Before the 2022 FTR was revealed to the world, we asked Seth Bowman, who runs @ftr1200owners on Instagram®, to come to Indian Motorcycle headquarters, where we surprised him by showing him the new bikes.
My jaw is still on the floor. I was expecting to film some videos chatting about the FTR 1200 and the owners’ group. Nothing like this.
I was met by Rich Christoph, the lead designer of the FTR 1200. They started filming right when I got there, which should have tipped me off. We are walking down the hallway, chatting about bikes, then Rich goes to me, “I’m sorry to have to spring this on you. We are not here to talk about the group or the bike. We are going to show you what’s been going on here.”
He opened up the door and the bike was just there. The new FTR. It was even better than if they’d had a sheet over it. I was shocked. For the next forty minutes, I just stared at it, going over every detail. Rich talked me through all of the new elements, seeing what I thought of each.
The more time you spend with the bike, the more you can actually appreciate all the effort the design team put in. This thing is absolutely stunning. People are going to love it. I am so amped for the owners and future owners out there who get to see this.
by Seth Bowman