Indian Motorcycle dominated this year’s American Flat Track series, and what a better way to celebrate the success of the Wrecking Crew than with a custom street tracker concept.
The Indian Scout FTR1200 shares the name with the donor bike it comes from, but in reality it aims to look and feel like the American brand’s 750cc flat track racer. Though without the über-trick 750cc v-twin engine found on the Indian Scout FTR750 race bike, this 1200cc variant looks pretty good too.
Word is, we might see it go into production…just not for the 2018 model year. As such, don’t hold your breath – but also, never say never.
Indian created the Scout FTR1200 in house, wedging the 1,133cc v-twin engine from its production Scout into a custom frame that resembles its racing Scout.
Built like a race bike, the Indian Scout FTR1200 shaves massive amounts of weight, compared to its production counterpart – to the tune of 117 lbs. This means that the Scout FTR1200 hits the scales at only 427 lbs.
Of course, all the go-fast parts are included, like Öhlins suspension, S&S pipes that are high-mounted, wheels from Roland Sands Design. Items like the fuel tank and swingarm are off the race bike too, for extra street cred. Don’t forget the carbon fiber bodywork as well.
“We built this bike to celebrate the FTR750’s dominant performance in American Flat Track and Indian’s return to racing,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles.
“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.”
Hopefully Indian realizes Harley-Davidson’s folly (not just on the race track), and realizes that a road-going flat tracker could fit will in its heritage lineup of bikes, while still offering something performance oriented for younger riders, and older riders who want to feel young again.
With a championship-winning pedigree, all the pieces of the puzzle are right there. Think they should build it? Let Indian know in the comments. Polaris execs have been known to troll the deep inner-trenches of Asphalt & Rubber’s comments section.
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