2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200C Custom

The Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200 Custom is as all-American as any bike can get. Built for the long and winding roads of the country, this custom cruiser was designed with the idea of being an all-around companion for the most ardent of riders.

A wide front end and chunky 16" tire gives the new Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom a strong and contemporary stance. It features plenty of all the trademark Harley amenities, including new wheels, a pull-back handlebar, and a reshaped LED tail lamp. All these elements give the Sportster 1200 Custom an exciting new look that should be an eye candy to a lot of riders. The headlamp offers a reshaped classic Sporter "eyebrow" look while the taillight comes with a new shape that features a bright, low-maintenance LED element. The pull-back handlebar, a critical piece of Harley’s design engineering, is mounted on a curved riser that likewise incorporates an LED warning light display. The bike is then finished off with a pair of chrome, 5-Spoke cast aluminum wheels on the front and rear and wrapped in Michelin Scorcher “31” tires.

In terms of powertrain, the Sportster 1200 Custom is far from a push-over, thanks to a mighty and rubber mounted 1200cc Evolution V-Twin powertrain with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) and mated to a five-speed transmission and a dual staggered exhaust system.

On top of all of its features, the Sportster 1200 Custom also comes with an H-D1 factory customization, a new opportunity that allows the customer to choose from seven option categories to optimize fit, function and style. By selecting from available factory-installed wheels, handlebars, seats, paint, foot control position, security system, and engine finish, the customer can create a 1200 Custom that is a truly personalized motorcycle that oozes of power and attitude.

Find out more about the Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom after the jump.

Model Highlights

Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200C Custom
  • Chrome, 5-Spoke cast aluminum wheels front and rear
  • Michelin Scorcher “31” tires
  • Wider fork spacing and polished triple clamps
  • Reshaped classic Sportster “eyebrow” over the headlamp
  • Taillight is smaller and has a new shape with a bright, low-maintenance LED element
  • Front suspension rates are re-tuned to match the new tire/wheel combination. 39 mm front fork with 30 degrees rake.
  • Pull-back handlebar mounted on a curved riser incorporates an LED warning light display
  • Polished forward foot controls
  • Two-up seat is standard with 26.5 inch laden seat height
  • 4.5-gallon fuel tank offers long riding range
  • Powertrain finished in black powdercoat with chrome covers

Key Features

Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200C Custom
  • Evolution V-Twin powertrain with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Rubber-mounted powertrain to reduce vibration
  • 5-Speed transmission
  • Dual staggered exhaust
  • Disc brakes
  • Handlebar-mounted electronic speedometer
  • Optional Harley-Davidson Smart Security System with hands-free security fob


Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200C Custom
EngineAir-cooled, Evolution
Displacement (in./cc)73.3/1200
Fuel SystemElectronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Miles Per Gallon48 MPG combined City/Hwy
Length (in./mm)87.4/2220
Seat Height (laden) (in./mm)26.6/676
Wheelbase (in./mm)59.9/1521
TireMichelin Scorcher “31”
front and rear
• FrontScorcher “31”
130/90B16 72H
• RearScorcher “31”
150/80B16 77H
• FrontChrome 5-Spoke
Cast Aluminum
16 in. x 3 in.
(406.4 mm x 76.2 mm)
• RearChrome 5-Spoke
Cast Aluminum
16 in. x 3 in.
(406.4 mm x 76.2 mm)
• Optional StyleBlack Contrast Cut 5-Spoke
Cast Aluminum; Steel Laced;
Black Steel Laced
Fuel Capacity (U.S. gals/liters)4.5/17
Weight as Shipped (lbs./kg)553/251
FrameMild steel, tubular frame; circular
sections; cast junctions
SwingarmMild steel, rectangular tube section,
stamped junctions; MIG welded
Front Forks39 mm
Rear ShocksCoil-over; preload dual-adjustable
Wheels:Chrome 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum
• Front16 in. x 3 in. (406.4 mm x 76.2 mm)
• Rear16 in. x 3 in. (406.4 mm x 76.2 mm)
• Caliper TypeDual-piston front, single-piston rear
• Rotor TypePatented, uniform expansion rotors
Suspension Travel:
• Front Wheel4.12 in. (105 mm)
• Rear Wheel2.12 in. (54 mm)


Infosport Bike----"A wide forehead and thick 16-inch tires, the new Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom a strong and modern attitude. Introduced as a mid-year 2012, Harley-Davidson model line-up, the 1200 has new custom wheels, handlebars, pull back, and a redesigned rear light LEDs. Although these elements combine to give a new look 1200 Custom, the 1200 also measures the adjustment early factory H-D1, a new option that allows customers to choose among seven possible categories to optimize the fit, function and style. Choosing from the available factory-installed wheels, handlebars, seats, paint, the pedal position, the security system and the engine is completed, the customer can create a custom 1200, which is a bike truly personal."


Harley Davidson is known for making such glorious motorcycles. And this one speaks of their dominant sales in the market.

I love the sporty look of this bike, aside from that it has that impressive engine specification that will truly catch our rider’s attention and taste.

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