Indian Motorcycle has dropped the price of entry to its popular FTR 1200 naked bike range, with the 2021 line-up now $1000 less expensive at $19,995 rideaway for the base variant.

The range-topping FTR 1200 R Carbon carries the same discount compared to the model it replaces at $25,995, while the mid-spec FTR 1200 S remains at $22,995.

Indian has shifted the positioning of the FTR among its competitors by installing sportier Metzeler Sportec tyres on smaller 17-inch aluminium wheels.

Indian FTR 1200 2021

With the new wheel and tyre setup, the dynamics of the American modern retro have naturally changed, while the seat height has also lowered from 805mm to 780mm.

Rounding out the dimensional updates are shorter ProTaper handlebars to support the bike’s new-found ‘nimble handling’.

From standard, the 2021 Indian FTR 1200 is motivated by an 89kW/120Nm 1203cc V-twin, and is backed up by fully adjustable suspension, Brembo brakes and cylinder deactivation technology to manage engine heat at idle.

Indian FTR 1200 2021

In base guise, the 2021 FTR is fitted with an analogue gauge, however, higher-spec variants benefit from a 4.3-inch touchscreen display combined with a USB fast-charger and smartphone connectivity.

The FTR 1200 S and FTR 1200 R Carbon also gain an upgraded Akrapovic exhaust system, access to three rider modes, wheelie control and rear lift mitigation, traction control and cornering ABS.

Exclusive to the Carbon is front and rear Ohlins suspension, a black Akrapovic exhaust, a ‘premium’ seat cover, unique badging as well as carbon-fibre on the tank covers, front guard and headlight surround.

Indian FTR 1200 2021

In a recent press release, Indian Motorcycle product director Ben Lindaman suggested that the upgrades to the new FTR 1200 do not take away from its core concept.

“The FTR has a totally unique feel, which riders of all experience levels love,” he said.

“Our aim was to preserve that DNA, while at the same enhance and refine the bike.

“The end result is a stunning, one-of-a-kind motorcycle that oozes retro character but still begs you to twist the throttle and get after it.”

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