The new XR1200 is officially rolling off the assembly line in Kansas City for delivery to Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Some of us had been hoping that with the return of the Indy Mile to the U.S. this year, Harley Davidson would take the opportunity to unveil the XR1200 to the home folks, but, reading through this news item makes it look less likely.
… developed specifically for European customers …
… will be released only in Europe, Middle Eastern and African regions this year.
Of course, the “this year” at the end of that last quote leaves HD an opening for a 2009 introduction in the U.S. but there’s no indication that will occur. I wonder what would happen if they turned some journalists loose with it over here instead of in Europe. This Euro only Harley still puzzles me a bit but I have to assume the Motor Company has their reasons.
Harley Davidson news release:
NEW HARLEY-DAVIDSON XR1200 ROLLS OFF THE PRODUCTION LINE
Production starts for dirt track-inspired, high performance Harley-Davidson streetbike developed specifically for European customers.
To date, approximately 600 future retail orders have been placed across Europe by enthusiastic customers who can’t wait to take delivery of the new Harley-Davidson XR1200™. Very soon, their patience will be rewarded.
On April 29, production began at the Kansas City facility for the eagerly anticipated new XR1200 motorcycle, which will be released only in Europe, Middle Eastern and African regions this year.
The XR1200 was first launched as a prototype at the Intermot international motorcycle exhibition in Cologne, Germany, in October 2006 to gauge customer and media reaction to a new kind of performance-oriented Harley-Davidson motorcycle with great style and character. Following overwhelmingly positive feedback, development work continued to convert the appealing prototype concept into a great handling, high performance streetbike designed to satisfy the needs of European customers on European roads.
The success of the fully-developed motorcycle was put to the test in the hands of more than 90 European journalists at the official press launch event based in Valencia, Spain in mid-April. Once again, the reaction was extremely positive, underlining the Company’s confidence that XR1200 will be a hit in the European market as soon as production motorcycles begin to arrive in European markets in the next few weeks.