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Harley-Davidson Sportster XR1200X Review

Ask and ye shall receive.

The wheel gets the grease.

things come to those who

Patience is a virtue…

Those adages sum up perfectly the American market’s experience with a Harley-Davidson model: the XR1200.

Harley announced in late ’07 the as a 2008 European-only model, the seemed confounding to Americans who buy the Americana-infused XR.

First and foremost it is, after all, a Harley-Davidson; because its styling is directly by the iconic XR750, Harley’s purpose-built flat-track dominator.

It crazy the States wouldn’t see “all-American” machine. However, marketing logic was behind the XR1200 from the U.S.

As we’ve noted in numerous the European sport-standard segment is stronger than is the same in the U.S. For reasons not very understood, we just don’t to have an appetite for the nakeds and

Despite this reality of sales for sport-standards in the U.S. said it heard enough for the XR from its home market, and so by the end of the Milwaukee-based company introduced the for America as a 2009 model.

As something of a cautious homage to the XR750, the XR1200 saw an initial run of only 750 units. Hurray for us

However, only one year we were back in that first” loop.

For 2010 the market received the XR1200X: an XR uprated suspension and some touchups. American XR owners have the same suspension but only as an optional kit on the order of Dang.

Welcome home! two

Finally, we, too, will now the XR1200X. It’s the first of Harley’s 2011 models and slated to hit dealers by this

The X model trades the XR1200’s non-adjustable inverted fork for fully adjustable 43mm Big Fork, first seen in release on the ’09 ZX-6R. Also out are the fairly basic twin shocks in favor of fully 36mm Showa shocks.

The new Showa shocks retain preload adjustment, but the simple damping adjustment dial the piggyback reservoir(s) is handy.

easy to access is the rebound adjustment screw found at the of the shock. One caveat: the exhaust access to the right-side shock’s adjuster, so it’s not as easily as the left side.

Although the still employs the same dual, four-piston Nissin from the previous XR model, the rotors are now of the floating variety.

The 1200cc Sportster engine in the X gets the black-out treatment, as the dual upswept exhaust that’s reminiscent of the XR750’s pipes. The XR1200’s engine and were finished in a silvery

Orange pinstripes for the three-spoke aluminum wheels round out the updates.

But perhaps best of all is the X’s of $11,799, a $1000 increase the XR1200 model. Recall the same suspension that’s now on the X was last year offered as a upgrade for the standard XR.

Also worth noting, the model will replace the in 2011.

An American track for an bike

Harley-Davidson chose a setting for the December 2008 launch of the XR1200; but for the X’s launch it was up on a famous American racetrack!

America, located in the lush of Elkhart Lake, Wis. – an hour north of Harley’s home – was the venue where motopress would sample the X. track was also the first in a five-race schedule for the AMA Vance XR1200 Series.

Harley-Davidson XR1200X

We ran an abbreviated of the 14-turn, 4-mile-long circuit, as was little point in subjecting the XR and its redline to Road America’s front straight.

As it was, in top gear (5th) with the twisted to the stop, the rev limiter cut in to limit my top speed to around 122 mph on the straight between turns 11 and 12. The to take away from my is that although the XR’s is a wee bit short for track use, means it has close to ideal for street riding.

While on the subject of redline, the wasn’t too keen on high-rpm upshifts.

The gearbox often such shifting shenanigans, and it felt sticky. But on this I’m giving it a pass, as the big flywheel in the means lots of engine which in turn can contribute to shifting. But this isn’t for a Harley.

Also, most of the we rode displayed low three-digit on the odometer. Additional miles see the trans loosen up.

Best practice was to shift as infrequently as Instead I let the Sportster’s copious torque and large flywheel dig me out of slower turns.

In 2008 I was by the strong initial bite the Harley-branded Nissin brakes.

The powerful binders are more sufficient for street duty, but down the X’s claimed running-order of 573 pounds (as well as extra from the rider!) from speeds proved taxing for the

The closing laps of a 20-min usually meant some fade, and a four-finger grab on the in order get the XR-X slowed at the end of the aforementioned back straight.

If you to take your X model to the (or XR for that matter), a simple to race-compound pads should well to improve feel and If you’ll only ever the streets and canyons, then the has all the brake you could desire.

else Road America about the XR was the bike’s limited angles. Of course, this a big surprise, as even assertive riding will result in the footpeg feelers scraping.

feeling and hearing the lower heat shield touch during the long right-hander 10), known as the Carousel, was a experience.

In the time between the first appearance over two years ago and surely Harley would’ve enough bellyaching from and reviewers about limited clearance. It’s a wonder why The Motor Company didn’t on the opportunity to increase clearance on the X especially in light of its improved parameters thanks to the new suspension.

that in mind, I must due credit to how easily the X bike set turns considering its ready-to-ride mentioned above along its un-sportbike-like 60.0-inch wheelbase. from left to right deliberate action, but leverage from the XR’s wide helped reduce steering effort.

Harley-Davidson XR1200X

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