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Old 10-10-2006, 07:50 AM   #1
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From the press conference at the 2006 Intermot in Cologne...

Harley-Davidson showed a new XR 1200 based on the air-cooled Sportster 1200 engine. New is down draft fuel injection, chassis, sporty pipes and loads of ground clearance. performance are between 85-90bhp and around 75ftlb according to Harley-Davidson. The bike also gets an electronically controlled active air intake system. All in ode to the XR 750 flat tracker. More info later.

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Old 10-10-2006, 07:51 AM   #2
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Not bad! Even the pegs look to be reasonably placed.
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I really dig it, cafe styling and coolio pipes also.
also has the dual disc up front and the rear set pegs
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:57 AM   #5
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Are you on crack? Do you have any idea how old and antiquated that engine is? why to they still make like this and pass it off as a sports bike? Sportsters suck, no matter what the paint job looks like.
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:59 AM   #6
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ah sportbikes are overrated, you can't even use 50% of the potential on the street. unique is much cooler then top flite cookie cutter.
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Are you on crack? Do you have any idea how old and antiquated that engine is? why to they still make like this and pass it off as a sports bike? Sportsters suck, no matter what the paint job looks like.
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Harley Davidson needs to accept the fact that they are outdated and loosing an entire generation of riders by not offering a sports bike.

They need to get out the check book and pay Porsche's design borough to engineer then a modern production cafe racer.

Their last four cylinder was the NOVA project. It's time for another.
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where are the chains for these things..
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maybe they don't want that market, how much profit is there in a $8-9k bike vs $15-20........

they know their market, and they hit it very well. if you haven't noticed the HD dealers are the nicest shops in town........they didn't get that way by NOT selling bikes.

people grow into HD's, people outgrow sportbikes.
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Different then i was expecting but not bad.
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No kidding... I don't think HD is going to go broke anytime soo due to the lack of sales.
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Old 10-10-2006, 08:25 AM   #13
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where are the chains for these things..
Sportsters use a belt on the right side. The big bikes are on the left.
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I would have thought this should be in the Cruizer lounge....


anyway. I like the bike. If i had a peanut tank, i would turn mine into a cafe racer.
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It does look like fun, someone else is doing something similar with Sportsters. I read an article about it awhile back.......for about $30k
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maybe they don't want that market, how much profit is there in a $8-9k bike vs $15-20........

they know their market, and they hit it very well. if you haven't noticed the HD dealers are the nicest shops in town........they didn't get that way by NOT selling bikes.

people grow into HD's, people outgrow sportbikes.
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Nice. No, better than nice. But still not enough to get me off the ninja.
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I like it, it's a step in the right direction, the Buell relationship is starting to have an effect I think. Unfortunately, as with all the cool stuff, it's going to europe......

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON PROTOTYPE DEBUTS AT INTERMOT

Cologne, Germany (October 10, 2006) - Harley-Davidson revealed a prototype Sportster XR 1200 motorcycle aimed at the European market today at the INTERMOT International Motorcycle Show in Cologne, Germany. The XR 1200 prototype places an emphasis on performance and handling with styling inspired by the Motor Company’s legendary XR 750 dirt track racer.
Created with the demands of the European market in mind, the XR 1200 prototype’s development goals include a powerful air-cooled V-Twin engine, agile handling, and high performance suspension and brakes.

“As Harley-Davidson seeks to further grow its presence and sales in Europe, INTERMOT and subsequent major European events will be used to carefully evaluate media and public reaction to the XR 1200 prototype,” said John Russell, Vice President, Harley-Davidson Europe. “If the prototype is well received, we hope to bring the XR 1200 to Europe in 2007.”

The Sportster XR 1200 Prototype features:


XR 750-inspired styling
1200cc air-cooled V-Twin with downdraft fuel injection (85-90 HP target)
Specially tuned Showa suspension with 43mm inverted front forks
High performance four-piston caliper Nissin brakes
Unique lightweight cast wheels with dirt track-inspired design
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