The FTR Rally’s matte gray paint and brown seat give it a more urban, upscale look that we dig.
Indian Motorcycle’s FTR 1200 has been a bit of a wake-up call for the American motorcycle industry. It takes the things that America is great at — making big, awesome-sounding V-twins and building motorcycles of very high fit and finish — and applies tons of cool flat-track racing style and modern tech. It’s been a big hit for Indian, and now the company wants to make it appeal to a wider range of customers.
Indian started by hiring Ola Stenegärd, father of the BMW R NineT, to lead the design. The company then decided to bring its new bike in at a lower price. The result of this is the FTR 1200 Rally, which will cost around $13,500 when it goes on sale.
Because the Rally is based on the lowest-spec FTR 1200, it gets the back-to-basics analog speedometer instead of the touchscreen display found on more expensive models. The next significant change — and perhaps my favorite one —