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2022 Indian FTR

This is the FTR we always wanted the FTR to be

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Indian Motorcycle revamped and rebranded its FTR 1200 model as the FTR ahead of 2022 to maintain the momentum of the civilian-version of its proven Flat-Track platform. A new paint package dresses up the new version that comes complete with standard goodies such as a top-drawer suspension system and a retuned engine that now comes with Rear-Cylinder Deactivation for improved comfort.

  • 2022 Indian FTR
  • Year:
    2022
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V-Twin
  • Displacement:
    1203 cc
  • Top Speed:
    124 mph
  • Price:
    12999
  • Price:

2022 Indian FTR Design

  • LED lighting and DLR
  • New lower seat height
  • Ample blackout treatment
2022 Indian FTR
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2022 Indian FTR
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As a street-legal version of a bona fide flat-track race bike, the general tone and tenor of the new FTR design is established by its namesake, the FTR750.

A sculpted front fender on the FTR leads the way with foil-shaped uprights to shunt the wind around the forks for low-drag penetration. A lightweight, cut-down construction limits unsprung weight at the front axle and delivers supple suspension responses. You can have it even lighter it seems since carbon-fiber components are available in the accessories catalog, or you can go ahead and spring for the FTR R Carbon model.

The blackout treatment begins in earnest right out of the gate and touches just about everywhere you can imagine with only the exhaust header pipes escaping the darkness. Beefy inverted fork stanchions impart a sense of strength to the front end with a classic single round headlight housing and standoff-style turn signals to handle the forward lighting. Both the headlight and blinkers come in LED tech for effective two-way visibility with the world around you, plus the headlight rocks a DRL ring for the extra daytime safety it brings.

The blackout ProTaper handlebar runs an inch and a half shorter this year to deliver crisp handling and improve control, especially at speed. The low-profile faux fuel tank hump comes shot in a matte black finish with a red marque mark that picks up the color of the red pinstriping on the rims and the rear shock spring to tie the bike together visually.

At 30.7 inches off the deck, the seat height is an acceptable compromise between dead-short cruisers and jacked-up crotch rockets, and should be in the comfort zone of a fairly wide range of riders. As a Joe-Public model, the FTR comes with a compact pillion pad, J.C. handles and fold-up footpegs to accommodate a passenger if you like to share the fun with a friend.

An LED taillight rides in the tip of the tail well out of harm’s way, but the rest of the gear in the rear is mounted on a single-side hugger that carries the rear blinkers and license plate. When viewed from the right side, the sharply upswept silencers add volumes to the FTR’s flat-track chops as they hold themselves well clear of the tarmac.

2022 Indian FTR Chassis

  • Fully adjustable Sachs suspension
  • Eager in the corners
  • ABS
  • Nimble handling with quick reversals
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2022 Indian FTR
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2022 Indian FTR
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This machine is eager in the corners, quick to flick, and responsive to reversals to deliver the full handling package.

Welded tubular members make up the perimeter-style Trellis frame on the FTR that in turn uses the engine as a stressed member. This eliminates a significant chunk of framework in the downtube/cradle areas, resulting in a lighter-weight frame. In keeping with its racebike origins, the steering head sets the tone with some fairly aggressive geometry, namely the 25.3-degree rake angle and dead-short, 3.9 inches of trail over a 60-inch wheelbase that is sure to make this machine eager in the corners, quick to flick, and responsive to reversals to deliver the full handling package.

The suspension comes off the top shelf with 43 mm inverted Sachs cartridge forks up front ahead of a ZF Sachs piggyback coil-over shock, both fully adjustable with 4.7 inches of travel that should be sufficient for public road use. Cast-alloy wheels round out the rolling chassis with Metzeler Sportec M9 RR hoops in a 120/70 up front and 180/55 out back. The “Z” rating indicates that this rubber will tolerate everything you and the bike itself can dish out and more, and serves as an indicator for the overall capability of the new FTR model.

Brembo anchors take care of business with dual, four-piston calipers that bite 320 mm front discs ahead of a twin-bore caliper and 260 mm discs. ABS comes with the standard equipment package.

