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​Well that didn't take long: S&S shotgun exhausts for the Indian FTR1200

​Well that didn't take long: S...
S&S Cycle has already got a prototype set of high shotgun pipes prototyped that do amazing things to the Indian FTR1200
S&S Cycle has already got a prototype set of high shotgun pipes prototyped that do amazing things to the Indian FTR1200
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S&S made the exhausts for the concept Custom, now there's a prototype for the streetbike - and they look great.
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S&S made the exhausts for the concept Custom, now there's a prototype for the streetbike - and they look great.
Twin fat scrambler shotguns was just what this bike needed to complete the look
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Twin fat scrambler shotguns was just what this bike needed to complete the look
S&S Cycle has already got a prototype set of high shotgun pipes prototyped that do amazing things to the Indian FTR1200
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S&S Cycle has already got a prototype set of high shotgun pipes prototyped that do amazing things to the Indian FTR1200
Indian's FTR1200 streetbike: hot bike, shame about the production exhaust.
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Indian's FTR1200 streetbike: hot bike, shame about the production exhaust.

We're big fans of Indian's new flat-track streetbike, but its production exhaust detracts significantly from the look we fell in love with. Aftermarket to the rescue! These S&S exhausts bring the FTR1200 back much closer to the look of the original Custom we lost our minds over last year.

In the week since Indian launched its FTR1200 streetbike, a lot of online discussion has focused on how and where it falls short of the gorgeous FTR1200 Custom concept bike that caused such a frenzy last year.

Indian's FTR1200 streetbike: hot bike, shame about the production exhaust.
Indian's FTR1200 streetbike: hot bike, shame about the production exhaust.

But it's amazing what a simple set of pipes can do. We have no idea whether those small heat shields will protect your legs from getting burned, but if you wanna get the FTR streetbike looking as close as possible to the Custom, it seems a pair of pipes does just about all the heavy lifting.

S&S made the exhausts for the concept Custom, now there's a prototype for the streetbike - and they look great.
S&S made the exhausts for the concept Custom, now there's a prototype for the streetbike - and they look great.

They're only prototypes for the moment, but you can bet they'll be ready to go pronto when the bike hits showrooms. We've asked the S&S Cycle team what the heat's going to be like on your legs, we'll update this piece if and when they get back to us.

In the meanwhile, though, it looks amazing. If this can be done without third degree thigh burns, all our doubts are gone and the title of World's Sexiest Production Streetbike In Our Humble Opinion is Indian's to lose. Check out our interview with FTR1200 designer Rich Christoph.

Source: S&S Cycle

3 comments
Mzungu_Mkubwa
Yes, looks much better! I feel sorry for the plus-one, tho, if there were pegs for them... sizzled thighs, anyone? Would look better if they put a proper dirt-tracker tail cowl in place of the 2nd seat. Also, please don't take away my fenders! I know its not strictly the look, but style ain't worth it when riding puddle-laden streets. The laundry bill (and sidelong looks at the office) get to be a bit much with too many rainy days... ☺
chidrbmt
Agree the S & S pipes are a huge improvement. Guess the trade off with the lightweight trellis frame has to be a buried engine. Which is sad as wheels & engine is what a dirt tracker is about. Wonder how effort & time it takes to work on engine maintenance? One had to remove H.D.'s V-Rod engine just to adjust the valves. At ridiculous shop rates that's a huge chunk.
RBS
Both exhaust pipes are sitting right on top of the single rear shock absorber. Not good for consistent dampening. Interference with the passenger, the rear shock, the under-seat fuel tank, and the rider's right leg are probably why Indian gave the bike a low exhaust.