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It's basically a gussied up base model FTR 1200. It does look better and supposedly the Pirelli tires are a big improvement.
 

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It’s a base model with spoke wheels, and a couple other add ons that were already offered through Indian.

It is cheaper to buy it as a package than add it to the base


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Yep the add-ons would be a lot more costly not to mention you'd have take-offs to store or sell whatever.
 

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It’s a base model with spoke wheels, and a couple other add ons that were already offered through Indian.

It is cheaper to buy it as a package than add it to the base


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I know we talked about it when it first came out in Europe... at that time it was a Euro bike only... I'm just kind of surprised there was no fan-fare at all about it being in NA just happened to run across the article...
 

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I honestly think that it’s because no one really wanted it. If they wanted that style they could have made it with the parts all the dealers have sitting in the display cases they had to buy.

My dealer said they might get one. But since the other ones still haven’t sold they aren’t in a big hurry.


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I'm thinking that unless sales pick up this Spring the lack of demand for the FTR might spell it's doom. Bad in a way but will possibly up the value of existing ones sometime in the future. I expect other versions or models utilizing the 1200 motor will come.
 

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I think they need to make one with shorter wheels to lower the wheel base and modify the foot controls to more of a mid position and they might have something. They also need all the FTR's to be more competitive in price to similar models.
 
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I agree about the lower seat height and the mid controls. The seat needs to come down a couple inches or more and the foot controls need to come down a couple inches and ahead about three. Another common complaint is difficulty refueling and tank capacity which could both be remedied. The pricing definitely must come down some.
 

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I'm thinking that unless sales pick up this Spring the lack of demand for the FTR might spell it's doom. Bad in a way but will possibly up the value of existing ones sometime in the future. I expect other versions or models utilizing the 1200 motor will come.
IMHO they won’t give up on the FTR that easy. Polaris kept Victory going for 18 years and they are still keeping the Slingshot around.


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I think they need to make one with shorter wheels to lower the wheel base and modify the foot controls to more of a mid position and they might have something. They also need all the FTR's to be more competitive in price to similar models.
There's a new rear shock that was released by 3rd party producer that lowers the seat height ~1"-1.5" if memory serves me correct.
 

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Yes. There are several companies who offer lowering springs and shocks for it now.


But do we really need to start another lowered/mid control/over priced ftr complain thread by those who don’t own one?

We have more of these threads than oil threads in the ftr section..


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IMHO they won’t give up on the FTR that easy. Polaris kept Victory going for 18 years and they are still keeping the Slingshot around.


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but only took 4 years to drop the Chief....
 
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but only took 4 years to drop the Chief....
Ya ... I assume the profit margin on the Chief Classic was too small.
The 2014 models had chrome switchhousings/levers/forks/nacelle, driving lights and oil cooler.
Bit by bit the bling got eliminated ... until we got the Darkhorse placed at the bottom of the TS111 range ... you still want a bit of accessories and bling on the non fairing model? Go get the Vintage or Springfield ... and PAY.

In the FTR lineup at some point they will keep the base model for sure ... then depending on the demand one of the S XOR RR versions. (FTR with RideCommand)

The Rally I consider as a teaser/tester and might be short lived ... until they have the proper Adventure version.

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And I forgot about the Roadmaster Classic too.


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yeah that one kinda blew my mind... at least around here when I went to buy a new bike that's what I was looking for... couldn't find one (winter 18-19) so I bought a 18 Limited... I would have got the RMC if I could have found one... but I think nation wide they were not selling
 
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Buyers in the FTR segment are not as brand loyal as other segments. Bottom line is you can get a lot more bike for much less money with what Asia is offering...and chances are you’ll fit in better with your riding buddies on an Asian or euro bike.
 
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