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2021 Indian FTR gets massive updates

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Indian Motorcycles has updated the much-popular FTR 1200 range in the European market. The brand has refined the 2019 FTR platform that now provides more performance on the street on the 2022 FTR range. While the engine continues to remain the same the brand has fine-tuned the motor and upgraded the underpinnings such as the suspension, wheels and rubber making the motorcycle more agile and improving the FTR 1200s street cred. 

The Indian FTR 1200 range has been updated with a steeper head angle, a shorter trail and new 17-inch road-focussed alloy wheels that ups the motorcycle’s game on the tarmac. The 17-inch alloys are shod in Metzeler Sportec tyres. The suspension settings have also been optimised to give the motorcycle maximum grip in the road. Furthermore, the FTR Carbon benefits from high-performance Ohlins suspension units on both the front and rear.

While the Indian FTR 120 retains its 1203cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine that pushes out 123 Hp of power and 120 Nm of torque. The motor has been tuned and calibrated with the new running gear and boasts smoother acceleration with more predictable throttle response. The engine also comes with the cylinder deactivation technology for superior thermal management, when the motorcycle is idling. 

All three models – The FTR, FTR S, and FTR R Carbon have been updated with a steeper rake angle of 25-degree and a shorter trail of 99.9mm, 17-inch cast aluminium wheels, 120mm of travel on both the front and rear suspension, a 36mm lower seat height than the predecessor and ProTaper handlebars trimmed down by 40mm. 

The key differentiating factors among the FTR 1200 range is – The FTR in its base model is offered in Black Smoke with Red accents and comes with analogue instruments and reduced power version for A2 Licence holders. The FTR S features Maroon Metallic and White Smoke paint options and comes with a 4.3-inch touchscreen instrument display with smartphone connectivity, USB charging, Akrapovic exhaust system, three ride modes, traction control, stability control, wheelie control with rear lift mitigation and cornering ABS. The FTR R Carbon features carbon fibre headlight nacelle, tank covers and front fender along with Black Akrapovic exhaust, gold-finished Ohlins suspension, premium seat covers and a numbered badge on the console. 

The FTR Rally is also updated in the engine department and comes with 19-inch front and 18-inch rear spoke rims shod in Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres, 50mm higher set ProTaper handlebars, an analogue instruments cluster available in Titanium Smoke, more relaxed ergonomic position and reduced power version for A2 Licence compliance.