Front Fork: 43 mm Sachs cartridge forks
Front Suspension/ Travel: ZF Sachs Fully Adjustable Inverted Telescopic Cartridge Fork/ 4.7 in (120 mm)
Rear Suspension/ Travel: ZF Sachs Fully Adjustable Piggyback IFP/ 4.7 in (120 mm)
Front Tire: Metzeler Sportec M9 RR 120/70ZR17 58W
Rear Tire: Metzeler Sportec M9 RR 180/55ZR17 73W
Front Wheel: Cast Black with Indy Red Pinstripe 17 in x 3.5 in
Rear Wheel: Cast Black with Indy Red Pinstripe 17 in x 5.5 in
Front Brakes: Brembo Dual 320 mm t5 Rotor / 4 Piston Caliper
Rear Brakes: Brembo Single 260 mm t5 Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper

2022 Indian FTR Drivetrain

  • Liquid-cooled 1,203 cc V-twin engine
  • 120 hp and 87 lb-ft of torque
  • Rear Cylinder Deactivation
  • Cruise control
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2022 Indian FTR
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Like a precious gem in an elaborate setting, the beating heart is still the real star of the show on the FTR.

The liquid-cooled V-twin on the FTR brings the goods with a whopping 120 horsepower on tap at 7,750 rpm, backed up by 87 pounds o’ grunt that peaks at six grand even. Bore and stroke mic out at 102 mm and 73.6 mm respectively for a deeply oversquare layout, but that’s necessary to develop all them ponies. Same with the speecy-spicy 12.5-to-1 compression ratio, there’s just no way around it if you want that power, just like there’s no way you’ll get away with running anything but top hook road champagne with the highest octane rating.

A Rear-Cylinder Deactivation feature helps cut down on the heat that washes up over the pilot in stop-and-go conditions, as does the improved heat-management system to increase rider comfort. I wonder, can you turn that off in the winter? Asking for a chilly friend.

Cruise control serves as the only additional electronic engine control feature for a fairly raw and direct power delivery. Power flows through a six-speed transmission and tough-as-nails O-ring chain and sprocket type final drive for a top speed around 124 mph.

Engine: Liquid Cooled V-Twin
Displacement: 73 cu in (1,203 cc)
Bore x Stroke: 4.016 in x 2.898 in (102 mm x 73.6 mm)
Horsepower: 120 hp
Peak Torque: 87 lb-ft (117.9 Nm) @ 6,000 rpm
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Drive/Driven Clutch: Assist & Slip, Multi-Plate
Electronic Fuel Injection System: Closed Loop Fuel Injection, 60 mm bore
Exhaust: 2-1-2
Transmission/Final Drive: 2.647
Transmission/Primary Drive: Gear Drive Wet Clutch
Gear Ratio: 1st: 12.270, 2nd: 8.341, 3rd: 6.646, 4th: 5.639, 5th: 4.985, 6th: 4.278

2022 Indian FTR Price

2022 Indian FTR
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2022 Indian FTR
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MSRP on the new FTR is $13k and it only comes in black.

Like Mr. Ford once said, “you can have any color you want, as long as you want black,” and so it is with the successor to the outgoing FTR 1200. Black Smoke is the name of this specific shade of the void of existential anguish, and it comes with bright red highlights that really make the package pop visually. You can score one of the new 2022 FTR models for $12,999 MSRP.

Gauges: 4" Analog, Digital Tachometer, Odometer, Trip Meter, Engine Temp, Low Fuel Lamp
Infotainment: N/A
Lights: LED Headlight, Taillight, Turn Signals
Standard Equipment: ABS, Cruise Control
Warranty: 2-Year Unlimited Miles
Color: Black Smoke
Price: $12,999

2022 Indian FTR Competitors

2022 Indian FTR
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2020 Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO
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Indian finds itself is some pretty rare company with its not-quite-replica flat-track racebike, but I think Ducati’s Land Of Joy lineup might just have a worthy competitor for the FTR with its Scrambler 1100 PRO.

Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO

2020 Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO
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Both bikes roll with a custom vibe that plays homage to their origins as homegrown specialty bikes that were built, more or less, on the UJM-style machines of the sixties and seventies. The Scrambler carries itself in much the same way with pared-down sheet metal, race-style headlight, and upswept exhaust for oodles of trackside vibes.

>quote|title=Not an ounce is wasted on the superfluous, and so the 1100 PRO rolls with a clean mien and purpose-driven design.|align=center> Ducati didn’t skimp on the blackout paint either, though it was a little more ambitious with its two-tone, white-and-yellow “Ocean Drive” color package. The Scrambler even has a single-side hugger plus plateholder out back to make it look similar both coming and going.

Adjustable suspension front and rear is a constant across the board, but Ducati gains some ground in the chassis section with its Bosch Cornering ABS feature as standard equipment that’s superior to the vanilla ABS on the FTR.

