2020 Indian FTR Rally First Look – UPDATE: Announced for US
UPDATE: Originally announced for Europe at EICMA, the 2020 Indian FTR Rally has now been announced for the U.S., with a price of $13,499, which slots it above the $11,999 FTR 1200 but a grand below the $14,499 FTR 1200 S.
Indian revealed a new FTR 1200 variant model, a retro-styled version called the FTR Rally. The 2020 Indian FTR Rally features more upright ergonomics, LED lighting, aluminum wire-spoke red pinstripe wheels, a rally windscreen, a brown aviator seat, a Titanium Smoke paint scheme and Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires.
“The FTR Rally is a statement maker. Whether commuting to work, meeting up with friends for coffee, or just ripping around town, the FTR Rally will turn heads wherever it goes,” says Reid Wilson, Vice President of Indian Motorcycle. “But more than just eye candy, the bike reciprocates that ‘cool feeling’ through its 123-horsepower engine, commanding riding position and nimble handling, perfect for city streets or back, canyon roads.”
While we’re excited to see another take on the platform, we’re a bit disappointed the Rally didn’t stray farther from the FTR1200. While the FTR Rally’s upright ProTaper handlebars do make for more comfortable ergonomics, the rest of the bike is fairly similar to the FTR1200.
Both models share the same 1203cc V-Twin engine, claiming 123 hp and 89 lb-ft. with a flat torque curve. The engine is mounted to a similar trellis frame as the FTR1200, and the suspension and brakes are likewise similar, with an inverted fork and dual radial-mount Brembo calipers.
The FTR Rally does get cruise control and a USB fast charge port, which, combined with the more comfortable ergos, may make the FTR Rally more practical than the FTR1200. The Scorpion Rally STR tires and wire wheels may make the Rally more suitable for light off-road duties as well.
There’s still a lot of untapped potential in the FTR platform. We know from patent filings that Indian has been working on different frame designs, and an adventure bike version would certainly be welcome. The FTR Rally is a start, but we hope to see more in the near future.
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