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Monday, October 11, 2010

2011 Harley-Davidson XR1200X - The X-Factor by Aaron Frank Photography by Tom Riles, Brian J. Nelson

Uprated Suspension And Brakes Improve The Sportiest Sportster


2011 Harley Davidson Xr1200x Left Side View
They say: "Sportster performance honed to its finest edge."
We say: "It'd perform even better after you honed an inch off the footpegs."
It's fair to say that Harley-Davidson racing development peaked in 1970 with the release of the iconic, instantly successful XR750. That platform, which continues to dominate dirt-track racing to this day, has made the XR prefix synonymous with Harley performance. 

That's why The Motor Company's hottest streetbike is branded the XR1200, and isn't an XL1200 variation like its more conventional, baby-cruiser brethren. Now Harley-Davidson has deployed an additional X to create the XR1200X, upgraded with fully adjustable Showa suspension and higher-spec brakes. This is by far the sportiest Sportster yet.
TECH
Price $11,799
Engine type a-c 45-deg. V-twin
Valve train OHV, 4v
Displacement 1200cc
Bore x stroke 88.9 x 96.8mm
Compression 10.0:1
Fuel system EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 5-speed
Claimed horsepower 91.0 bhp @ 7000 rpm
Claimed torque 74 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm
Frame Tubular-steel double-cradle
Front suspension 43mm Showa inverted fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension Dual Showa shocks with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake Dual Nissin four-piston calipers, 292mm discs
Rear brake Nissin one-piston caliper, 260mm disc
Front tire 120/70ZR-18 Dunlop Qualifier D209
Rear tire 180/55ZR-17 Dunlop Qualifier D209
Rake/trail 29.0°/5.2 in.
Seat height 29.2 in.
Wheelbase 60.0 in.
Fuel capacity 3.5 gal.
Claimed dry weight 551 lbs.
Color Black Denim and White Hot Denim
Available Now
Warranty 24 mo., unlimited mi.

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