The Scrambler’s beating heart is a 1,079 cc L-Twin engine with a much more easy-going personality due to its 86-horsepower and 65 pounds of torque that falls quite short of the stank the FTR can put on the road with its 120/87 power figures. Duc gets some back in the electronics with a trio of Riding Modes and Duc’s own traction control feature to which Indian has no answer.

You’ll pay for those electronic goodies, and by association, the reduced output that comes with it though. The Scrambler 1100 PRO rolls for $13,495 to leave you with a choice to make between brute power and safety features.

Read our full review of the Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO.

He Said

It’s really impressive how much juice Indian is able to wring out of its largest FTR engine, and for performance-minded riders, the above choice is made simple; a bike with training wheels or a proper tarmac-burner that relies more on the rider’s skillset. As for the U.S. market, Indian enjoys a singular position as the other U.S. manufacturer has nothing that can compete directly with this road-wise flat-tracker.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “It took a bit for the FTR line to mature, and the new FTR isn’t simply just a name change from the prior FTR 1200. This is the FTR we always wanted the FTR to be. It’s finally in a position to compete in that naked bike segment because, seriously, who is going to flat-track race it anyway? Fully adjustable Sachs suspension, significantly improved throttle response, and more than ample power and torque give the FTR a mature feel that it just didn’t have before.

2022 Indian FTR Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine: Liquid Cooled V-Twin
Displacement: 73 cu in (1,203 cc)
Bore x Stroke: 4.016 in x 2.898 in (102 mm x 73.6 mm)
Horsepower: 120 hp
Peak Torque: 87 lb-ft (117.9 Nm) @ 6,000 rpm
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Drive/Driven Clutch: Assist & Slip, Multi-Plate
Electronic Fuel Injection System: Closed Loop Fuel Injection, 60 mm bore
Exhaust: 2-1-2
Transmission/Final Drive: 2.647
Transmission/Primary Drive: Gear Drive Wet Clutch
Gear Ratio: 1st: 12.270, 2nd: 8.341, 3rd: 6.646, 4th: 5.639, 5th: 4.985, 6th: 4.278
Chassis:
Front Fork: 43 mm Sachs cartridge forks
Front Suspension/ Travel: ZF Sachs Fully Adjustable Inverted Telescopic Cartridge Fork/ 4.7 in (120 mm)
Rear Suspension/ Travel: ZF Sachs Fully Adjustable Piggyback IFP/ 4.7 in (120 mm)
Front Tire: Metzeler Sportec M9 RR 120/70ZR17 58W
Rear Tire: Metzeler Sportec M9 RR 180/55ZR17 73W
Front Wheel: Cast Black with Indy Red Pinstripe 17 in x 3.5 in
Rear Wheel: Cast Black with Indy Red Pinstripe 17 in x 5.5 in
Front Brakes: Brembo Dual 320 mm t5 Rotor / 4 Piston Caliper
Rear Brakes: Brembo Single 260 mm t5 Rotor / 2 Piston Caliper
Dimensions & Capacities:
Overall Height: 51.1 in (1,297 mm)
Overall Length: 87.5 in (2,223 mm)
Overall Width: 32.7 in (830 mm)
Rake/Trail: 25.3° / 3.9 in ( 99.9 mm)
Seat Height: 30.7 in (780 mm)
Weight (Dry / Curb): 482 lbs (218 kg) / 514 lbs (233 kg)
Wheelbase: 60 in (1,524 mm)
Fuel Capacity: 3.4 gal (12.9 L)
Ground Clearance: 6.5 in (165 mm)
GVWR: 948 lb (430 kg)
Details:
Gauges: 4" Analog, Digital Tachometer, Odometer, Trip Meter, Engine Temp, Low Fuel Lamp
Infotainment: N/A
Lights: LED Headlight, Taillight, Turn Signals
Standard Equipment: ABS, Cruise Control
Warranty: 2-Year Unlimited Miles
Color: Black Smoke
Price: $12,999

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TJ Hinton
TJ Hinton
T.J got an early start from his father and other family members who owned and rode motorcycles, and by helping with various mechanical repairs throughout childhood. That planted a seed that grew into a well-rounded appreciation of all things mechanical, and eventually, into a formal education of same. Though primarily a Harley rider, he has an appreciation for all sorts of bikes and doesn't discriminate against any particular brand or region of origin. He currently holds an Associate's degree in applied mechanical science from his time at the M.M.I.  Read full bio
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