The American brand reveals a limited-edition bike, commemorating five years of AFT championships
Indian Motorcycle’s re-entrance into the world of American Flat Track racing has been nothing short of stunning these past several years. The FTR750 has dominated the motorcycle racing series, reestablished the fabled “Indian Wrecking Crew” of yesteryear, and has birthed a street-going version in Indian’s FTR 1200, itself a popular seller. With five consecutive AFT championships now under their belt, the American motorcycle company rolled out a special commemorative model of the FTR, dubbing it the “Championship Edition”.
Indian Wrecking Crew rider Jared Mees with the FTR Championship Edition. Photo by Indian Motorcycle.
The 2022 Champ Edition FTR 1200 is a looker, no doubt. Echoing the look and feel of the original FTR we sampled back in 2019, along with the paint scheme of the race-winning FTRs of the factory Indian teams in AFT, the limited-edition bikes contain numerous styling cues worth pointing out, as well as some noticeable mods.
The Championship Edition sports a red frame, rims and swingarm, and the tank is painted in the “Wrecking Crew” colors of red/gold/white with black lettering. Atop the tank lies a placard celebrating the brand’s five consecutive American Flat Track championships, 2017-2021. The bike is also slathered in carbon fiber, from the tank itself, to the headlight nacelle, the seat cowl, front fender, and airbox cover. The commemorative machine also runs a right-side Akrapovic 2-into-2 titanium exhaust. Sweet.
The “Champ Edition” utilizes a few more bits that restore its similarity to the FTR750 as well as its original street bike version, with 19/18” wheels fore and aft and the longer 5.9in travel Sachs suspension. Yet it runs the current FTR-model 3-Ride Modes, Lean Angle Sensitive ABS and Stability Control, Brembo brakes front/rear and best of all, that killer 1203cc liquid-cooled v-twin, pushing 120hp at 8300rpm and 87ft lbs of torque at 6000rpm via a six-cog, slip-assist, wet clutch gearbox.
Indian Wrecking Crew members and husband/wife duo Shayna Texter-Bauman and Briar Bauman. Photos by Indian Motorcycle.
From what we’ve read, Indian Motorcycle will only produce some 400 of these “Champ Edition” machines, with about 150 of them going to Europe for sale. So if you’re hankering for one, you’d best get your name in at your local Indian dealership, or inquire about availability via the company website. They MSRP at $16,499 Stateside, sliding in $500 less than the premium FTR R Carbon, surprisingly. We love the entire FTR line of Indian motorbikes, have enjoyed every model we’ve ridden. So if you can’t get your hands on one of these special-eds, the model line is rife with options to choose from and accessories to outfit and make it your own.
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*All photos by Indian Motorcycle.