Indian FTR 1200 S (2019-2020) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Indian FTR 1200 S, made from 2019-2020.

The FTR 1200 S is an upright naked-style sports motorcycle that is named for having drawn inspiration from “flat track” racing-style motorcycles of the past — specifically Indian’s highly successful FTR750.

The FTR 1200 S (including the higher-spec Carbon) is based on a 1203 cc liquid-cooled eight-valve V-twin engine that makes 91 kW (123 hp) at 8250 rpm, and peak torque of 120 Nm (89 ft-lb) at 5900 rpm. It puts power down via a chain drive — this is no standard Indian cruiser!

The S version is higher spec than the base model FTR 1200. The key improvements are fully adjustable front and rear suspension and a six-axis IMU that brings with it switchable traction control, wheelie control, and stability control. The FTR 1200 S also gets a TFT display, replacing the round dial-style display of the base model.

The Indian FTR 1200 R Carbon’s differences are more minor — it has a performance exhaust and some carbon fiber trim elements.

Indian replaced the Indian FTR 1200 S with the Indian FTR S from the 2021 model year.

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Indian FTR 1200 S Service Intervals

The basic service intervals for the Indian FTR 1200 S is 5000 miles / 8000 km. Every service, do a basic check-up — see the full list of inspection items below. But the oil-change interval is every 10000 miles or 16000 km. That’s the better definition of a minor service interval.

Every two oil changes, do a valve service, inspecting clearances and making adjustments.

There are some other odd intervals as well, e.g. for the air filter, chain, and spark plug replacement.

Indian recommends changing fork oil on the FTR 1200 S (as with many Indian motorcycles) many of their motorcycles either every 15000 miles / 24000 km or 2 years.

There are also some long-term recommendations, including to change the coolant every 5 years or 50000 miles / 80000 km.

What you need to service your Indian FTR 1200 S

Servicing your Indian FTR 1200 S may seem intimidating if it’s your first bike, though it’d be quite an awesome first bike and I can imagine you’d want to take care of it.

You should regularly change the oil and filter, and check and adjust the belt tension at a minimum.

PartIndian FTR 1200 S spec
Engine Oil Indian recommends “Indian Motorcycle Synthetic Blend 15W-60” engine oil. This is an oil that meets API SM and ILSAC GF-4, and JASO MA specifications and that’s 15W-60 in weight.
Oil filterChange the oil filter every time you change the oil. An oil filter is included with the oil change kit, or you can separately get a Hiflofiltro part number HF198.
Chain lubeMake sure you keep your chain maintained — a Motul chain care kit is a popular option.
CoolantIndian recommends 50/50 coolant (ethylene glycol) mix. There are many coolants that fit the bill. Check out Revzilla’s coolants page for some options.
Air filterYou need to change the air filter every 10,000 miles (16,000 km). The part number is 7082325. You can also use K&N air filter PL-1219.
Spark plugsChange spark plugs periodically with an NGK MR7F with an 0.030 inch (0.80 mm) gap (you might need a spark plug gapping tool)
BatteryDead battery? Replace it with a Yuasa YTX14H (the OEM battery).
Indian FTR 1200 S maintenance replaceables

Maintenance Schedule for the Indian FTR 1200 S

This is the maintenance schedule for the Indian FTR 1200, reformatted to make it easier to read, with items in a more intuitive order (not just alphabetical).

We also corrected many minor errors in the manual. E.g. the treatment of the sidestand and control levers was a bit erratic, sometimes (with no clear pattern) saying to “Lubricate” and sometimes to “Inspect/Adjust/Lubricate”, when the two are very similar and it’s easier to say to always do the latter.

Note: The schedule doesn’t mention replacing the coolant, but it’s mentioned separately in the manual (every 5 years or 50 K mi / 80K km).

Record service and maintenance information in the maintenance log in your manual.

