This is the Indian worth craving for

The FTR 1200 is unlike any motorcycle yet from Indian Motorcycles. It is sporty, modern, and loaded with technology. Let’s decode what makes it special.

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Have you heard about flat-track racing? If not, you owe it to yourself to check this link out. Depending on the format, flat-track racing involves bikes with/without suspension and without brakes or just the rear brake. This sport helps participants learn about fine-tuning their inputs to their machines. The importance of this sport can be summed up in one sentence – most aspiring GP racers from the US have participated in flat-track racing at some point in their life. Motorcycle makers in the US take this fact quite seriously. This is the reason why Indian Motorcycles has brought into existence the FTR 1200 – it’s the company’s way to paying tribute to the sport of flat-track racing. Time to check the bike out in detail.

Indian FTR 1200 – Photo Gallery

What’s new about the Indian FTR 1200?

The Indian FTR 1200 is sure to redefine how its maker is looked at by people in markets like India. To us in India, Indian is a cruiser motorcycle maker. The FTR 1200 is nothing like that. The fact is that when I first looked upon it, I knew that this one is for me. The day it goes on sale in India, I want to buy it. I haven’t felt like this about a product in a long time.

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The Indian FTR 1200 wowed me with its design. Minimal bodywork, exposed frame, and clean lines are the norm here. Looking at it and its various action shots, its ergonomics feel great – upright with slight forward lean. The base model gets one paint scheme – Thunder Black.

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The FTR 1200 S model gets three paint schemes – Thunder Black with Titanium Metallic accents (for stealth purposes), my favourite Race Replica (Red over Black with a little White thrown in), and Steel Grey with Indian Motorcycle Red accents.

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Certain styling bits of Indian FTR 1200 are worth mentioning. The front end of the bike looks nice and striking with those block-tread Dunlop tires, anodised USD fork, and LED headlamp. Highlights on the side include stacked twin exhaust pipes on the right, offset rear mono shock, and the exposed frame (in either Red or Black).

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Not to be missed are the single-piece seat and integrated grab handles. The rear is clean with high-mounted LED taillamp and the number plate mounted low with short fender, LED turn indicators, and a reflector.

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Base FTR 1200 gets single pod instrumentation

On to the dashboard, the Indian FTR 1200 gets an analog speedometer with a digital readout for fuel, odometer, and more. The FTR 1200 S gets a customisable fully-digital 4.3-inch LCD colour instrument cluster with Bluetooth connectivity and touch input (!). Some smart touches on the bike include under-seat fuel tank and a fast-charge USB port (standard on either model). If you think all this is why I like this bike so much, there’s more.

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FTR 1200 S shares that special engine with FTR 1200. Also, that shock is fully adjustable

Powering the Indian FTR 1200 is a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 1203cc V-Twin engine. Power and torque outputs are 120HP and 115Nm, respectively. The bike has a five-speed gearbox.

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Here’s the Sachs monoshock of the base FTR 1200

One big difference between the FTR 1200 and FTR 1200 S is in suspension department. The S model gets fully-adjustable suspension all around. The base model makes do with preload and rebound-adjustable rear spring.

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FTR 1200 S fully-digital colour display is brighter than an iPhone screen

More differences arise between Indian FTR 1200 and FTR 1200 S in electronics aids’ department. The FTR 1200 gets only ABS and cruise control. The S model gets a six-axis IMU for stability control. Multiple riding modes and wheelie control have also been thrown in for the S model.

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Yes, there is some gap in the pricing of the two models. The FTR 1200 S is US $2,000 costlier than base FTR 1200. However, the S model justifies its higher price with better goodies (fully adjustable suspension, digital instrumentation, more colours, rider aids). That is the model I will go for anyway.

Is the Indian FTR 1200 worth consideration?

Let me keep it short and simple – when the Indian FTR 1200 launches in India, I am definitely putting in a deposit. I like Indian Motorcycles. I like the fact that its machines have a classic appeal to them while being thoroughly modern. I like the fact that Indian is reaching for greater heights. I absolutely love the fact that FTR 1200 exists due to all those reasons.

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Earlier, the Indian Scout Sixty was my favourite Indian motorcycle. The Indian FTR 1200 is a motorcycle then that is on my shopping list. I will say this to you – if you are looking for a good bike that has street presence and is unique, the Indian FTR 1200 deserves your undivided attention.

Indian FTR 1200 – Specs at a glance

SpecificationsIndian FTR 1200
Price US $12,999 (approx Rs 9.25 lakh at current exchange rate)
Engine DOHC, 8-valve, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 1203cc V-Twin
Power 120HP
Torque 115Nm
Transmission 5-speed manual
Front Suspension 43mm inverted telescopic fork
Rear Suspension Sachs monoshock
Front Brake Dual 320mm discs with 4-piston calipers, ABS
Rear Brake Single 265mm disc with 2-piston caliper, ABS
Length 2,286mm
Width 850mm
Height 1,297mm
Wheelbase 1,524mm
Mileage N/A
Fuel Tank Capacity 12.9 litres

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