• Nov 24, 2008
Click above for high-res image gallery of the Harley-Davidson XR1200

We haven't yet gotten any official word from Harley-Davidson regarding the imminent U.S. launch of its XR1200, a thoroughly modern take on the old XR750 made famous on various dirt tracks across the United States. Oddly, despite this profound racing heritage in America, HD at first decided to send the revived XR to European dealerships only while suggesting that the U.S. may also get the bike at some point if demand proved strong. It seems that enough Americans were interested for the company to investigate its home market further, as rumors now indicate that an initial run of 750 XRs are being set aside for U.S. consumption. If you want one of these first XRs, you'll need to have your order in by December 15.

We have not been able to confirm this launch with the powers-that-be at HD, but at least one dealership in Westminster California is taking deposits for orange XR1200s with a price of $11,179 and a due date before the end of the year. Black and silver models will apparently be made available early next year. We made a quick call to Westminster Harley-Davidson and got confirmation that an email was sent just yesterday informing dealers of the news. Still, until we see an official announcement from Harley, which certainly wouldn't be entirely unexpected, this one's not quite officially official. Stay tuned... we may finally get the chance to ride the Sportster as God and Mr. Davidson himself intended.


[Source: Chopper Daves]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      For about the same price, you can purchase a Ducati
      Monster 1100, with adjustable fronk fork and adjustable rear monoshock. It weighs about 100 lbs
      less than the HD. So which do you think handles
      better and is faster???
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks really good, but really slooooooowwwww.
        • 6 Years Ago
        sloooooow, not at all. This bike has almost the same motor as the Buell lightening with over 90HP and over one hundred pounds of torque. It is not slow by any means. Take a test ride and you will be impressed. Really.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Meh, this is basically a naked bike, so even if it had a higher hp the wind buffering would make going any faster uncomfortable...

        I thought it was insane when HD didn't want to sell this in the States. Glad they've seem to come to their senses.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well my bike has 127 HP, so to me this bike is a bit slow. Probably quick compared to most cars, but nothing fast when it comes to bikes.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry Ray, I know you are a HD dealer and all but put this thing up against a Ducati Monster 1100, Triumph Speed Triple, or BMW R1200R, all in the same ballpark dollar-wise, and the HD doesn't stand a chance. You won't be able to ride with the big boys and all of the asses that ride "real HD's" won't have any part of you on a Sportster.

        This by far is the neatest HD in a long time, but not worth $11K. Price it about the same, or maybe a little more than a Bonneville and you got me thinking.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry it wont run 10's in the mile but that doesnt mean its slow. In that case your bike is slow compared to many many other things. 90hp and 500lbs isnt a sport bike but ITS NOT SUPPOSE TO BE. Bet its more fun to ride then most bikes out there
      happeefase
      • 6 Years Ago
      if you are in the vicinity of Lawton,Oklahoma contact me for more info. ProTeam Harley Davidson
      I'm Phil
      • 6 Years Ago
      The XR 1200 is an attractive bike and a good new direction for Harley, but don't confuse it for a performance motorcycle.

      The engine generates 74 lb-ft of torque, not the 100+ quoted above, and 90 hp. Those would've been big numbers twenty years ago, but today they're merely adequate.

      What is a big number, however, is the weight - 250 Kg (551 lb) dry. Most modern sportbikes weigh 390 - 420lb dry and generate a lot more power.

      It's the best-performing air cooled bike Harley builds but it's still a Harley.

      Source: http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/harley-davidson/2008-harleydavidson-xr1200-review-80682.html
      • 6 Years Ago
      Being the youngster that I am, I'd buy it over one of their typical bikes. I like it when traditional companies like HD go out on a limb with designs like this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If someone said "pick any Harley you want for free", this would be it. At that price point I don't see anybody buying these besides for the name.
      • 6 Years Ago
      WE are the largest dealer in Orange County Ca. and yes this bike is a reality. We are taking deposits for this great bike that will be delivered before the end of the year. Hurry there will only be 750 pre orders for this special bike. Call today 949-727-4464
        • 6 Years Ago
        Okay Ray, you've put enough ads in this post, we get the message. Finally something a "little" different from HD.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks great.....BADLY needs a larger head lamp but man that thing is nice. Harley has never impressed me when it came to actually riding their bikes though. Maybe they changed that?
      • 6 Years Ago
      easily my favorite current harley.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy knee bend, set back pegs and a 29.1" seat height. Other wise a sharp looking bike. But it does need a 32" seat height.

      Probably the only Harley I'd even give a second look to.
        • 6 Years Ago
        my bikes a 31'' and I can sit completely flat footed and I'm only 5'10''. That does seem REAL low
      • 6 Years Ago
      Price is good and the bike is cool but isnt this stepping on the toes of Buell a bit?

      Is Harley developing a division with-in the HD brand for more sporting bikes, like this one and the V-Rod series? Possibly adding sport oriented models to the other model families. A sports Dyna or Softail maybe?
        • 6 Years Ago
        This is far more a standard than anything Buell does save for the Ulysses (dual sport) and the Blast (beginner bike). Buell is basically a boutique brand. I like the idea of HD broadening its base; way past due in my opinion.

        I'd like to see an XR883. Actually, I'd like to see a 500-600cc, V2, H/D beginner/commuter bike and see the Blast dropped, but that's a different story/rant.

        Can anyone tell me why H/D's tranny cases are so big?

        and don't say genetics.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not at all going to step on Buell's toes. Buell makes modern sport and street bikes. This is more of a "modern classic" like Triumph's Bonneville or Ducati's GT 1000. Today's technology on yesterday's frame.

        I'm no fan of HD but this is a good looking cafe racer.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It is NOT a cafe racer. This is a throw back to the dirt track bikes big time. Completely different seating position and general idea. The exhausts are up high on the right side even because you turn left on flat tracks
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmmm, I am in the Harley/Buell dealer with 12K in my grubby hand. I will take the Buell 1125 CR please. The XR is still cool, but somewhat overpriced.
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