In­dian’s off track for 2019

The Amer­i­can fac­tory fi­nally un­veils its road-go­ing FTR1200 and FTR1200S.

Motorcycle Monthly - - News - Words: Ross Mow­bray

We’ve been telling you that In­dian has been qui­etly work­ing on a road go­ing ver­sion of its hugely suc­cess­ful flat track ma­chine for a cou­ple of years now – and we’ve fi­nally been proved right, as the iconic Amer­i­can bike builder has just re­vealed its all-new FTR1200 and FTR1200S at In­ter­mot in Cologne.

In­spired by In­dian’s sto­ried his­tory and re­cent dom­i­na­tion of flat track rac­ing, the all-new FTR1200 and FTR1200S blend su­per cool flat tracker styling with a pow­er­ful new liq­uid­cooled V-Twin en­gine. The new bikes take styling cues from In­dian’s cham­pi­onship­win­ning FTR750 race bike that has dom­i­nated Amer­i­can Flat Track since it was in­tro­duced in 2016 – in ad­di­tion to its FTR1200 Cus­tom, which was un­veiled a year ago as an ex­plo­ration of what a flat track-in­spired street bike might look like.

In essence, the FTR 1200 and FTR1200S com­bine race-in­spired de­sign and nim­ble han­dling with In­dian’s new 1203cc V-Twin en­gine. Kick­ing out around 120bhp (90kW) and 85lb-ft (115Nm) of torque, In­dian claims the en­gine de­liv­ers power across a flat torque curve, which helps to of­fer strong ac­cel­er­a­tion in any gear.

More specif­i­cally, the en­gine fea­tures a 12.5:1 com­pres­sion ra­tio, high flow cylin­der heads, and dual throt­tle bod­ies for op­ti­mal throt­tle re­sponse and power de­liv­ery. Ad­di­tion­ally, the en­gine makes wide use of mag­ne­sium to lower weight and utilises a low-in­er­tia crankshaft that al­lows the en­gine to rev to its red­line quickly.

The bikes also fea­ture up­side-down front forks with ra­di­ally-mounted dual Brembo brakes, newly-de­vel­oped Dun­lop street tyres with flat track-in­spired tread, a chain fi­nal drive, and ProTaper flat tracker alu­minium han­dle­bars. The fuel tank is lo­cated un­der the seat for a lower cen­tre of grav­ity and more cen­tralised weight dis­tri­bu­tion while the air­box is po­si­tioned di­rectly above the en­gine to op­ti­mise air­flow and max­imise power, sim­i­lar to the FTR750 race bike.

As you’d ex­pect, the new FTR1200 and FTR1200S are also kit­ted out with a range of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing full LED light­ing, a fastcharge USB port and cruise con­trol.

Of course, the higher spec­i­fi­ca­tion FTR1200S fea­tures all of the above and more. Specif­i­cally, it comes with fully ad­justable front and rear piggy-back sus­pen­sion with preload, com­pres­sion, and re­bound ad­just­ments, a 4.3in cus­tomis­able Ride Com­mand LCD touch screen with Blue­tooth com­pat­i­bil­ity, leanan­gle sen­si­tive sta­bil­ity con­trol, ABS trac­tion con­trol, and wheelie mit­i­ga­tion con­trol and three Ride Modes (Sport, Stan­dard, Rain) with unique throt­tle re­sponse and trac­tion con­trol in­ter­ven­tion lev­els.

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