Church of MO: 2008 Harley-Davidson XR1200 Review

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By John Burns

Harley-Davidson moves in a mysterious ways, its wonders to perform; it plants its footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm. With the imminent exciting arrival of a brand-new flat-track inspired American motorcycle in January that’s not a Harley-Davidson, it’s fun to remember the tenth anniversary of the last flat-track inspired motorcycle that was. The XR1200 was such a crazy idea, H-D was afraid to bring it home to America for a whole year.


2008 Harley-Davidson XR1200 Review

No home in America

By Tor Sagen Jun. 09, 2008
Photos by DoubleRed

As far as I know, Harley-Davidson has never before launched a new motorcycle exclusively first in Europe. In Valencia, Spain, Harley did, and the XR1200 was launched in a big way to virtually anyone that can walk and talk in the European motorcycle press.The XR1200 is as close to a true sportsbike Harley-Davidson is ever going to make (except for the ill-fated VR1000 Superbike –Ed.). It’s air-cooled with a modified 1203cc Evolution V45 from the Sportster range. To make it more powerful than the rest, the XR1200 features a larger air-box, downdraft fuel injection and a performance-biased exhaust system. The result is a claimed 90 horsepower at 7.000 rpm and 73.8 ft-lbs of torque maxing at a low 3.700 rpm.

2008 Harley-Davidson XR1200. Only in Amer… er, um… Europe.

<img title="The XR1200 puts out a claimed 90 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 73.8 ft-lbs of torque maxing at a low 3,700 rpm. The enlightened will know that a Buell makes more horsepower than this with similar technology." src="https://www.motorcycle.com/images/content/Review/08_june_hd_1200_02(1).jpg" alt="The XR1200 puts out a claimed 90 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and 73.8 ft-lbs of torque maxing at a low 3,700 rpm. The enlightened will know that a Buell makes more horsepower than this with similar technology." width="300" …read more

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