If you’re like most right-thinking motorcyclists, you’re pretty eager to see a production version of Indian Motorcycle‘s FTR1200 Custom – the flat-track inspired naked bike the company revealed at EICMA 2017.
There are very strong indications that such a thing is coming, but for those unwilling to wait, British moto house Krazy Horse has come up with a kit to help owners transform their Scout or Scout Sixty into a road-legal flat-track-style machine.
This is something Krazy Horse has been working on for a while. I’d like to think I played some part in it because as soon as I saw Roland Sands’ Scout-derived Hooligan racer back in 2015 I was immediately on the phone with Krazy Horse asking their customs guru how much it would cost to make one.
“I don’t know,” I remember him saying. “A lot, I reckon. Those Öhlins shocks alone will set you back.”
I let it go, but it seems I wasn’t the only one asking. And unlike me, it appears other folks weren’t too concerned about cost. That said, the kit is available in stages, so you can choose to take some of the sting out of the price tag by eschewing the aforementioned Öhlins. The basic kit consists of:
- Hooligan flat-track two-into-one exhaust system (including fitting kit)
- Power-vision ECU (engine control unit) recalibration download
- Mid-control footpegs (including link rod and mounting kit)
- 19-inch front wheel/tire assembly (Talon billet hubs with Morad rims/ road-rated)
- 19-inch rear wheel/tire assembly (Talon billet hubs with Morad rims/ road-rated)
- KH flat-track seat relocation subframe
- Rear lamp and indicator assembly (plug and play)
- KH flat-track seat pad
- KH flat-track seat base
- Front fork brace
For people with a whole lot of money, you can push things even further by equipping the bike with some or all of the following (these items are sold separately):
- Number board-style projector headlamp unit and indicator assembly (plug and play)
- Chain drive and sprocket conversion
- Öhlins front suspension cartridge upgrade
- Öhlins “piggyback” rear suspension upgrade
- Adverse-condition, high-performance air filter kit
- KH flat-track handlebar riser kit
- Flat-track handlebars (various styles)
- KH flat-track cut away pulley
- KH thermostat housing cover
- KH radiator protective cover
- KH ridin’ sideways front yokes
- Race number boards and clamp kit
Conveniently, price is not mentioned on Krazy Horse’s website. But I have no doubt that those who have the money will be pleased with the results. I… ah… may or may not have been told that Indian’s European team unofficially worked with Krazy Horse to ensure the English company got things right.
Meanwhile, Indian Motorcycle has long enjoyed teasing riders with the idea of a standard/naked Scout. It’s been stoking our desire for one ever since Polaris resurrected the brand roughly half a decade ago – sometimes a little too much. Last year, when Indian revealed the Scout Bobber many moto-journalists arrived in Minneapolis with their hearts set upon seeing a production-version FTR750.
Such a desire was always naive in my opinion, because the FTR750’s 748cc liquid-cooled V-twin is, and was always intended to be, solely a race engine. It is different from Harley-Davidson‘s approach of modifying the street-focused Revolution 750 engine (ie, the powerplant that drives the Street Rod) for racing use in its XG750R flat tracker. However, the idea of a standard/naked powered by the same tractable 1130cc liquid-cooled V-twin that drives the Scout and Scout Bobber – that’s far more likely.
One assumes Polaris learned its lesson from the Victory Octane PR debacle and that the FTR1200 Custom is not a true one-off creation. I see it more as a concept model. Indian is going to the trouble to haul the FTR1200 Custom to motorcycle shows hither and yon, for the sake of “gauging customer reaction,” which I interpret as “gauging how much people are willing to pay for the thing.” One assumes the bike we get will ultimately depend on the price point that gets set as a result of this customer interaction.
Beyond that, of course, there are certain off-the-record conversations I’ve had with folks at Indian. I’d be burning bridges if I divulged too much, but suffice to say I think it’s reasonable to anticipate something like the above to be revealed in 2018. Probably not next week at Daytona. Probably not at Sturgis. But before Christmas.
I could be wrong, though. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time; for example, take a look at pretty much every prediction I ever made about Victory. So, you may still want to give Krazy Horse a call.