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2011 Harley Davidson XR1200X Announced

Posted in General, Harley Davidson, Motorcycle, Newsworthy by Kurt Ernst | June 5th, 2010 | 5 Responses |

XR1200X in Black Denim. Photo: Harley Davidson

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?

XR1200X in White Hot Denim. Photo: Harley-Davidson

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.

Source: Harley-Davidson

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5 Responses

  1. Dave says:

    So Kurt, you gonna give one of these a test drive?

    • Kurt says:

      Dave, sure will as soon as I can find a Harley dealership that’s cool about test rides for journalists. I went to check out a base model XR1200 over the weekend, and I just couldn’t get comfortable on the thing. It’s got a low seat and high pegs (for cornering clearance), so there’s zero legroom. It may be good enough for commuting or a short Saturday morning ride, but anything over an hour with that seating position would be torture.

      I still love the looks of it, though.

  2. brian says:

    such a cool looking bike, love the stock harley exhaust which is usually no the case…

  3. MIKE says:

    WHY DOESEN’T H D HAVE REBAITS LIKE THE OTHER BRANDS
    GUESS THEY THINK IF I DONT BUY IT SOMEONE WILL
    BAD BUSINESS WILL BITE THEN ONE DAY IF THEY MOVE OUT OF THE USA LIKE I HAVE BEEN HEARING

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      Mike, Harley perfected arrogance as a selling strategy when demand was high and people had disposable income. It’s going to take them time to learn that such a strategy doesn’t work in the new economy.

      Harley is indeed building bikes overseas (India, IIRC), but only for the Indian and Chinese markets. Just don’t look too closely at where the components used to build a modern Harley come from; at least (for now) they’re still “assembled” in the U.S..