Indian Motorcycle Unveils the FTR 1200 & FTR 1200 S: Pictures, Details, Specs

Indian satiates the masses by finally revealing the flat track-inspired FTR 1200 models, ready to rip up your local streets.

Ever since Indian Motorcycle teased the idea of building a street-legal version of its highly successful on-track FTR 750, riders of all segments have been clamoring to see just what exactly Indian could muster in its attempt to branch out from its popular cruisers and baggers. Well, on Monday, October 1, at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany, Indian whipped of the shrouds off mystery around the highly anticipated project. And it’s a doozy.

The FTR 1200 and FTR 1200S represent the widening of the scope for Indian Motorcycle. With the FTR1200 and FTR 1200S, Indian enters a segment dominated by nakeds, standards, naked-standards, standard-nakeds, and the venerated street-capable scramblers from our European and Japanese cohorts. So what can you expect from the FTR 1200, a bike that draws its inspiration from the FTR750, Indian’s flat track racer that has completely dominated the circuit?

The FTR 1200 and FTR 1200 S are propelled by a powerful new liquid-cooled 1203cc engine making approximately 120 hp and 85 ft-lbs. of torque. The engine features a 12.5:1 compression ratio, high-flow cylinder heads, and dual throttle bodies for optimal airflow and power. Additionally, the engine covers make wide use of magnesium to reduce weight and utilize a low-inertia crankshaft that allows the engine to rev to its redline quickly for thrilling acceleration.

What you’ll come to notice about both the FTR 1200 and FTR1200 S are Indian’s effort to shave weight where possible for a production motorcycle. (The FTR 1200 and 1200 S weigh in at 488 and 489 pounds dry, respectively. For context, the Scout and Scout Bobber respectively weigh 533 and 537 pounds dry.) For example, the frame is a trellis-style steel with an aluminum rear subframe, enhancing rigidity and minimizing weight. The suspension, which differs on each model, consists of 43mm upside-down cartridge forks with a hollow axle to shed more weight and offers 5.9″ of travel. Those forks differ, however, from the FTR 1200 and 1200 S, the S model’s gold forks offering full adjustment on preload, compression, and rebound. The rear suspension, with a swingarm pivot attached to engine’s crankcase for a more compact look and a hollow rear axle to cut more weight, is a side-mounted monoshock that offers 5.9″ of travel. Again, this monoshock is actually features an aluminum piggyback reservoir that is fully adjustable on the FTR 1200 S.

Both models benefit from Indian’s partnership with Dunlop, as Dunlop were able to create a brand-new tire that was inspired by—surprise, surprise—flat track racers. The Dunlop DT3-R feature closer tread blocks, shallower tread depth, and additional silica for increased grip and improved wear. As for wheels, both models feature cast aluminum wheels, 19″ up front and 18″ out back. The FTR 1200 and FTR 1200 S both feature dual radially mounted 320mm front brakes, mounted directly to wheel for reduced weight. Four-piston Brembo brakes provide stopping power up front, and a single, two-piston caliper brings things to a stop in the rear. ABS is standard on both models, though the 1200 S offers riders the choice of disabling it.

Brand-new Ride Command LCD touchscreen on the FTR 1200 S allows riders to take command of their ride.


Rider technology on the FTR 1200 S offers a whole host of new features for riders. While the FTR 1200 features the same dash you’ll find on the Indian Scout Bobber, the S model has a brand-new Ride Command touchscreen digital dash that offers riding modes for stability, traction, and wheelie mitigation control. The ride modes are Standard, Sport, and Rain. The display includes Bluetooth connectivity and a fast-charging USB port and offers various configurations for the speedo and gauge displays.

Since the announcement that Indian would indeed be producing the street-ready FTR 1200 models, the buzz around the office was palpable. But the sticking factor, we felt, would be design and price. And it seems like Indian has precisely hit both marks. We felt that a standard model should be in the $11-12,000 range, and the FTR 1200 starts at $12,999. The FTR 1200 S starts at $14,999, exactly where we thought a bike like this would need to be priced in order to compete with the dominant foreign entities. The Race Replica paint will cost another $1,000.

