Church of Choppers’ Indian FTR1200


Jeff Wright, from Church of Choppers, is a person of few phrases. At the least by e-mail. I haven’t had the pleasure of assembling Mr. Wright (heyoo!!) in particular person, however, his work by way of the years has all the time impressed me. I like that Jeff mixes types to create of-the-box customized bikes.

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Jeff just lately switched up the livery on his FTR1200 for the 2022 Mama Tried Present.

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After talking to Jeff over the cellphone, he opened up a bit extra about this raced-out Indian FTR1200 enveloped in full graffiti livery. This construct got here at a fairly shitty time for Jeff, a bar proprietor by commerce.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit within the Spring of 2020, each of Jeff’s biker bars within the Des Moines space fell sufferer to the worldwide shutdown. “The bars received shut down for the primary time in 30 years for one thing I didn’t do, which was an actual eye-opener,” Jeff says.

“I used to be like ‘shit, I’ve no cash coming in, however, I’ve to construct this bike, and so, in my head, I needed to do one thing that didn’t price me some huge cash.”

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Jeff set to work slicing the body up and constructing the swingarm. The one space the place he needed to spend some dough was the suspension. Jeff did all of the fiberglass work in addition to constructing the fuel tank and the subframe.

In the event you’re not aware of the FTR1200 rear subframe geometry, it comes normally as a mono-shock setup. Discover that this FTR contains a twin shock. “I believe twin shock appears to be quite a bit cooler,” Jeff says.

“I like these lengthy, underslung swingarms. After I was wanting on the bike, rising up, all these swingarms hung actually low on flat trackers, so I envisioned it being hung the other way up,” Jeff says.

“However you possibly can’t simply flip it the other way up due to the chain and the whole lot.” So Jeff took it off and introduced in some new metal to make it appear to be he flipped it the other way up. “It’s kinda neat on the [bike] reveals,” he says. “Folks sort of doing a double-take.”  and brake and clutch levers.

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The tail part was transformed to additionally incorporate 2.7 gallons of gas.

For the exhaust, Jeff’s good buddies with John at Racefit, who had simply constructed an exhaust for the FTR1200. Jeff was capable of safe a brand new pipe and mounted it to the brand new setup.

To wrap issues up, Jeff cleaned up the wiring and dropped the bars a bit for a racier place. He threw on a set of Renthal clip-on with Domino grips and retained the manufacturing unit Indian brake grasp cylinder and brake/clutch levers.

FTR1200 triple trees
Jeff ditched the manufacturing unit bar setup and went with Renthal clip-ons for a sportier cockpit.

Jeff can be an artist. He attended artwork faculty in his early 2o’s however needed to focus extra on his different two passions: booze and women. Opening his first bar enterprise at the age of 21, Jeff put the artwork profession on the again burner, however by no means misplaced his creativity.

One in every of Jeff’s buds is a graffiti artist. Jeff was doodling on the fuel tank with colored pencils and he had the thought of getting his buddy “tag” the bodywork. “I took colored pencils and simply began drawing on the tank and tail part. Whereas I used to be drawing I believed it might be cool to have my buddy tag it.

Someday his graffiti buddy confirmed up sooner or later and with no plan, Jeff simply cornered him to seize a pen and do some graffiti work after which they took the whole lot over for clear coat and that was that. Proper earlier than Mama Tried, Jeff repainted it as a result he says, “Graffiti is short-term.”

FTR1200 swingarm and Ohlins shocks
Jeff felt that dual shocks could be a lot cooler so he transformed the mono-shock subframe meeting right into a twin suspension setup.


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