Then & Now: Harley-Davidson XR1200 vs. XLCR Café Racer

Pirates' Rides

By John L. Stein, Photography by Kevin Wing

Milwaukee's most potent Sportster is all about torque. There's a prodigious 67.9 lb.-ft. of the stuff on call at 3750 rpm, and although things fall steadily after that peak the long-stroke twin maintains 60 lb.-ft. most of the way to redline.

The H-D's bolt-upright riding position is typical of the breed, but less restrictive than you might think. A low, 29.2-inch seat height makes the XR accessible to a wider range of riders and that wide bar puts you in a good position to resist a headwind.

Harley-Davidson Xr1200 | Price $10,799
Tech Spec
Engine type: a-c 45-deg. V-twin Frame: Steel double-cradle with aluminum swingarm Rake/trail: 27.8º/5.1 in.
Valve train: OHV, 4v Front suspension: Showa 43mm inverted fork Seat height: 29.2 in.
Displacement: 1200cc Rear suspension: Twin Showa shocks with adjustable spring preload Wheelbase: 59.6 in.
Bore x stroke: 88.9 x 96.8mm Front brake: Dual Nissin four-piston calipers, 292mm discs Fuel capacity: 3.5 gal.
Compression: 10.0:1 Rear brake: Nissin single-piston caliper, 260mm disc Weight (tank full/empty): 586/565 lbs.
Fuel system: EFI Front tire: 120/70ZR-18 Dunlop D209 Qualifier Colors: Vivid Black, Brilliant Silver, Mirage Orange Peel
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate Rear tire:180/55ZR-17 Dunlop D209 Qualifier Availability: Now
Transmission: 5-speed Warranty: 24 mo., unlimited mi.
Measured horsepower:77.1 bhp @ 6750 rpm
Measured torque: 67.9 lb.-ft. @ 3750 rpm
Corrected 1/4-mile: 12.28 sec. @ 107.8 mph
Top-gear roll-on: 3.87 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 43/36/41 mpg
By John L. Stein
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