Race bikes are quite different from their street counterparts. These machines are properly modified to excel in their racing atmosphere and aren’t street-legal. Guys from S&S Cycle took a couple of Indian FTR 1200 and converted them into fully-fledged Hooligan racers for the second round of the European Hooligan Championship during Wheels & Waves in June.
S&S Cycle has played an integral part in the development and success of the FTR750 race program. So they were the right guys to take on the job of the FTR 1200 and ready the race bikes. The guys got right into it and made several changes. Some of the visual tweaks include removal of the front brakes, replacing the stock exhaust with the S&S 2-into-2 exhaust system, etc. Modifications have been made to the riding position, clearance, suspension, and handling of the Hooligan racers with special race parts designed, or selected, by S&S Cycle.
For stiffer, race-ready suspension, the Hooligans feature fully-adjustable inverted cartridge front forks and a FOX FTR 1200 race mono-shock, with remote reservoir, specifically designed for flat track racing. To give the racer a more commanding position, Pro Series Protaper bars have been installed. And for all that grip, we’ve got 19” Roland Sands Design wheels wearing Dunlop DT3 flat track race tyres and a 520 race chain running on the standard front sprocket and custom Vortex rear sprocket.
The race bikes were recently revealed at the Bike Shed London Show. Lee ‘KP’ Kirkpatrick and Leah Tokelove will be the first riders to race the Hooligans at the second round of the European Hooligan Championship.