Indian Celebrates Its Racing History with New FTR Championship Edition
Indian Motorcycle has a long and colorful flat track racing history. To celebrate its racing heritage, the first U.S. motorcycle company has launched a limited edition FTR Championship Edition motorcycle.
The FTR Championship Edition—limited to only 400 bikes available globally—draws inspiration from the Indian FTR750 racing machine. In addition to its appearance, the racing influence is visible in the mechanics.
FTR Championship Edition boasts a 1203cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine. The powerplant is capable of producing 120 horsepower and 87 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm.
Radially mounted Brembo dual 320mm front and single 260mm rear disc brakes give the bike race-worthy control and stopping power. To smoothen the ride, the FTR CE has a fully adjustable inverted telescopic cartridge fork and an internal floating piston shock, both with 5.9 inches of travel.
The motorcycle’s race-inspired wheel combination has a 19-inch front and 18-inch rear wheel. Both are wrapped in Dunlop DT3-R street tires with a flat track-like tread pattern.
In electronics, the FTR CE featured premium ride enhancing technologies, such as wheelie control with rear lift mitigation, stability control, traction control, and cornering-ABS. It also has three ride modes—Standard, Rain, and Sport—alongside cruise control.
Riders can control the electronics via a 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen. The bike is Bluetooth-capable and supports Ride Command.
FTR CE’s looks draw directly from Indian’s racing bikes, featuring an authentic black-red-gold racing paint scheme. Carbon fiber bodywork, including the seat cowl, front fender, airbox covers, and headlight nacelle, complete the sporty appearance.
“Since the FTR’s debut in 2019, riders around the world have expressed their passion and enthusiasm for the FTR’s flat track-inspired design. While the 2022 FTR lineup optimizes the FTR’s on-road performance, the FTR Championship Edition reignites our flat track racing legacy and celebrates the Wrecking Crew’s historic success,” Aaron Jax, Indian Motorcycle Vice President, said in a statement.
The company has reason to celebrate with a limited edition bike. Since its return to flat track racing in 2017, Indian has won five consecutive manufacturer’s championships, with the latest win in 2021.
Although the FTR CE is a showroom-worthy commemorative bike, it’s built for use. The motorcycle is perfectly capable of turning heads while both breezing through the twisties and navigating city streets.
The bike is available now at a retail price starting at $16,499. If you’d like your own race-inspired Indian, you’d better hurry—it’s a limited edition machine, after all.