First appearances can be misleading. Case in point: Harley-Davidson’s 2011 XR1200X. At first glance the updated Harley appears to be your average, run-of-the-mill standard, barely two steps away from a full-on cruiser.
There is a huge debate going on about the designs of the 2011 Harley Davidson models and because the fans of the brand were very disappointed because of the boring 2010 collection they are now expecting that the new collection should be something that is completely off the charts. Looking at the review, specs and performance of the XR1200X Harley Davidson seems to have pulled off what the fans were expecting because the bike is not at all a disappointment.
Things started to make a bit more sense in the pre-ride technical briefing, where the motorcycle’s changes were highlighted. While there aren’t too many to speak off, the bike does feature new suspension front and rear, with Showa’s 43mm Big Piston Fork gracing the pointed end. This came as somewhat of a surprise as said Showa fork is advanced in even the most hardcore sportbike circles. Fully-adjustable dual 36mm Showa rear shocks completed the suspension changes. As for brakes, the 292mm front rotors are now floating while still being gripped by the same potent 4-pistion Nissin calipers as last year’s bike.
The body of the XR1200X is not as bulky as the rest of the bikes of the same power range. There is definitely a lot of technology incorporated in the XR1200X and that is the reason that the bike looks more like a Moto GP contender rather than the heavy built Harleys. The road grip of the XR1200X is a lot better than most other bikes of the same power because it is lighter. Because of the weight loss and more grip the XR1200X is more agile.
The engine gets a blacked-out treatment, as do the upswept dual-exit shotgun exhausts, while orange pinstripes on the wheels round out the changes for the X-model. Retail price goes up $1000 to $11,799 for the XR1200X. Remember though, just the shock upgrade for the previous XR1200 to match what is now standard on the new bike cost $1500, so the 1K price hike isn’t a bad deal at all. The new XR-X will hit dealers later this summer, eventually replacing the standard XR1200 completely come 2011. Colors are Denim Black and Hot Denim White, both featuring a semi-gloss final finish.
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