Notes:

  • The maintenance schedule goes until 50K miles (80K km) as some items only need very infrequent service
  • If you subject your motorcycle to “extreme use”, inspect and service it more frequently. This includes: 1. high-speed operation for extended periods, 2. low-speed operation for extended periods, 3. operation in dusty or otherwise adverse conditions, and 4. operation in cold weather (temperatures below freezing).

Overview of maintenance for the Indian FTR 1200 S

Below there’s a PDF you can download for maintenance of the Indian FTR 1200 S. It’s equally valid for the R Carbon.

Indian FTR 1200 S — Standard service

This is the standard service inspection checklist for the Indian FTR 1200 S.

Do all these items at every one of the below service intervals.

Most of it is inspecting, adjusting, cleaning, and lubricating — replacing only as necessary (e.g. if something is worn or a time period has elapsed).

ItemAction
Drive ChainInspect, Clean, Lubricate
Chain SlidersInspect, Replace as needed
Oil Lines / Oil SystemInspect, Clean, Adjust
Fuel SystemInspect, Clean
Air FilterInspect, Clean
Crankcase Ventilation SystemInspect, Tighten, Clean, and Adjust
Evaporative Emission Control SystemInspect, Clean
Exhaust SystemInspect, Tighten, and Adjust
Brake PadsInspect, Replace as needed
Front Brake LeverAdjust, Lubricate
Rear Brake PedalInspect and Adjust as necessary
Gear Shift PedalInspect and Adjust as necessary
Clutch LeverInspect, Adjust, and Lubricate as necessary
Clutch Cable FreeplayInspect and Adjust as necessary
Control Cable EndsInspect, Lubricate if needed
FastenersInspect, Tighten
Steering BearingsInspect
Front Forks and Front AxleInspect, Adjust
Suspension Linkage, RearInspect
Swing Arm and Rear AxleInspect
Rear Shock AbsorberInspect, Adjust
Rear Wheel AlignmentInspect, Adjust
Tires / WheelsInspect tread depth, sidewall cracking, wear patterns
SidestandInspect, Adjust, Lubricate
BatteryCheck terminals, clean, test voltage.
Brake FluidReplace every 2 years (or distance interval below)
Front Fork OilReplace every 2 years (or distance interval below)
Engine coolantReplace every 5 years (or distance interval below)
Road TestPerform
Indian FTR 1200 S Regular Service

Indian FTR 1200 S Maintenance schedule

Below is the full maintenance schedule for the Indian FTR 1200 S.

Notes

  • Where there’s a time-based and distance-based interval (e.g. brake fluid or fork oil), follow the earlier of the two.
  • At the end of the table, keep following it in the pattern shown. Some items are only every 30000 miles / 48000 km, e.g. changing spark plugs.
mi x 100051015202530
km x 100081624324048Every
Perform full inspection
(See above list)
Engine oil and filter — replace, inspecting oil for contaminants
Spark plugs – inspect
Spark plugs – replace
Engine compression – check
Valve lash clearance – check / adjust
Air filter – replace
Drive chain – replace
Front fork oil2 years
Brake fluid – replace (Castrol DOT 4)2 years
Clutch lever – lubricate
Control cable ends – lubricate
Sidestand – lubricate
Head light – inspect / adjust
Indian FTR 1200 S 10K mile (16K km) service

Indian FTR 1200 S — Long-term service

Some items are very irregular, e.g. the below. Do these periodically per the schedule or as needed.

ItemDistance intervalTime interval
Engine mount fasteners – inspect, re-torque as needed50000 mile / 80000 km
Rear shock absorber – replace50000 mile / 80000 km
Engine coolant – replace (Revzilla coolants)50000 mile / 80000 km5 years
Indian FTR 1200 Long-term service

Tire sizes and pressures

The Indian FTR 1200 S ships with the following tire sizes, and the manual recommends the following tire pressures.

