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.
All riders are very happy about their new bikes, especially if they had it custom made, but designing it yourself and ending up being the winner of your very own creation is indeed something else. Harley-Davidson has announced the winner of their “Build It and Win It” contest and made one lucky women extremely happy.
Talented Libby Hitchcock from Dallas, Georgia has used the interactive web tool and built her dream 2009 Harley-Davidson Softail Cross Bones motorcycle and it is now the lucky winner of the Build It and Win It contest. It means she won the precise motorcycle that she designed and shows how we all should give it a shot as soon as we hear about such contests.
Either a motorcycle has fallen off the sidestand or a mistake lead to an accident, riders will eventually have to lift the motorcycle from the ground and it is important to proceed correctly so that this won’t be damage the bike more than it will most likely be or themselves.
Motorcycle riders who faced the challenge of lifting a fallen motorcycle are aware of the difficulties that might intervene if the maneuver is not done correctly, but those lucky ones who never needed to lift their bikes from the ground will surely find this Harley-Davidson video helpful.
Harley’s latest addition to their Dark Custom lineup – the Iron 883 – is nothing more than a blacked-out, stripped-down Sportster which addresses to the younger crowd, but it sure rocks.
In the promotional video, the bike is presented as being perfect for commuting, cruising and even to be ridden down the drag track in the weekends. And by the way, becoming a part of the exclusive Harley-Davidson club requires no password apart from the machine’s $7,899 MSRP.
Starting from the idea that a guarantee should mean something, Harley-Davidson uses the power of example and launches a program called Ride Free through which they encourage riders to buy the Sportster model.
More precisely, those who buy a ’08 or ’09 Sportster (excluding XR1200) from a participating dealer until March 31, 2009 are offered the opportunity to ride it for up to one full year and then trade it for a new Dyna, Softail, VRSC or Toruing model and receive the original MSRP value of their Sportster motorcycles.
Also, those who already own a ’07, ’08 or ’09 Sportster can trade it until March 31 and have the same benefits.
Although that might seem like one great opportunity (which it actually is), it is recommended that you take in consideration the fact that the economy is going through a tough period and there will be more and more such offers. Still, in March the weather starts being just good for riding so I bet you won’t abstain yourself.
Find out more about Ride Free at http://www.h-d.com/ridefree.
Harley-Davidson has had enough of seeing women riding only as passengers so they have created the Bikes, Camera, Action! contest to challenge female film makers to inspire other women to get behind the handlebars of their very own motorcycles.
And the winning film makers are:
We all know how hard it is for people to buy the right present…I mean for Santa to create and transport the right present for each person individually, but if it still travels, at least to do it in style. This one sure knows what that means although he lost his beard in the process.
A Santa that rides like that won’t deliver anything but aftermarket exhaust and a whole bunch of accessories for our bikes. Perfect!
Merry Christmas to everyone!
Apparently, Harley-Davidson goes for the Chinese market. No, not the public one as I’m sure they’ve conquered it for a long time now, but the police departments market (if we can even call it that way).
Two Beijing traffic police officers ride motorcycles donated by Harley-Davidson Motor Company near the Tiananmen Tower in Beijing, China, Monday, Dec. 8, 2008. Chinese media reported Tuesday that Harley-Davidson Motor Company donated three Harley police bikes to Beijing’s Dongcheng District traffic police branch for traffic police patrols near the Tiananmen Square. (AP Photo/Color China Photo)
We know that at a certain time in the American Motor Company’s history, heavy motorcycle production destined for police departments meant the difference between bankruptcy and success.
The way I see it, their strategy is to open an appetite for Harleys in an area where they haven’t had much success and so go through the financial crisis by making use of the same old artifice.