When it comes to growing a motorcycle brand, there’s no better way to develop a relationship with potential customers than to start at the very beginning of their riding careers. Indian Motorcycle knows this as much as the next brand and is releasing its own take on the fast-growing electric kids bike segment.
Dubbed the eFTR Mini, Indian’s new kids bike is aimed at riders as young as 8-years-old and is expected to arrive in New Zealand just in time for Christmas.
Unlike other electric options at the entry point of the market, the eFTR Mini actually shares its styling with the FTR750 race bike which should add sone appeal.
Powering the smallest Indian Motorcycle is a 24-volt battery which gives the bike a run time of around 30 minutes. There’s two power settings (smart with this being aimed at beginners) with low power mode topping out at 16kph and full power topping out at 22kph. Charge time has been indicated by Indian Motorcycle to be up to 12 hours.
The chassis of eFTR Mini is a durable steel tube frame and has a 46.7cm seat height to accommodate shorter riders. There’s no suspension to over complicate matters, though this will limit just where I’m you can send the kids off on the eFTR.
Indian says the bike can accomodate riders aged eight years and older in low power mode, and thirteen and over in high mode.
Keeping things simple for the kids is the braking system with the rear brake activated off the left hand of the bars while the right hand, as it should, does throttle duties.
Indian is also set to offer riders matching gear up with a limited eFTR-inspired helmet and limited Indian Motorcycle Racing replica jersey for enhanced rider protection and comfort.