2010 Harley Davidson XR1200

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Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Concept

2010 Harley Davidson

March 27, 2010 Posted in Bike Tests | Comments: 0

by Ted Bae

So, many of you might be thinking, is an avid superbike racer and enthusiast doing testing a Davidson?” Harley is not exactly for producing cutting edge

Well, I would be lying if I say I also asked myself exact thing. That is I did some research on the Harley Actually, even before to research my upcoming ride I was won over purely by the visual of the XR1200. The design is one that is clean and sporty with the right touch of dirt nostalgia thrown in.

Suddenly I myself becoming more by this grey and silver that is surely inspired by the popular XR750 racer. in the fact that I witnessed my AMA Pro Flat Track this at Pomona and the whole concept of Harley-Davidson was trying to achieve this model was becoming more clear.

My first hint of the sportiness of this however was upon pickup. One of the center employees mentioned to me how the was actually being raced in Yes, you heard me right, I Europe. The European version to the track with Ohlins components, Termignoni exhaust and rotor brakes.

Who would have thought All-American machine would be it’s debut appearance on in Europe and not over here Well, have no fear, the AMA has announced the XR1200 will be racing here in the U.S. in the AMA Pro Hines XR1200 Spec Series. This will be a race championship featuring modified Harley-Davidson XR1200

Although I would not be taking the to the track, and the version I was riding did not the go-fast European modifications, I was eager to swing a leg over the and see just how good this was.

The XR1200 features a 1200cc V-twin with a compression ratio that out roughly 90 horsepower at 7,000 RPM and 74 of torque at 4,000 RPM. The boasts performance cams, fuel injection, precision-cooled heads and a large capacity oil A high volume 2-1-2 shot exhaust finished in chrome does away spent gasses and, in my opinion, does it in a very manner.

In an effort to save and improve handing, the XR uses a cast-aluminum swingarm, a break the traditional steel units on typical Sportsters. The XR also 3-spoke cast wheels and Qualifier tires designed for the XR1200. Sizes are 120/70ZR18 in and 180/55ZR17 on the rear.

Suspension duties are handled via inverted Showa forks are non-adjustable and dual coil-over in the rear with preload

The Harley-Davidson XR1200 weighs in at 580 in running order and is brought to a with Nissin four-piston and two 292mm discs up front and a piston floating rear

Simple probably best the controls and cockpit on the XR1200. above the handlebar is an analog with a slightly smaller speedometer. Harley-Davidson has gone very basic controls and to keep with the clean and look but I could not help somewhat disappointed in this

I think a little attention to and some added elements of could have gone a way towards adding some to what is otherwise a classic

I waited until very morning to fire up the new beast a home in my garage. This is a let’s not forget and surely the volume of firing up the V-twin will be enough to rattle the and wake the neighbors. Well, to my the XR1200 sounds a little on the side; not only by Harley-Davidson but in comparison to most motorcycles the same displacement.

Getting the XR up to speed was not a problem a healthy amount of grunt at low Torque is strong in the 3,000-5000 rpm as you would expect from a big but don’t expect the motor to very hard in the upper rev To keep the XR running strong I was steady through the gearbox to up for the lack of over-rev.

The XR1200 ran extremely smooth and the rubber engine had no excessive vibration.

AMA National Champ, Scott helped assist in the chassis and department and I would have to say is one of the strongest areas of the Sportster. The is extremely well balanced and it’s weight quite it transitions with ease on the road and, coupled the comfortable ergonomics, was an extremely bike to get used to and feel on. The seat was comfy enough for stints and the bars were and well placed with no bends at the wrists.

The XR1200 a “split-rake” design to give the XR an steering input while allowing for a relaxed ride. the XR will never be mistaken for a there are benefits to this The XR never felt twitchy or during my daily rides or cranking it over through long winding canyon and I was grateful for the added grip of the Qualifiers.

While the balanced chassis of the XR for an enjoyable ride, the suspension and back does have limitations. Contact with any potholes or square edge tended to create some transfers through the chassis. The seemed to be blowing through the too quickly and this was leading to hard hits up front could be felt throughout the and handlebars.

This could be due to the short amount of suspension 4.9 inches in the front and 3.5 inches at the

The wide clutch lever had a classic Harley-Davidson feel to it and I liked the feel of the extra at the lever. The clutch actuation was light as well. The 5-Speed performed flawlessly but definitely quite mechanical, as if you can feel moving part as you click the gears.

Engagement was precise and neutral was an easy task if the feel was not silky smooth.

A of the Nissin brakes is all that was to bring the XR1200 down speed. Stopping power was and the feel at the lever gave me the needed to stop the XR in a hurry. ridden a few Harley-Davidons in the past and the one that always scared me was lack of stopping power.

Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Concept

Not so on the XR1200, the brakes were up to the task.

Harley-Davidson has always more than just the for many it’s a statement. A way of Wearing the Harley-Davidson Classic Jacket (I think I might been just as excited to this Classic Harley as I was to ride the XR1200) and riding the was a chance for me to experience this fraternity.

Lucky for me I was able to it on a model as sports-oriented and capable as the

When speaking to sportbike and fellow racers I often I was testing a Harley-Davidson to which I receive some strange I would quickly respond “you don’t understand, is not the Harley-Davidson you are thinking of. This is freaken cool, you need to see

The XR1200 is a highly refined and motorcycle but does have performance limitations. Lacking suspension and producing low HP numbers, the does not rival many of the streetfighters on the market in sporting

What the XR1200 lacks in numbers however, it more makes up for with iconic and the pure roadside interest it Harley-Davidson has designed a motorcycle a wide appeal that cruiser riders and the sport alike.Looking for an iconic classic performs? Then look no

Jacket provided by Harley To see more information about the and the Harley Davidson Classic Jacket click on over to

More pictures and specifications on 3

XR1200 Specs

Engine – Evolution

Displacement – 73.40 in.

– 3.5 in. X 3.81 in.

Engine Torque – lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

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


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