2020 FTR Rally

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  1. Ken Smith

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    Yeah,....it has a 'Wow' look to it,......still think my mate Andy should have looked around more before he bought his new Triumph 1200 Scrambler XE or EC?,....not sure which one off the top of the head,.....
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    That new Triumph Scrambler was recently voted best in its class by one of the big guns like Cycle world
     
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    Exactly Muz the FTR is never going to be a scrambler or even close.
     
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    Personally I think it is too tall for him but he seems happy,......

    And no,....I don't know how they compare seat height wise,.......
     
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    2020 Indian FTR 1200 Rally First Ride Review

    Riding Indian Motorcycle’s factory scrambler.


    By Morgan Gales
    4 hours ago
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    2020 Indian FTR 1200 Rally has an MSRP of $13,499.Jeff Allen
    When Indian first debuted the FTR 1200, we knew it was only the beginning for that platform. Four accessory collections first appeared in 2018 to hint at what the company might be working on for production, and now, after teasing us with a Europe-only release, the FTR 1200 Rally has arrived Stateside. The Rally model converts the flat-track-inspired base model to a factory scrambler, largely in appearance, but with some nice functional benefits as well. It’s the first step toward expanding the platform and a good step in the right direction.

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    Ample cornering clearance makes the FTR 1200 Rally a blast to send through some canyons.Jeff Allen
    As we have come to expect from scrambler models, the Rally comes equipped with wire-spoke wheels, chunky tires, and, of course, a brown seat. The bike is only available in one color scheme called Titanium Smoke: a matte metallic silver with red accents on the gas tank and around the rims of the wheels. The paint looks great and feels high quality. There’s something about the matte finish that says it won’t damage easily; like I can go hit some dirt without worrying about a little nick here and there. Similar to the base model, the engine and surrounding components are blacked out.

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    The unique Titanium Smoke paint on the FTR 1200 Rally’s gas tank.Jeff Allen
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    If you like wheelies, the FTR is the bike for you—easily picking up the front end with an aggressive twist of the throttle.Jeff Allen
    While the Dunlop tires used on the base model were intended primarily for street use, Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires with their larger tread blocks actually gripped better on the tarmac and the short section of hard-packed dirt we hit than the DT3-R shoes on the base model. Primarily, the wandering tracking issue that was caused by the flat-track-inspired tread pattern and striations on the highway has been eliminated with the new tires. With the Rally sharing the same engine and mapping as the FTR 1200 S (tested at 111.2 hp and 79.8 pound-feet of torque on the CW dyno) and not equipped with any traction control, it’s still easy to break these tires loose and remind yourself of its tire-sliding roots. Unfortunately for those who do intend to scramble on this scrambler, the equipped ABS is not switchable and is tuned for street use.

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    Dual 320mm front disc brakes come standard with Brembo calipers.Jeff Allen
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    I would be hesitant to ride more technical off-road sections, but hard-packed dirt was fine.Jeff Allen
    Built on the base FTR 1200, the Rally misses out on benefits included on the S model like fully adjustable suspension, LCD touchscreen, ride modes, and traction control. The screen and three ride modes go a long way toward making the bike feel modern and premium, so analog gauges and fixed suspension are a harsh contrast. The Rally doesn’t feel cheap—just a little dated. Indian has set up a strange buying structure for its three FTR 1200 models: The Rally and base model sharing the MSRP of $13,499, but 2019 models have a $2,000 rebate offer, which doesn’t include the Rally. So while pricing is technically the same, the Rally will cost you an extra $2,000 for now.

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    Analog gauges seem dated on a $13,499 bike in 2020, but it’s okay, there’s a USB charger too.Jeff Allen
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    The low wind deflector helps reduce wind buffeting to the chest.Jeff Allen
    While out testing, the FTR 1200 Rally amplified a Mad Max feel of the current pandemic and quarantine with its scrambler style and deep exhaust note. Open roads and the lack of police traffic enforcement encourage the natural hooligan spirit of this motorcycle, begging to be backed into a corner and wheelied out. At low rpm, steady throttle application results in irregular pulsing in the engine, but under increasing throttle, the bike is crisp and quick to react. It doesn’t like to be ridden slow. It likes to eat gas. Rolling on the gas in sixth gear on the highway, the bike pulls hard all the way to triple digits—though the vibrations at that point may rattle your fillings out.

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    The deep, rumbling exhaust note of the FTR is satisfying each time you crack the throttle.Jeff Allen
    The FTR 1200 Rally costs more than the base model only because of timing and promotional offers. It hits scrambler style on the head, but the street-tuned ABS adds a challenge to any real scrambling. Is it cooler than the base FTR 1200? Yes, absolutely. But is it $2,000 cooler for what is essentially just a stylish accessory package? You be the judge.

    2020 Indian FTR Rally Specifications
    MSRP: $13,499
    Engine: 1,203cc, 60-degree, liquid-cooled V-twin
    Bore x Stroke: 102.0 x 73.6mm
    Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
    Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
    Fuel Delivery: Electronic fuel injection, 60mm throttle body
    Claimed Horsepower: 123 hp @ 8,250 rpm
    Claimed Torque: 87 lb.-ft. @ 5,900 rpm
    Frame: Tubular steel trellis
    Front Suspension: 43mm inverted cartridge fork; 5.9-in. travel
    Rear Suspension: Monoshock, adjustable for preload and rebound; 5.9-in. travel
    Front Brake: Brembo Monoblock 4-piston calipers, dual 320mm discs w/ ABS
    Rear Brake: Brembo 2-piston caliper, 260mm disc w/ ABS
    Tires, Front/Rear: 120/70-19 / 150/70-18
    Rake/Trail: 26.3°/5.1 in.
    Wheelbase: 60.0 in.
    Ground Clearance: 7.2 in.
    Seat height: 33.1 in.
    Fuel Capacity: 3.4 gal.
    Claimed Wet Weight: 527 lb.
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    Contact: indianmotorcycle.com
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    The FTR 1200 Rally is available in dealerships now.Jeff Allen
     
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    I took the RR home for a couple days. Beat the hell out of it on the road and off. Very sturdy, capable bike. Loads of power. I haven’t ridden the triumph but can’t inagine it being as good.
     
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    Is it legitimately differentiated from the base model?
     
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    same seat height?,.....Any new specs out?,.....
     
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    Only difference is ride modes, paint and exhaust. Along with the speedo and headlight. The rally seems to be the base model with different paint and spikes.
     
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    Wait a few months. 2019s are sitting on showroom floors. And we are heading into the 2021 model year.
     
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    Starting to feel like the 2018 model year in Chieftain-land.
     
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