Are Flat Track Cycles Coming Back?

Last year, scramblers became an expected trend in the motorcycling industry. Their combination of street smarts with off road handling made these motos an option for city dwellers and those looking for a little off-road excursion. However, the motorcycle industry is constantly changing, which has many people asking what comes next. Well, the answer may be right under our noses.

The Rise of the Flat Track Production Model

Ever since Jared Mees rode his Indian FTR750 to championship glory in the American Flat Track racing series, fans have been clamoring for a production model. That collective voice has been getting louder, considering that the popularity of AFT has been expanding. Yet, Indian still has not released a production version of its flat track championship winning bike. But that may all change soon…

At EICMA 2017, Indian unveiled a novel concept bike, the FTR1200 Custom. It has all the bells and whistles that come on Indian’s 1,133cc Scout engine stuffed in a performance race-bike frame. It is a street legal performance motorcycle that could hint at production plans coming to fruition. Furthermore, Indian isn’t the only company considering releasing a flat tracker for the streets.

Also at EICMA 2017, Husqvarna brought its Svartpilen 701, a larger displacement version of its Svartpilen 401. These bikes have that American flat track flavor, even though they actually hail from Sweden. Though Husqvarna has a pedigree of dirt bike racing, it doesn’t have the same austere that Indian has on the flat track oval, but considering that flat track has also been becoming more popular in Europe, it could only be a matter of time before they get in the game too.

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