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Old 11-20-2010, 09:58 PM   #1
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Harley XR1200

Today Kingwood Harley Davidson had their demo bike day. A dozen bikes or so that could actually be ridden on the street. I opted for the XR1200 as it really is the only HD that catches my eye.

We left the dealership and rode maybe 8 miles in typical staggered formation pace style. Enough to get a feel for the bike for sure. I can only evaluate the XR as a newb rider and only against my 600 gixxer.

Seating position is obviously more upright than the gix but not laid back. I was comfortable in the position and all the controls felt easy to manipulate. The seat has a hard edge that is a bit uncomfortable but not annoying. I like the simplicity of the display and lack of windscreen. Ignition key is on the steering neck to the right which is kinda odd.

Low speed throttle, as we pulled out of the dealership and made our way, was good and responsive. I noticed that as we were stopped at the light the XR seems not to be so rough as the other bikes. Could be my perception. The bike is easy to ride and manipulate.

Once up to speed things change. As a group we came up on a stalled dump truck and had to quickly slow down. Rear brake applied felt like a wet dish rag. I actually had a millisecond panic as I thought the brake had failed! Front brakes are solid but as a whole the bike cant touch the gixxer in terms of braking. Maybe a big disc upgrade on the back would help?

Throttle was ok but the few times I was able to get into into it I was up against the 7500 rpm limiter before I even thought to shift. I was unimpressed with the throttle response.

Ok short ride review I know but I was glad to ride my gixxer home!

BTW, Dave C was pimpin deer chili at the cookoff that was pretty tasty! LOL!
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Old 11-20-2010, 10:06 PM   #2
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that new Harley has been getting a lot of press from the magazines about being an awesome Harley...

your review made it sound pretty mediocre.

does that mean that harley's STILL suck?
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