When Indian Motorcycle released the 2022 Chief in mid-2021, we may have assumed that 2022 itself would be a bit of a slower year for the brand. We assumed wrong. Following the announcement of the Scout Rogue and the Challenger-based full-dresser Pursuit model, Indian has just announced a super-limited FTR model being released to coincide with the American Flat Track season starting at the Volusia Half-Mile today.
The new FTR Championship Edition is, at its core, an FTR R Carbon with a unique livery, ZF Sachs suspension instead of Öhlins, and 18/19-inch wheels wrapped in Dunlop DT3s instead of street-focused 17-inch wheels. One of those changes must have cut some costs, because it has allowed Indian to offer this bike for $500 less than the R Carbon model, regardless of the fact that it’s limited to only 400 models worldwide.
Indian’s most recent update to the FTR platform took a shift toward on-road riding, which seemed to be a shift away from the FTR750 and flat track roots which inspired the early FTRs. In that regard, it’s great to see Indian celebrating this part of its heritage while offering what seems to be a very capable street-legal flat track machine.
The FTR Championship Edition is offered in only one color, Carbon Fiber with Racing Graphics, with a starting MSRP of $16,499 and is expected to hit dealerships in April of 2022.