Like the Harley-Davidson XR1200, but want a bike that offers a fully adjustable suspension? Want better brakes than the XR1200 offers? Can you not get enough black on your bike? Then head on down to your local Harley dealer to put down a deposit on the 2011 XR1200X, because the bar and shield brand just built your bike.
Available in Black Denim (matte black) and White Hot Denim (matte white, presumably), the XR1200X features a Showa Big Piston Fork adjustable for rebound and compression damping, Showa rear shocks with compression and rebound damping and Nissin four piston caliper front brakes. The motor is identical to the XR1200, but features a black powdercoat finish. The 2-1-2 exhaust has been repositioned for better cornering clearance and is finished in matte black. See a theme here?
I like the enhancements, but I’m not crazy about the black or white color options. The matte black bodywork looks unfinished from the side, like the designer saw the clock hit five and said “good enough, we’re done”. It’s just an illusion, since the bodywork is the same as the regular XR1200; maybe there’s just too much black, or maybe I’m not a fan of matte paint.
Harley-Davidson hasn’t announced pricing on the XR1200X yet, but I’d expect it to be a grand or two more than the standard XR1200’s base price of $10,799.00. Expect to see it in dealer showrooms this fall.