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Monday, June 15, 2020

Indian FTR 1200: Indian builds a street bike like no other

If you're looking at owning something quirky on two wheels, we'd like to suggest taking a look at the Indian FTR 1200, for it is a motorcycle inspired by the brand's flat-track champion - the FTR750. This FTR 1200 is made for the street as an everyday, usable motorcycle. There's nothing similar to it in the Indian market. It's very different from the huge cruisers that Indian is renowned for building.


Packed neatly within the frame is a 1203cc, twin-cylinder engine that produces 118bhp and 115Nm of torque. The motor is liquid-cooled and comes paired to a 5-speed manual transmission. The Indian FTR 1200 is BSIV-compliant.


The Indian FTR 1200 looks very attractive; there's no two ways about it. The design is neat and beautiful and the quality is top-notch, reminding you of some of the other Indian bikes in the line-up. The circular LED headlight carries a lot of detail, and the fuel tank is well sculpted. And the short tail section looks pretty cool. However, the fuel tank is placed under the seat. The dual up-swept exhausts look great, particularly because they curl all the way from the headers to a compact collector box. The handlebar grips have a chequered pattern on them and the 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen instrument console look properly premium. There are lots of details to be appreciated on this bike. In terms of dimensions, the FTR 1200 is 2287mm in length, 850mm in width and 1297mm in height. 

The V-Twin engine is all-new and makes power and torque that is at par with some naked sports bikes. Open the throttle, and you'll be surprised at its aggressive nature. It picks up pace very quickly, but we'd suggest getting the Race Replica version which gets Akrapovic slip-on exhausts. The engine is full of life, and there's a strong surge of power after 3000RPM. It gets four riding modes: Rain, Standard, Sport and Track that alter the power delivery. The engine is at its best out on the highways. At 230kgs, the bike feels quite heavy. The ground clearance, on the other hand, is 183mm, while the bike has a wheelbase of 1524mm and a seat height of 805mm.


The Indian FTR 1200 has a fuel tank capacity of 13 litres. In terms of mileage, the bike is capable of returning 18.9kmpl by ARAI, in BSIV guise.

Mechanical Parts

The moment you get on to the bike, you're seated high on the tall seat; the handlebar is wide, and the seat provides plenty of comfort and support. This is a bike that can deal with crowded cities and go corner-carving as well. The handling is very impressive and levels of comfort are great too. The bike absorbs bumps with ease, although the suspension does feel a bit stiff, but this also helps when the bike corners. 

The steering feels a bit heavy, but the level of grip from the tyres is good. At the front, the bike rides on inverted telescopic cartridge forks, while the rear gets a monotube. As far as the chassis is concerned, it is built around a trellis frame. The FTR 1200 runs on 120/70 R-19 tyres at the front and 150/80 R-18 tyres at the rear. Retardation duties are taken care of by disc brakes at the front and rear.


The bike comes loaded with a slew of features like ABS, traction control, 4.3-inch LCD touchscreen display, LED headlamp and tail lamp, alloy wheels, digital trip meter, engine kill switch and a pass light switch.


The Indian FTR 1200 is available in a variety of shades like Thunder Black, Titanium Metallic over Thunder Black Pearl, Race Replica and Indian Motorcycle Red over Steel Gray. Indian Motorcycle Red over Steel Gray is certainly a colour that is bound to be a favourite among young riders.


Feel free to step into a showroom or browse through the company's website to know all the necessary details on the bike. It will help you with details that cover specifications, colours and accessory options.

Prices and Variants

The Indian FTR 1200 is available in one variant: FTR 1200 S for ₹ 15.14 lakh and FTR 1200 Race Replica for ₹ 15.64 (ex-showroom, Delhi). For further details and the on-road price of the bike, you can head to autoX.

There is a lot more information available on the Indian FTR 1200, along with detailed reviews of the same. You can tune into autoX to know more about the brand, its models and news related to the product.

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