Meet the “Black Swan,” the Newest Workhorse Indian FTR Construct


Loads of carbon and ’90s GP styling make this Workhorse Speed Shop FTR stand out.

A great deal of carbon and ’90s GP styling make this Workhorse Pace Store FTR stand out. (Cycle World/)

Since Indian launched the FTR in 2019, the flat-track-style bike has developed into a staple on the planet of customs. Some builds are delicate with giving attention to efficiency; others, are radical a give attention to type.

The Indian FTR “Black Swan” by Workhorse Pace Store lives throughout the radical crowd of customized FTRs. Constructed by Workhorse Pace Store founder Brice Hennebert, the Black Swan is true to its title: distinctive and placing.

Swathed in carbon fiber, the design highlights the entrance cowl, which delivers the texture of a Yamaha YZR500 two-stroke Grand Prix bike as its strains circulate right into a knee-sucking fuel tank.

The Black Swan’s design was influenced by numerous eras of bikes and automobiles, together with Nineties sportbikes, trendy Grand Prix racers, and specials from the automotive world, together with Rauh-Welt Begriff (RWB) Porsches.

The thought behind the Black Swan surfaced a number of years in the past when Hennebert was racing at Wheels & Waves, the famed moto gathering within the South of France, towards “Miracle Mike,” the Indian Scout by The Younger Weapons.

Darkened Öhlins suspension and carbon highlight the front of this Black Swan.

Darkened Öhlins suspension and carbon spotlight the entrance of this Black Swan. (Cycle World/)

“Throughout that point, I had the imaginative and prescient to construct a sports activities bike for highway use, actually sporty, constructed like a GP bike,” Hennebert mentioned.

“The proprietor of the bike gave me complete freedom across the undertaking. So, I pushed all the degrees to my most. That’s what occurs when I’ve complete freedom from the commissioners of an undertaking. It’s fairly distinctive and essentially the most difficult construct I’ve carried out so far.”

Hennebert’s Belgian store is thought for Indian Motorbike customs, together with the Scout-based dash racer “Appaloosa” and one other FTR referred to as “FTR AMA,” commissioned by the brother of the Black Swan proprietor (each brother stays nameless as of this writing).

Components making this second FTR distinctive embody the journey that Hennebert took to Akrapovič HQ in Slovenia for help on the 2-into-1 exhaust and underslung muffler, and the creation of a wire-mesh sketch across the FTR to mannequin the clay bodywork.

“This step was truly simpler than I anticipated as a result of I didn’t just create a full symmetric physique in clay, only one half of the bike as a grasp,” Hennebert mentioned.

“As soon as I used to be proud of the form, I used a 3D scanner to cross the shape to Formae Design who labored with me to refine the digital mannequin, create the full-body symmetry, and combine all of the equipment and fittings.

Christophe at Formae helped me loads with all of the completely different parts of the physique.”

This Black Swan loves to come out at night.

This Black Swan loves to return out in the evening. (Indian Motorbike/)

Whereas Formae labored the bodywork, Hennebert shaped different partnerships to good the Black Swan’s design:

  • Vinco Racing Engineering, which helped CNC-machine parts from Hennebert’s designs just like the swingarm becoming, chassis plates, triple bushes, and gas cell parts.
  • Robert Collyns from 13.8 Composites, took the 3D prints of the CAD mannequin and fabricated the mold for the one-piece physique. He additionally helped design the aluminum belly pan for higher warmth resistance for the exhaust of the 1,203cc engine.

“As I’d determined to point out of the carbon fiber and never paint it, I gave Robert the liberty to decide on the carbon weave that may look the perfect and nonetheless work with the design I had given him,” Hennebert mentioned.

“After just a few weeks of ready, he got here again with this hell of a bit. The entire physique solely weighs about 1.8 kilograms.

Creating the bodywork was a significant part of the construct, everything however sensible, however, I used to be decided to have a one-piece physique.”

Because the preliminary supreme turned an actuality, Hennebert was capable of giving attention to the headlight design, which he wished to “dramatically reveal and conceal.”

“That was one hell of a battle for me,” Hennebert mentioned. “It could look easy and straightforward for some folks, however for me, that was fairly a problem. The ‘eyelids’ are pushed by two stepper motors managed by an Arduino for cinematic opening and shutting.”

The “Black Swan’s” custom Akrapovič exhaust doesn’t hide the swingarm, which is built from 7020 aluminum.

The “Black Swan’s” customized Akrapovič exhaust doesn’t cover the swingarm, which is constructed from 7020 aluminum. (Indian Motorbike/)

Indian mentioned, “The construct allowed Brice to accent the physique form shortly and easily in a ‘wink’ to the wide-body kits in Japan, mixing high-performance competitors type and avenue mods.”

Subsequent got here the fabrication and suspension. Hennebert used 7020 aluminum to manufacture the swingarm, and Öhlins Racing designed a piggyback shock in black to match the general Black Swan theme, which is complemented by a black entrance fork.

“The braking system is from my expensive companion Beringer,” Hennebert mentioned. “They supplied using a prototype system, one of many lightest braking programs they’ve.

It’s about 1 kilogram for the whole entrance wheel system, all linked to the Rotobox carbon wheels with Dunlop-supplied GP Racer tires for an ideal connection to the bottom. This bike is basically dynamic on the streets.”

This rear end deserves much attention.

This rear finish deserves a lot of consideration. (Indian Motorbike/)

Jeroen Bouwmeester of Silver Machine Seats finalized the Black Swan’s accents, masking the seat and sprinting with Alcantara, impressed by Hypercar dashboards.

“No actual sense to that call, however, hella cool,” Hennebert mentioned.

For builders who put limitless effort into their customs, “hella cool” says a lot.


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