In a recent special project, Indian Motorcycles collaborated with five artists to add some style to their new street tracker with the FTR 1200 Artist Series of tank covers.
Just 100 of each tank design will be produced, and they’ll be available at select Indian dealers for $699. (That’s more than I paid for my first few motorcycles... but those bikes definitely did not come from the hands of artists.)
It’s worth noting that these aren’t exactly tank covers, but airbox covers. The FTR 1200’s gas is stored under the seat. I really don’t have a problem with tank covers in place of a traditional metal tank, which can be very expensive to replace or repair. Replacement tank covers aren’t always cheap, either, but swapping is simple, and you don’t have to replace the whole “tank” if just one side is damaged. Want a different color? Just bolt on some new covers, or remove yours and take ‘em to the paint shop. Yamaha’s XSR series is an example of another manufacturer using this idea. Indian wants to be a little more unique, however, which is why they teamed up with these artists to offer five custom looks.
Steve Caballero: “Cab Dragon”
Steve Caballero is one of skateboarding’s all-time greats, and his other interests include motocross and painting. His affinity for California’s “kustom kulture” scene shines through in his contribution.
RISK: “A New Day”
RISK (born Kelly Graval) was part of SoCal’s early graffiti scene, where he left his mark on trains, overpasses, and billboards. RISK’s art moved from the street to the gallery as his work gained a wider audience.
ThankYouX: “Meant To Tell You”
ThankYouX is the nom de aerosol of Ryan Wilson, an L.A.-based street artist known for his stencils and abstract style. He’s exhibited work around the world, but his reach will extend even farther with his art on 100 FTRs.
Adam Turman: “Rising From The Ashes”
Adam Turman is a Minneapolis-based artist who specializes in large, colorful murals. He pulls from comic books and heavy metal influences when creating his work.
D*Face: “The Devil Within”
D*Face is the alias of Dean Stockton, a street artist from London working in graffiti, stickers, and posters. He’s also a motorcyclist, so working with Indian was a natural fit. If the name sounds familiar to you, that’s because D*Face has worked with Triumph on past projects.
If you haven’t heard, RevZilla is giving away an FTR 1200S, so you might want to check that out if you need a bike to hang your art on. Side covers featuring portraits of Spurgeon as painted by Lemmy not included.