We predicted it wouldn’t be long before an aftermarket version was available. And we were right. But we didn’t thin it would happen quite this quickly!
We asked S&S Cycle when the pipes would be available and the price.
They replied: “These are in prototype/R&D still and I don’t yet have that info. Stay tuned!”
We will. And so will Indian.
If it sells well, Indian Motorcycle would be mugs not to offer their own version.
S&S Cycle full exhaust systems sell for between $US849 and $US1375 (about $A1,190 and $A1930).
Indian Motorcycle’s production exhaust wraps around the engine and swings up, looking more like the system on a Ducati Monster.
Social media has been alive with criticism of the system after being teased with the prototype images for almost a year.
Some even said they would ask for their deposit back.
The FTR 1200 will come to Australia in early 2019 in a basic model in black for $19,995 ride away and the FTR 1200 S in red and grey or titanium and black for $22,995.
The FTR 1200 S will also be available in a Race-Replica paint scheme with red frame matching the FTR750 race bike starting at $23,995 ride away in Australia.
FTR 1200 is powered by a new 1203cc V-twin with 120hp (90kW) at 8250rpm and 115Nm (85ft-lb) of torque (115 Nm) at 6000rpm.
That’s not exactly sports bike territory, but better than Triumph’s water-cooled 1200cc Bonnevilles. It tips the scales at a hefty 220kg (221kg for the S).
The DOHC engine has four valves per cylinder, 12.5:1 compression and a bore and stroke of 102mm x 73.6mm.
Indian says it has used magnesium to keep the weight down, a low-inertia crankshaft, high-flow cylinder heads and dual Mikuni throttle bodies.
There are no details on fuel economy, but it only has a 13-litre tank, so range should be limited. Obviously, it’s not a tourer, but designed for short and aggressive blasts. Yet both models come with cruise control!
The V-twin is married to a six-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch and chain drive.
Suspension is 43mm upside-down forks with gold forks on the S model that are adjustable for preload, compression and rebound.
The side-mounted monoshock is adjustable for preload and rebound on the base model and the piggyback shock on the S is also adjustable for compression.
Suspension travel is 150mm with a lean angle of 43 degrees.
While the prototype had 19-inch cast alloy wheels front and back, the production model has an 18-inch rear.
They are shod with Dunlop’s new DT3-R radial tyres with a flat-track-style tread.
Brakes are 320mm Brembo Monobloc 4-piston dual discs.
Rake and trail are 26.3° and 130mm.
Technology includes full LED lighting, ABS, and an inertial measurement unit that controls stability, traction, and wheelies.
The base model has a round 10cm analog gauge with a small LCD screen and the S model has a rectangular LCD digital touchscreen with Indian’s Ride Command. It has three ride modes – Sport, Standard and Rain-which can be further customised.