At EICMA Milan, Indian Motorcycle Unveiled A One-Off Race-Inspired Scout FTR1200

It was unveiled at the EICMA Milan trade Show. Although it is a one-off Indian Scout, this FTR1200 Custom was built to celebrate the Indian FTR750’s dominant performance in American Flat Track, its Wrecking Crew and Indian’s return to racing. Indian worked with its Indian Motorcycle Race team of Jared Mees, Bryan Smith and Brad Baker to execute its vision of what it would look like to bring the FTR platform to the street.” “This bike marries the FTR750’s race bike look with the proven Scout engine and serves as an exploration of how we could expand the Indian brand to new customers around the world in the future.

Out of the 18 flat track races that took place in 2017, the Indian Wrecking Crew took 37 of the 54 podium positions available, including six podium sweeps and 14 race wins, bringing Indian the manufacturer’s title and Mees his fifth AMA Grand National Championship. Not only that, Mees, Smith and Baker swept the 2017 AFT Championship – placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Mees tallied 10 wins out of 18 races and set a new single-season record of 17 finishes on the podium, while Smith was on the podium nine times, with four wins, three runner-ups and two third-place finishes. Baker tallied 10 podiums, despite being out with an injury and unable to compete in the final two races. He earned five runner-ups and five third-place finishes.

“We’ve built a strong foundation in the CBT (Cruiser, Bagger, Tourer) segment over the past four years, and we are excited by the positive feedback on the FTR and the opportunities to grow the brand globally in the next five years.” said Steve Menneto, Indian President of Motorcycles. Marketing Director, Reid Wilson, added: “Indian has a rich racing history of winning and we aim to continue that with the FTR platform and beyond. As was the case with Indian’s original founders, we are using racing to develop, test and showcase the capabilities of our motorcycles. Indian will push boundaries by developing new products that will expand rider perceptions of American motorcycles. We plan to be respectful of Indian’s rich heritage, while expanding the reach of the brand over the long-term horizon.”

“The FTR Custom will be exhibited at international events throughout 2018 to help us continue to expand the global reach and relevance of Indian Motorcycle.

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20 Responses to “At EICMA Milan, Indian Motorcycle Unveiled A One-Off Race-Inspired Scout FTR1200”


  1. 1 Matt W. Nov 8th, 2017 at 9:13 am

    When you absolutely, positively got to beat everything else on the road; accept no substitutes. 😉

  2. 2 Shanedrive Nov 8th, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Looks promising. Scroll through the comments on the you tube vid. I only found two that were (slightly) negative. I like the look of this bike very much. Hope it makes it to the masses someday.

  3. 3 highrpm Nov 8th, 2017 at 11:06 am

    nice video showing really a really good package. and FTR brings the excitement of racing right on the edge of control over the course of the track. not quite the razor edge of F1 and Isle of Man TT, still a good substitute. hope polaris can bring it to the street at a good price. (for a tiny market.)

  4. 4 Bobstar Nov 8th, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    It’s probably a test and will go in production in a few months.

  5. 5 J. Bradley Nov 8th, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Excellent work.

  6. 6 Guy Nov 8th, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    I want one.

  7. 7 Geronimo Nov 8th, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Harley is going to copy this one.

  8. 8 Dr. Rock Nov 8th, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Nice job to all involved! S&S exhaust making a strong presence as their exhaust also on the new Royal Enfield Twins launched! USA DESIGNED & MANUFACTURED.

  9. 9 Tom Ryan Nov 8th, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I wonder how soon before HD lightens up their 1200 Sportster and copies this?

  10. 10 NoH2Oh Nov 8th, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    I am not allowing myself to get too excited about this. Polaris screwed the cat before. Octane. Project 156. Gunner.

    However, make it and I will buy one. Modern day Buell S1.

  11. 11 BobS Nov 8th, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Polaris will use this one off to sell a Scout with different wheels for 1000 dollars more and call it an all new race inspired terrifying to stand next to model. Fool me once…

  12. 12 Dale Nov 9th, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Where do I sign up for one!?!?!

  13. 13 Rick Kcir Nov 9th, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Yep.. .I’d buy one,if they are priced correctly

  14. 14 Barry Van Dyke Nov 9th, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Yes please,Indian.

  15. 15 Guzzigreg Nov 9th, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I hope this gets built without all the Scout short commings,brakes,suspension and seating p0sition.That is IF it makes it into production!

  16. 16 dick Nov 9th, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    this was why Harley built the XR for the European market.
    BUT IT WAS NOT AN XR just a dressed differently XL
    A few will buy expecting great things.
    Some will sit in collections with only delivery miles
    and many will go through various owners hands with far from praise.

    Another great idea that will suffer from being strangled to meet emissions.

    Of course a road legal race bike is totally legal in some countries and I am sure States.
    DONT LET THEM SELL IT IN CALIFORNIA.

  17. 17 jim watson Nov 13th, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Beautiful bike up close, well designed. The Indian Team deserves credit for building brand awareness, for them, the factory riders, the racing series and bike community in general.

    Strong Work!

  18. 18 Mark Nov 14th, 2017 at 3:11 am

    Stop pissing about and get it in production you will sell heaps.

  19. 19 Joe Nov 14th, 2017 at 10:58 am

    $100 says the production bike looks nothing like this. This is marketing smoke and mirrors.

  20. 20 Pat h Nov 14th, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Joe knows, won’t even be close, the concept bike is sharp, if you could make it emissions legal and with the parts on it you would be looking at a 20+ thousand dollar scout easily, guys cried about about 50k race scout which was a bargain for a competitive bike, guys will say build it few will buy either it will be to expensive or most likely a big letdown,

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