The bike looks miles away from the production version and considering the multitude of upgrades and modifications, it’s hard to find the best starting point. Probably the Ohlins forks, radial brakes and the front billet aluminum wheel from Performance Machine might represent just that, but it is a long way to the Ducati-like tubular single-sided arm and Ohlins shock at the back.
You’ll find that Roland Sands’ Harley-Davidson XR1200 cafe racer features clip-on handlebars and rearsets, a 2-1 from Vance and Hines as well as chain drive, just to mention a few of its unique features. Furthermore, the single seat behind the standard tank is what gives the bike that café racer look.
With a black-out chassis and a pentagram RSD logo and a 666 number over the matt black paint, this also qualifies as Satan’s machine. So what do you think about it?
Last year, Harley-Davidson made a very pleasant surprise to fans when launching the XR 1200, a motorcycle strongly inspired by the legendary XR 750 that wrote history at Flat Track racing in the 1970s.
The prototype’s presentation took place at the 2006 Intermot show in Koln, but the XR 1200 would have hit Europe’s streets two years later. In what concerns the United States, there were some problems in utilizing the brand and which were solved by purchasing of rights from Storz Performance so that the model’s fans in the United States could enjoy the new model.
The moment has finally arrived and the bike is anything but a disappointment. Bringing race DNA on the streets, the 2009 XR 1200 features: 1200cc, Evolution V-Twin engine, 43mm inverted front forks, cast aluminum swingarm, precision-cooled heads, new dual caliper brakes, downdraft fuel injection, and performance tuned dual exhaust.
First introduced to the public at the Intermot International Fair in October 2006 in the city of Cologne, Germany, the XR1200 model from Harley-Davidson caught the motorcycling public attention as THE American roadster to compete with the Japanese and European alternatives on the so competitive market of the old continent.
Ever since, the maker had refined and mitigated the new project in something that would satisfy the European rider’s expectation and it seems that (...) > Full story