Indian Motorcycles has officially launched the FTR 1200 S in the Indian market priced at Rs. 14.99 lakhs and has started taking official bookings for the bike. The motorcycle is available in two different variants – 1200 S and 1200 S Race Replica.
The Race Replica version is little pricier and costs Rs. 15.49 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. All the Indian Motorcycle dealerships across the country are taking the bookings at a payment of Rs. 2 lakhs. The deliveries are expected to start from April 2019.
The motorcycles were first showcased at the 2017 EICMA show. Both the bikes have taken design inspiration from the FTR 750 race bike that won the American Flat Track championship series in 2016. The FTR 1200 S would be quite different from the other models in the cruiser-centric line-up of the manufacturer.
The FTR 1200 offers a race-inspired design and exquisite handling with an upright riding position. It would be perfect for people who want to do long-distance touring and ride enthusiastically too. It gets a ProTaper flat tracker aluminium handlebars that ensure maximum comfort and great looks.
The FTR 1200 draws power from 1,203cc, V-Twin engine that generates a maximum of 120 PS and generates a peak torque of 115 Nm. The engine gets 12.5:1 compression ratio, high flow cylinder heads, and dual throttle bodies. The engine itself gets a lot of magnesium parts that lower down the overall weight. For a free-revving engine, the engine uses a low-inertia crankshaft that ensures that the engine reaches the redline limit quite quickly. To give greater power of control to the rider, there are three ride modes – Sport, Standard and Rain with various systems like throttle response traction control intervention. There are also other features like Bosch six-axis inertial sensor that sends data to the central unit of the motorcycle.
The Indian FTR 1200 is based on a trellis frame and inverted front suspension with radially mounted Brembo brakes. The motorcycle has been designed by keeping racing enthusiasts in mind. Design elements like fuel tank under the seat for a lower centre of gravity. As the FTR 1200 is inspired by the race bikes, the airbox has been positioned directly above the engine to optimise the airflow.
The lower centre of gravity gives better handling capabilities to the FTR 1200. For the ease of use, the FTR 1200 gets a 4.3-inch touchscreen instrument console that shows all the information in an easy way to the rider. Also, the rear swingarm and suspension are designed identically to the race bike FTR 750. It provides a race-look to the bike as well as gives it the capability to get maximum grip out of any surface. The motorcycle gets newly-developed Dunlop street tyres that come with unique flat track bikes-inspired tread.
The Indian FTR 1200 doesn’t have direction competition although buyers of the Ducati Diavel could be the target segment of this motorcycle. In the past, we had a similar motorcycle sold by Harley Davidson – the XR 1200 Sportster. It remains to be seen if traditional cruiser motorcycles opt for something that’s a lot more sportier.