Impressed by the championship-winning FTR750 flat monitor racer, the Indian FTR 1200 S Race Duplicate is powered by a 123-horsepower V-twin and has a high-performance chassis. (Photographs by Barry Hathaway)
“Win on Sunday, promote on Monday” has been an adage of the
motorbike business so long as there was a motorbike business. By
investing in racing, producers not solely develop new applied sciences that
trickle right down to their manufacturing fashions, additionally they elevate their model within the
eyes of potential clients. After an absence of greater than 60 years from flat
monitor racing, Indian created the FTR750 race bike, signed top-name racers to
recreate the legendary Wrecking Crew and gained back-to-back American Flat Monitor
Twins titles in 2017 and 2018.
Prime-spec Indian FTR 1200 S Race Duplicate mannequin has absolutely adjustable suspension, driving modes, lean angle-sensitive ABS and different rider aids, a Experience Command LCD show and an Akrapovic exhaust.
Not solely do these wins assist Indian promote cruisers, baggers and tourers, they provide it credibility with regards to constructing a high-performance motorbike. That’s the place the new-for-2019 FTR 1200 is available in–a light-weight, quick, agile road tracker impressed by Indian’s championship-winning race bike that breaks freed from the cruiser orthodoxy that has dominated American-made bikes for many years.
Lean it such as you imply it, the Indian FTR 1200 S is prepared. A large handlebar, average weight, a agency chassis, ample cornering clearance and cannonball low-end torque give the FTR critical chops within the twisties.
Helmet: Arai Defiant-X
Jacket: Joe Rocket Basic ’92
Pants: Spidi Livid Tex Denims
Boots: Sidi Scramble
With a liquid-cooled, DOHC V-twin that makes 123 horsepower and 87 lb-ft of torque (claimed), a light-weight tubular-steel trellis body, Brembo brakes, Sachs suspension, an aggressive driving place and a moist weight stated to be 518 kilos, the FTR 1200 has extra in widespread with European and Japanese bare sportbikes than it does with anything in Indian’s or Harley’s lineups. The upper-spec FTR 1200 S additional raises the bar, with absolutely adjustable suspension, a four.Three-inch Journey Command LCD touchscreen show with Bluetooth, a six-axis IMU and an electronics package deal that features three driving modes and lean angle-sensitive ABS, traction management, stability management and wheelie mitigation management.
The Indian FTR 1200 S has an aggressive, hunched-forward driving place with out being excessive or uncomfortable. Attain to the excessive, large handlebar is good, and the footpegs are nicely positioned. The 33.1-inch seat might be a problem for some.
The FTR 1200 has been a very long time coming. Teased with the high-piped FTR1200 Customized on the Milan present in 2017, the FTR 1200 and FTR 1200 S have been lastly proven to the general public on the Cologne present final October. Maybe, like us, you had an opportunity to throw a leg over an FTR at a motorbike present and had visions of sugar-plum hooligans dancing in your head. Particularly on the FTR 1200 S Race Duplicate, with its red-painted body and swingarm, there’s little question that Indian nailed the styling.
The Indian FTR 1200 S Race Duplicate seems the enterprise with its pink trellis body, compact V-twin, FTR750-inspired “tank” (gasoline is carried beneath the seat), laydown shock and Akrapovic exhaust.
Just like the FTR750 it’s based mostly on, the FTR 1200 has a bulldog stance with a tank that flows easily into the seat (on the 1200, gasoline is carried under the seat so the “tank” is primarily an airbox cowl with a gasoline filler and detachable aspect panels), a sharply pointed tail part, forged wheels with dust track-style tires and chain remaining drive. When the FTR 1200 was unveiled, some complained that it didn’t have the excessive pipes of the FTR750 or the FTR1200 Customized, however, in line with Indian, for a street-legal motorbike excessive pipes aren’t sensible as a result of warmth and the added width up excessive the place the bike ought to be slender. As it’s the FTR 1200 has a 33.1-inch seat peak, so a set of double pipes slightly below the rider’s proper thigh would make it even more durable to get each ft on the bottom.
A scorching bike in a cool location–Indian hosted its press launch in Baja California Sur, Mexico, the place there’s loads of sand, solar and surf.
After months of anticipation, Indian hosted a press launch
for the FTR 1200 on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja peninsula, the place we received
two full days of driving not-quite-production-ready FTR 1200 S Race Replicas.
For these accustomed to the low-seat, feet-forward driving place on cruisers
just like the Indian Scout, the FTR could be very totally different. With its excessive seat situated
near the middle of the bike and midmount footpegs, the rider sits on prime of
the bike fairly than down in it, leaned ahead in an aggressive stance. The
seating place jogs my memory of a scrambler, the place shifting ahead on the seat to
weight the entrance wheel makes it simpler to hold the tail out in a slide. Since
the FTR 1200 is predicated on a race bike whose main objective is to slip round
corners, the seating place is sensible.
Doing our greatest Jared Mees impression on a sandy, rocky coast street close to San José del Cabo. With the FTR 1200 S in softer-throttle-response/low-power Rain mode and ABS/TC turned off, it was straightforward to provoke a controllable energy slide.
