Indian Motorbike and Workhorse Velocity Store have unveiled the FTR AMA, the primary of two long-anticipated Indian FTR builds by Brice Hennebert. Well-known for his distinctive creations and with two iterations of Appaloosa, the Indian Scout-based dash racer, already below his belt, Brice was commissioned to create two very particular FTRs for 2 brothers, Black Swan and the FTR AMA.
Whereas Black Swan is but to be revealed, it was the commissioner of Black Swan who requested Brice to design a second construct for his brother. The result’s the FTR AMA, a vibrant and imposing bike with a hardcore, Eighties edge.
“The transient was fairly open, one thing vibrant and as sharp as a warfare tank. The one restriction was that the paint be impressed by the Martini Racing livery. After some analysis and brainstorming with myself, I based mostly the go searching AMA SBK racers from the 80s and the Rally automobiles from the identical period. The primary influences have been the Lancia Delta HF blended with Bol d’Or 750s and a few muscle bike DNA,” mentioned Brice.
Beginning work in early February 2021, Brice’s first resolution was to retain an upright using place, one thing near the unique FTR and utilizing the unique handlebars. From there, loads of modifications have been about to occur.
“Whereas Black Swan was a clay formed construct, I made a decision to go in one other path by way of design course of with this bike. I used direct CAD design based mostly on a 3D scan of the FTR chassis. Then, all of the physique elements have been 3D printed and bolstered with carbon fibre.”
The 3D-printed entrance plate homes a PiAA race gentle and helps the Setrab oil cooler beneath. Nestled behind the entrance plate sits the OEM sprint from the brand new Indian Chief, a design extra in step with the retro racing temper, however with all of the choices of a contemporary machine, equivalent to cellphone connection and charging.
The printed module that comes with the seat pan and taillight can be the battery holder, the battery having been moved into the rear as a nod to endurance bikes. With the saddle upholstered in a easy brushed leather-based by long-time collaborator, Jeroen from Silver Machine, the tail part is complemented by an old-fashioned taillight tailored to take LEDs.
To accommodate the DNA efficiency air filters, the consumption was redesigned and 3D printed, whereas two aluminium gas cells have been fabricated to suit the brand new bodywork, one below the tank cowl and the opposite hung below the seat unit. Related by AN10 connectors, the capability matches the 14 litres of the unique bike.
The chassis plates have been redesigned for a extra race-like look and machined from Brice’s CAD designs by Vinco Racing in Holland. Vinco Racing undertook all of the machining on the mission together with the swingarm elements, braking brackets, yokes, gas cell elements, the entrance brackets for oil cooler and extra.
“Vinco Racing spent loads of time on the machining which saved me loads of time to give attention to different areas.”
The fork yokes are replicas of Bol d’Or 750cc yokes tailored to the 43mm Öhlins forks. And on the rear the tail part was modified to make use of twin piggyback Öhlins shocks mated to a bespoke swingarm constructed from 7020 aluminium Tubes. The swingarm design was impressed by the identical period and is 40mm longer in comparison with the unique with a 3D printed chain slider defending the tubing.
“The wheel set is a complete eye catcher. I collaborated with Fabio from JoNich Wheels in Italy, the design is predicated on his Rush wheels, machined from billet aluminium, however with out the carbon flanges. The design makes me take into consideration the turbo followers wheels used on the racing Lancia. In order that was an ideal selection for me. They’re accomplished by a Dunlop GP tyre set with this mad 200 rear tyre.”
Clearance for the braking system was a priority with these wheels, so Brice known as on one other long-time collaborator, Etienne at Beringer Brakes.
“I known as Etienne to get their 4D braking system, the identical system I used on Appaloosa. Etienne is all the time motivated for technical challenges. So, we performed with totally different colors on the elements to work with the AMA temper. After which, as a result of I eliminated the ABS module, I needed to discover one other option to get the pace sign on the bike and the answer was a Motogadget Moto Scope Mini.”
To create the swoop of the exhaust, it was fabricated from chrome steel pie cuts and superbly welded collectively, capped off by a few modified slip-on S&S Cycle Grand Nationwide mufflers.
“The wonderful paint job designed by Axecent in Japan has been utilized by my pal Fabian who’s close to to my workshop. This construct is aggressive, huge and an actual pleasure to trip. I had loads of enjoyable testing this trip.”