2007 Harley Davidson — The XR 1200T Prototype

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Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Concept

2007 Harley Davidson The XR 1200T Prototype

Flat racing: revealing another of the Harley-Davidson legend

Harley-Davidson is for producing factory custom and motorcycles. Taking a life-changing, road trip across on an Electra Glide�, or turning cruising down city on a stunning, customised Fat Boy� are and evocative experiences synonymous Harley-Davidson.

But there is another to the Harley-Davidson experience which is compelling and exciting. It’s not so or as instantly recognisable but it’s a part of the Milwaukee story. A embodied by the XR 750 dirt track — the most successful in the history of motorcycle racing.

unique, long standing and association with the high-adrenaline of professional Dirt Track know as Flat Track) is a result of the introduction of the XR 750 in 1970. then the machine has been and developed but still retains the essential, raw look of the very machine to roll out of the Harley-Davidson race shop.

Dutchman Zylstra, Racing Project played a lead role in the of the XR 750. He explains:

I started at in 1969 in the Engineering Department emigrating from Holland. I had an starting licence and had road in Holland and Belgium on a Manx Foster Uskalio, who managed the design and drafting room, had about my racing activities and ‘How would you like to on the new XR 750 project?’ That’s how it all came

Dirt Track racing is one of the thrilling and rider focused in motor sport. The level of commitment and skill in Dirt racing has helped develop the skill and racing expertise of of the world’s most famous and road racers. Outstanding riders like Randy Eddie Lawson, Kenny Kevin Schwantz and more MotoGP front runner Hayden all developed their machine control skills on Track circuits.

Motorcycle racing rarely any more gritty than the business of flying around dirt tracks at speeds of up to — riding machines front brakes and sliding 180 degree corners just a of millimetres away from the Armco and other riders.

are no electronic control aids in Track racing — just the rider, a bare-essentials and a substantial measure of courage. No is given and none is expected. crashes are part and parcel of on the dirt, but this form of still endures.

This competitive racing world be far removed from the custom but it has long been an essential of the Harley-Davidson story.

Harley-Davidson and Track Racing

Harley-Davidson� especially the all-conquering XR 750, been the dominant force in Track for many decades.

1970 Harley-Davidson have a record 26 championship titles the legendary XR 750. Just the glimpse at the exploits of champions Scott Parker reveals the of this legendary motorcycle’s During his amazing career secured nine title 94 individual race victories and back-to-back AMA Grand National between 1994-8.

And Parker is one of the great champions involved in remarkable side of Harley-Davidson’s lineage. Other outstanding winners like Jay Springsteen and Cal have helped Harley-Davidson to the podium and today, talented riders like Rich and Kenny Coolbeth are busily new honours to the Motor Company’s cabinet.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Harley-Davidson it is time to reveal a prototype motorcycle that is born the unique spirit of Flat racing and the XR 750. The XR 1200T comes with a very dose of DNA from the XR line.

The XR Prototype — inspired by the line

The XR 1200 Prototype the vision of a completely new breed of handling, powerful and fast streetbike and its DNA can be traced directly to the XR 750.

This prototype is designed to offer a vision of how the Track legend could be to a road-going Harley-Davidson. The stripped-down provides a firm clue as to this bike has come and underlines that this is definitely not for cruising.

The unique XR styling and livery, wide track handlebars and a host of performance features all offer a indication that the prototype has inspired by the pit lane rather the shop.

Performance is right at the top of the XR Prototype’s agenda. The sport-tuned is by Showa and includes inverted forks. Nissin has produced the brakes.

The XR 1200 Prototype has unique lightweight cast specially designed Dunlop� tyres and a generous lean offering fun in the twisties.

Right at the of the XR 1200 Prototype is potentially most powerful European regular production, air-cooled powertrain to date. The performance for this high torque engine is 85-90hp. It features fuel injection and an electronically active air intake system. Russell, Vice President of Europe comments:

Just as the V-Rod� range many people’s perceptions Harley-Davidson’s performance capabilities and launched the power cruiser we’re seeking to bring a air-cooled V-twin to market would encourage more oriented riders to experience for the very first time.

We that many European want the prestige of owning a at some point in their career and like the uniqueness and of the brand. The XR 1200 Prototype is a signal that we are serious bringing even more riders into the Harley-Davidson right down to the fact the ergonomics are designed around the height of riders on this of the Atlantic, Russell added.

