And not only because Indian is running out of the limited edition models.
Following-on from their successful bid to make the basic FTR1200 more attractive by fitting most of the ‘Rally’ parts collection to it to make the FTR1200 Rally, they’ve raided the ‘Sport’ collection to make the only model that could out-spec the race-rep 1200S.
Called the Carbon, it will come as no surprise to learn that the Sport collection heavily relies on carbon fibre parts. And we are talking about proper carbon fibre here: this isn’t a dipped version of the base body work. Moreover, while the Sport’s bodywork was purely carbon, the FTR1200 Carbon only shows its lightweight material through a race replica paint scheme in those areas that were previously painted black. The best of both worlds and a genuine improvement over the previous top model, and for just £600 more than the old race-rep FTR1200S.
Counter-intuitively, it looks as though it has actually gained 3kg over the FTR1200S, but I’m going to hold out hope that’s a typo in the specifications: it does have the Akrapovič brushed stainless exhaust in a black finish – often seen on the FRT1200S race-rep but it was only ever an option – but I can’t see that countering all of the weight saving and adding a few kilos. It can’t be the central “FTR Carbon” console, and everything else is basically the same as the already highly spec’d.
Maybe it is the weight of expectation: it is, after all, the road-going manifestation of the all-conquering FTR750 flat track racer that took the rebranded AFT class by storm from the beginning, and that’s a big pair of boots to fill.
They have stopped short of calling it the FTR1200R or RR which makes you – well it makes me – wonder if there’s still room for one more.
|Engine||Liquid-cooled 60-degree 4v DOHC v-twin|
|Bore x Stroke||102mm x 73.6mm|
|Compression Ratio||12.5 : 1|
|Displacement||73 cu in / 1203 cc|
|Fuel System||Closed loop fuel injection / 60mm bore|
|Exhaust||2-into-1 / Akrapovič silencer|
|Peak Power||93 kW at 8250 rpm|
|Peak Torque||120 Nm at 5900 rpm|
|Transmission||6-speed, constant mesh / foot shift|
|Clutch||Assist & slip, multi-plate wet clutch|
|Charging System||35 amp max output|
|Battery||12 Volt, 12AH, 240CCA, maintenance free AGM|
|Final Drive||Chain / 525HV3X / 116 Link|
|Fuel Capacity||13 litres, 91 octane recommended|
|Oil Capacity||4.156 litres of SAE 15W60|
|Forks||Fully adjustable inverted telescopic cartridge fork, 43mm diameter, 150mm travel|
|Rear Shock||Fully adjustable Piggyback IFP, 150mm travel|
|Dry Weight||228 kg|
|Ground Clearance||183 mm|
|Rake/Trail||26.3° / 130mm|
|Seat Height (Unladen)||815mm (853mm)|
|Lean Angle||43 degrees|
|Brakes:||Front||Dual 320mm x t5 rotor with 4-piston Brembo M4.32 calipers|
|Rear||Single 265mm x t5 rotor with 2-piston Brembo P34 caliper|
|Tyres:||Front||Dunlop DT3-R Radial, 120/70R19 60V|
|Rear||Dunlop DT3-R Radial, 150/80R18 70V|
|Wheels:||Front||Cast 19” x 3”|
|Rear||Cast 18” x 4.25”|
|Colour||Carbon Race Replica|