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Jeff Leisk Bike Review: FTR 1200

Now featuring 17inch wheels, a lower seat height, and a revised engine, the new 2022 Indian FTR has been redesigned directly from rider feedback to be the most refined FTR range yet! Jeff Leisk, Australian Motocross legend, tests out the highly acclaimed and anticipated 2022 Indian FTR.

Heavily influenced by Indian's racing history, the FTR range inherits the brand’s flat tracker legacy, yet reimagined for street use. This is distinctive apparent through the styling, sporting classicly sharp geometric shapes in the frame and bodywork. You’ll be getting looks your way on a bike this good looking. 

Powered by this blacked-out 1203cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine, the FTR produces a whopping 120Hp and 120Nm of torque. The FTR’s can seriously move! For 2022, the engine has been retuned for better cold start performance and delivers a more predictable throttle response.

To keep the engine cool in traffic, the FTR has Rear-Cylinder Deactivation, which helps mitigate the amount of heat being transferred to the rider at idle. 

As we can see here, one of the biggest changes to the 2022 model is the addition of 17-inch cast aluminium wheels wrapped with Metzeler SporTec street tyres. This has made a huge difference to the handling of the bike. Especially through corners, it's much easier to lean the bike over and offers a much more controlled feeling over the bike. 

As previously mentioned, the new models have seen a seat height decrease of 35mm, now sitting at 780mm, which is a welcome addition for shorter riders. 

Getting into the tech, both the FTR S and Carbon model sport a sleek 4.3-inch touch screen TFT display. Here is where the rider can operate BlueTooth capabilities, phone integration and control rider modes. The stunning design sits elegantly within the bikes front end and visually represents the necessary information clearly and effectively. 

For longer distances, cruise control comes standard and a fast-charge USB port lets you easily charge mobile devices on the go. Full suite of electronic safety aids such as traction/stability/wheelie control. The base FTR only has ABS.

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