The Indian eFTR Is The Perfect Introduction to Motorcycling for Kids
Start ’Em Young!by Harry Fisher, on
Manufacturers go on about attracting new blood into motorcycling but don’t seem to do very much about it, other than building full-size but small-engined models. Indian has tried a different tack, building the eFTR specifically for junior.
The One Time Electric Bikes Make Sense
If manufacturers want to get kinds onto bikes, then they have to produce kids bikes. it’s no good waiting until they are old enough to get their license and hoping they’ll buy full size but small-engined machines such as the BMW G310 or KTM 125 0r 390 Duke: they’ve got to start much earlier than that.
While there are a whole bunch of kids MX bikes on the market, they are expensive and so is all the kit needed for keep the kids safe, not to mention a trailer to get the bike to the local MX track and a bike for Dad to ride alongside junior. The costs soon add up.
So, Indian has come up with this dinky little electric bike, the eFTR. Styled to resemble the flat-track inspired FTR1200, it even has a dummy Indian FTR-style fuel tank and seat unit.
Powered by an electric motor fed by a 24-volt rechargeable battery that should give 30 minutes of riding time, with a top speed of 10mph or 14mph, depending on which mode is selected.
There is no suspension to complicate things and there is a rear brake only, which enhances the flat tracker look. Seat height is 468mm, which means any kid over 7 or 8 can fit on easily.
Ross Clifford, Vice President of Parts, Garments, and Accessories at Indian, said:
“The eFTR Mini is the perfect choice for so many riders and loyal Indian Motorcycle customers looking to share their passion for riding with the children in their lives. With the eFTR Mini added to our lineup, we’re providing an accessible youth offering to accommodate aspiring two-wheel riders.”
It’s the ideal application for electric motive force and perfect for Junior to spend the day tearing around the yard or up and down the street if the roads are quiet enough.
Now, this is how you get kids on motorbikes at an early age.