2019 Indian Motorcycle FTR 1200 Specs

Engine: DOHC, four valves per cylinder, graded buckets
Transmission: Six-speed, constant mesh
Battery: 12 Volt, 12AH, 240CCA, maintenance-free AGM
Bore x Stroke: 4.016″ x 2.898″
Charging System: 35 amp max output
Clutch: Assist & slip, multi-plate
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Cooling System: Liquid
Displacement: 73″/1203 cc
Exhaust: 2-into-1-into-2
Final Drive: Chain/
Fuel capacity: 3.4 gallons
Fuel System: Closed loop fuel injection / 60mm bore
Oil Capacity: 4.4 qts
Primary Drive: Gear drive wet clutch
Horsepower: 120 hp at 8250 rpm
Peak Torque: 85 ft-lbs at 6000 rpm
Front Suspension: Inverted telescopic cartridge fork, 43mm diameter, 5.9″ travel
Rear Suspension: Monotube IFP, 5.9″ travel
Front Tire: Dunlop DT3-R Radial, 120/70R-19 60V
Front Wheel: Cast 19″ x 3″
Rear Tire: Dunlop DT3-R Radial, 150/80R-18 70V
Rear Wheel: Cast 18″ x 4.25″
Front brakes: Dual 320mm x t5 rotor with Brembo P34 four-piston calipers
Rear brakes: Single 265mm x t5 rotor with Brembo M4.32 two-piston caliper
Dry Weight: 489 lbs
Ground Clearance: 7.2″
Length: 90″
Rake/Trail: 26.3 degrees/5.1″
Seat Height (Laden/Unladen): 31.7″/33.1″
Wheelbase: 60″
Lean Angle: 43 degrees
Price: Thunder Black, $12,999 US/$15,999 CAN

2019 Indian Motorcycle FTR 1200 S Specs

Engine: DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, graded buckets
Transmission: Six speed, constant mesh
Battery: 12 Volt, 12AH, 240CCA, maintenance-free AGM
Bore x Stroke: 4.016″ x 2.898″
Charging System: 35 amp max output
Clutch: Assist & slip, multi-plate
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Cooling System: Liquid
Displacement: 73″/1203 cc
Exhaust: 2-into-1-into-2
Final Drive: Chain/
Fuel capacity: 3.4 gallons
Fuel System: Closed loop fuel injection / 60mm bore
Oil Capacity: 4.4 qts
Primary Drive: Gear drive wet clutch
Horsepower: 120 hp at 8250 rpm
Peak Torque: 85 ft-lbs at 6000 rpm
Front Suspension: Fully adjustable inverted telescopic cartridge fork, 43mm diameter, 5.9″ travel
Rear Suspension: Fully adjustable Piggyback IFP, 5.9″ travel
Front Tire: Dunlop DT3-R Radial, 120/70R-19 60V
Front Wheel: Cast 19″ x 3″
Rear Tire: Dunlop DT3-R Radial, 150/80R-18 70V
Rear Wheel: Cast 18″ x 4.25″
Front brakes: Dual 320mm x t5 rotor with Brembo P34 four-piston calipers
Rear brakes: Single 265mm x t5 rotor with Brembo M4.32 two-piston caliper
Dry Weight: 489 lbs
Ground Clearance: 7.2″
Length: 90″
Rake/Trail: 26.3 degrees/5.1″
Seat Height (Laden/Unladen): 31.7″/33.1″
Wheelbase: 60″
Lean Angle: 43 degrees
Pirces: Indian Motorcycle Red over Steel Gray $14,999 US/$18,499 CAN; Titanium Metallic over Thunder Black Pearl, $14,999 US/$18,499 CAN; Race Replica, $15,999 US/$19,499 CAN