2023 Indian Motorcycle FTR Sport First Look Preview

The FTR Sport takes the place of last year's FTR S.

The FTR Sport takes the place of last year’s FTR S. (Indian Motorcycle/)

Indian Motorcycle will replace its FTR S naked bike with the FTR Sport for 2023, with styling and electronic upgrades and a starting price of $15,749.

Editor’s note: We have test ridden the Indian Motorcycle FTR and its derivatives during the 2019 Indian FTR 1200 S First Ride Review, 2020 Indian FTR 1200 S MC Commute Reviewand 2022 Indian Motorcycle FTR R Carbon Review MC Commute articles and videos.

The FTR Sport will feature a new tank panel design and be available in either Black Metallic with Indy Red accents or a White Lightning with Indy Red and Black Metallic accents. Additional stylistic features include a number plate, chin fairing, and seat cowl

Mechanical upgrades include a new sport muffler and an updated braking system intended to give a firmer feel at the lever. The speedometer is repositioned to allow for an easier view and the clutch is new, promising improved feel and function. It will come with a new 4-inch round touchscreen display panel powered by the brand’s Ride Command system. Three ride modes include Sport, Standard, and Rain, and additional systems include Lean Angle Sensitive Stability Control and ABS.

The FTR Sport makes use of the tried-and-true 1,203cc V-twin found in other FTR models, along with fully adjustable Sachs suspension front and rear. Brembo braking kit provides stopping power front and back and 17-inch Metzeler Sportec M9 RR tires wrap the dual 17-inch cast wheels.

Additional accessory upgrades are being added to the catalog as well, including adjustable rearsets, levers, caps, covers, guards, and more.

The remaining FTR lineup, which includes the base FTR, the FTR Rally, and the FTR R Carbon, will also receive muffler, clutch, and braking system upgrades. The FTR R Carbon will receive the same touchscreen enhancement as well.

2023 Indian FTR Sport Technical Specifications and Price

Price: $15,749
Engine: 1,203cc, liquid-cooled V-twin
Bore x Stroke: 102.0 x 73.6mm
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Fuel Delivery: Closed-loop fuel injection
Clutch: Wet, multi-disc slipper/assist
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Frame: Steel trellis
Front Suspension: 43mm ZF Sachs fork, fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Sachs piggyback shock, fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travel
Front Brake: 4-piston Brembo calipers, dual 320mm discs w/ Cornering ABS
Rear Brake: 2-piston Brembo caliper, 260mm disc w/ Cornering ABS
Wheels, Front/Rear: Cast; 17 x 3.5 in. / 17 x 5.5 in.
Tires, Front/Rear: Metzeler Sportec M9 RR; 120/70-17 / 180/55-17
Rake/Trail: 25.3°/3.9in.
Wheelbase: 60.0 in.
Seat Height: 30.7 in.
Fuel Capacity: 3.4 gal.
Claimed Curb Weight: 522 lb.
Available: 2023
Contact: indianmotorcycle.com

The FTR R Carbon gets all the same upgrades as the FTR Sport for 2023.

The FTR R Carbon gets all the same upgrades as the FTR Sport for 2023. (Indian Motorcycle/)

The FTR Rally will start at $14,499

The FTR Rally will start at $14,499 (Indian Motorcycle/)

An updated tank panel design is one notable highlight of the new FTR Sport.

An updated tank panel design is one notable highlight of the new FTR Sport. (Indian Motorcycle/)

A new braking system and clutch improve feel at the levers.

A new braking system and clutch improve feel at the levers. (Indian Motorcycle/)

Fully adjustable Sachs suspension lets riders fine-tune settings.

Fully adjustable Sachs suspension lets riders fine-tune settings. (Indian Motorcycle/)

The FTR Sport and FTR R Carbon both get an upgraded touchscreen instrument panel.

The FTR Sport and FTR R Carbon both get an upgraded touchscreen instrument panel. (Indian Motorcycle/)

Brembo braking hardware, front and rear.

Brembo braking hardware, front and rear. (Indian Motorcycle/)

Stylistic elements make the FTR Sport stand out in the lineup.

Stylistic elements make the FTR Sport stand out in the lineup. (Indian Motorcycle/)

Sachs piggyback shock, fully adjustable.

Sachs piggyback shock, fully adjustable. (Indian Motorcycle/)

The base FTR will start at $13,499.

The base FTR will start at $13,499. (Indian Motorcycle/)

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