2008 Harley-Davidson XR1200 - Get Sporty!

Milwaukee's All-New Dirt-Track Racer Replica Is The Sportiest Sportster Yet-Too Bad You Can't Buy One In America!

By Alan Cathcart, Photography by Herwig Peuker, Harley-Davidson

Tech Spec

Evolution
The stalwart XL1200 Sportster updated with a hot-rodded engine, sportier suspension, better brakes and stylish new skin inspired by the iconic XR750 flat-tracker.

Rivals
Air-cooled sporty standards like Buell's XB12S, Ducati's GT1000 and Hypermotard, Moto Guzzi's Griso 8V and Triumph's Thruxton.

TECH
Price $14,685 at currentexchange rates
Engine type a-c 45-degree V-twin
Valve train OHV, 4v
Displacement 1200cc
Bore x stroke 88.9 x 96.8mm
Compression 10.0:1
Fuel system Delphi/Dell'Orto EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 5-speed
Claimed horsepower 91.0 bhp @ 7000 rpm
Claimed torque 73.8 lb.-ft. @ 3700 rpm
Frame Tubular-steel double-cradle
Front suspension 43mm Showa inverted fork
Rear suspension Dual Showa shocks, adjustablefor spring preload
Front brake Dual Nissin four-pistoncalipers, 292mm discs
Rear brake Nissin two-piston caliper,260mm disc
Front tire 120/70ZR-18 DunlopD209 Qualifier
Rear tire 180/55ZR-17 DunlopD209 Qualifier
Rake/trail 27.8/5.1 in.
Seat height 29.2 in.
Wheelbase 59.6 in.
Fuel capacity 3.5 gal.
Claimed dryweight 551 lbs.
Color Orange, gray, black
Available na (overseas only)
Warranty 24 mo., unlimited mi.

Contact
Harley-Davidson Motor Company
3700 W. Juneau Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53208
414.343.4056
http://www.harley-davidson.com

Verdict
The best "starter" Harley yet, with power and handling that finally live up to the Sportster name. Bring this bike to America-and soon!

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