Valencia, April 7th 2008 - Harley-Davidson today introduces the new XR1200 to the roads of Europe, combining great street performance with purposeful motorcycling style and presence inspired by Harley-Davidson's successful XR750 Flat Track racing bike.
XR1200 is the first Harley-Davidson which has been designed specifically for European customers. Harley-Davidson's European Product Planning Team was involved from the beginning of the XR1200 project, resulting in a motorcycle which is built for the twists and turns of European roads, and one that represents the company's commitment to the needs and desires of customers in the European market.
The bike's original inspiration draws from the success of the XR750 racing bike, which has been dominant in the American Flat Track racing scene since its launch in 1970. However, the XR1200's handling and performance characteristics are definitely street based. European expert riders and European roads played a crucial role in the ride and handling development of the bike. French former Endurance champion and GP racer Adrien Morillas participated in the development, as well as Flat Track aces Scott Parker and Rich King.
Since the launch of the XR1200 Prototype in Germany in October 2006 dealers and customers have been waiting to see the finished product with excited anticipation. To date, just under 600 future retail orders have been placed across Europe by enthusiastic customers who can't wait to take delivery of their own Harley-Davidson XR1200.
"XR1200 is a new breed of Harley-Davidson motorcycle", commented John Lewis, Marketing & Product Planning Director of Harley-Davidson Europe. "As well as being a great looking and handling bike, XR1200 is also a clear demonstration of our ability and desire to create motorcycles aimed specifically at European riders. The response from the European bike media and future customers has already been very encouraging, so XR1200 looks set to pave the way for a new generation of European-oriented Harley-Davidson motorcycles", Lewis continued.
"The new Harley-Davidson XR1200 clearly demonstrates the Harley-Davidson Motor Company's commitment to the European market and intent to attract new customers. Performance-oriented customers who aspire to owning a Harley-Davidson but who are seeking a fine handling Roadster with great street performance and tremendous character. XR1200 is very clearly a Harley-Davidson but one that draws on the company's proud Flat Track racing heritage", Lewis continued.
Harley-Davidson intends to begin shipping XR1200 to its European dealerships during late Spring 2008; A further announcement will be made as soon as the production start date has been confirmed.
Key features & technical highlights
Styling and Ergonomics
Styling and livery inspired by the legendary Harley-Davidson XR750 flat track racer
Wide, black handlebars for dirt track looks and superb control
Semi-Rearset footrests for excellent cornering clearance
Seat height 774.7mm unladen (741.7mm laden with 81.7 Kg rider weight)
Ergonomics designed around average height European male rider
Standard pillion seat and passenger footrests
Powertrain, Intake and Exhaust
Isolation-mounted high torque 1200cc Evolution® V-Twin engine finished in silver powder-coat
Downdraft Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) and electronically controlled active intake system
Upswept, high-volume 2-1-2 'Straight shot' exhaust system finished in satin chrome
Precision oil-cooled cylinder heads
Wheels, Brakes and Tyres
Unique, lightweight cast wheels with a Flat Track inspired 3-spoke design, finished in black
Powerful Nissin® dual front brakes with 4 piston callipers and 292mm patented uniform expansion rotors
Dunlop® Qualifier D209 tyres developed specifically for the XR1200 (front 120/70ZR18; rear 180/55ZR17)
Sport-tuned Showa® suspension featuring 43mm inverted front forks and pre-load adjustable twin rear shock absorbers
Unique compact instruments with prominent white faced tachometer, digital speedometer, dual trip meter and clock
Aircraft style aluminium alloy fuel filler
Harley-Davidson® hands free Smart Security System
Hazard warning lights operated by turn signal controls
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Harley-Davidson, Inc. is the parent company for the group of companies doing business as Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Buell Motorcycle Company and Harley-Davidson Financial Services, Inc. Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the only major U.S.-based motorcycle manufacturer, produces heavyweight motorcycles and offers a complete line of motorcycle parts, accessories, apparel, and general merchandise. Buell Motorcycle Company produces sport motorcycles in addition to motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel. Harley-Davidson Financial Services, Inc. provides wholesale and retail financing and insurance programs to Harley-Davidson dealers and customers.