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Considering an FTR

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Posted 02 June 2020 - 07:17 AM

This is less of a question thread and more of a 'for the hell of it' discussion topic, for the sake of talking bikes on MNSBR:

By a stroke of luck, last night I was able to borrow an Indian FTR 1200 and went for a ride with my fiance all night. She absolutely loves it. (Not that it matters, but I like it, too) Though, she doesn't have experience being on many bikes other than an R3 and a Grom. I like the FTR's combo of sportiness and cruising capability. The power is very nice and the looks are stellar.

Previously, I was thinking about getting a KTM 790 for my next street bike, but I'm thinking that's not going to be as comfortable, even with an aftermarket pillion seat, but who knows till we try...

-I like the 790 for the power-to-weight, sharp looks and sporty ride with a more ergo-standard seating position. (100 bhp / 61 ft-lb and 448# wet)
-I like the FTR for the big torque, classic/retro/sleek looks, decently sporty ride and yet still a slightly forward-standard seating position. It's a heavier bike, but would be smoother cruising. And it comes with cruise control! (123hp / 87 ft-lb and 517# wet)


I know BD10 has an FTR. What do you think about yours Brett? Worthy of a purchase for long term ownership and cruising with the lady? Keep you happy in the twisties and on solo rides?



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Posted 02 June 2020 - 07:42 AM

Idk why but I just can't get on board with the looks of those. I've ridden a few (Ducati Multistrada? Don't remember what else) but have never been all that impressed.
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Posted 02 June 2020 - 07:47 AM

I rode the FTR and loved it, however, it has a 160 rear tire and I can't see it lasting very long as it lit them up very easily.
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Posted 02 June 2020 - 07:50 AM

View PostNorthStar, on 02 June 2020 - 07:47 AM, said:

I rode the FTR and loved it, however, it has a 160 rear tire and I can't see it lasting very long as it lit them up very easily.


I'll look into what tire sizes people are putting on the FTRs. I would imagine, like from any brand, the OE tires are junk. The tread pattern looks cool, but not necessary for street duty.
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Posted 02 June 2020 - 08:26 AM

I think the FTR looks badass. If I wasnt such a Honda fan boy I would be willing to give one a go
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Posted 02 June 2020 - 08:28 AM

I'm not brand loyal, but I have definitely been a solid Honda owner.
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Posted 02 June 2020 - 09:43 AM

Interesting bikes. I've just never been much of a vee two guy.
They are pretty spendy as well aren't they?
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Posted 02 June 2020 - 10:17 AM

I love my 1290 but that FTR is sexy. Do you follow Aaron colton on IG? He post some fun videos of the FTR. Also I think Ktm is bringing the 890 state side.
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Posted 02 June 2020 - 10:44 AM

Torch - I've found that I love street riding with torque. So a 2-cylinder is a great option. The FTR is not cheap to start, but I have a good lead on one that would make it very doable.

Vroom - I don't IG. I guess I do have an account, but never use it. I'll see if I can find AC on there. And I haven't seen any info on the 890. I'll have to investigate that one.
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Posted 02 June 2020 - 11:44 AM

We must be getting old. I think it looks sweet.
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Posted 02 June 2020 - 11:47 AM

View PostMarls, on 02 June 2020 - 11:44 AM, said:

We must be getting old. I think it looks sweet.



You are old. You gave up the bike life :(
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Posted 02 June 2020 - 01:16 PM

View PostVrooom, on 02 June 2020 - 10:17 AM, said:

... I think Ktm is bringing the 890 state side.


Damn, the Duke 890 looks amazing! 388# wet weight!! That's 60lbs less than the 790! Plus, an extra 20hp and 12ft-lb over the 790. (120hp / 73 ft-lb)

Doesn't come with passenger seat/pegs, though. Maybe that's a good thing.
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Posted 02 June 2020 - 02:10 PM

View PostPOE, on 02 June 2020 - 01:16 PM, said:

Damn, the Duke 890 looks amazing! 388# wet weight!! That's 60lbs less than the 790! Plus, an extra 20hp and 12ft-lb over the 790. (120hp / 73 ft-lb)

Doesn't come with passenger seat/pegs, though. Maybe that's a good thing.


Itís still a KTM tho. I just donít know if I can bring myself to own another one
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Posted 03 June 2020 - 08:06 AM

Boy, oh, Boy that Duke 890 looks fun.

Two years ago, I bought my son (13 at the time) a Duke 390 entry-level bike that I've been keeping warm and exercised for him while he is working on getting a license. The 390 is a a lot of fun.

I may have to get him a 890 soon so he has something to move up to in a few years. I'm sure I can get it all broke-in and ready for him in only 2 or 3 years.

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Posted 03 June 2020 - 08:30 AM

View PostKent Larson, on 03 June 2020 - 08:06 AM, said:

Boy, oh, Boy that Duke 890 looks fun.

Two years ago, I bought my son (13 at the time) a Duke 390

I may have to get him a 890 soon so he has something to move up to in a few years.


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