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.
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.
Here’s the rest of Indian’s news for 2018 straight from the press kit:
Available in 5 color schemes.
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.
Scout Sixty remains the same for 2018 but will come in two new color schemes, namely Polished Bronze and Thunder Black/Titanium Metallic.
Springfield comes in an extra color for 2018 – Metallic Jade over Thunder Black with Silver pinstripe.
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.
A single version of this bike comes in Steel Gray, offering just the essentials and is a great base bike for further customisation.
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.
A Chief, but blacked out with the Dark Horse treatment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Chieftain Dark Horse will now come with RideCommand as standard and showcases a 19” ten-spoke wheel with an open fender.
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.
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.
This is available in two color schemes; the classic colors of Indian Motorcycle Red and the Willow Green/Ivory Cream.
Indian’s 2018 line-up will be available in dealers throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa from early 2018.