2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster XR1200 Comparison — Motorcycle USA

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2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster Comparison

The XR1200 represents first real sport-oriented built for mass consumption. cued heavily off the XR-750 track racing motorcycle is, without doubt, the most flat track racing ever built. For decades have been trying to their own home-made street-legal of this bike.

Now making one own is only $10,799.

( See and hear new XR1200 in action in the 2009 XR1200 video to the right )

the Harley-Davidson XR1200 gives off signals. The thick Showa fork, oversized brake stout brake calipers, and the triangular shape of the Dunlop Qualifier front tire, you into thinking the bike is sport and definitely not made in However, as your eye moves past the gas tank and onto the section of the bike with its rear shock absorbers is no mistaking it for anything other a Harley-Davidson.

We especially dig its slick exhaust that not only the part but sounds mean

The new Harley-Davidson XR1200 represents most sport-oriented model in its model year line-up.

Once in the seat, the ergos on the XR are a bit of a between that of a sport and standard cruiser. If you’ve a lot of seat time aboard Harley’s you’ll instantly be at on the XR. If you haven’t though, it feels odd.

The seat itself is low and positions the rider in an upright with the majority of your distributed directly to the seat.

to the handlebars isn’t a stretch it is on the Guzzi and keeps in-line the relaxed theme, plus isn’t a hint of pressure on your hands or wrists. your feet on the mid-mounted and you’ll notice how awkward it as the pegs are positioned in such a way it feels like your are perched in front of you farther they actually are.

you reach a curvy stretch of its curious riding position makes sense. Despite its curb weight, hustling the XR second- or third-gear switchbacks surprise you. At these the Harley maneuvers from with just only a touch on the wide handlebar falling predictably into the

Aiding the H-D XR1200’s maneuverability is its engine mounting position as to the Guzzi’s traverse engine set-up. This translates a substantially slimmer chassis, does a great job of camouflaging the mass.

The heart of the Harley-Davidson is this 1203cc Evolution Harley infused it with classic hot-rodding techniques higher-spec cams, more and large throttle bodies.

was really surprised by how well the scoots around in the corners,” Motorcycle USA VP Ken Hutchison. “Initially I lifted it off the kickstand I presumed it was going to be a total pig. But simply not the case.”

Once the Harley continues to impress its stability. The chassis does a job of compensating abrupt brake or inputs and keeps you in command if you get ham-fisted with the controls. point turn, accelerate repeat. On the XR it’s that

Really aggressive riders drag hard parts but it some serious speed to do so.

Out on the the XR’s sporty suspension equate to a rough ride cruising in a straight line. Yet the is super plush and helps the suspension’s jarring effect, a hundred mile trip than plausible.

Powering the XR1200 is a 1203cc engine that has some hot-rodding including 50mm bodies, higher-spec cams and compression, all engineered specifically for its Thumb the starter button and the rattles to life with unique Harley thud-thud At a stoplight the engine vibrates so that the driver next to you help but instinctively stare at the H-D lump.

Once the stoplight green, over 60 lbs-ft. of from just 3000 rpm escape especially entertaining. The is especially apt down low in the rev range, out a steady and highly useable of torque that makes from a standstill a blast.

The XR1200 will suprise you its quick handling. It’s Sportmax Qualifer tires also take a lot of cornering however at speed the footpegs drag on the road below.

response is also first-rate, no in part to its well-sorted fuel-injection as as the right side belt drive, which helps the connection between your hand and the throttle especially

“The XR’s engine on strong down low. got so much torque right off that you don’t even to give it any gas when launching a stop. But the engine spools up and power signs off way earlier as to the Guzzi,” stated Hutchison.

Not does the XR’s engine up slowly once it gets 6000 rpm acceleration feels it tapers off thereby necessitating an

Fortunately, while the XR doesn’t the top end power of the Guzzi, where it beat it is in the transmission department. As you through all of the XR’s five you’ll really be amazed how well it shifts. Gear are accompanied by both an audible and a solid feel at the end of the shift We do have some complaints First, the manual cable-actuated requires way too much lever

Unless you’re a gym rat or blessed superhuman arm strength working the clutch quickly becomes Plus the spacing between of the five gears feels too We would have preferred an final cog which might the individual gear ratios to be together.

Although the Harley-Davidson XR1200 use of some stout braking including three thick cross-drilled brake discs by dual four-piston Nissin up front with a single-piston the rear disc, braking feels lackluster.

Slowing the down in a hurry requires a of two fingers along with serious pull on the brake Conversely the rear brake felt strong and when together with the front drastically reduces stopping to a more acceptable measurement.

The XR1200’s minimalistic instrument provides the rider with the essentials including speed, rev odometer and double trip

The XR’s instrumentation consists of two gauges that sit atop the handlebar clamp. The smaller to the left houses an orange-backlit speedometer. Next to it a larger tachometer with an integrated odometer/trip meter and assorted warning lights relays to the rider.

Despite its minimalistic the gauges are clear and easy to day or night.

In terms of overall build-quality the XR1200 is without a doubt a piece of machinery. Its components a very solid, weighty to them and appear very quality. Stylish touches the exhaust system’s satin finish and the engine’s silver coat set it apart from motorcycles you might see on the street.

Our gripe however is the fuel cap. Not only is it keyless, makes it easy for a crazy to pour sugar into the gas (that never happens, but the unusual open/close design had me befuddled at fuel stops. Way too

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