Perhaps taking a page from Harley-Davidson’s book, Indian Motorcycles has unveiled an electric motorcycle for kids. More than a balance bike, Indian says the electric two-wheeler allows young riders to “enjoy the exciting Flat Track racing experience…” With its rollout, Indian claims that the eFTR Jr “…provides parents with an approachable way to teach kids how to ride.”
Indian’s eFTR Jr takes its design inspiration from its championship-winning FTR750. And, it has several features that mimic the internal combustion machine.
The electric bike features a twist grip throttle for power control. Its suspension components feature a terrain absorbing front fork and rear wheel.
Indian says that the bike features “Double Crown” front forks and a monoshock rear suspension. They claim the suspension provides increased confidence, shock absorption, and a more smooth and comfortable ride. Add to that a dual disc brake setup, and the eFTR is quite “motorcycle-like.”
Indian doesn’t say much about the bike’s battery. So we don’t know how long it will last per charge or how long it takes to charge. But it does say that the battery has both high and low power modes.
Pricing and audience
The eFTR Jr is designed for kids eight years and older up to a maximum weight of 175 pounds. MSRP for the eFTR Jr is $749.99. That’s $100 or $50 more than Harley-Davidson’s Iron-e electric balance bikes, which are for younger and smaller riders.
To be fair, Harley’s younger target audience probably doesn’t care about suspension or braking components. They just want to ride. Somewhat differently, Indian’s electric bike is taking a shot at older kids who may have more “sophisticated” (meaning more motorcycle than bicycle-oriented) desires than the kids in Harley’s audience.
Still, it’s nice to see some moto manufacturers investing in attracting younger riders to the riding fold. And, providing a way for parents to pass down their love of two wheels.