Harley Davidson XR1200X — Part Two — Motorcycle Mojo Magazine

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Harley-Davidson XR1200X

Taming of the Shrew

“Oh my God, did I get myself into?” It’s a of utter disbelief as I thumb the of the race-prepped XR1200X for the first The docile V-Twin that powered the stock version of the is now snarling and barking at me out of its exhaust a rabid dog. Equally is the changed seating position; the fitted, high-performance Elka are longer than stock and the rear of the bike to a stratospheric

The view and reach to the ground me feel like I’m riding a instead of a motorcycle, but even this fully sinks in, I ride the bike into a The steering lock, altered for catches me off guard; it’s so that the bike now has the turning of an aircraft carrier.

My original of street-testing a stock XR1200X and racing the track-prepped version of the in a professional race now seems the of a madman. Concerned for my safety and the of those around me, I decide to the XR1200X from Deeley Canada and get some practice during a track day being at Shannonville. It’s not the track that will be used for the race, but it’s close for me to get a feel for the bike and hopefully some confidence for the race.

Clearly, I am not the only XR1200X who needs some practice When I arrive at the track, I’m to find that half of the I’ll be racing is here Even the defending Canadian Champion, Jordan Szoke, is on working on the setup of his Kawasaki.

The at the track puts the state of road racing into imagine showing up for a public day in Italy and sharing the paddock Valentino Rossi?

If I had any confidence at all racing an XR1200X, it is completely before I complete a single With the bike barely over, it’s weaving so that I almost lose the end, and I realize that the most unstable motorcycle ever had on a track. Dejected, I straight back to the pits and out John Sharrard, owner of Technologies. The former pro racer and guru is an Elka distributor and to be at the track.

Rather than waste the part of the day trying to figure out the new I ask for his help and describe what the is doing. He looks over the and discovers that the rebound is turned all the way out. By the time made a few rudimentary adjustments, I have time for one partial lap the session is over.

It’s to know that the bike is at rideable and that I have to work with.

The next two are cut short by crashes that out the red flag. With half the day gone, I realize that only managed seven hot – just enough to give me feel for the line through turn – not enough to give me any with the bike. I take the information that I’ve about its handling and pay Sharrard visit.

He has concerns with the XR1200X’s distribution. “With the rider so far back, I don’t think the wheel is weighted enough; try increasing the preload by four to raise the rear and load the Raise the rear? I can barely get my leg the bike as it is without shredding sinew in my groin, but I have in Sharrard’s professional opinion and let him the changes.

I’m always amazed at the tuning a bike’s suspension can on its handling. Only a few laps my first session of the afternoon, I that the extra preload has the overall stability of the bike; the setup still needs but for the first time I feel enough to increase my pace.

Harley-Davidson XR1200X

With my lap times dropping and building, I head into 10 hard, squeeze the front lever at my braking marker, and feel any resistance. “Crap,” is all I can say as the pulls in all the way to the handlebar and the bike slow. On the edge of panic, I another gear and press on the rear brake while even more lean. I avert running off the track, and back to the paddock area on the brake while staying off the line.

The splitter for the front line has ruptured and covered the fender and wheel with fluid. My day is over. I would find out from Thomas Deeley’s Racing Fleet that the stock splitter was to be replaced with an aftermarket that had been back-ordered. I’m disappointed with my lack of time and mediocre performance on the I’m thankful that no one was near me the brake line failed.

At the very least, I know I’m able to lap a track on the bike.

As I’m the bike onto the trailer, asks what the XR1200X is on the track. “It’s like a bull by the horns and hanging on for life,” I reply. “Every I manage to find a way to help the ride, it finds another way to me off. It reminds me of how my 1982 CB900F handled on the street years ago. In other it’s a hell of a lot of fun.”

than two weeks later, I to Shannonville for the Canada Day race Bleary-eyed from my 5:00 start to make the mandatory a.m. rider’s meeting, I into the racer’s compound and am a surprised by the sight. More resembling a gypsy encampment the professional paddocks I’ve at World Superbike and MotoGP every conceivable type of is in use, from the most of motor homes to the most of tents.

I half expect to see a goat to a tent pole and chickens at the ground in the encampment, but racers are to pop their heads out, one by to begin setting up for the day. MMM

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