By John Burns
As the philosopher said, a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds. What were we supposed to compare the new Indian FTR1200 to?
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On my first ride of the FTR back in May, those exhaust pipes said Ducati Monster to me, and the Monster 1200S has also been upgraded since last we rode one, so that was easy enough. I admit that the Yamaha XSR is a bit of an outlier: It’s an 847cc Triple going up against a pair of 1200 Twins. But when I saw an XSR a while ago in Yamaha’s warehouse, at a distance, I actually asked, “who’s old flat-tracker is that over there?”
With the XSR, Yamaha was gunning for the same look as the Indian, at least. So why not? The bike’s been around since Tom Roderick glowingly reviewed it in 2016, but we’ve never actually tested one in a group setting. So we brought Tommyguns back, too, to defend the Yamaha. Cheers.
Know your base FTR1200 by its black fork tubes and paint.
In another unprecedented MO move, FAIK, we have two Indians – base model and “S” – mostly because Indian made both conveniently available to us, and so why not? The S model gets you a 4.5-inch TFT display, lean-sensitive ABS and traction control, Rain, Sport and Standard ride modes, adjustable suspension, and a $2k larger price tag: $15,499.