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Indian FTR 1200 to launch on the Indian shores on the 19th August with an expected price of Rs 15 lakh

American motorcycle manufacturer, Indian is gearing up for the launch of their latest offering for the Indian market, the FTR 1200. The launch will be held on 19th August and it is expected that only one variant of the bike will be made available for the time being. The race replica, FTR 1200S will be launched later in the year. However, there are possibilities that Indian might surprise us by launching both the bikes in the same launch event.

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Coming back to the topic, why we feel that Indian FTR 1200 is the best motorcycle with a V-twin engine? Well for starters, FTR is not a lazy cruiser bike for which Indian is famously known for. The FTR 1200 is a mad flat tracker motorcycle which is wheelie friendly. Oh man, a V-twin which can do wheelies all the time. It’s not just that, you can do wheelies from point A to B, considering there is no traffic in between. I’m not joking, the bike is that good.

Indian has finally made a motorcycle to have fun with

What makes it unique is its badass design. Hey there, what about Diavel? Yeah, it looks good but you know what, FTR 1200 has its own taste which makes it look radical from any angle. The full LED headlight set up, the trellis frame and that massive 1200cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine. A pair of specially designed Dunlop tyres can take on both road and dirt.

The fuel tank is sculpted keeping in mind the practicality and thigh grips it well. This one is actually the airbox as the real fuel tank is placed under the seat to lower the center of gravity and weight distribution. The bike comes with a pillion seat too, but no matter what, the pillion will fall owing to the ridiculous amount of thrust the engine generates.

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The bike is inspired from the FTR 750 race bike which has won 17 out of 18 flat track races in last two years. Not to forget the rider, Jared Mees who has taken the bike to the pole position finishes in these races.

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That big 1203cc 60-degree V-twin engine pumps out claimed 123bhp at 8250rpm and tremendous amount of torque of 120Nm which peaks at rather high 6000rpm. Looking at these numbers again? Yes, this motor is not a regular mile-munching V-twin. Not all that, the redline comes at 9000rpm which is usually unheard for a V-twin. The FTR 1200 is a street-legal, naked retro bike which is all set to win hearts of the motorcycle enthusiasts across the country.

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The FTR 1200S, on the other hand, features a 4.3-inch, fully digital colored display, gold plated fully adjustable suspension at both ends. However, these suspension units are made by Polaris and not by Ohlins, so don’t get confused by their looks. One can choose the slip-on Akrapovic exhaust if you do not like the stock ones, spot on!

The S variant comes with three riding modes Standard, Sport, and Rain. These modes allow the stability and Traction control to intervene with different level of force (the Force, if you get what I mean). Along with these electronic aids, FTR 1200 S have IMU which will control the ABS and traction control system into the corners as well. Also, the wheelie mitigation system is also available and corrected by the integrated IMU.

An interesting fact is that with all the electronics available, you can switch them off via the touchscreen display if you want to have some serious fun in the dirt. There is also a Bluetooth connectivity feature which lets you connect your smartphone and access your calls and music on the go.

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The Indian FTR 1200 and 1200S is the last motorcycle you need to own to ride anywhere in the Indian subcontinent. The specially designed Dunlop DT3-R tyres, with the rear size of 150/80R18, and 120/70R19 at the front can take on any terrain. Ground clearance stands at 183 mm and the bike tips the scale at 231 kg with a full tank of petrol. Oh yeah, the bike is literally on a heavier side.

Indian will launch the FTR 1200 on 19th August with an expected price tag of Rs 15 lakh ex-showroom for the base variant.

Ride Safe, Ride Hard, and always wear a helmet while riding. Stay Tuned for more from the world of motorcycling.

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