Harley-Davidson revealed a prototype Sportster XR 1200 motorcycle aimed at the European market today at the INTERMOT International Motorcycle Show in Cologne, Germany. The XR 1200 prototype places an emphasis on performance and handling with styling inspired by the Motor Company’s legendary XR 750 dirt track racer.

Created with the demands of the European market in mind, the XR 1200 prototype’s development goals include a powerful air-cooled V-Twin engine, agile handling, and high performance suspension and brakes.

"As Harley-Davidson seeks to further grow its presence and sales in Europe, INTERMOT and subsequent major European events will be used to carefully evaluate media and public reaction to the XR 1200 prototype,"
said John Russell, Vice President, Harley-Davidson Europe. "If the prototype is well received, we hope to bring the XR 1200 to Europe in 2007."

The Sportster XR 1200 Prototype features:

  • XR 750-inspired styling
  • 1200cc air-cooled V-Twin with downdraft fuel injection (85-90 HP target)
  • Specially tuned Showa suspension with 43mm inverted front forks
  • High performance four-piston caliper Nissin brakes
  • Unique lightweight cast wheels with dirt track-inspired design
  • Specially developed Dunlop Qualifier tires:
  • Front 120/70ZR18
  • Rear 180/55ZR17

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. Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight street, custom and touring 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/Buell dealers and customers.

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  (6023) posted on 11.19.2006

WOW !! This is awesome!!!!!
I have a 2002 honda nighthawk which sorta looks like this style- I’d love to get this one- its a Harley-Davidson - Oh yeah !!
Been Looking for a bike like this.
My Husband & I own a 2004 sportster roadster 1200 H.D.
LOVE THE PERFORMANCE-especially where we live, lots of great roads with breath taking views. (Del Norte County- Crescent City Ca. and nearby
is Smith River, Ca., Hiouchi Ca.
Brookings Oregon the boarder line. ) Looks like a perfect bike to ride around here . You have our vote as a winner of a bike .
Ride to live & live to Ride.

  (6023) posted on 11.14.2006

To heck with europe, bring it to the U.S. I like it already. If it handles half as good as it looks, it’s already a winner.

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