Indian Motorcycle has announced its 2022 FTR lineup, with several changes aimed at making the street tracker more street-friendly and accessible to riders of varying sizes. Though labeled as 2022 models, the FTR, FTR S, FTR R Carbon, and FTR Rally will be hitting dealerships this year.
Let’s begin with updates that impact that entire FTR line, starting with its burly 1,203cc V-twin engine. New for this year is a revised fuel map that is said to alleviate poor cold-start performance while also improving throttle response. Additionally, rear-cylinder deactivation is coming to the FTR platform, along with revised heat channeling to help keep the rider more comfortable — an issue we noted during our review of the 2019 Indian FTR 1200 S — kudos to Indian engineers for working on that. Interestingly, Indian has ditched “1200” from the name for 2022.
In another welcome change that will surely bode well for those with shorter inseam lengths, the street-biased FTR, FTR S and FTR R Carbon will now use 17-inch cast-aluminum wheels and high-quality Metzeler Sportec rubber. It is a departure from the authentic flat track look that Dunlop DT3-R tires and 19- and 18-inchers achieved, but this is a move that highlights function over form.
Not only that, but the three bikes have reduced the front and rear suspension travel by over an inch to 4.7 inches. Between the smaller wheels and lower suspension, the three FTR’s feature a much more accessible 32.2-inch seat height, down 0.9-inch. Lastly, the ProTaper handlebar is 1.5 inches narrower.
Meanwhile, the scrambler themed FTR Rally is equipped with wire-spoke 19- and 18-inch wheels, shod with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR rubber.
2022 Indian FTR:
Indian’s base model FTR is set to receive a fully-adjustable 43mm USD Sachs fork and fully-adjustable piggyback Sachs shock. This is a considerable upgrade over its previous components, which featured a non-adjustable fork and a shock with spring-preload and rebound damping adjustment only.
A single color choice of Black Smoke is offered, with red branding and pin striping found throughout. Most interestingly, Indian has brought the MSRP down to $12,999, saving customers $500 compared to last year’s standard FTR, giving would-be owners more bike for less money.
2022 Indian FTR S:
The up-spec FTR 1200 S features a Bluetooth ready 4.3-inch Ride Command touchscreen display, giving riders access to three selectable ride modes and IMU-supported rider aides like cornering ABS, traction control, wheelie control, rear-wheel lift mitigation and stability control. A fast-charging USB port is standard, as is an Akrapovič slip-on exhaust that provides a sweet soundtrack for your ride.
Fully-adjustable Sachs suspension is also standard. Two colors ways are available this year, Maroon Metallic and White Smoke. Not unlike the base model FTR, the S has also had its price reduced $500, bringing the MSRP down to $14,999.
2022 Indian FTR R Carbon:
Chockfull of eye-popping carbon parts, the FTR R Carbon is the shining star in the FTR range. To that end, the FTR R Carbon stands apart from the crowd with a carbon fiber tank cover, fender and headlight nacelle. It also flaunts fully-adjustable Öhlins suspension, a black Akrapovič slip-on exhaust, premium seat cover and numbered badging. It also features all of the rider aids from the FTR 1200 S.
MSRP for the 2022 Indian FTR R Carbon is $16,999.
2022 Indian FTR Rally:
The Indian FTR Rally goes all-in with the scrambler look, utilizing 19- and 18-inch wire-spoke wheels equipped with 80/20 Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires. As with all other FTR models, it shares the recent fuel map upgrades and rear-cylinder deactivation.
The FTR Rally’s ProTaper handlebar is two inches taller than its brethren, improving ergonomics when standing or sitting. It also makes use of an analog instrument panel and is available in Titanium Smoke for $13,999.
We’re incredibly excited to find out how the changes will impact the 2022 Indian FTR lineup and want to throw a leg over these street-trackers as soon as possible. Until then, we’ll have to let these images suffice.
For more information, visit: Indian Motorcycle.