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Harley-Davidson XR1200

2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster

Posted on January 3rd,

San Diego–Last year, Harley-Davidson’s new (a motorcycle so gorgeous that around it with a pulse starts baying at the moon) was available in Europe. Harley, I you got some ‘splainin’ to do.

But the reason for North America was simple: In sportiness and … bikes are popular, while we Colonials cruisers two-to-one. The Europeans with their chequebooks and now the is available on this side of the as a 2009 model.

With based on Harley’s XR750 tracker (the most racing motorcycle of all time), the is available in black, silver and only logical choice, traditional Harley racing

Heavily based on the Sportster the XR retains the rubber engine system but has its own unique cast swing arm that’s 1.5 kilograms and considerably stiffer than the steel stocker.

The non-adjustable 43mm male-slider forks offer 124 mm of travel the dual Showa shocks a meager 89 mm of travel with adjustment only.

Spring and rates were calibrated for roads and speeds (smooth and but even in California, the shocks a bit harsh and underdamped.

The wheels are cast aluminum, mounting Qualifiers developed for the XR in 120/70-18 and 180/55-17 inch sizes.

The is a hot-rodded 1203cc Sportster with increased compression, hot lighter flywheels and improved oil With a respectable 90 horsepower and 74 of torque on tap, there is power everywhere, with throttle response. The fat part of the resides between 3000 and r.p.m. and, even the mill revs quite to 7000, there’s no reason to it that tight.

On the freeway at a California-legal 70 m.p.h. km/h), I was pleasantly surprised I wasn’t experiencing any wind even though there’s no protection whatsoever. When one of the engineers smiled and said a bit” of effort went the design of the instrument pod and eyebrow on the top clamp.

Cruising at 112 km/h to 4000 r.p.m. while at the maximum of 100 km/h it is a smooth and 3500. The rubber-mounted mill has the Sportster shake-shake-shake yer booty at but simmers down nicely you hit 2500 r.p.m.

In the mountains, the Ana winds were in full with gusts to 75 km/h. a scene from a bad Western, bounced everywhere, and I managed to a very large one that out in front of me.

The flat tracker-inspired seat a bit iffy but was surprisingly comfortable, after a full day in the saddle. The position is very good, a comfortable reach to bars and the down under your where they should be, six footers may wish for a bit more leg

Clutch pull is on the heavy and at the end of a long day (including a one-hour in rush-hour traffic), my twice-broken wrist was crying “ No mas .” Instrumentation is with a large analog flanked by a small, digital

The handling was above average, and you have to add the “for a Harley” The long wheelbase and conservative geometry means it’s not flickable, but the initial turn-in is and the XR is very stable and confidence-inspiring The longish footpeg feelers eventually drag but only you’re going a pretty pace.

The road to the crest of Mount was built to transport a giant for the observatory. The smooth turns up the mountain are of constant grade, and banking – in other words, for motorcycling. On the way up, the XR was right at home, right up to the apex, sweeping the corner and then allowing the torque to catapult me to the next

Harley-Davidson XR1200

Lather, rinse, repeat as

On the way down, good brakes are to keep you from sleeping the eagles, as there are no guardrails on the of the turns – and it’s a long way

The XR’s new 4-pot Nissin squeezing the twin 292mm provided excellent stopping and were fade-free, even worked hard. Pull at the lever was firm but the initial was good and I’d judge feel and as above average.

The intruding airbox limits capacity to only 13.2 which is a shame because the XR is a fun and comfortable enough for a day-tour. A fuel consumption of 4.5 to 6L/100 km translates to a pretty short range, making Harley’s soft luggage a bit redundant.

The is also a bit on the porky side, in at 263 kilograms with a sump of oil and a full tank of gas. A of extra horsepower is heat even with the ambient a pleasant 20C, when in I noticed a fair bit of heat from the exhaust header on the and the oil cooler on the left.

The XR1200 is the most performance-oriented Sportster It’s drop-… gorgeous in it sounds great and good-quality shocks will easily fix the weak rear end.

When riding this the only way you could be any cooler is if you Steve McQueen.

Travel was to freelance writer Steve by the motorcycle maker. stevebond8@yahoo.ca

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