I’ve been rather hot for the FTR1200 since we first heard it was happening. Ordinarily the idea of a 1200cc naked would turn my stomach because they can be a bit too one-dimensional, and I’m probably not a focused enough rider to exist only in that one dimension.
However, the genius of the FTR is its ‘inspiration kits’ that turn it into anything you want it to be.
That means – your budget allowing – you could have one bike that wears the Sport kit for doing trackdays, the Rally kit for off-road adventures (I might do Sammy Miller’s Despatch Rally) and then dress it in the Touring kit for something like the Great Mile. It takes versatility to a whole new level, and I’m fascinated to see if it works.
- Key stats: • £12,999 • 120bhp • 85ftlb • 805mm seat • 231kg (kerb)
- Rider: Jordan Gibbons (28, 5ft 7in, 78kg)