Easily one of the most exciting new models from Indian is the FTR, standing for Flat Track Racer. We’ve recently reviewed it and enjoyed its very sport bike feel while still retaining some off-road ability. It’s available in a few variants with fairly minor difference. Now Indian adds a new trim level into the mix: the FTR Carbon.
As the name suggests, it features carbon fiber bodywork. The front fender, headlight nacelle, tank and airbox covers, and passenger seat cowl are now all carbon fiber. It’s also fitted with an exclusive low-mount, black Akrapovič exhaust in titanium. To distinguish it from other FTR models, it has a ‘FTR Carbon’ branded center console plate.
Like the original FTR, the FTR Carbon comes equipped with cruise control, dual disc Brembo ABS brakes, traction control, full LED lighting, and a 4.3-inch LED touchscreen dashboard featuring a USB fast-charge port and Bluetooth compatibility for charging and controlling mobile devices.
Keeping it aloft is long travel (150mm) fully adjustable suspension for an upright riding position for predictable, precise cornering and maneuverability even in the city.
It’s propelled by a liquid-cooled 1,203cc V-twin engine, developing 126 PS and 120 Nm of torque. It’s been tuned to have a flat torque curve and strong acceleration throughout the RPM range as well as progressive, predictable power delivery. Still, there’s usable low-end punch for exhilarating riding whether in the city or countryside.
The FTR is also fitted with a variety of riding aids like lean-angle sensitive stability control, ABS, traction control, and wheelie mitigation control, which can be modified by three Ride Modes (Sport, Standard, Rain), each with unique throttle responses and traction control intervention levels.
Besides all the alluring carbon fiber already fitted, the FTR Carbon can be customized even more with accessories specifically developed for the FTR platform.
“For the discerning rider, the FTR Carbon offers a collectable motorcycle with the highest level of finish and raises the bar for American motorcycles once again,” said Mike Dougherty, President of Indian Motorcycle.