Indian FTR 1200
In conjunction with the start of the Super Hooligan series, Indian let me spin the tires on their pre-production FTR 1200... on a dirt flat track.
Pre-production is certainly the key word here, because Indian reminded us that the bikes are still subject to change... but after riding it, I'd say this machine was quite refined. In fact, if I had to guess, I'd say the only things remaining were probably some minor tweaks to fueling to see if they can eek out more power. With that said, the 120 ponies and 85 lb-ft that are stated in the spec sheet below were more than enough to have me grinning from ear to ear.
Never having experienced the joys of flat track before, to say I was a bit nervous was an understatement. My maiden voyage being on the nearly 500lb FTR beast had me worried, but after a few laps I was shocked at how easy the bike was to throw into corners. But I can only comment on left hand corners... I don't have the slightest clue about those tricky right handers. Which brings up the elephants in the room: 1– the bike could change and 2– it's highly unlikely that anybody who purchases this motorcycle will ever take it on a dirt track. Those are two pretty big caveats to my impressions; and the reason I'm not delving any deeper.
The main takeaway is that I start drooling a little every time I think about running the FTR1200 through the canyons. Hopefully I'll be able to report back soon, with a lot more photos, when Indian decides to do a full proper press launch. Until then, I'll just keep drooling.