2019 Indian FTR 1200 S long-term wrap-up: That is the tip, rowdy pal

2019 Indian FTR 1200 S long-term wrap-up: That is the tip, rowdy pal

Our yr with the Indian FTR 1200 S has been a great one, with numerous smiles and nearly no points.

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I have been residing with our 2019 Indian FTR 1200 S Race Duplicate for the higher a part of a yr now, and through that point, I’ve discovered a couple of quirks and faults with the bike. But on the identical time, it is also managed to grow to be one among my all-time favourite bikes.

The FTR 1200 is a type of jack-of-all-trades bikes that is not essentially nice at anyone factor (besides wanting superior), nevertheless it’s fairly rattling good at all the things. It is the bike I discover myself taking more often than not as a result of it is cozy, predictable, sounds nice and works so nicely in and round city.

Within the metropolis is the place I’ve spent the majority of my time with the bike. Certain, I’ve gone and scratched round within the canyons and ridden it as much as Ventura County to Neptune’s Internet. I’ve spent loads of time on the freeway with it, too. But it surely’s on metropolis streets the place Indian’s flat-track tribute really shines due to its high quality suspension, narrowish profile, loud-enough exhaust and deep nicely of torque. 

It hasn’t mattered if the roads have been damp or soiled, sizzling or chilly, the FTR has been a prepared companion for any errand or short-term escape from actuality, and it has been a crucial part of my psychological well being self-care routine, particularly in the course of the current weeks of social distancing

As I’ve maintained over my updates, the FTR is not an ideal machine. The bike was generally grumpy on chilly begins, oftentimes chopping out or dying at idle till it was as much as regular working temperature. It additionally developed some quirks in its throttle after I rode it by means of one among LA’s current spring downpours, nevertheless it’s by no means as soon as failed to begin and it is by no means left me stranded. Nothing broke or fell off or in any other case malfunctioned. The bike nonetheless seems to be and feels pretty much as good because it did the day that Indian dropped it off — which is damned good, in case you should know.


These twin Akrapovic mufflers present a satisfying soundtrack — particularly close to the bike’s 9,000-rpm redline.

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That is a great factor, too, as a result of the Indian is not precisely an affordable bike. Its base mannequin and the newly launched Rally version are definitely not overpriced at round $13,000, however the top-trim Race Duplicate mannequin that I have been residing with now retails for $15,400 — that is a $2,000-ish worth drop from when the bike launched — and that is not chump change. It is nonetheless $500 lower than a BMW R NineT normal and that makes it fairly compelling all by itself.

That stated, this long-term check made me notice I might need to make a couple of modifications if I have been to personal an FTR 1200 myself. Not lengthy after it was delivered, I tweaked the suspension settings to go well with my peak, weight and using fashion, however one other replace I want I may’ve made could be to the tires. The flat-track-inspired Dunlop DT3-R tires look spot-on, however I might have a lot relatively lived with a much less cool-looking set of sport-touring rubber, principally due to the considerably wayward and not sure feeling the Dunlops gave me on the freeway. I believe {that a} tire with a extra aggressively topped profile would even have made the FTR simply that little bit extra participating to trip, too, and that is not a nasty factor.

I additionally would have modified the exhaust. Do not get me incorrect, the manufacturing unit Akrapovic cans on the Race Duplicate trim are beautiful and sound nice at full chat, however I discovered the bike too quiet and too tame-sounding for its personal good. I perceive that Indian has to fulfill laws for sound, and the corporate did an amazing job, contemplating. Nonetheless, one thing extra akin to the beautiful (and completely not street-legal right here within the Golden State) S&S Grand Nationwide exhaust might need made the FTR that rather more just like the Tremendous Hooligan race bikes and American Flat Observe FTR750s that impressed the creation of the FTR street bike within the first place.

Apart from these minor issues, I may see myself being fully completely satisfied proudly owning an FTR 1200. It is a hell of a machine, and now, after a yr, it is a bike I totally endorse.

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