[PREVIEW] FTR Carbon

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    New Indian FTR Carbon Teased Ahead Of May 1 Debut
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    By: Sabrina Giacomini
    Carbone fiber galore.
    We know Indian has big plans for the FTR1200. Who can blame the company? The model has been well received by reviewers and buyers alike and has even helped the company thrive. It only makes sense for the manufacturer to take full advantage of its new platform. In April 2019, leaked internal documents suggested that there were other versions of the FTR in the works, more specifically a “Street” and an “Adventure” model.


    At EICMA 2019, Indian unveiled the FTR Rally (possibly the “Street” model identified in the documents), turning the flat-track-inspired model into a perfect urbanite. While we wait to see what the “Adventure” version will be all about (if there is one at all), we get to check out the teaser for Indian’s latest addition to its lineup—the FTR Carbon.


    Rumor Control: The FTR1200 Street And Adventure Are Coming


    Like any good teaser, the 12-second clip doesn’t reveal much. In the video, Indian claims that the FTR Carbon will be the closest you’ll come to owning the competition-ready FTR750 the Wrecking Crew has been kicking everyone’s butts on for the past few years. We then get a static look at the carbon fiber-clad fuel tank. I mean, with a name like “FTR Carbon”, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

    So, what does it all mean exactly? Chances are, we are looking at a premium version of the standard FTR1200, equipped with a slew of carbon fiber components, which should also result in a lighter bike. The entry-level FTR currently weighs in at 488 pounds.

    Considering the championship-winning FTR750 also features several carbon fiber components and that the FTR Carbon apparently the closest anyone of us will ever come to owning one, I’ll let you put 2 and 2 together. The teaser confirms that the new FTR Carbon will debut on Friday, May 1, 2020, at 5 pm (likely European time considering the clip was shared on Indian Motorcycle Europe YouTube channel.)
     
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    @NickJ will post the official announcement in the News forum. I'll post whatever I get here.
     
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    2020 Indian FTR Carbon Announced For International Markets
    Carbon fiber version somehow weighs more than regular FTR1200S

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    Indian announced a new FTR 1200 variant with carbon fiber bodywork for international markets. As of this writing, the 2020 Indian FTR Carbon has not been confirmed for the U.S., though that may change at any moment. Right now, the Carbon model has only officially been confirmed for Indian’s Europe, Middle East and Africa division. We can confirm that it has also been certified for Australia.

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    The Carbon model is based on the FTR1200S, but comes with tank/airbox covers, headlight nacelle, front fender and pillion cover made of carbon fiber. The FTR Carbon also comes equipped with a black Akrapoviç exhaust and a specially-branded center console plate.

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    Mechanically, the FTR Carbon is similar to the FTR1200S, with a fully adjustable 43mm inverted cartridge fork, fully adjustable side-mounted rear shock with aluminum piggy-back reservoir, and dual Brembo Monobloc M4.32 front brake calipers. And, of course, there’s the liquid-cooled 1203cc DOHC 60° V-Twin engine with four valves per cylinder, claiming 123 hp at 8250 rpm and 87 lb-ft. at 5900 rpm.

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    With all the carbon fiber components, you’d assume the FTR Carbon would be lighter than the other FTR models. And you’d be wrong. Indian claims a dry weight of 502.6 pounds, or about 13 pounds heavier than what Indian claims for the FTR1200S and 15 pounds heavier than the non-S model.

    In the U.K., the 2020 Indian FTR Carbon is priced at £14,699 (US$18,388), about US$2,126 more than the FTR1200S and US$750 more than a FTR1200S Race Replica model.
     
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    Sooo. Hesitating before I say anything, but...

    Nothing new here other than an accessory package?
     
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    Looks like s trim package upgrade. I'm fully lost as to how it gained weight, though. I'd hoped for a larger fuel tank.
     
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    Dear father Christmas,......Please give us a different looking Indian bike this year,.....Hell!,...any year!!!!:confused::oops:o_O:(
     
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    Was hoping for a 750
     
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    Me too,...with four cylinders:(
     
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    That is what I'd like to see
     
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    Why would you want that @Alpal . Isn't 6 years of the same old Scout enough for you. Sorry, sarcasm creeping in. Oh, and there have been upgrades to the Scout line, like different suspension and tyres, haha. Feels like Indian are copying HD with their Sportster line ? Oooh, we will give them a different seat and handlebars this year on the Bobber and call it a Bobber 20 and the Scout, hmmm, oh yeah, lets put on a USB charger, that will do.
     
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    Ha. Very true
     
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    They gave us two different looking bikes recently. The FTR and the Chally....
     
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    Best we all start saving then!:cool::p:D
     
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    Put the bottle on the table and back away.
     
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    True but they are still only half grown with just two cylinders each,:cool:
     
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    How can you see from way over there?,.....or was it on my breath?:oops:o_O
     
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    Indian FTR 1200 S Carbon is the closest you can get to FTR 750 race bike
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    India, and the Middle East get is a bike that starts with the 1200 S model and makes big cosmetic changes and a couple of tiny performance upgrades. The headlight nacelle, front fender, gas tank and airbox cover, and pillion seat cowl are all fashioned from carbon fiber. An "FTR Carbon" plate sits in the middle of the center console, and the titanium Akrapovič low-mount exhaust has been coated in matte black.

    The 1,203-cc V-twin has a touch more output, 124 horsepower versus 120 hp on the 1200 S. Peak torque holds steady at 88.5 pound-feet, but comes on 100 revs sooner, at 5,900 rpm. The power tweaks could be thanks to the Akrapovic exhaust, which is an option on the standard 1200 S. Don't expect any more quickness, however, because the 1200 Carbon weighs 518 pounds, 6.6 pounds more than the 1200 S it's based on. That's all the stranger considering Indian called the 1200 Carbon the closest a rider could get to the FTR 750 flat-track race bike, the inspiration for the whole FTR lineup, which weighs not much more than the 310-pound minimum limit for the series.

    The other minor changes are a seat raised 10 millimeters higher than on the 1200 S, and a rear brake disc diameter that's 5 mm smaller.

    All of the electronic aids from the 1200 S climb onto the 1200 Carbon, including the Standard, Sport, and Rain driving modes, cruise control, Bosch stability control with a six-axis inertial sensor, wheelie control, and Bosch lean-sensitive traction control and ABS. The cockpit is dominated by the full-color, 4.3-inch touchscreen display that throws in Bluetooth and USB charging.

    The FTR 1200 Carbon is being treated like an exclusive edition that "offers a collectable motorcycle with the highest level of finish and raises the bar for American motorcycles once again.” A livechat during the reveal suggested models would make it to dealerships shortly, but each outlet would only get one or two to sell. On Indian's UK site, the FTR 1200 Carbon starts at £14,699 ($18,340 U.S.), a £2,000 ($2,495 U.S.) premium over the FTR 1200 S.
     

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