In a surprise announcement at Wheels and Waves in Biarritz, France, June 16, Indian confirmed the production of the flat-track-inspired FTR 1200. Ever since the introduction of the full-race Scout FTR750 and the Scout FTR1200 Custom, the Minnesota-based manufacturer has been hinting that it might build a model that would see showroom floors. It's not a huge surprise, since public response to the Custom has been overwhelmingly positive.

Based off the FTR1200 Custom that was unveiled at last November’s EICMA show in Milan, Italy, the production model will have more of a street slant according to Indian. No production date was released, but Indian did state the FTR 1200 will be a 2019 model. How late or early in the year that might be is also up for speculation, but we expect the production FTR 1200 will be unveiled at the end of 2018 and made available in the first part of 2019.

First off, it is interesting to note that the production FTR 1200 (yes, with a space) does not use the Scout name. “The FTR 1200 is a new bike, a new platform, you’ll see in the FAQs on our website it’s a new engine,” said Reid Wilson, senior director of marketing and product planning for Indian. “As this project evolved we decided to branch out from the Scout name to make sure that people knew that this bike is not based on a cruiser and is a completely new platform built to be competitive with bikes that are not cruisers.”

Wilson added that Indian is likely in the future to drop the Scout name from the race-only FTR750 flat-tracker.

No images have been released as of yet, but based on public reaction to the concept, Indian will stick as close as it can to the machine Zack Courts and Ari Henning tested just months ago in an On Two Wheels episode. According to the release from Indian, the FTR 1200 will definitely embody flat-tracker style. A steel-trellis frame similar to that of the Custom will carry a new engine, though Indian didn't say if it would be based on the 1,133cc Scout's V-twin or a completely new design.

FTR1200 Concept
No official images of the 2019 FTR 1200 have been released yet, so feast your eyes on the FTR1200 Concept doing what trackers are meant to do.Jeff Allen

Present at the announcement was Indian Motorcycle Senior Designer Rich Christoph, who was responsible for the design of the FTR 1200, FTR1200 Custom, and FTR750.

“We wanted to make sure the FTR 1200 wasn’t merely a regurgitation of the FTR1200 Custom, but something uniquely ‘street,’ albeit flat-track inspired,” Christoph said. “We’re thrilled about the character this bike possesses, and its ability to take American V-twin motorcycles into new territory.”

How far
How far will the production Indian FTR 1200 differ from the concept seen here? Only time will tell.Jeff Allen

“When we unveiled the FTR1200 Custom at EICMA, we said we’d listen to feedback from riders around the world,” Steve Menneto, president of Indian Motorcycle, added. “Riders definitely have spoken and the response has been overwhelming. We’re proud and excited to announce that we will be putting the FTR 1200 into production.”

Street focused
The 2019 Indian FTR 1200 will be a street-focused tracker taking cues from the FTR1200 Concept.Jeff Allen

In conjunction with the announcement of the FTR 1200, Indian also announced a sweepstakes where a lucky rider will win one of the first units off the assembly line. Those interested in signing up for the giveaway and receiving updates about the FTR 1200 can visit indianmotorcycle.com.

The long tease of the FTR 1200 has begun; stay tuned for updates as more details are released.