1 Year & 45,000 km on the 2019 FTR 1200 - Long Term Review

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  1. EPOCH6

    EPOCH6 Well-Known Member

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    Been meaning to throw this together for a while now, our official 1 year anniversary was in November :D

    Not a fan of long winded high detail reviews on performance or mechanical/electrical issues. I much prefer to drop a general impression and let my photos speak for themselves.

    I bought my 2019 FTR 1200 with 0 km on it in November 2020 and ended our first year together with a little over 45,000 filthy and abusive kilometers on the clock. I rode it all over British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, I rode it into mud holes, snow drifts, underground mines, and onto its side multiple times, I rode it to the drag strip to roast Lamborghini's and V-Rods on knobby tires, and I rode it to work like a good boy at least a few times.

    Several of the folks I ride with have said it's like Indian designed this bike exactly for me and I can't disagree. I've never felt more at home on a bike and if I were to design one myself I imagine it would come out looking a lot like this (but like a 3 year old drew it).

    Not much to say regarding maintenance. I've gone through a few chains, 5 rear tires, 3 fronts, 4 oil change kits, a couple turns signals because I keep kicking them off, and one front fork seal just started leaking after 45,000 km of pretending to be a dirtbike. Haven't checked the valves yet, might this month. I did upload Fuel Moto's RevB map the day after I bought the bike. It is absolutely true that the stock fueling is poor for 2019/20 models, I haven't had any issues at all with fueling since flashing the ECU.

    As for performance, depends who you ask I guess. I don't come from performance motorcycles so I don't know what superbike performance feels like, but coming from cheap dual sports, cruisers, and choppers, the FTR 1200 absolutely feels high performance. It corners exactly how I want it to, I feel confident pushing it to my limits, and it's faster than most of my friend's bikes (which is how we should all be measuring speed). It's pretty atrocious off-road compared to any real adventure bike or dual sport but to me that just makes it more of an adventure. Ground clearance is very rarely an issue, it does pretty well there, suspension travel is pretty limited and you need to ride accordingly. Hitting a decent logging road pothole at any speed greater than 60 km/h is pretty sure to bottom out the front end. The ABS was definitely a problem, I wired up a bypass switch within the first few months of owning it. The engine braking is challenging on dirt. Downshifting a 1200cc v-twin on gravel takes a lot of finesse, you're going to be locking up the rear end a lot.

    Anyway, here is what 1 year of proper good times on an FTR 1200 looks like:

    [​IMG]PSX_20210330_205841 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
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  2. Baldhead_J

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    Thanks for this. You've done that machine proud and have many many exquisite photographs to prove it.

    Thanks, @EPOCH6 .
     
  3. doublej

    doublej Silver Member
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    Nice, fair write up !
     
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    Don't think I have the offroad skills to go where you go, but I sure enjoy seeing you getting out there on the FTR.
    Thanks for taking the time to capture your experiences and sharing them.
     
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  5. Lake City Larry

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    Thanks for sharing, well said and well written. I enjoyed every picture, especially since it’s bitter cold here in Minnesota now. FTR ( FEARLESS, TIRELESS, RELENTLESS) ! Larry
     
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    Well done
     
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    Great review of great times. The best part is you are so happy with your bike = awesome.
     
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    I concur,……..
     

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