The flat tracker for the streets!
Indian motorcycles launched the FTR 1200 at the Intermot 2018. The motorcycle is derived from the Indian Scout 750 (a track only motorcycle). For reference here’s how it looks like.
The FTR 750 has won several competitions and was widely popular. Therefore a road legal ,production motorcycle was pretty inevitable. Enter the Indian FTR 1200.
But before the production unit was launched at the Intermot 2018, a prototype unit was unveiled 11 months earlier to the official launch of the production unit, and mind it, the prototype was a whole other beast in itself. As reddit user Caliterra says:
Here are some shots from the original concept, so you can judge by yourself.
Now, let me finally shed some light on the production unit FTR 1200. First the design. The Indian FTR 1200 is a really nice and modern looking motorcycle, there’s no doubt about that. The basic design is based off the Indian Scout FTR 750, although heavily inspired by the flat tracker, the FTR 1200 is purely made for unadulterated fun in the streets.
The front of the FTR 1200 features full LED lighting unit which includes a new high-output LED headlamp for improved visibility, also its design looks very steampunk-esque. Above the headlamp sits a semi-digital, semi-analog instrument cluster. The fuel tank unit looks almost the same as the FTR 750. Also the FTR 1200 features exclusive new Dunlop high performance street tires whose tread resemble the flat track motorcyle. You also get fast-charge USB port for charging your electronic devices.
Although these features look great, the only eyesore is the exhaust. It just doesn’t complement the motorcycle and looks like an afterthought, as reddit users indiobravo, ManintheMT and jstaniszewski state.
Many more people on and off the internet share the common thought about the exhaust. Seems like the 3rd party aftermarket exhaust sales for the Indian FTR 1200 are going up as soon the motorcycle hits the streets.
As for other design aesthetics, I ain’t gonna waste much of your time reading and let these pictures speak for themselves. (courtesy to www.indianmotorcycle.com )
Under the tank!
Now let’s talk a bit about the technical stuff. The FTR 1200 is powered by a 1203cc V-twin engine and because of its bigger bore and higher compression, the engine churns out 120 hp and 115 NM torque. The gear ratios are also tuned for providing a better low end punch, it comes with a 6-speed gearbox along with slipper clutch. You also get ABS and cruise control as a standard. For braking, the FTR 1200 uses radially mounted dual 320 mm Brembo brakes for providing that necessary braking power.
I almost forgot about one more thing. The Indian motorcycle also released another variant of the FTR 1200, the FTR 1200 S. On this “S” variant, you get the same engine configuration. The changes are, a 4.3″ LCD touch screen display as the instrument cluster along with bluetooth connectivity, adjustable rear and front suspensions. It also comes equipped with some fancy features like 3 riding modes namely Sports, Rain and Standard. This version is also lean sensitive offering traction and stability control. Here are some images for the FTR 1200 S, enjoy!
The Indian FTR 1200 is priced at a starting price of $12999 (about 9,60,000 INR) and the FTR 1200 S is priced at a starting price of $14999 (about 11,00,000 INR). I know its a bit overpriced, but still fans of the Indian motorcycle are really happy to see the company finally stepping up their game to compete with other major players on the market.
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