The big news is the new FTR1200 Indian revealed last week; the bigger news is how close to production-ready it looks, complete with lights and carbon-fiber bodywork, which may have to give way to plastic on a real production version. Indian’s Gary Gray says they built it to see what the public reaction would be, but I think the public had already reacted as soon as they built the FTR750 race bike, which was wildly successful. The Wrecking Crew was on hand to pull the cover off the “concept” bike.

Indian Motorcycles 2018 - FTR1200 Custom

Powered by an 1133cc Scout motor, which really doesn’t have much in common with the FTR racer. Still, Gary Gray says it’s lost “a ton of weight” compared to the Scout.

Indian Motorcycles 2018 booth

111 Power Stroke

In other news, Indian Motorcycle’s heavyweight models are powered up for 2018:

“With motorcycles now having to meet EU4 emission rules, there has been an ongoing homologation process at Spirit Lake to ensure Indian offers the best products possible. For 2018, all of the Thunder Stroke 111 engined models have 15 more horsepower and an 11 lb-ft increase in torque; now there’s 84hp and 110.6 claimed lb-ft.

“Indian Motorcycle’s International Product Manager, Ben Lindaman commented: `Indian’s engineering team achieved the increase in power and torque by removing intake restrictions, equipping the bikes with better flowing exhaust, and optimising the calibration for this setup. The results are a substantial 21% power increase and an improved throaty exhaust tone as well.’”

Basically, Indian claims to be growing its market share faster than it expected, both in the U.S. and here in Europe. Full steam ahead, they say.

Indian Motorcycles 2018 booth

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Here’s the rest of Indian’s news for 2018 straight from the press kit:

SCOUT BOBBER – NEW FOR 2018

Available in 5 color schemes.

  • 5 models
    • Indian Motorcycle Red
    • Thunder Black
    • Bronze Smoke
    • Star Silver Smoke
    • Thunder Black Smoke

SCOUT – UPDATED FOR 2018

Scout has had updates for 2018 based on feedback from customers over the past three years. It will now come as standard with a pillion seat on the rear and footpegs for a passenger. The Scout’s existing telescopic front fork has now been replaced with a cartridge fork, making a real difference to the ride and feel. To improve the handling even further, Scout will now also come with Pirelli tires as standard.

Scout’s existing colors of Thunder Black, Burgundy Metallic and Brilliant Blue over White will continue for 2018, but will be joined by two new color schemes ­– Metallic Jade and a Willow Green/Ivory Cream.

  • 5 models
    • Thunder Black
    • Burgundy Metallic
    • Brilliant Blue/White
    • Metallic Jade NEW COLOR FOR 2018
    • Willow Green/Ivory Cream NEW COLOR FOR 2018

SCOUT SIXTY

Scout Sixty remains the same for 2018 but will come in two new color schemes, namely Polished Bronze and Thunder Black/Titanium Metallic.

  • 4 models
    • Indian Motorcycle Red
    • Thunder Black
    • Polished Bronze NEW COLOR FOR 2018
    • Thunder Black/Titanium Metallic (with red pinstripe) NEW COLOR FOR 2018

SPRINGFIELD

Springfield comes in an extra color for 2018 – Metallic Jade over Thunder Black with Silver pinstripe.

  • 3 models
    • Thunder Black
    • Steel Gray/Burgundy Metallic
    • Metallic Jade/Thunder Black NEW COLOR FOR 2018

SPRINGFIELD DARK HORSE – NEW FOR 2018

Like the other existing Dark Horse models, the Springfield Dark Horse has matte black paint with gloss black details. Springfield Dark Horse will feature an open fender to showcase a 19” ten-spoke and blacked-out front wheel. Its quick-release windshield protects the rider from the elements, or can give a meaner cruiser look when removed.

  • 1 model
    • Thunder Black Smoke

CHIEF

A single version of this bike comes in Steel Gray, offering just the essentials and is a great base bike for further customisation.

  • 1 model
    • Steel Gray

CHIEF CLASSIC – UPDATED FOR 2018

Classic style has been given to the Chief in the form of white-walled tires, wire-spoked wheels and chrome hand controls. Available only in Burgundy Metallic.

  • 1 model
    • Burgundy Metallic

CHIEF DARK HORSE

A Chief, but blacked out with the Dark Horse treatment.

  • 1 model
    • Thunder Black Smoke

CHIEF VINTAGE

Indian’s iconic Chief Vintage is now offered up with black leather saddlebags and seat for the first time. The Thunder Black and Star Silver over Thunder Black versions come with black seat and leather saddlebags, while the Sky Blue over Pearl White and the always-popular Willow Green over Ivory Cream will feature brown leather saddlebags.

  • 4 models
    • Thunder Black
    • Indian Motorcycle Red over Ivory Cream
    • Star Silver over Thunder Black NEW COLOR FOR 2018
    • Sky Blue over Pearl White NEW COLOR FOR 2018

CHIEFTAIN

The Chieftain comes in just one color scheme for 2018 (Steel Gray) and is now offered with open fenders instead of valanced ones along with a 19” blacked-out wheel, making it a great base bike for further customisation.

  • 1 model
    • Steel Gray NEW COLOR FOR 2018

CHIEFTAIN CLASSIC – NEW MODEL NAME FOR 2018

This classic version of the Chieftain is aimed at the heritage customer and has the brand’s iconic valanced front fender and a vintage black seat. It comes in three color schemes; Thunder Black, Indian Motorcycle Red and Star Silver Smoke.

