen with Bluetooth compatibility
- Lean-angle sensitive stability control, ABS traction control, and wheelie mitigation control for improved confidence and control
- Three Ride Modes (Sport, Standard, Rain) with unique throttle response traction control intervention levels
Steve Menneto, President of Indian Motorcycle explained, “Our vision from the beginning was to be more than a traditional American V-twin brand. We continually seek to broaden Indian Motorcycle’s reach to a wider range of riders, and FTR 1200 represents a significant step forward in that strategy, Indian Motorcycle was founded on performance and innovation, and we remain grounded by our founder’s mindset of constantly pushing forward. In light of that history, the FTR 1200 is a natural extension for the brand that we couldn’t be more excited about.”
Rich Christoph, the Indian Motorcycle Senior Designer further added, “This is an extremely exciting platform for us, and after investing such a significant amount of time, expertise and energy in the design process, it’s an incredible feeling to finally show the world these motorcycles.
“Our primary focus was to ensure these motorcycles carried the same lines and form language as the FTR750 and 1200 Custom. We knew that’s what riders around the world fell in love with. I couldn’t be more proud to turn the FTR750 into a flat tracker for the street and help launch Indian into a new era.”
The new platform underwent extensive development and testing to ensure it meets Indian Motorcycle’s high quality standards and performs at the highest levels.
2019 Indian FTR 1200 & FTR 1200 S Australian Pricing & Availability
The FTR 1200 is available in Thunder Black, starting at $19,995 Ride Away and the FTR 1200 S is available in Indian Motorcycle Red over Steel Gray, Titanium Metallic over Thunder Black Pearl and starts at $22,995 Ride Away in Australia.
The FTR 1200 S is also available in a Race-Replica paint scheme matching the iconic FTR750 race bike and starts at $23,995 Ride Away in Australia. Both models will begin shipping to dealers in the first half of 2019.
Riders can learn more online or by visiting a local Indian Motorcycle dealer.
2019 Indian FTR 1200 (S) Specifications
PRICE: Starting from $19,995 Ride Away ($22,995 Ride Away)
Warranty: Two-year, unlimited kilometer
Colours: Thunder Black (Indian Motorcycle Red over Steel Gray, Titanium Metallic over Thunder Black Pearl, Race Replica)
Claimed power: 120hp@8250rpm
Claimed torque: 115Nm[85ft-lbs]6000rpm
Dry weight: 221(222)kg
Fuel capacity: 13L
Engine: Liquid-cooled, 60-degree V-Twin, DOHC, four-valves per cylinder, 102 x 73.6mm bore x stroke, 12.5:1 compression, 1203cc (73cu-in)
Gearbox: Six speed, constant mesh
Clutch: Wet, multi-disc slipper clutch
Chassis: Tubular trellis style steel mainframe with an aluminum rear subframe, tubular steel swingarm
Suspension: Inverted 43mm cartridge fork, 150mm travel, Monotube IFP, 150mm travel, (Fully adjustable 43mm inverted cartridge fork, 150mm travel, Fully adjustable Piggyback IFP, 150mm travel)
Brakes: ABS, Brembo M4.32 four-piston radial calipers, 320mm rotors, Brembo P34 two-piston rear caliper, 260mm rotor
Wheels & Tyres: Cast aluminium wheels, Dunlop DT3-R Radial tyres, 120/70R19 60V, 150/80R18 70V, 19 x 3.00in, 18 x 4.25in
Seat height: 840mm (805mm laden)
Overall length: 2287mm
Ground clearance: 183mm
Instruments: Analogue clock with digital display (4.3-inch Ride Command LCD touchscreen display)