Harley Davidson held a press conference at Intermot over in Cologne, Germany and showed their new XR1200 Sportster. The boys over at Raptors and Rockets linked to some pics which show a very flat track style Sporty with enough ground clearance to lean over quite a ways without dragging and grinding anything. According to HD, it has downdraft fuel injection, electronically controlled active air intake system and produces about 85 to 90 horsepower with 75 foot pounds of torque.
With all of the references we’ve been making to flat track style motorcycles like the Storz XR1200 and the Street Tracker, you might think HD agrees it’s a good idea. Now if you take this one step further and add that rumored liquid cooled twin, you’ve really got something! Should be a good base to work from no matter what. I wonder if Harley has any competitive ideas for this?
No info yet on exactly when this will be available.
Thanks Brian, for the tip!
UPDATE: “Developed with the emphasis on performance handling and sporting style for European roads” … From the French website. For European roads?!!!
And this: “Ergonomics designed around average height European customer.”
Harley, say it ain’t so! So what exactly are American riders looking for? Is this what HD thinks of the riders here in the U.S.? What are they thinking?
More photos below:
Photos: Harley Davidson France
Link: Harley Davidson France
Original Link: Raptors and Rockets