The Awesome Indian Scout FTR1200 “Custom” Needs To Go Into Production!
Hopefully This Indian Scout FTR1200 Custom Is A Sign Of Things To Come!
This is the Indian Scout FTR1200 Custom – a tribute to Indian’s success at this year’s American Flat Track series, and possibly a sign of things to come? It’s not the production version of the FTR750 that we wanted, true, but it looks like a pretty blatant hint that something is going to be rolling off of the production line soon…if it has to be a 1200 instead of a 750, it’s not a big deal really…as long as we get the street tracker we want sometime soon.
The Indian Scout FTR1200 Custom – A Hint At Production?
Built around the Indian Scout’s street legal 1133cc V-Twin engine, the FTR1200 Custom is a faithful representation of the Wrecking Crew’s FTR750 flat track racer. It might not come equipped with a race-prepped engine but everything else is on point. So, we’ve got the Scout 1200 engine wedged in a custom built frame, complete with a vast array of top shelf parts, what’s not to like? It might be a 1200 lump rather than a 750, but get this: it’s actually pretty light. The Indian Scout FTR1200 Custom actually weighs in at 427 lbs, which is 117 lbs less than the usual Indian Scout 1200.
To get the weight down, the engineers at Indian used a combination of top-end parts and lightweight materials. The Indian Scout FTR1200 Custom comes with Öhlins suspension, high-mounted S&S pipes, Roland Sands Design wheels, and the same tank and swingarm that you’d find on the proper 750cc racing machine, with carbon fiber bodywork too.
PolarisIndian Scout FTR1200 Custom Street Tracker 2’s Head of Motorcycles, Steve Menneto explained the logic behind the build: “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’ve built a strong foundation in the Cruiser, Bagger, Tourer (CBT) segment over the past five years and we are excited by the positive feedback on the FTR750 and the opportunities to grow the brand globally in the years to come,” he added. If you read between the lines, it almost seems like he’s hinting that Indian would also like to have a more commanding presence in another segment…perhaps a more sports oriented segment, maybe?
If the Indian Scout FTR1200 Custom is a concept model designed to gauge public opinion, then we think it would be safe to say that a production version of this model will certainly be rolling off of Indian’s production line in the not too distant future. What you do think? Love it or hate it? If you hate it, then something’s wrong with your eyes!