2019 Indian FTR 1200 S long-term update: A daily rider and canyon-carver in one

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  1. Baldhead_J

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    Kyle Hyatt
    December 27, 2019 5:00 AM PST
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    Video: 2019 Indian FTR 1200 S: Happiness is a flat circle
    Video is here ---> 2019 Indian FTR 1200 S long-term update: A daily rider and canyon-carver in one - Roadshow


    One of the very nice things about being the west-coast-based motorcycle person at Roadshow is that it means I get to hang onto our first long-term test motorcycle, the Indian FTR 1200 S. (The weather is just better here, you guys.)

    Taking advantage of that fact, I've taken to using the FTR as near-daily transportation around Los Angeles for the last few months, and it's been a fantastic experience overall. The bike is well built and easy to love with only a few serious annoyances, which I've talked about in previous articles.
    Words, however, can't convey everything, so in the days before the LA Auto Show, I decided to take the opportunity to go up to the gorgeous Angeles National Forest just north of LA with our wildly talented Roadshow videographers to shoot something that hopefully gives you a clearer picture of why I love the Indian so damn much.

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    I still want one. :cool:
    When I get my legs back. :)
     
  3. Baldhead_J

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    2019 Indian FTR 1200 S long-term wrap-up: This is the end, rowdy friend

    It's been quite a year with Indian's flat-track-inspired FTR 1200 S, and saying goodbye is hard to do.

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    Kyle Hyatt
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    Our year with the Indian FTR 1200 S has been a good one, with lots of smiles and almost no issues.

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    I've been living with our 2019 Indian FTR 1200 S Race Replica for the better part of a year now, and during that time, I've found a few quirks and faults with the bike. Yet at the same time, it's also managed to become one of my all-time favorite motorcycles.

    The FTR 1200 is one of those jack-of-all-trades bikes that's not necessarily great at any one thing (except looking awesome), but it's pretty damn good at everything. It's the bike I find myself taking most of the time because it's comfy, predictable, sounds great and works so well in and around town.

    In the city is where I've spent the bulk of my time with the bike. Sure, I've gone and scratched around in the canyons and ridden it up to Ventura County to Neptune's Net. I've spent plenty of time on the freeway with it, too. But it's on city streets where Indian's flat-track tribute truly shines thanks to its quality suspension, narrowish profile, loud-enough exhaust and deep well of torque.

    It hasn't mattered if the roads have been damp or dirty, hot or cold, the FTR has been a willing companion for any errand or temporary escape from reality, and it's been a critical component of my mental health self-care regimen, especially during the recent weeks of social distancing.

    As I've maintained over my updates, the FTR isn't a perfect machine. The bike was sometimes grumpy on cold starts, oftentimes cutting out or dying at idle until it was up to normal operating temperature. It also developed some quirks in its throttle after I rode it through one of LA's recent spring downpours, but it's never once failed to start and it's never left me stranded. Nothing broke or fell off or otherwise malfunctioned. The bike still looks and feels as good as it did the day that Indian dropped it off -- which is damned good, if you must know.

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    Those twin Akrapovic mufflers provide a satisfying soundtrack -- especially near the bike's 9,000-rpm redline.

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    That's a good thing, too, because the Indian isn't exactly a cheap bike. Its base model and the newly launched Rally edition are certainly not overpriced at around $13,000, but the top-trim Race Replica model that I've been living with now retails for $15,400 -- that's a $2,000-ish price drop from when the bike launched -- and that's not chump change. It's still $500 less than a BMW R NineT standard and that makes it pretty compelling all on its own.

    That said, this long-term test made me realize I'd want to make a few modifications if I were to own an FTR 1200 myself. Not long after it was delivered, I tweaked the suspension settings to suit my height, weight and riding style, but another update I wish I could've made would be to the tires. The flat-track-inspired Dunlop DT3-R tires look spot-on, but I'd have much rather lived with a less cool-looking set of sport-touring rubber, mostly because of the somewhat wayward and unsure feeling the Dunlops gave me on the freeway. I think that a tire with a more aggressively crowned profile would also have made the FTR just that little bit more engaging to ride, too, and that's not a bad thing.

    I also would have changed the exhaust. Don't get me wrong, the factory Akrapovic cans on the Race Replica trim are gorgeous and sound great at full chat, but I found the bike too quiet and too tame-sounding for its own good. I understand that Indian has to meet regulations for sound, and the company did a great job, considering. Still, something more akin to the gorgeous (and totally not street-legal here in the Golden State) S&S Grand National exhaust might have made the FTR that much more like the Super Hooligan race bikes and American Flat Track FTR750s that inspired the creation of the FTR road bike in the first place.

    Aside from those minor things, I could see myself being completely happy owning an FTR 1200. It's a hell of a machine, and now, after a year, it's a bike I fully endorse.

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    Great post @Baldhead_J ....boy oh boy oh boy I really want one of those ....such a BARGAIN too......
     
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    Hang in there Sam!!!!:);):)
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    Alpal Gold Member
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    That is a very solid endorsement considering they had it for a year,.....Most impressive I feel,....which means I have to say,...'Well done Indian!'
    Alpal
     
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    I'm having a hard time not buying one.
    I read that article when it came out.

    There are 2019's all over....the 2021's are due before you know it, and Indian is going to have some incentives....

    Someone talk some sense into me, please.

    To make things worse, my wife is encouraging me to get one.
     
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    Alpal Gold Member
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    Now,.....right there is a rare problem,......Problem?,......Who said problem Notaharley!!!!!!,.....That's the green light Buddy!,...Stop sitting at the lights!! Drop the clutch and get down to the shop today!!!!:cool::p:D:rolleyes:;),.........

    (That enough sense for ya???:cool::cool:)
    Alpal
     
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    @Bobby Jesus, I think, said that the FTE is currently $2k off.
     
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    Noooo...

    It's really a curse. My wife loves bikes.
    I go to ANY dealer -- sit on a bike -- and she says "like it? Why don't you just get it?

    Problem is...I retired and can't just work some extra overtime anymore. TRYING to be responsible!

    She loves the FTR and reminds me that "you look good on it".

    We'll go belly up if I listen to her!
     
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    I know....and there are some great deals out there!

    I JUST bought 2 Scouts like 6 weeks ago!
     
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    Love it!!!!:p
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    One for each foot?
     
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    Yeah.
    Hooked them together to make a 4 wheeler Indian ;)

    My wife caught Indian fever from me and got her license this Spring and I promised her a Scout (never rode one myself).
    I drove hers an hour home for her and I was hooked, so I got one, too!
     
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    Consider a bolt-on tandem rig. You'll have a Scout Platoon then.
     
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    Or how cool would this be:
    20200430-082450.jpg
     
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    That's not photoshopped?
    The front steering appears linked.

    Crazy!
     
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    You're kidding, right?
     
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    Screenshot_20200430-092213.png

    Why?
    Scene from a movie?
     
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    #20 Alpal, Apr 30, 2020
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