Harley-Davidson Press Release: Custom Seat Program for Sportster models: Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor Accessories has expanded its popular Custom Seat Program to include two saddles for 2004-later Sportster models. Using the Custom Seat Website, a customer can create a seat in one of more than 1,300 design options, print out the seat design, and bring it [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
AMA Press Release: Coming into Indianapolis, the AMA Pro XR1200 Series had been strictly a three-man affair at the front. Every single step on the podium, pole position, and lap leader point in the lead-up to the $60,000 XR Showdown that kicks off with this weekend’s Indianapolis GP doubleheader had been hoarded by a group [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
AMA Press Release: In a short six weeks, the thundering twins of the AMA XR1200 Series will roar into Indianapolis Motor Speedway to take part in the Indianapolis GP for the second consecutive year. The event is a staple on the world motorsports calendar and this year’s contest, scheduled for August 17 – 19, 2012, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Harley-Davidson XR1200 vs. Kawasaki Z1000 vs. MV Agusta Brutale 990 R – Comparison Test Raising the sport standard.
Ask any CWstaffer to compose a master list of favorite motorcycles and you’re likely to find a sporty standard-style bike residing at or near the top of the page. While there was a time when the term “standard” referenced a rather pedestrian, utilitarian mode of two-wheel transportation, those days have been obscured by the tire [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Flat-track fanatics have long pined for a street-going replica of Harley-Davidson’s all-conquering XR-750. The Motor Company finally delivered last year, rolling out to great acclaim the XR1200. Smiles turned to frowns, though, when H-D announced that this neo-vintage street-tracker and ultimate American-style standard would only be offered in Europe. Outcries ensued and–fast forward a few [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
First Ride: 2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster XR1200 Street-Tracker Fun on a Mile, or a couple hundred of them strung together, especially riding with Scott Parker.
On the press launch for the 2009 Harley-Davidson XR1200 street-tracker, we were only a stone’s throw from the Del Mar racetrack just north of San Diego, where 10 years ago I’d seen Scott Parker glide and slide around that loamy dirt-track on his XR-750 in a way that seemed to defy physics. His insistent artfulness [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Brian Blades It seemed criminal that the European market should get a motorcycle so bare-knuckled American as the XR1200 Sportster before we did. And we weren’t even sure we’d get the bike over here at all! Yep, the XR1200 street-tracker was, according to Harley, “conceived by and for the European market.” So we [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)