In­dian lets rip

O The flat-track in­spired street bike has come of age

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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

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