The Indian FTR S is a motorcycle that is designed similarly to some of the flat track racers and has a tinge of neo-retro design, making it one of the best looking machines currently on sale. With the arrival of the 2022 model of the FTR S, Indian has managed to retain the philosophy of the outgoing model, which still makes it an adorable motorcycle, especially on twisty roads.
Offered for a base MSRP of $14,999, the 2022 FTR S features no major changes from the outgoing 2021 model. The extremely refined and powerful V-twin engine offers best-in-class acceleration and handling is a step above its main rival, the Harley-Davidson Sportster S. All important equipment comes standard and the bike is very modern and sophisticated. Here are 10 things every motorcycle enthusiast should know about the 2022 Indian FTR S.
ten Impressive acceleration and intoxicating exhaust note
With no major changes from the outgoing 2021 model, the 2022 Indian FTR S retains the 1203cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine producing nearly 120 hp and 87 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to a smooth-shifting 6-speed manual transmission. With an Akrapovic 2-1-2 exhaust system onboard, the exhaust note is also one of the best of the bunch.
The engine offers a lot of grunt higher up in the rev range, which isn’t what you’d expect from a long-stroke V-twin engine. Mid-range performance is also exceptional, making it a great machine for the highways. Even though the on-off transition and weight hamper city riding, it’s still quite manageable compared to Harleys.
9 The gearbox is quite smooth
The 6-speed gearbox is by far the smoothest shifting unit around, especially when compared to the Harley-Davidson Sportster S. The gears engage precisely and don’t feel clunky. There is also no noise when changing gears. However, this transmission does not receive a quick-shift system.
Even though it doesn’t have the quick-shift system, it can be retrofitted, as many aftermarket equipment manufacturers like Haltech and IRC offer them for less than $1,000. As for the clutch, the FTR S has a slipper and assist clutch system and the clutch is reasonably light to use.
8 Vibrations are not a deterrent
The 2022 India FTR S is not like some of the older Indian motorcycles. This could be understood mainly in terms of the level of refinement offered by the FTR S. The engine is extremely refined and offers very minimal vibration at less than 6500 rpm, unlike other conventional V-twin engines.
When the rpm exceeds the 6,500 mark, slight vibrations can be felt through the handlebars and footpegs. But this will not be a decisive factor because the vibrations do not affect the driving experience in any way. Refined engine sound and rubber-mounted handlebars and grips help make the bike feel more upscale.
seven Updated 17″ wheels aid handling
Previous model years of the Indian FTR S came with a 19-inch front wheel and an 18-inch rear wheel, which made handling a bit iffy at times. However, with the arrival of the Indian FTR S 2022, this American manufacturer has switched to conventional 17″ wheels for the front and rear.
The suspension is set to the stiffer side, which makes cornering quite easy. The bike has a much more impressive lean angle, especially compared to the Sportster S, which tends to scrape low-slung footpegs. The FTR S also hides the weight pretty well, and mid-corner direction changes inspire confidence.
6 Tank range is quite poor
The 2022 Indian FTR S gets a small fuel tank capacity of 3.4 gallons, which makes it a pretty poor option for people who intend to do some touring with their motorcycle. Riders would need to fill up the tank fairly quickly as the range of the tank is close to 110 miles.
The Indian FTR S offers city gas mileage of around 32 mpg, making it less fuel efficient than its main competitor, the 2022 Harley-Davidson Sportster S. However, with multiple drive modes on offer, the The 2022 Indian FTR S could squeeze a few more miles out of a gallon of fuel.
5 Not very comfortable for driving on the highway
There are two main reasons why the 2022 Indian FTR S is not the best option for hitting the highways. The first reason is that this is a hard-suspension motorcycle designed as a flat-track racer. As a result, all bumps and potholes are passed on to the rider, which equates to a poor riding experience.
Another reason is that the suspension has very low travel (120mm for front and rear) and this results in an even more uncomfortable driving experience at highway speeds. The suspension also tends to drop steadily as you drive through the biggest of potholes.
4 Not great in town
Even though the suspension system offered with the 2022 Indian FTR S is quite high-tech, it does not translate into a comfortable driving experience, both in town and on the highways. The front gets fully adjustable ZF Sachs inverted forks, and the rear comes with a fully adjustable ZF Sachs IFP.
In city riding conditions, even with the softest suspension setting, the bike is pretty terrible. The bumpy suspension setup paired with a high curb weight of 514 lbs. makes the FTR S a handful in city traffic conditions. Refueling seems a little jerky at low revs and it could have been better too.
3 Braking performance is more than adequate
Braking performance has always been a USP of the Indian FTR S, and the same philosophy is applied to the 2022 model as well. the Brembo 260mm single disc with a 2-piston caliper.
Give a light grip on the front brake lever and the bike offers a decent amount of initial bite with less front-end dive. Braking progression front and rear also seemed great. ABS is on board and works quite well, without intervening too much.
2 Touchscreen instrument cluster is very intuitive
The 4.3-inch Ride Command instrument cluster that comes with the 2022 Indian FTR S is much more advanced and feature-rich than what is offered by the Harley-Davidson Sportster S. This instrument cluster also supports the touchscreen, which makes it a notch better in terms of interface.
The display is bright and the pilot would have no problem reading what is displayed on the screen. The touch sensitivity and overall user interface are also very neat. Apart from that, Bluetooth connectivity is also on board.
1 One of the most beautiful motorcycles in the segment
Since the release of the motorcycle in 2019, it is considered one of the best looking motorcycles in the segment. The flat track racer design combined with the neo-retro adds to the character of this bike. The metallic brown and smoky white color schemes also suit the bike.
The circular LED headlight with LED DRL, blacked-out handlebars and mirrors, and wide front tires add to the beauty. The beautifully crafted exhaust manifolds, muscular tank and neat Indian embossing make its presence felt on the road. The rear is highlighted by the LED taillight, dual exhaust system and a chunky 17-inch tire.
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