WheelTire sizeTire pressure (cold)
Front120/70R19 60V36 psi (248 kPa)
Rear150/70R18 70H40 psi (276XX kPa)
Tire sizes and pressures for the Indian FTR 1200

Of course, recommended tire pressures are often to minimise wear and associated expense, so find the ideal pressure for your weight and ride style.

From 2021 onward, the Indian FTR and S both ship with 17 inch tyres front and rear, more committing to the “road/sports bike” demo.

About the Indian FTR 1200 S

2019 Indian FTR S riding leaning

The Indian FTR 1200 S is a standard road/sport bike from Indian. The S model is the up-rated model of the Indian FTR 1200, but the bikes are conceptually the same machine — same engine, chassis, and many components.

Like “Scramblers” of modern times, the FTR 1200 and FTR 1200 S are inspired by flat track racers — but it’s not really an off-road bike, unlike actual flat track racers. It has some hints that it might be (e.g. large wheels, and a general design aesthetic), but it doesn’t have any off-road protection, and is pretty heavy (for something that might be dropped).

And suffice it to say that the FTR 1200 S is a premium bike (for many people) which many would be loath to drop on a dusty track. Which isn’t to say that you can’t, of course!

Riding the FTR 1200 S on dirt track
Indian FTR 1200 S on dirt track

The FTR 1200 S is a huge departure for Indian from what it used to do. Indian, like the “other” American cruiser brand, is mostly known for air-cooled cruisers with belt drives. They’re the underdog brand in the US, and have gone through many phases of production and then hiatus.

But since Polaris acquired Indian in 2011, they’ve revitalised the brand and released quite a few new innovative products that have really shaken things up. From liquid-cooled middleweight cruisers to flat track inspired bikes like the FTR 1200s, Indian motorcycles are very different to other American motorcycles. Fans of the brand, think of them as somewhat of a “secret”.

Nonetheless, the FTR 1200 S is quite a different bike even for Indian. This is a performance standard bike! Even though it has an upright riding position, its liquid-cooled engine, considerable power (90 kW / 120 hp), and high-level riding components mean that this is every bit a street sport bike — competing with sport standards, like the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, for example.

The Indian FTR 1200 S has a liquid-cooled fuel-injected 60-degree V-twin engine. It has all the modern design elements we’re used to seeing in motors, like twin overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. (The Indian Scout‘s engine is another modern liquid-cooled one we’ve seen.) And the FTR range puts power down via a traditional chain drive (not traditional for Indian).

The 1200 S has the same core power specs as the base model 1200. The 1203cc engine makes a peak of 90 kW (120 hp) at 8250 rpm, with peak torque of 118 Nm (87 ft-lb) at 6000 rpm. With full wet weight of 235 kg (518 lb) it’s no lightweight sport bike, but the upright riding position and fat torque curve makes for a raucous ride.

The Indian FTR 1200 S has the following enhancements over the base model.

PartFTR 1200 (base)FTR 1200 S
Front suspensionSachs, non-adjustable cartridgeSachs, fully adjustable cartridge
Rear suspensionSachs, preload and rebound damping adjustableSachs, fully adjustable, external reservoir
Rider aidsABS (non-switchable).6-axis IMU — cornering ABS and TFT. ABS is switchable.
Instrument clusterAnalogue dial / LCD insetTFT
Design featuresBlack onlyTwo-tone paint
FTR 1200 base vs FTR 1200 S core spec differences

Both the base and S models have Brembo M4.32 calipers on the front twin 320mm discs, almost standard features on high-end standard bikes.

From 2021, the Indian replaced the FTR 1200 line with simply the FTR line (the FTR 1200 S became the FTR S). They also changed the wheels to 17-inch wheels and gave the engine a sportier tune.

Manual for the Indian FTR 1200 S

The above maintenance schedule was adapted from the manual for the Indian FTR 1200 S (2019-2020).

The FTR 1200 S’ maintenance schedule is presented in to-do lists at every interval, but it’s hard to get a bird’s eye view, and there are errors in the original manual due to repetition.

You can get the original manual from Indian’s website, here.

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