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Old 04-03-2011, 08:57 AM   #151
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I had a test ride on the XR1200 and here's my contribution to this thread.
The Harley dealer is in the countryside, so my ride started off in the lanes, and I was really impressed.
I've ridden Sportsters before, and Harley seemed to have refined this bikes feel over it's cruiser stablemate, to the extent that it feels almost Honda like in terms of refinement.
The salesman told me that this is intentional, as Harley are looking to appeal to a new kind of customer with this bike.
Anyway.
Through the winding country roads this bike is a real hoot.
The engine pulls from nowhere and charges off in any gear like a cat with it's ass on fire.
Very addictive.
Despite it's weight, it actually manages to feel like a light weight dirt bike through the twisties.
You almost feel like sticking your foot out in the turns.
I was hooked.
I owned an 1100 Griso at the time, and the Harley was giving it one hell of a run for it's money.
I'd pretty much made up my mind that the first thing I was going to do when I got back to the dealer was slap my deposit on the table.
I'd been out about an hour before I thought about heading back, so I thought I'd take the quicker highway route back.
I'm afraid that for me, that's where it all went bad.
Suddenly, at upright cruising speeds it all felt wrong.
The riding position felt awkward for my very average 5ft 10 inch Mr. average build, and even at a steady 60mph, I felt my hands being tugged away from the bars, and it was a dry still day.
I to stay on that road for 15 minutes before turning off for the dealers, and I couldn't wait to give the bike back after that.
After the blast through the country lanes, I felt alive and invigorated but after 15 minutes on the highway, I felt like I'd just done 2 hours on a rowing machine.
I don't know why.
Handlebar to foot peg position possibly ?
Such a shame because for me it spoiled an otherwise perfect bike.
The larger Harley shield makes a big difference, even though it looks small....
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:10 AM   #152
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'10 XR1200 for sale

Folks - I was in a fairly serious bicycle accident a few weeks ago and now have a shiny titanium plate in my right arm and a 6 month recovery period. So my black 2010 XR1200 sits in my garage unused and I will miss this riding season. So if anybody is interested in it PM me...

2010 XR1200
Black
<2000 miles
Perfect condition
Warranty until Dec 2011
Comes with touring shield and rear rack
Located in San Francisco
$10.2k

Thx, g-
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:28 AM   #153
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Folks - I was in a fairly serious bicycle accident a few weeks ago and now have a shiny titanium plate in my right arm and a 6 month recovery period. So my black 2010 XR1200 sits in my garage unused and I will miss this riding season. So if anybody is interested in it PM me...

2010 XR1200
Black
<2000 miles
Perfect condition
Warranty until Dec 2011
Comes with touring shield and rear rack
Located in San Francisco
$10.2k

Thx, g-
Sorry about your bike crash I hope you heal fast and well... $10.2k? I can buy a 2011 with the Showa upgraded suspention new for that. Did you add stuf to yours?
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Old 04-03-2011, 09:40 AM   #154
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:08 AM   #155
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I felt my hands being tugged away from the bars, and it was a dry still day...
After the blast through the country lanes, I felt alive and invigorated but after 15 minutes on the highway, I felt like I'd just done 2 hours on a rowing machine.
I don't know why.
Handlebar to foot peg position possibly ?

I like that. It is good for the abdominal muscles.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:00 AM   #156
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Sorry about your bike crash I hope you heal fast and well... $10.2k? I can buy a 2011 with the Showa upgraded suspention new for that. Did you add stuf to yours?
Do it. They're great bikes. g-
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Old 04-03-2011, 02:30 PM   #157
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The larger Harley shield makes a big difference, even though it looks small....

I think the position is fine, I'm 6'0" and just came back from a 4000+ mile trip, mostly highway


Only thing that sucked is that I sprung 2 more oil leaks, my rear jug and left leg was drenched in oil, pics to come :(
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Old 04-03-2011, 03:10 PM   #158
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I was going to try to hit up a different harley dealer today, but was far too hungover and had a family function, so it will have to be postponed. I also discovered the new BMW R1200R, which looks really good, and want to check out a Tiger 800, just for grins.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:58 PM   #159
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I've owned more bikes than I care to admit, but have been a GS fanboy for the last decade plus. Wanting something a little less sterile than the GS for shorter rides, I picked up a firesale Buell 1125CR in a weak moment last year. Even with handlebar, seat and peg mods, the ergos were ridiculous for my 6'3" frame.

I recently went down to the dealer to consign it, saw a discounted '09 XR1200 on the floor with the V&H pipes installed and ended up swapping the Buell with some cash.

What a hoot. I never thought I'd own a Harley (the CR uses the Rotax Helicon motor), but this thing pushes all the right buttons. Comfortable (with a Corbin), gobs of torque, looks great (to me), and has the weird contradiction of a smooth, stable ride with a humorously angry powerplant.

Sure, it has its quirks (puny gas tank #1), but for rides a couple of days or less, it's a great way to round out the motorcycling experience.
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:27 PM   #160
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Only thing that sucked is that I sprung 2 more oil leaks, my rear jug and left leg was drenched in oil, pics to come :(
How many ya up to now?
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:55 AM   #161
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7, two that are recurring
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:44 AM   #162
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Impossible, I read that Harleys don't leak anymore.
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Old 04-06-2011, 06:07 AM   #163
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7, two that are recurring
Dang, ya got me beat.... I only got 5 or so
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