2011 Harley-Davidson XR1200X Announced for U.S.

The performance-based Sportster finally hits America

Here it is June...and already the first of the new 2011 models are being announced. Today, Harley dropped word that it will be introducing the sportiest-Sportster-to-date, the XR1200X, to U.S. markets for the 2011 model year. Introduced two years ago and, until now, available overseas only, the semi-blacked-out XR1200X will soon be coming to Harley-Davidson dealers in the United States. The official news release from Harley follows.

MILWAUKEE (June 3, 2010) - The XR1200X is Harley-Davidson Sportster performance honed to its finest edge. Introduced in 2010 for export markets only, the XR1200X will be available through Harley-Davidson dealers in the United States as a 2011 model. Equipped with fully-adjustable Showa® front and rear suspension components, the 2011 XR1200X can be dialed in to match rider weight, riding style and road conditions. The XR1200X combines this premium suspension with enhanced front brakes and the responsive punch of a high-compression, 1200cc Evolution® V-Twin engine in a dynamic, street-performance motorcycle.

With a tank and tail section designed to evoke the legendary Harley-Davidson XR750 - the king of the gritty American flat-track scene - the XR1200X puts its mechanical character on display. Wide flat-track bars and rearset footpegs position an assertive rider for active control. The XR1200X has a blacked-out powertrain and exhaust, revised tank graphics, and black wheels with an orange rim pinstripe. The XR1200X will be offered in two colors: Black Denim and White Hot Denim.

**Key XR1200X Features **

Showa Big Piston Front fork (BPF) eliminates many of the internal components used in a cartridge-type fork, resulting in lighter overall fork weight. The large-diameter of the BPF internal piston allows a reduction in damping pressure for outstanding feedback and smooth action. Rebound and compression damping may be fine tuned with adjuster screws located on top of the fork bolts. The spring pre-load is adjusted with a M5 hex screw on the axle holders.

Showa rear shocks feature 36mm pistons with piggy-back nitrogen charged reservoirs. The compression damping may be adjusted with a knob on top of the reservoir. Rebound is adjusted with a thumb wheel on the lower clevis. Rear spring pre-load is also adjustable.

Nissin® dual front brakes feature 292mm full-floating rotors and four-piston calipers.

Isolation-mounted XL Evolution 1200 cc V-Twin engine with black powdercoat finish features downdraft Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), high-performance camshafts, precision oil-cooled cylinder heads and a large-capacity oil cooler. Compression ratio is 10:1. The engine is rated at 74 ft. lbs. peak torque @ 4000 rpm (per SAE J1349).

Upswept, high-volume 2-1-2 straight-shot exhaust system with satin black finish offers extra cornering clearance. Chassis features a high-performance designed tubular mild steel frame. The rigid, cast-aluminum swingarm is engineered to enhance handling.

Dunlop® Qualifier D209 tires were designed specifically for the XR1200X.

Three-spoke lightweight cast-aluminum wheels, 18-inch front / 17-inch rear, are finished in gloss black with an orange pinstripe on the rim.

Wide, black dirt-track handlebar for enhanced steering leverage and comfort.

Rearset foot pegs for additional cornering clearance. Compact instrument display with white-faced analog tachometer, digital speedometer, dual trip meter and clock.

3.5-gallon fuel tank with aircraft-style aluminum alloy fuel filler.

29.2-inch seat height with standard passenger pillion and foot pegs.

Optional Harley-Davidson® Smart Security System

2011 Harley-Davidson XR1200X Specifications

Base Price: $11,799

Colors: Black Denim, White Hot Denim

Standard warranty: 24 months, unlimited miles

Type: air-cooled 45° Evolution v-twin w/oil-cooled heads
Displacement, bore x stroke: 1200cc, 88.9mm x 96.8mm
Valve train: pushrod-operated OHV w/hydraulic lifters, 2 valves/cylinder
Compression ratio: 10.0:1
Fuel system: EFI
Transmission: multi-plate wet clutch, 5-speeds
Final drive: Belt

Overall length: 87.6 in.
Wheelbase: 60.0 in.
Wet weight: 573 lbs.
Seat height: 31.3 in.
Rake/trail: 29°/5.2 in.
Wheels: Black, 3-spoke cast
Front tire: 120/70ZR18 M/C Dunlop D209
Rear tire: 180/55ZR17 M/C Dunlop D209
Front brake: dual 292mm discs, dual 4-piston fixed calipers
Rear brake: 260mm disc, single-piston floating caliper
Front suspension: 43mm inverted fork, 4.92 in. travel
Rear suspension: twin shocks, fully adjustable; 3.5 in. travel
Fuel capacity: 3.5 gal.
Instruments: Digital speedometer w/dual tripmeter and clock; analog tachometer

Engine torque(claimed): 73.91 ft.-lbs. @ 4000 rpm
Fuel Economy (claimed): 38/53 mpg (urban/highway)