• The FTR S has a more sophisticated feel from the sophisticated suspension, significantly improved throttle response, and more power and torque than before.
  • In profile, the faux fuel tank rocks a teardrop flyline that bolsters the old-school charm, but it's a lie. The actual fuel tank is incorporated with the subframe to aid handling through the centralization of weight.
  • The FTR S has a sporty nature that is not just willing, but actually eager in the curves. Top-shelf goodies on the FTR S include ZF Sachs fully adjustable suspension, front and rear, along with lean-sensitive ABS.
  • The 1,203 cc 60-degree V-twin engine rocks 120 horsepower and 87 pound-feet of torque. Traction Control feature, Stability Control, and a trio of Ride Modes are all part of the stock electronics suite.
  • The 4.3-inch touchscreen handles all of the instrumentation and acts as an interface for Indian's proprietary Ride Command infotainment system.
  • MSRP is $15k for Maroon Metallic or White Smoke. Swipe up to read the full article.

It’s less flat-track and more naked sportbike

Indian expands its street-friendly Flat Track Racer line for 2022 with the addition of the FTR S model that brings top-shelf ride-quality/safety equipment and advanced electronics to the table. Power comes from the same mill that drives the rest of the platform with 120 horsepower on tap to get things moving right along.

2022 Indian FTR S Design

  • Aggressive riding posture
  • 4.3-inch TFT display and Ride Command infotainment
  • Ample blackout treatment
  • LED lighting and DLR
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2022 Indian FTR S
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2022 Indian FTR S
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The FTR S has a more sophisticated feel from the fully adjustable Sachs suspension, significantly improved throttle response, and more power and torque than before.

Flush with success on the American Flat Track circuit, Indian moved to capitalize on its well-deserved fame with the FTR1200 model that has now evolved to deliver a handful of variants to include the “S” model within the new FTR family. Like the race bike it emulates, the civilian “S” model spares not an ounce on superfluous bodywork, and this leaves it looking slim and trim with very little left to the imagination.

The front fender sets the tone with minimal fling containment and foil-shape uprights that double as mini fairings to protect the swept area of the inner fork tubes and shunt wind pressure outboard to boost penetration. Blackout treatment runs rampant right out of the gate with coverage that blacks out the front end, including the handlebar and mirrors, before it spreads aft over the frame, drivetrain, and tail section. The cyclops headlight splits the night with a modern, dual-beam projector behind a classic round face.

In profile, the faux fuel tank rocks a teardrop flyline that bolsters the old-school charm, but it’s a lie. The actual fuel tank is incorporated with the subframe to aid handling through the centralization of weight.

A short-rise bar and sport-bike foot controls define the rider’s triangle and encourage an aggressive riding posture while leaving room for a more relaxed, upright position. Fold-up footpegs and a slightly lofted pillion pad complete the passenger’s amenities. The light bar that serves as the taillight is tucked up high and tight in the tip of the tail, well out of harm’s way, while the turn signals and plateholder are down on the hugger that completes the rearward coverage.

Personally, I like that kind of rear fender, and it certainly plays well with the sporty nature of the FTR line in general. Also at the top of the list of hidden tech is the 4.3-inch touchscreen that handles all of the instrumentation and acts as an interface for Indian’s proprietary Ride Command infotainment system.

2022 Indian FTR S Chassis

  • Fully adjustable ZF Sachs suspension
  • Eager in the corners
  • Corner-sensitive ABS
  • Nimble handling with quick reversals
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2022 Indian FTR S
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2022 Indian FTR S
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The FTR S has a sporty nature that is not just willing, but actually eager in the curves.

In a fairly rare move for a domestic bike, the FTR S relies on the engine as a stressed member to complete the standing structure, thus the chassis adds minimal weight and bulk to the equation. Once we get to the stems, we get to see some of the top-shelf goodies on the “S” model FTR with ZF Sachs components fore and aft. The inverted front forks and piggyback shocks all come fully adjustable with a generous, 4.72 inches of travel that will soak up its share of abuse and more.

In keeping with its race-tastic nature, the “S” mounts Z-rated Metzeler tires in a 120/70 ahead of a 180/55, both on 17-inch rims, so you can count on the rubber to take everything you can dish out.

The forward frame section mounts the steering head with 25.3 degrees of rake and 3.9 inches of trail to give the “S” a sporty nature that is not just willing, but actually eager in the curves. More tubular-steel members make up the swingarm yoke to complete the construct.

Dual front brakes provide the bulk of the stopping power with four-bore Brembo calipers that bite 320 mm discs. Out back, a twin-pot caliper and 260 mm disc take care of business, while both ends benefit from the corner-sensitive ABS feature that lets you safely get the most out of the anchors.

Front Suspension/ Travel: 43 mm 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)
Rake/Trail: 25.3° / 3.9 in ( 99.9 mm)
Lean Angle: 43°
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 S Drivetrain

  • Liquid-cooled 1,203 cc V-twin engine
  • 120 hp and 87 lb-ft of torque
  • Lean-sensitive Stability control
  • Traction Control & Ride Modes
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The electronics packages includes, not only wheelie and endo protection, but lean-sensitive traction control, stability control, and ride modes.

