Indian lets rip
O The flat-track inspired street bike has come of age
Stunning new naked FTR creates a stir
After teasing the world with a concept bike for over a year, the production version of Indian’s dirttrack inspired FTR1200 is finally here – and looks better than ever.
It’s the first, the American firm says, of a new breed of Europeanfocused, non-cruiser offerings and looks set to seriously upset the retro/naked status quo.
Packing a claimed 120bhp from its 1203cc V-twin (and no, it’s not just a Scout engine), the FTR comes in two guises: a sporty and heavily spec’d ‘S’ model, and a cheaper, base model that slashes the list of performance parts, but gets the exact same engine, chassis, and arresting looks.
But there’s no doubt that the headline act is the S model. Available in three different colours, it benefits from having fully-adjustable 43mm inverted forks up front, and a fully adjustable monoshock to match, each holding attractive, 19/18in cast aluminium wheels wearing new flat-track inspired Dunlop DT3-R tyres developed by exclusively for the FTR.
The chassis is a steel trellis, which extends all the way to the race bike-aping trellis swingarm. At the rear of the swingarm is a quick-release numberplate hanger that helps keep the tail unit pleasingly sharp and clean.
The ‘S’ also gets more gadgets, all of which are packed into an attractive 4.3in full colour dash that Indian developed inhouse. The system allows you to personalise screen styles, toggle between three rider modes (Sport, Standard, Rain), traction control and anti-wheelie settings, and disable the ABS (only on the S). It’s also Bluetooth-ready, so you can connect and control your phone, music and other devices through the dash, which also features a USB port to keep your devices juiced. There’s LED lighting all round, with an attractively styled headlamp, and a cute tail light that incorporates an illuminated Indian logo.
Braking is by Brembo radial calipers and twin 320mm discs up front and a smaller item at the rear, while the power-assist slipper clutch helps keep the rear end tidy when you’re hauling down through the gears.
The base model is distinguished by an analogue/lcd single clock unit, lower spec suspension, single ‘Thunder Black’ colour option, no headlamp nacelle, and the loss of the riding modes.
4.3in colour touch screen has range of different styles and connectivity LED lights are used all round. Top spec ‘S’ has a headlamp nacelle 120bhp, Brembos and more – Indian are on the warpath