Published on March 22nd, 2021 | by Amirul Mukminin0
Indian Motorcycle Introduces 2022 FTR Lineup
Tweaks include new engine tech, smaller tyres and revised suspension
Two years after its introduction, Indian Motorcycle’s FTR lineup has been given a thorough update which the manufacturer says further solidifies its performance on the road.
For the 2022 model year, the entire FTR lineup will consist of four versions, namely the FTR, FTR S, FTR R Carbon and FTR Rally. In addition, the “1200” designation has been ditched altogether. Good, because the simpler, the better.
Each version retains the 1,203 cc, liquid-cooled V-twin engine that makes 123 hp and 120 Nm of torque. While the output is unchanged from the previous version, the engine’s fuel map has been retuned for better cold-start performance and throttle response. In addition, Indian has also included a rear-cylinder deactivation technology to help save some fuel and reduce heat at idle.
The FTR, FTR S, and FTR R Carbon now come with smaller 17-inch cast aluminium wheels wrapped with Metzeler Sportec street tyres for a more precise handling. This is a significant change from the flat track-biased 18- and 19-inch wheels and Dunlop DT3-R setup featured on the previous version.
Additionally, steering rake angle is steeper at 25 degrees and suspension travel has been reduced to 120 mm. The combination of smaller wheels and revised suspension results in a 36-mm lower seat height, making the FTR more accessible. Nimbler handling is provided by the ProTaper handlebars, which have been trimmed by 40 mm.
Although the three first versions have been made more road-biased, the FTR Rally will keep the flat track spirit alive with its 18- and 19-inch wire-spoke wheels matched with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres, as well as higher handlebars.
In terms of equipment, the base FTR is equipped with an analogue gauge, while the FTR S gets a 4.3-inch touch display with phone integration via Bluetooth or USB and configurable gauges. Upgraded Akrapovic exhaust, three ride modes, wheelie control with rear lift mitigation, stability control, traction control and cornering ABS are also included on the S.
In addition to the aforementioned features listed with the FTR S, the FTR R Carbon sets itself apart with carbon fibre tank covers, front fender and headlight nacelle, fully adjustable Öhlins gold front forks and gold piggyback shock, a black Akrapovic exhaust, premium seat cover, and numbered badging on the console.