In November 2019, Indian surprised everyone by showing up at EICMA with an elegant rendition of the FTR 1200 dubbed the Rally. The new model was introduced as a scrambler version of the popular FTR 1200 that debuted in 2018. Sadly for us, early reports suggested that it would only be available abroad. No Rally for you, America. Thankfully, the funk didn’t last long and the manufacturer is now confirming that the model will, in fact, land in North America in the upcoming months.
I think it’s safe to say that pretty much everyone was excited for—or at least curious about—the new Indian FTR 1200 when it first launched. Based on the AMA Flat Track Racing-winning FTR 750, the 1200 takes all the good stuff its dirt track counterpart has to offer and brings it to the streets. It was one of the most exciting models launched last year and the best-looking Indian out there if you ask me.
Internal documents leaked in 2019 indicated that the manufacturer wasn’t done with its new platform and that two more variations of the FTR were on their way, referred to as “street” and “adventure”. Considering the street model was expected to launch in 2020, we can suppose the Rally is it, right?
Gallery: 2020 Indian Motorcycle FTR Rally
The new FTR 1200 Rally is a retro take on the model with a trendy scrambler flavor. The underpinnings are the same as the standard FTR, with a black trellis frame housing the 1,203cc V-twin rated at 123 horsepower and 87 ft-lbs of torque. To achieve the scrambler look, Indian added a set of wire-spoke wheels, ProTaper handlebars, a brown “aviator” saddle, a cowl, a set of Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires, a trim-specific Titanium Smoke livery, and voilà. We have a scrambler. Or more specifically, a scrambler à la Indian.
The model also comes standard with a few travel-friendly features such as cruise control and a USB port. Indian confirms that the range of accessories available on the FTR will be compatible with the new Rally, for those looking to achieve a more customized look. The 2020 Indian FTR 1200 Rally slots in between the entry-level FTR 1200 and the FTR 1200 S at $13,499.
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL FEBRUARY 7TH AT 4PM PT
INDIAN MOTORCYCLE’S NEW FTR RALLY COMBINES
SCRAMBLER STYLING WITH MODERN PERFORMANCE
2020 FTR Rally Now Available in North America
MINNEAPOLIS (February 7, 2020) – Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, today announced the North American retail availability of the 2020 FTR Rally, a scrambler-inspired FTR 1200 that combines retro styling with modern performance capabilities. Launched internationally in Milan at EICMA in November 2019, the FTR Rally will begin shipping to Indian Motorcycle dealers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
With an urban scrambler aesthetic that's certain to turn heads, the FTR Rally takes a step in a new direction while still maintaining some of the original styling DNA of the FTR 1200. The FTR Rally features Titanium Smoke paint with the Indian Motorcycle headdress graphic, aluminium wire wheels with stainless steel spokes and a red pinstripe, brown aviator seat, a new rally windscreen and Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires.
“We’re excited to offer North American riders a new take on the FTR 1200 that combines the unmistakeable look and stance of the FTR with the more classic, rugged elements that have made scramblers so beloved to city riders,” said Reid Wilson, Vice President of Indian Motorcycle. “The FTR 1200 is as much about style and self-expression as it is about street-oriented performance, and the FTR Rally delivers that combination in a totally unique way.”
The FTR Rally combines responsive handling with upright ergonomics to create a commanding riding experience suitable for urban environments or backroad adventures. It’s equipped with cruise control, a USB fast charge port, and new ProTaper handlebars that are two inches higher for better comfort and handling. The FTR Rally also features an LED headlight and LED turn signals offering better visibility with minimal maintenance.
The 1203cc V-twin engine features a smooth power delivery with loads of low-end punch. The engine produces 123 horsepower, 87 ft-lbs of torque, and features a flat torque curve to deliver a fun riding experience in all conditions. The engine is housed in a black trellis frame and the FTR Rally will continue to feature an inverted front suspension with radially mounted dual Brembo brakes for exceptional control and stopping power.
The 2020 FTR Rally is compatible with the entire range of 40+ accessories specifically developed for the FTR platform, giving riders the ability to customise combinations and maintain the independence they seek when purchasing an Indian Motorcycle.
Pricing for the FTR Rally will start at $13,499 MSRP. Riders can learn more by visiting their local Indian Motorcycle dealer. For more information on the 2020 FTR Rally, or to find the nearest dealer, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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