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Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Concept

Harley-Davidson XR1200

By Kevin Ash

has some explaining to do back The Milwaukee factory might not be for its race track prowess in Europe, but in the States where track racing is a major Harley is utterly dominant.

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its XR750 is arguably the most racing bike of any type in clocking up many more than any other since its in 1970, although the rules been regularly tweaked to the home team. In fact the model was a stopgap, based on the road bike with cylinders, but in 1972 the alloy version appeared, and even it still makes up most of the of an American dirt track (click here for a full, XR750 history).

This machine was the inspiration for Harley-Davidson-s road bike. And since its in 2008 for at least a year, the is only available in Europe, has made some Americans scarily angry, and they guns so make sure you

This isn-t difficult as the is a fine motorcycle: the reason getting it exclusively is because is the vehicle with which is ramping up its assault on Europe, a started several years ago but has taken on a new urgency since the of sales in the U.S. So although the is based on the gentle Sportster it has significantly more power and is to handle European roads at speeds. Sales are expected to big here to stretch production so America just has to wait.

translates especially well is the aching cool, right to the riding position. Even if you no intention ever of buying or one of these bikes, try this: one in a dealer-s showroom, swing a leg it and reach out for the handlebars. They-re wide, fairly low, close to you, and they-re just so, and before you-ve touched the switchgear you feel irretrievably cool — I-m Harley has nonchalant assuredness quantitatively on its computers.

The rest of the look does sensations no harm at all, the twin, right-side pipes to the Harley racing orange (although the bike looks and more sophisticated in the black or silver alternatives), but the visual is that 45-degree V-twin complete with Fifties- -Sportster- logo cast the covers. Harley knows all very well, which is why the were told to lose the which obscures the right of all other Harleys- engines, a they used to advantage by the bike with a downdraft system to move the airbox the fuel tank space. So on the you see the full profile of that air-cooled, pushrod twin.

also helps enhance up to 90bhp at a revvy (for a 7000rpm, around 20bhp than a 1200 Sportster, and the bike-s hefty quarter of a ton dry that-s sufficient to make it willing on the road. It-s not bike fast of course, nor Buell 1125CR fast, but not obstructively slow like a would be pitched into category, and that will do as potential buyers will the bike to feel good than be outright rapid.

Crucially the motor has an air of urgency it, and in addition sounds great shuddering Harley-style through the with endearing low frequency The meat of its output comes in the zone, after which it to feel strained, but that-s for most road riding. The is perfect aside from a cough as the twistgrip-s turned from fully closed, as you start to exit a corner, but not noticed much.

The chassis is on a 1200 Sportster-s but like the has been reworked to tempt with longer travel quicker (if not exactly quick) and twin front disc that provide reasonable The result is a machine which beautifully at low speeds, perfect for and tight turns with its confidence, and which works when the pace gets remaining neutral and plenty enough.

Ground clearance is the of any Harley, as it would have to be in more European customers, the footrests do touch down and on the right side next to out is the solid exhaust system, if you were pushing too hard just lift a wheel. So

Harley-Davidson XR 1200 Concept

The weak spot is the suspension, is underdamped, though not fatally. The are limited not by their own power but the losing control of the wheel on surfaces, while rougher get the bike bouncing too much, and the quality is not as good as a bike of mass ought to have, being choppy. I like the XR myself that I-d simply to improve or replace the forks and shock, but they ought to be from the factory — equipment is used and it-s top so it-s just Harley-s specifications which don-t properly.

I worry too about the durability. Harley and subsidiary have a history of patchiness in respect, and sure enough the end caps on the brand new test XRs staining brown in the wet conditions, as various bolt heads.

The detailing doesn-t help, some of the fasteners looking and for example the Allen bolts the handlebar clamp were with water when it — other companies them with simple caps or use different types of On the left side, the clutch looks both exposed and routed around and below the while you get no span adjustability on the and the oil cooler is vulnerable and not pretty out on the left frame downtube.

European riders will be by the bike-s three gallon US gallons, 13.6 litres) capacity too, inadequate for serious distances regularly, in turn will render the luggage and touring screen In fairly hard use the fuel lights up with only a gallon left after 80 miles (130km), although I most riders will about get into three That-s still not enough I-d love to tour on this as it-s sufficiently comfortable and the is so torquey at low revs, but this on range would stop me.

not perfect then, but there are of riders who will love it and that includes me. Rationally I but bikes aren-t about and clinical decisions, as far as I-m concerned it fabulous, sounds and feels and if Harley-s Bill Davidson said of the V-Rod that it was the for people who loved the name but like the bikes, he really have been talking the XR1200. Flawed perhaps, but a diamond.

£7,600 on the road.

Contact: UK Ltd, 0870 904 1450

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

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