The cornering ABS on the FTR S is just the beginning of the fandanglery. wheelie and endo prevention comes stock to help you keep both ends on the road where they belong. Also with the stock electronics suite is a Traction Control feature, Stability Control, and a trio of Ride Modes – Rain, Standard, and Sport – that bundles all of the above together for quick setup changes.

As for the engine itself, it’s the same lump that powers the rest of the FTR family. Dual 102 mm bores ride in a 60-degree V-twin configuration with a 73.6 mm stroke that gives the mill a 1,203 cc (73 cubic-inch) displacement and a spicy 12.5-to-1 compression ratio. Sure, you’ll be obliged to use 91-octane road champagne, but it’s a necessary evil. The trade off comes in the 120 ponies it pumps out at 7,750 rpm, and the 87 pound-feet of torque that maxes out at six grand even.

Dual over-head cams time the four-valve heads with a graded-bucket component as the valve-lash adjuster to keep reciprocating weight down in the valvetrain. A gear-type primary drive carries engine power to the six-speed transmission through a wet clutch with a chain-type final drive to put the power to the pavement. The final overall drive ratio turns out 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: Akropovic® 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 S Price

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2022 Indian FTR S
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MSRP is $15k for either color choice.

The 2022 FTR S rolls for $14,999. Price remains the same across the board with a choice between White Smoke w/ black tank panel and red trim or Maroon Metallic with red trim. Only the front fender and faux fuel tank come shot with the color of choice, while blackout paint dominates the rest of the machine.

Infotainment: 4.3" Ride Command LCD Touchscreen w/ Bluetooth
Lights: LED Headlight, Taillight, Turn Signals
Standard Equipment: Ride Modes (Rain, Standard, Sport), Lean Angle Sensitive ABS, Stabilitiy Control, Traction Control, Wheelie Control with Rear Lift Mitigation, USB Charge Port, Cruise Control)
Warranty: 2 Years, Unlimited Miles
Colors: Maroon Metallic, White Smoke
Price: $14,999

2022 Indian FTR S Competitors

2021 Harley-Davidson Sportster S
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2022 Indian FTR S
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Indian’s FTR line brings modern sport riding to the U.S. market, and just a year ago it enjoyed a bit of a monopoly against Harley-Davidson’s aging Sportster lineup, but the new-for-2021 Sportster S closes the gap once again.

Harley-Davidson Sportster S

2021 Harley-Davidson Sportster S
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Features-wise, very similar, but one major difference is in the rider's triangle. Where the FTR is more sportbike-like, the Sportster puts you in a wind-sock position.

This new Sporty carries itself with much the same modern design as its Indian counterpart, and rocks the full trinity of tweaks in the suspension components at both ends to break even in ride-quality control. Harley packs in the electronic goodies with a full instrument package alongside the MoCo’s own infotainment equipment, plus the Sportster S comes stock with the Reflex Defensive Rider System that more or less meets the FTR point for point. Even the performance is similar with a razor-thin performance advantage to the Harley that boasts 121 horsepower and 94 pounds o’ grunt against 120/87.

One major difference can be found in the rider’s triangle. The FTR puts the rider’s heels under their hips while the Sportster runs with forward controls that place the rider in the windsock position, which isn’t quite as aggressive.

The pricing is enough to suggest a conspiracy with a $14,999 starting price across the board. Of course, the King of Paint isn’t one to let the opportunity to sell marked-up color packages, so the non-black packages fetch another $350 at checkout.

Read our full article on the Harley-Davidson Sportster S.

He Said

“Indian puts performance on a front burner with its FTR S model. Not only does it boast solid base performance, but the suspension, brakes, and electronics put it on par with even sportier bikes on the market. I think the association with the winning Flat Track machine combines to make this bike a triple threat to H-D in this burgeoning bracket.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “The new FTR line is really moving away from the flat-track racing angle into a more naked sportbike bent. Indian developed the new line with direct input from riders and while the flat-track idea was fun, I think most riders want something more. The new FTR is the result. It has a more sophisticated feel from the fully adjustable Sachs suspension, significantly improved throttle response, and more power and torque than before.”

2022 Indian FTR S 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: Akropovic® 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 Suspension/ Travel: 43 mm 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)
Rake/Trail: 25.3° / 3.9 in ( 99.9 mm)
Lean Angle: 43°
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)
Seat Height: 30.7 in (780 mm)
Dry Weight: 482 lbs (218 kg)
Curb Weight: 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: N/A
Infotainment: 4.3" Ride Command LCD Touchscreen w/ Bluetooth
Lights: LED Headlight, Taillight, Turn Signals
Standard Equipment: Ride Modes (Rain, Standard, Sport), Lean Angle Sensitive ABS, Stabilitiy Control, Traction Control, Wheelie Control with Rear Lift Mitigation, USB Charge Port, Cruise Control)
Warranty: 2 Years, Unlimited Miles
Colors: Maroon Metallic, White Smoke
Price: $14,999

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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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