Early in our check journey, we rode 40 miles on a sandy, rocky street that wound its method alongside the coast, offering numerous alternatives to energy slide round corners. Though the parents at Indian strongly insist that the FTR is a road bike and never designed to be scrambled off-road, the low-traction circumstances gave us an opportunity to guage the bike’s stability, maneuverability and energy supply. With the FTR in Rain mode (much less horsepower with softer throttle response) and ABS and TC turned off, it proved to be imminently succesful and straightforward to journey. I slid ahead on the seat, stored a light-weight grip on the broad ProTaper handlebar and used the throttle to assist steer round corners, right-now torque breaking the rear tire unfastened with a flick of the wrist. The Dunlop DT3-R tires, that are modeled after flat monitor race tires and have been developed for the FTR 1200, attached nicely and their 19-inch entrance, 18-inch rear diameters rolled over bumps and washboard with ease. Although the Brembo M4.32 monoblock entrance calipers are superbike-strong, they provide exact modulation and even when I overcooked a nook I used to be capable of rein within the FTR with management.
Don’t do this at residence. Regardless that we had enjoyable sliding and scrambling the FTR 1200 S for 40 miles on a sandy street, Indian strongly emphasised that the FTR is designed for the road, not off-road. When in Cabo….
Though the FTR shares a 60-degree Vee angle and 73.6mm
stroke with the Scout, its engine is all new. With a bigger 102mm bore (the
Scout’s is 99mm), the FTR displaces 1,203cc (73ci) and it has a 12.5:1
compression ratio, excessive move cylinder heads and twin throttle our bodies. A
low-inertia crankshaft helps the FTR rev up quick to its eight,000-rpm redline, and
the Race Duplicate’s Akrapovic exhaust is assertive with out being too loud.
Throttle-by-wire allows cruise management in addition to driving modes that modify horsepower,
throttle response and traction management (full 123 horsepower in Sport and
Normal; 97 horsepower in Rain). With the ability to change shows or driving modes,
flip off ABS/TC and regulate settings utilizing the LCD touchscreen was so intuitive
that I’m wondering why extra bikes don’t supply such a well-known, smartphone-like
interface (there are additionally buttons on the switchgear so modifications might be made
with out taking a hand off the handlebar).
Among the many issues the $2,000 improve for the S mannequin over the usual FTR 1200 pays for is the incredible four.Three-inch Experience Command LCD touchscreen show, which could be operated like a smartphone.
Since most FTR 1200 house owners won’t ever take their bikes off-road, the 260 miles of pavement on our two-day route have been preferrred for testing the FTR in its meant surroundings, together with mountain roads, straight-line highways and potholed metropolis streets. Attacking curves at a quick tempo, the FTR was in its factor. Loads of torque all through the rev vary launches the FTR like a cannonball off the road and out of corners, and its chassis is strong and responsive. Inventory suspension settings are on the stiff aspect, good for spirited cornering however a tad agency for cruising round city; modify as you see match. An assist-and-slipper clutch makes it straightforward to vary gears even when driving aggressively, however the lever has a really slender friction zone. A quickshifter can be an ideal addition to Indian’s in depth record of equipment, which presents a variety of customization choices with Tracker, Rally, Sport and Tour collections.
Though the FTR 1200’s Dunlop DT3-R flat track-style radials squirm a bit when pushed as a result of the tread blocks are small, they grip properly and transition simply back and forth.
The Indian FTR 1200 S is the make-no-excuses, American-made
efficiency bike we’ve been ready for. It’s not good—there’s an excessive amount of
vibration within the grips, which repeatedly left my throttle hand numb and
tingling (cruise management to the rescue!), and the engine radiates a good quantity
of warmth, which roasted my thighs through the hottest a part of the day and when
driving at a sluggish tempo. However a number of tough edges hardly diminish what the FTR 1200
S represents—a cool-looking, hard-charging, corner-carving road tracker with
state-of-the-art know-how that’s made proper right here within the good ‘ol U.S. of A.
We might do with much less warmth and vibration, however the Indian FTR 1200 S is a horny, rowdy bike that’s a complete blast to experience.
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2019 Indian FTR 1200 S Specs
Base Worth: $13,499 (FTR 1200)
Worth As Examined: $16,999 (FTR 1200 S Race Duplicate)
Web site: indianmotorcycle.com
Engine Sort: Liquid-cooled, transverse 60-degree V-twin, DOHC, four valves per cyl.
Bore x Stroke: 102.zero x 73.6mm
Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated assist-and-slipper clutch
Last Drive: O-ring chain
Wheelbase: 60.zero in.
Rake/Path: 26.Three levels/5.1 in.
Seat Peak: 33.1 in.
Claimed Moist Weight: 518 lbs.
Gasoline Capability: Three.four gals.
Modern headlight cowl on the Indian FTR 1200 homes a particular wanting LED headlight. Flat track-style aluminum handlebar is made by ProTaper.Forged aluminum wheels on the Indian FTR 1200 are in 19-inch entrance, 18-inch rear diameters. Superbike-spec Brembo M4.32 monoblock entrance calipers are robust and exact. ABS is normal, upgraded to cornering ABS on the S fashions.