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Harley-Davidson XR1200

Longest Test: Harley-Davidson

Big distances on bikes aren’t my thing. Having been to ride Whitham’s Harley to the south of France for a week, left with mixed As breathtaking as the French Riviera is, a bloody long way on a bike no fairing, but then, as a relative it would at least give me a to see what this touring is all about, and give me an insight as to why so people do it.

Meeting with and Ben at a petrol station in Dover, happy to see how inappropriate Barry’s looks for such a trip at I won’t be the one to suffer most. the GTR1400 though, my mind with worries and concerns. a reason touring bikes that way, and its silhouette is as far removed from the XR as you can get.

a screen would be nice.

off the ferry into northern I’m disappointed with I see. Isn’t France to be a beautiful country? It bears resemblance to a scaled-up Lincolnshire, field after flat drifting by endlessly, the scenery changing for the first three as I desperately try to think of a distraction how much my neck is hurting my Shoei trying to push the windblast at 80-odd mph.

With most Americans not able to find France on a its perhaps understandable Harley envisage their bike used for this kind of but to be this inappropriate surely some doing. I’m buffeted so much my head is about more than dog off the Churchill advert. Thankfully, the stops are never more 115 miles apart, but still I about being on the Kawasaki, relaxed posture filling me envy.

Anythingabove 90mph for than a quick blast on the XR isn’t worth the pain, so you can the glee evident on my face Ben announces that the route be taking after Grenoble is a road that would my agonising neck muscles a and the bike a chance to redeem And what a road it is.

The N85, as the Route Napoleon, is now my favourite in the world. Having mainly on the rutted, over-congested narcolepsyinducing for highways in the South East of the N85 hit me like a sledgehammer to the adrenal

We scythe through the most scenery I’ve ever giving no quarter to the tarmac or road users. My ears pop few minutes as the road rises and For all the bikes motorway problems, here and right now, claims of a sports-style bike are righteously upheld.

Once I get my around the fact that it hauling into corners a generous dollop of counter-steer, clicks into place and left laughing uncontrollably to My confidence growing, corner increase and the right hand peg has a but violent encounter with the taking me by surprise and kicking my off the footrest.

Perhaps I’m heady from the afternoon’s but for me the bike to tackle these is the XR. Yes, it’s not a real bike in the true sense of a or an R6, but if it’s able to make me like an amazing rider due to the of ground clearance and interesting it’ll do it for me.

Add to that an engine pull from tick-over and bars, and you have a bike makes me feel like a hero, so long as the corners in aren’t too tight. The only I’d throw at it in this is the seat it’s slanted forcing the rider into the when you really want to be back to give room to around on the bike.

This is the only reason I can up with why Barry was able to his Bonneville down the inside of a hander I gauge to be tighter it actually is. At least that’s my as he disappears from view a few later, the sound from the exhaust reverberating off the mountainside.

A new day with the heat that had steadily building as we head The temperature soars to over 40 and, with so much in the tyres, my confidence is sky high; at no do they ever feel close to the limit.

Endless combinations come and go and even in the weather I’ve ever I’m having a great Even though I’m at speeds probably less half the velocity of Rob and Niall on the sportsbikes, I’m enjoying enough not to care. However, I mention the front brake at point.

I find the lack of power a hurtling towards tight as it takes a firm squeeze to the bike from speed and the most appalling squealing after a few corners. To be fair, not sure how many XR1200 be trying to keep up with a GP rider on a set of switchbacks.

Rolling St. Raphael, it hits me why men of a certain age be drawn towards a Harley. The on the tank is something that non-bikers recognise and gets you by everyone. Beautiful, tanned, women watch as you pass; middle-aged men suddenly get the urge to buy a while ADHD-riddled kids jumping about and stare into the orange abyss along.

A wry smile sweeps my face as I disappear from to stun the next group of French citizens strolling the

After enjoying such a time on brilliant twisting in the sun, it has to come to an end at some Cannes to Calais in one trip is not a experience on the XR, but after knowing to expect from the journey this time I’m with a flat on the tank that makes me look a bit but not end up deaf. Only on the ferry did the hit me from such a slog, but surprised by how pain-free my knees in stark contrast to Rob who I noticed was his foot position every few on the motorway.

Lots of UK bikers shun the brand. But after five and 2,500 miles together I can say I enjoyed the whole Hog experience. obviously out of its depth above the

speed limit but that’s not the bike is for it’s about a smile on your face for blasts around country or cruising through town like a million dollars. If is simply a pleasurable pastime and fun doesn’t involve regular down action, you could do a lot than to try a Harley. Don’t be to find yourself falling for the pace of biking.

What I

Relaxed riding position cruising at anything up to 80mph a experience.

Thump from the Termignoni system sounds and gets looks from as you rumble by.

Torquey engine overtakes easy, and gives drive from just anywhere in the rev range.

What change

Zero wind limits the bike’s practicality.

brake isn’t very and screams if it’s used

Firm seat is slanted towards the tank, making me myself backwards to keep and to allow myself space to around.

Rating: 3/5

For: sound from the Termignonis, good looks and laid lazy engine character


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