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Harley-Davidson XR1200

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Harley-Davidson XR1200

15 November 2010

Harley’s XR1200 can trace its roots to the greatest flat tracker of all time. No wonder it makes such a brilliant road bike.

When Harley-Davidson announced that it was planning to produce a performance-focused street bike it certainly raised a few eyebrows. However, the innovative XR1200 that was unveiled in 2008 had its roots in a bike that had been in existence for decades, and was embedded in the Harley-Davidson heritage.

In 1970, the legendary Motor Company introduced a new 750cc V-twin engine that pumped out 90bhp specifically for flat track racing. Little did those engineers realise that the XR750 would go on to become the world’s most successful flat track bike, destined to dominate championships from the early 1970s right through to the present day.

Almost 40 years later, the XR750’s unrivalled race-winning DNA became the inspiration for the Harley-Davidson European Product Planning Team, who evolved the concept of the XR1200 – a dirt track-inspired, high performance streetbike.

The Milwaukee-based Styling and Engineering team in Wisconsin worked closely with the European team in the design and production of the new machine to ensure that the nostalgia-inspired bike was able to meet the demands of European riders.

The result was a great looking motorcycle, built specifically for the twists and turns of our roads, and one that represents the company’s commitment to the needs and desires of customers in the European market.

Harley-Davidson XR1200

The XR family has since been expanded to include the upgraded XR1200X motorcycle and a variety of products that help owners tailor the XR1200 for their specific fit, function and style needs.

Harley-Davidson – the home of customisation – released a range of additional products, from a detachable sport windscreen for comfort to saddlebags that help to make the XR1200 capable for touring.

However, the story of this motorcycle’s development and its XR750 roots as a multiple championship-winning flat-tracker enabled Harley-Davidson UK to further push the boundaries of expectations and challenge existing motorcyclists’ preconceptions about the Harley-Davidson marque and products.

The result, following months of development in conjunction with racing specialists Harris Performance and British tyre supremos Dunlop, was a race-track ready machine and a brand new one-make race series. The UK race version of the XR1200 thundered into action when it took to the track in 2010 in the form of the Henderson Harley-Davidson XR1200 Trophy.

A mix of respected racing professionals – including eventual XR1200 Champion Jeremy McWilliams – competing against some of the country’s most promising young talent, demanded attention and culminated in one of the most fun one-make race series the UK has ever seen.

Harley-Davidson XR1200
Harley-Davidson XR1200

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