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Indian FTR 1200 - Owner's Manual > Cleaning products

Cleaning and Storage / Cleaning products

This section provides tips on the very best way to clean, polish and preserve every surface of your beautiful new INDIAN motorcycle.

We recommend the use of our new INDIAN MOTORCYCLE cleaning and polishing products and accessories, which have been specially designed to offer the best care possible for your INDIAN motorcycle.

In addition to the products recommended in this section for cleaning and polishing, INDIAN MOTORCYCLE also has specialty products for:

After cleaning the motorcycle, inspect for damage to the painted surfaces. Chips or scratches should be repaired promptly to prevent corrosion.

For Matte Clear Coat Finish Care, see the Matte Clear Coat Finish Care section for details.

For Gloss Clear Coat Finish Care, see the Gloss Clear Coat Finish Care section for details.

For more information, or for answers to your cleaning and detailing questions, please see your INDIAN MOTORCYCLE dealer.


NOTICE Do not use pressurized water to wash the motorcycle. Water may seep in and deteriorate wheel bearings, brake caliper assemblies, brake master cylinders, electrical connectors, steering head bearings, and transmission seals.

Do not direct any water stream at air intakes, exhaust outlets, electrical connectors or audio system speakers.

Electrical components may be damaged by water. Do not allow water to contact electrical components or connectors

1. Before washing, make sure exhaust pipes are cool. Cover each pipe opening with a plastic bag secured with a strong rubber band. Check that the spark plugs, spark plug wire caps, oil fill cap and fuel caps are properly seated.

2. Do not use abrasive cleaners.

3. Rinse off as much dirt and mud as possible with water running at low pressure. Use as little water as possible when washing near the air intake or the exhaust pipe openings. Dry these components thoroughly before using the motorcycle.

4. Clean the front fork tubes thoroughly to reduce fork seal wear and leakage.

5. After washing, remove the rubber bands and plastic bags from the exhaust pipes. Start the engine and let it idle for a few minutes.

6. Make sure the brakes are functioning properly before riding.


Clean the windshield with a soft cloth and plenty of warm water.

Dry with a soft clean cloth. Remove minor scratches with a high-quality polishing compound designed for use on polycarbonate surfaces.

NOTICE Brake fluid and alcohol will permanently damage the windshield and some types of thread-locking agents. Do not use glass cleaners, water or soil repellents, and petroleum or alcohol based cleaners on the windshield, as these products can damage the windshield.


The Axalta Sports and Equipment Finish System was used to provide the original gloss finish on your motorcycle. This finish system provides superior protection against the elements. To maximize the benefits of this system, use the following guide to care for the gloss finish on your motorcycle.

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 Indian FTR 1200 - Owner's Manual > Cleaning and Storage

 Indian FTR 1200 - Owner's Manual > Matte clear coat finish care

Matte finish products are prone to trapping dirt, oils and other contaminants. Always clean this type of finish with warm water and a mild dish-washing detergent. Use a soft sponge to gently rub the surface, then rinse with clean warm water. For stubborn stains such as grease or oil, use a citrus-based cleaner. Spray the cleaner onto the area and rub gently with a soft sponge. Allow the cleaner to sit for a couple of minutes, then rinse well with clean warm water.

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