2019 Indian FTR 1200 Review: Out With the Old, In With the New

Ever since its 2011 resurrection by Polaris Industries, Indian Motorcycles has focused on large, beefy cruisers for the Crosby, Stills and Nash set. But with an aging customer base, it’s only logical that Indian would be looking to grow its appeal — and the much-anticipated FTR 1200 is the Minnesota company’s first concentrated effort at empire expansion. Tapping the American motorcycle brand’s rich history in flat track racing — its infamous Wrecking Crew team claimed championships in the harrowing sport for three consecutive years from 1951 to 1953 — Indian’s new FTR 1200 is based off their FTR750 racing bike. That’s rather appropriate: Indian’s Jared Mees has mirrored the Wrecking Crew’s success by winning back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018 on the back of a FTR750.

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