RideFast Magazine June 2019

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WORLD LAUNCH TEST

INDIAN FTR1200

CALIFORNIA USA

FORNICATION

INDIAN FTR1200 FLAT TRACKER FOR THE STREETS

Indian has gone to great measures

to position themselves as a premium

American brand, and so far they have

achieved exactly that, showing growth in

the USA last year despite overall motorcycle

sales plummeting, and attracting the sort

of customer with whom you wouldn’t mind

sharing a drink, or even some inheritance.

While they have already secured themselves

a place in American cruiser, touring and

bagger folklore, they are now finding

their feet as an independent motorcycle

creator, and they begin this journey with a

bombshell – the FTR1200 flat tracker for

the streets. Donovan Fourie went to Santa

Monica in California to behold it for himself.

The apt words when describing the Indian FTR1200

are “hell yeah!”. There are similar words (rhyming with

“duck bear”) that are more befi tting, but we would

prefer not to upset anyone. “Hell yeah!” will do.

When the fi rst image of the Indian FTR1200 was

released nearly three years ago, we were sitting in The

Bike Show offi ce and Harry, the most web-attentive of

the group, turned his laptop around and said: “look at

this!” The overwhelming reaction from the wide-eyed

team was “hell yeah!”

At the EICMA Show in Milan last November, the

FTR1200 was unveiled for the fi rst time, and we saw it

in the fl esh. Often photography has a way of fl attering

subjects that are harsh on the eye, and yet our live

reaction was an even bigger “hell yeah!”.

Now here it is, in the fl esh again, with me sitting on

it while the motor hums. “Hell! Bloody! Yeah!”

62 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE JUNE 2019

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