2009 Harley Davidson XR1200 Bike

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Harley-Davidson XR1200
Harley-Davidson XR1200

Imagine a new Chevrolet Corvette only in Europe. How about to travel to Mexico to get a slice.

Harley Davidson XR1200

Imagine a new Chevrolet Corvette only in Europe. How about to travel to Mexico to get a slice of pie?

When Harley-Davidson the XR1200 in Europe eight ago, and made it known the bike would not be sold in the United States, there was more than disappointment by the Harley faithful. This is not only inspired in its design by dirt track racing, for older Harley enthusiasts it the ultimate Sportster.

Perhaps, the bike they always about owning, or building their own two hands (like Buell in his garage years No, there was more than there was outrage. And believe me I tell you that Harley-Davidson heard it. loud and clear!

HD quickly and we now have the XR1200 here in the U.S. Availability be limited as discussed in our November 24 HD invited us to San Diego, California to the XR1200 on everything from freeways to the tightest twisties in area (Mount Palomar

This XR1200, as stated is inspired by the legendary XR750 track racer. The XR750 was by numerous American champions, nine-time Grand National Scott Parker, who joined us on our Not surprisingly, the XR1200 was designed to be and straightforward like a race stripped of anything unnecessary to the performance and intended purpose on the

That huge lump of sitting brazenly in the frame is the 1200cc v-twin, massaged and through the years (decades, and not the least by Erik Buell, This time, the engine is in a of tune specifically for the XR1200, a 10:1 compression ratio and a rpm redline! High performance and a well-designed oil cooler (to aid the air cooling) up with fuel injection and a air filter element to provide worthy power.

Further tweaks to the relatively power plant are interesting, but bike is really about the In short, Harley engineers the XR1200 to handle like no legal Harley Davidson has. The importance of this is hinted at by the extensive discussion of lean angle (39° to the and 40° to the left) during the tech prior to our ride.

The frame is slightly different from the Sportster frame, but hanging it is an entirely new, hollow swingarm that is 40% stiffer the steel item found on the Sportster, and 3.3 pounds lighter. In is a pair of stout 43 mm Showa forks, while preload shocks sit out back.

In order to the classically styled gas tank, had to utilize a split-rake fork where the rake of the fork is 1 Ѕ° shallower than the rake of the head itself. High Nissin four-piston calipers dual front disc and that braking power is through lightweight cast wheels (including an 18-inch and XR1200-specific Dunlop Qualifier tires.

As advertised by Harley, I found the of the XR1200 somewhat like a …, with a seat a bit and pegs a bit higher (preserving lean angle). The seat to be firm and comfortable for the 150 miles, or so, I the big XR.

After an overly long trip (where we battled side winds), we reached twisty roads where we begin to sample the XR’s prowess. Unfortunately, I soon that the preload adjustment on the I was riding was set up for someone 50 pounds and I struggled to finish corners running wide, and generally confidence in the front contact No worries, I thought, I will have the HD technicians bump up my at the next stop.

Unfortunately, the attendance of a dozen or so Harley-Davidson and technicians, no one had a spanner wrench! I this after the chassis told me at lunch that I at least two clicks of preload in shock to balance the bike for my So, I soldiered on through the first of the afternoon, where the roads got twistier, wondering what the really had to offer in the handling

During an afternoon photo I happened to mention my predicament to Parker. I should have that a guy who spent most of his racing, and occasionally wrenching on, XRs have a quick fix for me. With a pliers borrowed from journalist, Parker proceeded to each shock spring by in a manner that removed all of the tension from the bottom of the and he then asked me What setting would you like? solved.

I was finally able to the stellar cornering habits of machine, and it came courtesy of suspension tweaks applied by a of the dirt track wars … the decorated veteran of those

That 1200cc v-twin its job capably. The transmission is still a bit and the horsepower won’t begin to rip arms out of your shoulder but the spread of power is broad and it you down the road briskly to enjoy what the XR is all about …

The non-adjustable fork dove on entries a bit more than I like, but otherwise worked The preload-adjusted rear shocks the bike well, but did seem to a bit quick.

The XR1200 loves to corners. The brakes are strong and as you prepare to dive for the apex. leaned over, the XR1200 is a heat seeking missile … it is on its line and, unless you a command, nothing disturbs it.

the bike on its side requires effort (after all, it a claimed 580 pounds wet), but the is nevertheless a very willing and partner on twisty roads.

As the Parker-led group slowly me on a twisty road I was familiar (and they were I started to understand what new XR1200 is all about. This is not the bike if you are looking for the latest-and-greatest technology and straight-line performance. is the ultimate Harley-Davidson Sportster, performance and reliability completely to the guys who owned a Sportster ago.

Guys that dreamed Erik Buell) about a Sportster might be or might That dream is finally a with factory reliability and a warranty… and parked in your it will look absolutely bad in that Orange Pearl job … sort of like one of Scotty race bikes. Some of our (you know who you are) must own this motorcycle.

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