Harley-Davidson scores big points with the Sportster XR1200

This post was written by Wendy on December 8, 2009
Posted Under: Featured

Excerpt from our column Let’s Ride, Wheels section of the Chronicle Herald, May 7, 2009

In today’s competitive world, it has become increasingly difficult to stand out in a crowd and operate a successful business; but the Harley-Davidson Company has evolved to meet change and the current marketplace demands.

The new Sportster XR1200 is a prime example. Featuring a retro look (like the XR750 of the 70’s), well known for racing dirt track across North America; this motorcycle has many performance features not found on other Harleys.

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Harley-Davidson's new Sportster XR1200

The new XR1200 features inverted forks, typical to sportbikes; and is fitted with radial tires, not found on any other production H-D motorcycle.

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Closer view of upswept exhaust

The upswept exhaust creates a note similar to that of Buell motorcycles, perhaps a result of Eric Buell’s expertise incorporated in the engine design.

The engine has a 10.0:1 compression ratio, performance cams, downdraft fuel injection and is the first V-twin Harley-Davidson to have oil-cooled heads.

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1st V-twin Harley-Davidson to have oil-cooled heads

The cooler engine is more efficient and creates more power over a wider range of riding, and the lightweight aluminum swing arm frame improves handling and compliments the overall performance.

Harold had the chance to test ride the Sportster XR1200 last Friday and his comments follow.

“The seating position is similar to a sport bike, a bit more upright, with the foot pegs placed further back along the frame, almost to the rear wheel.

The 1200 V-twin pumps out immediate torque through the smooth five-speed gearbox, noticeable when merging into higher speed highway traffic.

The tachometer is the most prominent gauge, and while cruising at highway speeds in fifth gear, the engine runs at a moderate 3,500rpm of the 7,000rpm redline.

Braking is excellent with the dual 4-piston discs up front and the Dunlop Sportmax radial tires making firm contact with the road.

The Sportster XR1200 proved to be nimble, fast on command and easy to handle. This motorcycle gives you the ride and performance of a sportbike while carrying the Harley-Davidson name.

Although not designed primarily with economy in mind, this motorcycle delivers great mileage with a near 60 hwy/45 city miles per gallon rating, and a moderate price tag beginning at $13,729.”

XR1200 Specifications:
Dry Weight: 562.0 lbs/254.92 kg
Seat Height: 30.5 in/774.70 mm
Engine: Air-cooled, Evolution®
Displacement: 1200cc
Torque: 73.91 ft.lbs @ 4,000rpm
Horsepower: 90hp
Fuel Capacity: 2.91 gal/13.25L
Brakes: Dual 4-Piston, fixed front, single-piston floating rear
Wheels: Black, 3 Spoke Cast Aluminum
Tires: Front 120/70ZR 18 M/C, Rear 180/55ZR 17 M/C
Exhaust: Brushed, straight-shot exhaust w/dual mufflers

Our thanks to John Larson of Privateers Harley-Davidson, 100 Susie Lake Crescent, Halifax for the opportunity to test ride the new XR1200.

If you would like more information on this new Sportster, call the H-D dealership nearest you. Privateers H-D, Halifax at 902-444-4647, or Ramsay’s H-D, Cape Breton at 902-539-1730.

For three consecutive years Privateers Harley-Davidson has won the prestigious Trev Deeley Award for Retailer of the Year, which exemplifies performance excellence in Canada. In fact this dealership has actually won 4 times out of the last five years, an unprecedented feat for any Canadian dealership.

Congratulations to John and all your staff! Your commitment to customer service and satisfaction has once again earned your dealership the top award in Canada, and a reputation based on trust and respect.

A quick reminder to everyone that May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. With the warming temperatures more and more riders will be on our roadways and major highways.

Please respect the rules of the road and remember motorcycles are like any other motorized vehicle. We travel the posted speed limits and also need the same amount of time to stop to avoid a collision. So please everyone use extra caution at stop signs and intersections.

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