Indian’s brand new FTR 1200 Street Tracker designs leaked in patents
The brand will launch it at the Intermot Motorcycle Show next monthby Sagar, on
Unveiling the brand’s all-new FTR1200 custom street tracker at the 2017 EICMA, Indian has begun the onslaught of looking elsewhere for their inspirations other than just making vintage charmers and majestic cruising machines.
After a year of teasing us, the Springfield firm will be finally launching the production version for the streets at the Intermot show on October 2nd. And still more than a week to go for this big launch, the web has been flooded with the design patents of the motorcycle including the fuel tank, frame, motor and the suspension.
If 2016-17 were the years of the Cafe-Racers, 2018-19 are for the Street Trackers. Manufacturers have not yet jumped on the street tracker bandwagon but looks like that is about to change very soon. And the most promising of the lot is the Indian Scout FTR1200 Custom that is touted to hit the showroom floors soon.
This FTR1200 Scout Flat Track is developed for both everyday ride comfort and to tear up the dirt any given time. The concept production model was a one-off build that toured global motorcycle shows this past year. The FTR 1200’s full specification is yet to be announced, but it will embody a flat tracker style, housed in a trellis frame and powered by a new V-twin engine.
The patent images you see here confirm the positioning of the exhaust to be more welcoming than the ones we saw on the prototype, so is the addition of the TFT instrumentation. The bike appears to be making use of 19” and 18” front and rear wheel options and the front end will get a twin disc braking setup rather than the single one.
Of course, Indian will equip the FTR with Brembo monobloc calipers paired with what appears to be an MCS. USD forks too. Power seems to be transmitted via a chain drive rather than a belt one. The headlight makes use of an LED setup, and hence appears as a smaller unit compared to the rest out there.
The same liquid-cooled, 60-degree 1133 cc V-twin that runs on the Scout editions will also be putting out the 94 ponies and 72 pound-feet of torque on this FTR. An electronic closed-loop fuel-injection system handles fuel delivery while maintaining fuel efficiency and emissions standards and huge 60 mm throttle bodies feed this monster. Like all Indians, power delivery, refinement and aural quality coming out of that black exhaust pipes are top notch and throaty.
In addition to announcing production, Indian also announced sweepstakes where riders can enter to win one of the first bikes to come off the assembly line.
We know, for sure, electric is coming whether we like it or not. By 2020, you will have every motorcycle manufacturer making at least one electric powered machine “trying” to save the environment. Looking at the progress of such technology, it won’t be long before we bid our farewells to the current crop of machines making some noise.