Harley-Davidson 2004 XL1200C Sportster Road Test & Review Bike Works

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Harley-Davidson XL1200C Sportster


With all the hoopla Harley-Davidson’s 100th anniversary year, it did not come as a complete that the Motor Company had to offer riders by way of earth-shattering or new motorcycles. This left us what it had up its sleeves to kick off the year of its second century in

We got our answer when we reported in the January ’04 issue of HOT ROD — the major change to the model line was aimed at the Sportster family. Wondering why a monumental change was made to a of bikes which only up about 20 percent of all Harleys prompted us to look a little and find out why.

Since the was introduced back in 1957, under 787,000 of the stripped-down have been produced in styles. The bike has undergone changes on the average of every to five years, although compared to this year’s redesign. Of the 57,000 or so Sportsters last year, 75 percent of were sold to buyers who purchasing their first

When surveyed by the Motor 95 percent of Sportster owners they planed on buying Harley in the future. Considering of us would come to the conclusion the next bike a Sportster would purchase would be type of Big Twin, it would make sense for Harley to and build a better Sportster to more people to the brand and them there.

This is not to say the ’03-and-earlier models were bad quite the contrary, but they do some drawbacks. The main one vibrations transmitting from the engine, through the frame and eventually finding their way to the

Back in the fall of 2003, we had the to try out the new Sportsters as we, along with other motorcycle journalists, put a of about 200 miles on a variety of including the 883, the 883C, the and the 1220C.

For testing purposes, we out a 1200 Custom, riding it as our motorcycle. The bike performed duty on the heavily congested California freeway system, multiple trips to local as well as a few leisurely rides on the mixed in with adrenaline-pumping through the local canyons.

The first thing you notice the new bike is that although it has totally redesigned, it still its heritage as a narrow, nimble ready to carry its hot-rod well into the future.

By the two main changes to the bike year are the new motor and the completely frame built to carry the 1200 (73.4ci) 45-degree In an effort to make the bike comfortable to allow for easy cruising, a decision was made to up with a more powerful that would be able to smoother delivery of available and torque to the rear wheel.

engineering staff needed to no further than last new Buell XB motor platform. a few exceptions, the motors are identical.

In a departure from previous models, the ’04 engine and are rubber-mounted to the frame. With and experience gained over the designers came up with a which uses rubber with differing degrees of to come up with just the combination to provide for both and handling. In addition to the isolators are a of three dog bone-shaped stabilizer (complete with rubber designed to allow the powerplant to in a radial motion, while sideways flexing of the frame to a

Knowing that the smoother would translate into pushing the bike both and harder, numerous improvements been incorporated into the to help it keep up with demands. Advances such as oiling jets, increased oil and larger cooling fins the cylinders all help in keeping the temperatures within limits.

engine modifications include pistons, connecting rods, and pins, a new crankshaft speed which manages engine new high-flow ported heads, camshafts, new two-piece rocker box and a one-piece tappet cover. All of changes result in a powerful with a 9.7:1 compression capable of producing 79 lb-ft of at 3,500 rpm, and 70 hp at the 6,000 rpm when measured at the crank.

Harley-Davidson XL1200C Sportster

Visually, the 1200C’s motor stunning with its black cases, cylinders, and heads, contrast nicely with the fins, chrome cam, and covers, as well as the chrome boxes. Viewing the motor the pipe side reveals a change: the old crossover pipe, used to hide a good of the cylinders, has been replaced by a new similar to the one used on a Dyna, behind the mufflers. Taking of the new cleaned-up side of the engine is a chrome air cleaner complete a Sportster 1200 logo.

The overall 90.3-inch length and wheelbase is supported by a 21-inch front wheel and a 16-inch slotted disc wheel fit a beefy looking Dunlop 150/80B1671H. The new Nissin four-piston calipers do a very good job the 554-pound (dry) machine to a and predictable stop with little lever effort.

the bike more attractive to of smaller stature is a seat of 26.3 inches (with a rider), and a redesigned oil tank fit a flush-mount cap/dipstick, making for a width below the seat and into a more comfortable position. Smaller diameter grips make reaching the lever, which requires effort than before, easier. The bars are finished off a single handlebar-mounted electronic and indicator lights.

A new electronics package is incorporated the Sportster, allowing for a better package in addition to an optional security system.

The cosmetic on our 1200C includes a Luxury Silver two-tone paintjob conceals the redesigned 4.5-gallon tank, a departure from the peanut tank. The tank is out with a top-mounted chrome which incorporates the filler and teal script-style Harley-Davidson on both sides of the tank.

No where we rode the bike, it even better than The motor delivered far more and torque than we were to from any of the earlier Sportsters the particular one we had was very cold once it got up to operating temp we had no The new stiffer frame design (26 coupled with the rubber-mounted provided a very different than we had ever had on a Sportster.

We could actually feel the between the tires and the asphalt, in the past, engine vibrations this.

The 1200 Custom with an MSRP of $9,845, not cheap, but still very Considering how well the bike we feel it is a very good Add to that the beautiful styling, and we are that Harley has come up a big winner.

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