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Harley-Davidson XR1200X
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XR1200X: A Harley-Davidson For Non-Harley

Jonathan Welsh The Harley-Davidson is a pleasant return to the mechanical feel and smell that bikes thrilling.

I was chatting a motorcycling friend recently technology taking some of the fun out of transport. I’m not talking about brakes, a bone of contention bikers for years. Indeed, ABS bikes more fun because keep riders from

What bother me are those that keep us from

Subtle changes to modern have made them enjoyable than older Engines run with turbine suspensions adjust with the of a button and a growing number of are available with automatic They are becoming more two-wheel cars.

Sure, you still get the rush of the but what happened to the rumblinig, sense of engagement that many of us to riding?

To track the visceral, iron-horse thrill of you may have to look at old bikes for in the classifieds, or you might find it in a showroom. I know what saying. You want a horse, not a

Harleys have never my style either. But the new XR1200X is Really.

The motorcycle maker for large, heavy, slow and touring bikes rolled out the a couple of years ago in an attempt to woo riders who prefer, quicker, machinery but don’t want to a plastic-shrouded sport bike in colors with bad graphics. The XR was but lacked the handling some wanted. When riding fast a corner its too-soft suspension feel wobbly and unsure.

 Now the X version, with a broadly adjustable suspension, has hit the

This isn’t a track though you could have a lot of fun it on a track. It is really an all-around bike, which is rare in era of specialization. The XR1200X is ideal rides on hilly, twisting or for quick runs to the store or the cafe.

 It fits in almost anywhere you go in because it looks the way people a motorcycle to look.

For me, the new XR also everything a motorcycle is supposed to do, getting you to point B in style to all your senses. Yes, it and sounds good. But it also has slightly oily hot-metal smell and feel that let you know you are riding a

Neither crude nor refined, it overwhelming, annoying or disappointing the

Harley-Davidson XR1200X
Harley-Davidson XR1200X

Roll on the throttle and the XR1200X’s 1.2 liter V-twin engine lets out a growl and the bike accelerates authority, but it’s nothing Hit the brakes and it stops with a of urgency, but won’t throw you the handlebars if you squeeze a little too This ride won’t the latest sport bikes Japan, but it’s still much than a car and nimble enough to run most high-performance bikes you meet on a back road.

And how much more do you really on the street?

I found the new XR1200R a joy to Other than a 1977 the new machine is the only Harley I ever really wanted. Of I know the XLCR, also as the Cafer Racer, wasn’t a good bike.

But the new XR is, and at $11,799 it costs a few thousand less than the older

But like the fetching XLCR and vintage bikes, part of the new attraction lies in the way it goes beyond being fun transportation. It also people in a way that other don’t. It looks athletic, and adventurous while avoiding the disconcerting outlaw

And while I hate to admit it, I watching people’s expressions as I rode up.

I their lips uttering, my!”

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Harley-Davidson XR1200X
Harley-Davidson XR1200X
Harley-Davidson XR1200X
Harley-Davidson XR1200X
Harley-Davidson XR1200X
Harley-Davidson XR1200X
Harley-Davidson XR1200X

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