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Harley-Davidson XR1200X

Harley-Davidson XR1200X press 2011

Dain Gingerelli

20, 2010

An X you can live with

A smart mount gets track savvy

Elkhart Wisc.—So there I was, aboard Harley-Davidson’s latest of the XR1200, what’s now termed the racing in top gear through the section of Wisconsin’s celebrated course, Road America. I at the XR’s speedo long to see 119 mph register on the digital readout clicking down a couple for the approaching right-hand corner. I was on the brakes, too, because if I whoa that Sportster I surely would have myself (and bike) the picturesque Dairyland landscape, no prompting the headline for the local edition to read: “Lame face-plants into retaining cited for littering.”

But let’s not kid ourselves. Harley-Davidson aren’t necessarily prized for corner-hugging prowess. Even the VR1000 Superbikeproject of yore mocked the sport of road in the eight or nine pitiful that the VR program carried the Bar livery into AMA Superbike the Milwaukee brewer achieved a handful of podium finishes.

included no wins. Folks, we call ’em Hogs for nuttin’, and speaking we piggyback aboard our to ride the road for pleasure, or commuting.Racetrack duty, for the most anyway, is left to the Mountain pimply-face young-uns on their crotch-rockets.

In truth, the XR1200X, equipped with Harley’s new adjustablesuspension, is in essence a road that, at its best, is capable of not outright conquering—the twisties. all, we’re talking a 551-pound motorcycle with a tree that took in 1957.

When all is said and done not a full-on sportbike with DNA you can to the serpentine racetracks of America.Oh, kit propaganda makes note of the link to the XR750 flattrack but let’s be honest. Short of the same surname and a handful of and bolts, the two XRs have about as in common as Palin and Pelosi.

Yet I was, aboard the street-wise (among my favorite daily I might add) highballing one of the most revered racetracks in So why not enjoy myself for the day? I was on Harley-Davidson’s nickel to evaluate the under conditions that Harley’s spokesman, Paul (an accomplished road racer in his own described as “more severe anybody [read: customers] ever experience on the street.” I think we (members of the fourth irrepressible moto-branch) simply to ride the new model on one of our favorite of asphalt.

And so we romped and frolicked for the day, the XR in the turns as we challenged our manhood to see how good this new model under extreme riding In the end it behaved quite well, you.

Harley-Davidson XR1200X

The XR1200X is essentially an version of the original XR1200 bowed last year. notable improvements for 2011 are the adjustable suspension (front and spring preload and compression and damping), Nissin brakes full-floating rotors, blacked-out and new paint schemes. Bearing in that nothing is free, the add another grand to the MSRP, so the new takes an $11,799 bite out of wallet.

While you chew on that consider that last Harley’s P-A division offered a upgrade suspension kit for the XR1200, at a of $1,500, parts alone. If you handy with the wrenches, set you back even more The 2011 model shares the suspension, plus it checks in better brakes (those rotors deliver linear under heavy braking

And believe me when I tell you the new Showa-based suspension package the XR1200X into the best ever in terms of handling and performance (see sidebar).

I say performance because that allows you to tune the suspenders for a ride while touring. I had to ride a 2010 XR1200 the P-A kit on the street and it served upthe ride I’ve experienced on any of the X Think in terms of the old Sportster of pre-rubber-mount days and you should get the

The XR1200X will be no different.

in the day the James Gang treated us to a on Road America’s go-kart as the Briggs — Stratton This is a tight, low-speed that, for the most part, second-gear riding. Truly, the XR was out of its element here, but it showed how the suspension can be when negotiating turns.

As on the big track, the XR’s feelers were touching the in practically every corner, but was the bike’s stability questioned. By the end of the day I away convinced more ever that if it’s you’re after (in terms of handling, and engine performance, the XR’s 1200cc engine some rather sporty inside those cases), is the Sportster to have. Life an X doesn’t always have to be

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