Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Harley announces XR1200X will be released in the U.S. Originally designed for the European market this flat track replica bike is by far the best looking Harley made right now. A huge demand from US fans was finally heard and they will make a model specifically for us now.
With a tank and tail section designed to evoke the legendary Harley-Davidson XR750 - the king of the gritty American flat-track scene. Wide flat-track bars and rearset footpegs position an assertive rider for active control. This is a very odd departure for the US company and it looks great!
Showa Big Piston Front fork (BPF) eliminates many of the internal components used in a cartridge-type fork, resulting in lighter overall fork weight. The large-diameter of the BPF internal piston allows a reduction in damping pressure for outstanding feedback and smooth action. Rebound and compression damping may be fine tuned with adjuster screws located on top of the fork bolts. The spring pre-load is adjusted with a M5 hex screw on the axle holders.
Showa rear shocks feature 36mm pistons with piggy-back nitrogen charged reservoirs. The compression damping may be adjusted with a knob on top of the reservoir. Rebound is adjusted with a thumb wheel on the lower clevis. Rear spring pre-load is also adjustable.
It still uses the outdated XL1200 Evo engine but at least it's fairly narrow.
Type: air-cooled 45° Evolution v-twin w/oil-cooled heads
Displacement, bore x stroke: 1200cc, 88.9mm x 96.8mm
Valve train: pushrod-operated OHV w/hydraulic lifters, 2 valves/cylinder
Compression ratio: 10.0:1
Fuel system: EFI
Transmission: multi-plate wet clutch, 5-speeds
Final drive: Belt
Overall length: 87.6 in.
Wheelbase: 60.0 in.
Wet weight: 573 lbs.
Seat height: 31.3 in.
Rake/trail: 29°/5.2 in.
Wheels: Black, 3-spoke cast
Front tire: 120/70ZR18 M/C Dunlop D209
Rear tire: 180/55ZR17 M/C Dunlop D209
Front brake: dual 292mm discs, dual 4-piston fixed calipers
Rear brake: 260mm disc, single-piston floating caliper
Front suspension: 43mm inverted fork, 4.92 in. travel
Rear suspension: twin shocks, fully adjustable; 3.5 in. travel
Fuel capacity: 3.5 gal.
Instruments: Digital speedometer w/dual tripmeter and clock; analog tachometer
Engine torque(claimed): 73.91 ft.-lbs. @ 4000 rpm
Fuel Economy (claimed): 38/53 mpg (urban/highway)