  • 3 models
    • Thunder Black
    • Indian Motorcycle Red
    • Star Silver Smoke

CHIEFTAIN LIMITED

Only a black version of this bike has been available in EMEA until now, but for 2018 it comes in four extra color schemes with two of these featuring striped graphics on the fairing and the saddlebags.

  • 5 models
    • Thunder Black Pearl
    • Brilliant Blue NEW COLOR IN EMEA FOR 2018
    • White Smoke NEW COLOR IN EMEA FOR 2018
    • Thunder Black Pearl with Graphics NEW COLOR IN EMEA FOR 2018
    • Bronze Smoke with Graphics NEW COLOR IN EMEA FOR 2018

CHIEFTAIN DARK HORSE

The Chieftain Dark Horse will now come with RideCommand as standard and showcases a 19” ten-spoke wheel with an open fender.

  • 1 model
    • Thunder Black Smoke

ROADMASTER ELITE – NEW FOR 2018

After the success of Chieftain Elite, Indian is offering a special run of 250 Roadmaster Elite machines. The ultra-premium Roadmaster Elite has a two-tone cobalt blue and black color that has been completed hand painted, along with real 23K gold leaf badging on the tank. It has the industry-leading Ride Command system and a 300-watt premium audio system, chrome front and rear bumpers, passenger armrests and stylish pinnacle mirrors.

  • 1 model
    • Cobalt Candy/Black Crystal with 23K Gold Trim

ROADMASTER

The Burgundy Metallic version of this bike now comes with a tan-colored seat while the other three versions all have black seats. For 2018 there are two new two-tone color schemes.

  • 4 models
    • Thunder Black
    • Burgundy Metallic
    • Polished Bronze/Thunder Black NEW COLOR IN EMEA FOR 2018
    • Pearl White/Star Silver NEW COLOR IN EMEA FOR 2018

ROADMASTER CLASSIC

This is available in two color schemes; the classic colors of Indian Motorcycle Red and the Willow Green/Ivory Cream.

  • 2 models
    • Indian Motorcycle Red
    • Willow Green/Ivory Cream

Indian’s 2018 line-up will be available in dealers throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa from early 2018.

 

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  • mikstr

    Where’s the local Indian denier? Looking forward to reading his spin on this one, lol

    • Sayyed Bashir

      There is no Indian denier. They are doing it to themselves. That entire list of “new models” is just “new colors”. They opened up the air cleaner and exhaust on the 111 but how does that reduce emissions to meet Euro4 requirements? It is still a air cooled engine. The Scouts have liquid cooled engines but no ABS so they cannot be sold in Europe anyway. And another FTR teaser bike that nobody can buy (they basically put a Scout 1200 engine in a FTR750 frame). I guess they couldn’t come up with anything else to show.

      • spiff

        They are probably gauging the crowds response. Wondering if they should move resources to the European narkets.

      • Fast2win

        They are Euro4 compliant. They wouldn’t be selling them their if they were not. All european Scouts are ABS models. It has been available here as an option for now their 3rd year. My God do you have eye’s, The only thing the frame on this FTR1200 has in common with a 750 FTR is the color. If your going to criticize do your homework. New colors will do for now. A new platform is coming eminent. And this bike will likely be production ready sooner than later.

      • Xenu Teegeeack

        FYI – Indian announced ABS as option for Scout for US way back many be around July 2015. They can only sell ABS equipped Scouts in Europe under Euro4. 2016. Personally I’d rather have the choice of ABS as an option, instead of the European government regulations forcing it on me, so please excuse me, I’m just being American.
        It is correct to expect some fancy ‘engineering’ coming down on the ‘111’ line, and probably to not stay at ‘111’ to comply with Euro and Californicationstan regs. I predict a ‘115’, for some reason…? Good old Capitalistic competition among brands makes this a great time to be a rider.
        Also, those ‘new colors’ do help to sell bikes. Why would everyone ride the same color black (or red) bike if they have a choice? Did you ever check the cost to get a bike repainted?

      • mikstr

        too funny…. you’re mistaking the “new colours” for Harley’s latest offerings; after all, they wrote the book on such tomfoolery, lol Poor Hardley boys are shaking more than a Road King on a twisty road…

    • Green Mellow

      …and now you know.

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    • Sayyed Bashir

      Close, but no cigar. The guy in the slide show has real hair. But you have a good memory! Maybe that’s why JB took the picture.

      • Old MOron

        Thanks for playing, Sayyed. But it was a rhetorical question intended to make fun of Indian. Millennials are already laughing at the big beard, but Indian is still using it for advertising.

        • Gabriel Owens

          Complete face palm moment.

  • JMDGT

    I genuinely wish Indian continued success. There I said it.

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  • Auphliam

    The upgraded front fork on the Scout is noticeably better, and the Metallic Jade sure is easy on the eyes.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/99f6a20f05171f367de1e0813e5b215748a2bb07ee383f682225bae6de0c84bd.jpg

  • TheMarvelous1310

    A one-piece tank/seat/tail combo, a trellis frame and mid-rear controls… Production ready?!… You know what? I’m not buying it until I see one being reviewed on YouTube. Too much of it looks unrealistic to me – all the carbon instead of plastic or steel, those exposed twin radiators, the narrow wheels andnthe lack of a lower covering for an engine made to be floor-mounted all make me suspicious.

    That said, all they’d have to do is add some kind of fairing, a wider rear tire and a skidplate and I’d be making preorder requests! MAN I want one!