When the Indian FTR 1200 was launched two years ago, there were clear indications of future developments. This year we find the new range tarmac-enabled, thus fulfilling a long-standing request of the brand’s EU client base in India. Refurbished FTR 1200 range includes FTR, FTR S, FTR R Carbon, and FTR rally. These are planned for release well before December this year.
17 inch cast iron wheels of aluminum equipped with Metzler Sportec tyres will make the FTR, FTR S, AND FTR R Carbon the tarmac’s darlings. At 25 degrees, the rake angle is steep. The trail measures a full 99.9 mm. consequently, the seat of the bike sees a reduction in height, shorter by 36 mm. Less narrow by 40 mm, the ProTaper handlebars are going to be much more to riders’ liking. Official sources claim this will also make the bikes more responsive, swifter, and easier to handle.
When the bike’s standing, a cylinder deactivation manages heat. Improved cold starts are enabled by a re-tuned engine. Front and rear suspensions are now fully adjustable. A liquid-cooled 1203 cc V Twin motor powers the FTR range and this engine makes 123 bhp and 120 Nm of torque @ 6000 rpm.
Rejuvenation comes with brilliant color schemes. The Akrapovic exhaust adds panache. Besides the new exhaust, the FTR R Carbon gets a light carbon fiber headlight nacelle, covers, fuel tank as well as front fender. The carbon additionally gets the best Ohlin suspensions at both ends. Double Brembo brakes at the front and a single one at the rear help make braking smarter. Three riding modes, traction control, stability control, as well as cornering abs, cruise control, and three riding modes, make the FTR R Carbon and the FTR S the cynosure of all eyes. More Spartan is the FTR, making the most of its cruise control and ABS.
In common with the carbon and FTR S, the FTR Rally enjoys the same engine characteristics. However, it is equipped with the older 18 inch rear and 19-inch front spoke wheel setup. Pirelli scorpion rally tires are a most definite plus. It is not going to faze enthusiasts that the handlebars come with a height higher by 50 mm relative to other variants.
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