It’s been a long time coming getting Indian FTR1200’s onto the road race track. The FTR was originally introduced to the market in 2019 with dirt track tires but for 2022 the production bikes have been revised to come with 17” wheels so, it was obvious that we’d be moving our racing efforts to the asphalt. But, the story doesn’t’ start with FTR or Super Hooligan, it starts before that with the brand that preceded Indian; Victory motorcycles. RSD has a long history with Polaris (the parent company of Indian & Victory) that stretches back to Mission 200 which was a Victory landspeed racing project that we did in 2010. A few other builds in between then another big concept race project and, what some consider the inspiration for FTR1200, was a Pikes Peak racer dubbed Project 156. What started in 2014 as a crazy idea, jamming an experimental water-cooled Victory Octane motor in a hand built RSD chassis ended with some impressive times at Pikes and 2nd overall up the mountain with Jeremy Toye on board in 2016.
Enter 2019 and the introduction of the dirt track inspired Indian FTR 1200. The market was hot with dirt track hype and Indian timed the bike well with dirt inspired Dunlop rubber. But the feel of the bike on the street, where it was ridden most, wasn’t what most customers wanted so, it was only a matter of time before the bike came back to its true origins, on the pavement. With that naturally came a Super Hooligan road racing series.
We had modified our Flat Track Racers for road race duty in mid-2021, with 17 wheels and Dunlop slicks racing at Laguna Seca and Chuckwalla, but it was time for new bikes. Enter 2022 and the Indian FTR 1200 Carbon R model. A bit lighter, a bit more refined and ready to hit the pavement stock. Having put considerable time on the bikes we’d had a good idea of the modifications needed to get us road race ready.