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Been meaning to throw this together for a while now, our official 1 year anniversary was in November.

Not a fan of long winded high detail reviews on performance or maintenance, there's a lot of that out there, so I'll just drop some brief insight on what it's like to live with and let the photos do the rest of the talking. Feel free to throw in a question if there's something specific you'd like to know about the bike.

I bought my 2019 FTR 1200 with 0 km on it in November 2020 and ended our first year together with a little over 45,000 filthy, abusive kilometers on the clock. I rode it all over British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, I rode it into mud holes, snow drifts, underground mines, and onto its side multiple times, I rode it to the drag strip to roast Lamborghini's and V-Rods on knobby tires, and I rode it to work like a good boy at least a few times.

Not much to say regarding maintenance. I've gone through a few chains, 5 rear tires, 3 fronts, 4 oil change kits, a couple turns signals because I keep kicking them off, and one front fork seal just started leaking after 45,000 km of pretending to be a dirtbike. Haven't checked the valves yet, might this month. I did upload Fuel Moto's RevB map the day after I bought the bike. It is absolutely true that the stock fueling is poor for 2019/20 models, I haven't had any issues at all with fueling since flashing the ECU.

As for performance, depends who you ask I guess. I don't come from performance motorcycles so I don't know what superbike performance feels like, but coming from cheap dual sports, cruisers, and choppers, the FTR 1200 absolutely feels high performance. It corners exactly how I want it to, I feel confident pushing it to my limits, and it's faster than most of my friend's bikes (which is how we should all be measuring speed). It's pretty atrocious off-road compared to any real adventure bike or dual sport but to me that just makes it more of an adventure. Ground clearance is very rarely an issue, it does pretty well there, suspension travel is pretty limited and you need to ride accordingly. Hitting a decent logging road pothole at any speed greater than 60 km/h is pretty sure to bottom out the front end. The ABS was definitely a problem, I wired up a bypass switch within the first few months of owning it. The engine braking is challenging on dirt. Downshifting a 1200cc v-twin on gravel takes a lot of finesse, you're going to be locking up the rear end a lot.

Anyway, here is what 1 year of proper good times on an FTR 1200 looks like:

PSX_20210330_205841 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20211008_162400 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20201205_175935 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20201205_171649 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20210510_204710 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20210914_215513 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20210730_162433 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20201228_174153 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20210530_223345 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20210523_225106 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20210419_073556 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20210415_210933 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20210828_002625 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20210911_012658 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
Photo Credit: Praveen Kahlkot by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20211008_174223 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20211001_202401 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20210914_225240 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
 

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Epoch6 -- always the best pix! Living the dream!
Thanks so much for the overview.

Multiple chains?!? How did the sprockets fair?

Did you go for an aftermarket seat?

I have ridden my Scout off road ---- actually fairly recently. I got a fair way in to rough fire road and got funny looks from all the guys on "proper" adventure bikes as I passed by. It did ok motoring along in 1st and 2nd.

Anything you would do differently or #1 advice to a new FTR owner (besides the ECM flash)?
 

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Been meaning to throw this together for a while now, our official 1 year anniversary was in November.

Not a fan of long winded high detail reviews on performance or maintenance, there's a lot of that out there, so I'll just drop some brief insight on what it's like to live with and let the photos do the rest of the talking. Feel free to throw in a question if there's something specific you'd like to know about the bike.

I bought my 2019 FTR 1200 with 0 km on it in November 2020 and ended our first year together with a little over 45,000 filthy, abusive kilometers on the clock. I rode it all over British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, I rode it into mud holes, snow drifts, underground mines, and onto its side multiple times, I rode it to the drag strip to roast Lamborghini's and V-Rods on knobby tires, and I rode it to work like a good boy at least a few times.

Not much to say regarding maintenance. I've gone through a few chains, 5 rear tires, 3 fronts, 4 oil change kits, a couple turns signals because I keep kicking them off, and one front fork seal just started leaking after 45,000 km of pretending to be a dirtbike. Haven't checked the valves yet, might this month. I did upload Fuel Moto's RevB map the day after I bought the bike. It is absolutely true that the stock fueling is poor for 2019/20 models, I haven't had any issues at all with fueling since flashing the ECU.

As for performance, depends who you ask I guess. I don't come from performance motorcycles so I don't know what superbike performance feels like, but coming from cheap dual sports, cruisers, and choppers, the FTR 1200 absolutely feels high performance. It corners exactly how I want it to, I feel confident pushing it to my limits, and it's faster than most of my friend's bikes (which is how we should all be measuring speed). It's pretty atrocious off-road compared to any real adventure bike or dual sport but to me that just makes it more of an adventure. Ground clearance is very rarely an issue, it does pretty well there, suspension travel is pretty limited and you need to ride accordingly. Hitting a decent logging road pothole at any speed greater than 60 km/h is pretty sure to bottom out the front end. The ABS was definitely a problem, I wired up a bypass switch within the first few months of owning it. The engine braking is challenging on dirt. Downshifting a 1200cc v-twin on gravel takes a lot of finesse, you're going to be locking up the rear end a lot.

Anyway, here is what 1 year of proper good times on an FTR 1200 looks like:

PSX_20210330_205841 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20211008_162400 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20201205_175935 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20201205_171649 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20210510_204710 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20210914_215513 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20210730_162433 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20201228_174153 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20210530_223345 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20210523_225106 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20210419_073556 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20210415_210933 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20210828_002625 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20210911_012658 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
Photo Credit: Praveen Kahlkot by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20211008_174223 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20211001_202401 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
PSX_20210914_225240 by EPOCH 6, on Flickr
Amazing photos and a good straight to the point summary. Your FTR is definitely Ridden not Hidden, Love it.
 
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