Harley-Davidson Prototype Debuts at Intermot

From a Harley-Davidson Motor Company press release

Harley-Davidson revealed a prototype Sportster XR 1200 motorcycle aimed at the European market today at the INTERMOT International Motorcycle Show in Cologne, Germany. The XR 1200 prototype places an emphasis on performance and handling with styling inspired by the Motor Company's legendary XR 750 dirt track racer.

Created with the demands of the European market in mind, the XR 1200 prototype's development goals include a powerful air-cooled V-Twin engine, agile handling, and high performance suspension and brakes.

"As Harley-Davidson seeks to further grow its presence and sales in Europe, INTERMOT and subsequent major European events will be used to carefully evaluate media and public reaction to the XR 1200 prototype," said John Russell, Vice President, Harley-Davidson Europe. "If the prototype is well received, we hope to bring the XR 1200 to Europe in 2007."

The Sportster XR 1200 Prototype features:

  • XR 750-inspired styling
  • 1200cc air-cooled V-Twin with downdraft fuel injection (85-90 HP target)
  • Specially tuned Showa suspension with 43mm inverted front forks
  • High performance four-piston caliper Nissin brakes
  • Unique lightweight cast wheels with dirt track-inspired design
  • Specially developed Dunlop Qualifier tires:
  • Front 120/70ZR18
  • Rear 180/55ZR17