Debut Of Unique Harley-Davidson At Iintermot

(K�ln, Germany) In an signal of its commitment and possible in Europe, Harley-Davidson has chosen the motorcycle show in K�ln, for the world premiere of its new, performance XR 1200T Prototype

The Harley-Davidson� XR 1200 Prototype has developed beyond the concept and stages, and debuts at Europe’s motorcycle show in order to media and public reaction to a new of Harley-Davidson, with an emphasis on handling and sporting style. goals include Harley-Davidson’s powerful regular production, specification, air-cooled V-Twin excellent handling, suspension and all fine-tuned for European roads; and inspired by the Motor Company’s XR 750 dirt track race

The XR 1200 Prototype is the result of a collaboration between the Motor Milwaukee-based product development and Harley-Davidson’s Product Planning (PPE) team. An example of earlier work is the recently and currently sold-out VRSCDX Rod� Special.

Reflecting the growing importance of the market, the PPE team played a role in defining the specifications and of the XR 1200 Prototype, and worked the US Ride and Handling engineers on and handling development.

The result to the most powerful air-cooled specification Harley-Davidson yet seen, around 85-90hp expected the 1200cc, downdraft fuel engine. With a generous angle; specially tuned sports suspension, including inverted front forks; performance Nissin� brakes; and developed Dunlop� Qualifier the XR 1200 Prototype could the best handling Harley-Davidson production machine ever

Developed with new European in mind

It’s no coincidence Intermot was chosen to expose the XR Prototype to public and media John Russell, Vice Harley-Davidson Europe explains:

We are strong growth in Europe and we that the XR 1200 Prototype appeal to new customers, including riders currently using brand standard and sports They probably like and the Harley-Davidson brand, but are not currently in the for a more traditional custom or Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

If the reaction to the is favourable, and the prototype is brought to it is expected to have a similar to the highly successful V-Rod� These have been successful at bringing in new customers and the appeal of Harley-Davidson.

Pure Track racing DNA

A quick tells you that the XR 1200 could only be a Harley-Davidson. Yet it is unlike any current Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The inspiration for the original came from the most racing machine in the history of sport: the Harley-Davidson XR 750. in 1970, the XR 750 has notched up thousands of wins in the hands of famous Track riders such as Grand National Champion Parker.

Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Concept
Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Concept

Many of America’s top road including MotoGP championship Nicky Hayden have their skills drifting oval dirt tracks in the US.

XR Prototype styling project Frank Savage, explains how the of the bike came about:

The came from the XR 750 — a simple motorcycle built a tool for a specific job: Track racing. This in unique proportions and features. For the fuel tank is a beautifully form. It was important the XR 1200 was laden with the DNA of the XR 750.

And the guys have also working hard to ensure the bike has the right performance, characteristics and feel to ensure the deserves to wear the XR badge.

Weber, ride and handling for the XR 1200 Prototype project,

My team and I have done on-track ride and handling development, including working with our European product colleagues and Adrien Morillas, the former GP and endurance racer.

As a the bike really works and it’s extremely easy and fun to fast. I have ridden, and benchmarked sports bikes of my motorcycling life. This XR Prototype compares extremely

It’s pretty cool it looks like a flat but for me the great handling is the most thing.

XR 1200 Prototype features

XR 750-inspired styling and livery

high performance powertrain in as-cast silver powdercoat

fuel injection and electronically active air intake system

developed Dunlop� Qualifier (front 120/70ZR18; rear

Unique lightweight cast with dirt track-inspired

Specially developed sports Showa� suspension including inverted front forks

performance Nissin� brakes

designed around the average European customer

The overall is a purposeful looking prototype with great performance, and a unique character and feel. all else, it offers a tremendously riding experience.

As Harley-Davidson to further grow its presence and in Europe, Intermot and subsequent European events will be to carefully evaluate the media and reaction to the XR 1200 Prototype. If first prototype strikes a with show-goers, Harley-Davidson to be in a position to bring the XR 1200 to the line in 2007.

* Specifications may be subject to change if and when continues on the XR 1200 Prototype.

Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Concept
Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Concept
Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Concept
Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Concept
Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Concept
Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Concept


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