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Harley-Davidson XR1200

Staffers’ Rides

MSRP $11,079

MILES: 8235-11,079

Fuel Mileage: 39 mpg

Accessories American Sport Bike sliders, Saddlemen passenger Vibranators

I came. I saw. I. I didn’t exactly conquer, but I at managed not to get my … kicked. no small concern when hanging with Harley livin’ la vida loca and all

Last time around, I how I set up my long-term XR1200 as a street-tracker. For final installment, I focused on it the best possible daily

Like all Harleys with engines, the XR is fairly smooth town. But with its five-speed it buzzes at highway speeds. didn’t bother me when the offices were in Los Angeles and I had an cross-town commute.

But when our company moved to El and my commute tripled, I had to take the

Vibranators look like bar-end weights, but contain spring-and-weight mechanisms inside the

Vibranators look like bar-end weights, but contain spring-and-we

In an effort to damp I installed a pair of Vibranators from www.vibranator.com ). These are bar-end weights connected to a system that borrows helicopter technology. Each features a spring-and-weight mechanism oscillates out of phase from the

Installation consisted simply of a hole in the end of each hand (our test fleet Michael Candreia actually has a for that), sliding in the ‘nators and the one Allen bolt in each. I I could report that eliminated the vibration, but it merely the frequency. It’s definitely just not a night-and-day difference.

Another shortcoming is the XR’s passenger seat. Not only is it and slippery, it slopes downward at the leaving passengers hanging on for life every time you the throttle. To prevent my If you can read the … fell off T-shirt ringing true, I had Saddlemen it ($250 from www.saddlemen.com ). from the same materials as the Storz/Saddlemen rider’s seat previously, this is much than stock and has a slight kick at the rear. My girlfriend it two thumbs up.

The last thing I bolted on was a set of axle sliders ($54.95 $69.95 rear from ). Made by Dark Horse these prevent damage to the axle ends in a crash, and the ones double as stand If I could just have some way to protect the oil cooler out in the breeze, I’d have better at night. The racers in the Hines XR1200 Series theirs behind the front but they don’t have

Harley-Davidson XR1200

American Sport Bike axle sliders were front and rear, the latter to work as spools for a race

American Sport Bike axle sliders were front and rear, the latter

Going into this test, I was concerned about old wives’ tales and all. out that wasn’t a problem. In miles (coincidentally matching the MSRP), nothing broke, or fell off.

The air-cooled burned some oil, but was likely due to its trial-by-fire break-in at the press intro. The only I had to replace was the front brake which snapped off when my leg snagged on the rear brake-reservoir and I tipped over in my driveway. Do a favor and wrap a zip-tie yours right now.

There’s not much to report on the front either. With lifters and belt drive, the XR need its valves adjusted or its lubed/tightened. Even so, Harley that its fleet center do all the So every 3000 miles, we trucked the bike in for an oil-and-filter new tires and brake pads.

The Dunlop Sportmax Qualifiers great, and the 18-inch front replacement options anyway, but I like to have seen how they’d last. Likewise the pads.

In the end, I bolted on a pipe, bought a black T-shirt or three, and. I still don’t get it. I can’t say I enjoy my time on my XR1200, I did. Fun to ride, my orange-and-black looked great, elicited of positive comments, and was welcome at bars and sportbike watering alike.

It just came with too baggage.

Harley-Davidson XR1200
Harley-Davidson XR1200
Harley-Davidson XR1200
Harley-Davidson XR1200

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