2011 Harley-Davidson XR1200X — Motorcyclist Magazine

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Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Concept

The X-Factor

They say: performance honed to its finest

We say: It’d perform better after you honed an off the footpegs.

They say: performance honed to its finest We say: It’d perform

It’s fair to say that racing development peaked in with the release of the iconic, successful XR750. That which continues to dominate racing to this day, has the XR prefix synonymous with performance. That’s why The Motor hottest streetbike is branded the and isn’t an XL1200 variation its more conventional, baby-cruiser

Now Harley-Davidson has deployed an additional X to the XR1200X, upgraded with adjustable Showa suspension and brakes. This is by far the sportiest yet.

Aesthetically, the X-model is unchanged. The bodywork, drawn by designer Mark Daniels in to the original XR750, is faithful in if not scale, and cleverly incorporates intakes under the 3.5-gallon tank. Black-wrinkle powdercoating on the and a satin-black exhaust make the look more sinister, and an pinstripe accents the cast wheels.

The engine is likewise unaltered. The air-cooled, 1200cc Evolution is equipped with high-flow high-compression pistons and aggressive to provide performance deserving of the XR A high-capacity oil cooler keeps temps down, and a downdraft throttle body, equipped electronic sequential-port injection, fuel.

Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Concept

Flawless fueling, quick response and surprisingly light action make the claimed 74 of torque accessible and easy to

Harley-Davidson invited us to historic America, located an hour of its Milwaukee, Wisconsin, headquarters, so we best assess the new model’s improved suspension and brakes. Up is a bespoke version of Showa’s Big Fork (BPF), which larger-diameter internal pistons to damping pressure for better and improved front-end feedback.

Out back, the shocks are Showa’s fully adjustable, nitrogen-charged units, with piggyback and oversized 36mm pistons for consistent damping action. same suspension package was last season as a $1500 The XR1200X retails for $11,799, $1000 more that the XR1200 it will replace in making it a bargain, too.

The four-piston front brake are unchanged from last but the 292mm rotors are now fully for increased stopping force. power is better but still adequate for truly aggressive and the rubbery brake lines are to swelling after a few hard Radial-mounted calipers would be a upgrade for this big boy, as a slimmer, adjustable brake that’s more conducive to braking.

The mild-steel double-cradle frame is to that of the more pedestrian XL but the rigid, cast-aluminum swingarm is to the XR.

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