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    DD 1200 vs Indian FTR 1200

    I just finished reading a good article on the new Indian FTR 1200. Great looking bike and it sounds like it works well. I can't help thinking though that this is so similar to the DD1200. Similar style, size, weight and power. If the DD1200 had just come out now and had slightly better engine mapping I think it would compete well and maybe even trump the new Indian. Anyone else thinking similar thoughts? Counterpoints? Tom

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    I remember being unimpressed with the Indian's specs on paper, and disappointed with the half-hearted flat-track styling (they had a pukka gen FTR750 Scout on the stand next to it, gorgeous) and surprised by sub-par build quality for the price.

    The Dorso is a fair bit lighter (467 lbs wet vs. 487 dry!), and makes more power and torque. I'd fully expect it to be a sportier ride as well, with more ground clearance and more aggressive geometry. The FTR is probably the better roadster / cruiser with a less finicky engine as you say.

    Quite a different machine when all is said and done. Pick your poison!
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    $15.5 base for the S model seems stiff. Get a Tuono for that. Wouldn't a used Dorsoduro be around 1/2 that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by IndelibleInk View Post
    The Dorso is a fair bit lighter (467 lbs wet vs. 487 dry!)
    467 lbs is DD1200's *dry* weight, not wet.

    In other news... these are two completely different bikes with completely different riding styles in mind.
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    Oh yeah, there's no chance it would be lighter than the 750. Good catch. Still a 20 lb difference if that counts for anything. I mean, 500 lbs plus ~ 200 lb rider and 120 bhp; clearly a small increase in power has a greater effect than a small decrease in weight. I.e. 10% more power is 132 bhp; nice to have. To reduce the weight by 10% (for the same effect at low speed), you'd need to shed 70 lbs. Yikes.
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    Missing the point I think guys. No one would say that the FTR1200 is better that the DD1200, it's just that in my mind, there are striking similarities between the two in size, shape and style especially considering the 8 year gap. I was surprised that the bike magazines did not pick up on this.... Tom

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    I think plenty of people will find the FTR a better choice for them than a Dorso, and that's fine.

    The only real similarity I can see is the big swingin' dick 1200 twin cylinder motor. (As opposed to the relatively limp offerings in a proper cruiser, I guess).

    To me it looks more like an oversized Ducati Scrambler than a Dorso / maxi-motard. Kinda makes sense given the flat track pretence. Looks better with a high level exhaust, too.
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    I have test ridden one about a month ago...(FTR)
    Incredibly fun bike to ride, great intown or to work ride.
    Even though it only has about 110 to the rear wheel, it's all you really need with that bike the way it is set up.
    I considering the FTR when I first heard they were going to be built....but after a year of waiting to see one, I bought a KTM 1290 Superduke GT instead.
    Needed a bike to haul the wife on occasions, and the FTR would not work well for that....Still happy with my choice.
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