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Old 08-28-2014, 08:48 AM   #1
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Harley XR1200: Future classic?

Thinking ahead a little, what's your take on a Harley XR1200 becoming a classic in the future? If you think it will be, is now a good time to buy one?

Wasn't too popular here in the US and the model lasted on a few years. But, it's not a typical Harley, and initial unpopularity doesn't necessarily impact future collectibility (think BMW Toaster Tank /5).

Collectibility (present or future) doesn't really impact whether I buy a bike or not, but it would be nice to buy one that might keep its value, and future collectibility might influence the timing of a purchase.

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Old 08-28-2014, 09:34 AM   #2
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Yes, with a caveat

I was at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday and realized that Harley has a lot of collectible, limited edition models that were viewed as a novelty at the time. For instance, if you remember the cow-themed 1993 Heritage Softail was introduced as the 'Moo Glide". Some loved it. Most didn't, but there were a few guys at Barber who couldn't stop talking about the example on the floor. Unlike the Moo Glide, which was purely cosmetic, the XR1200 offers some performance, which usually drives the collector's market. Not sure if they still make the 'Sturgis Edition' every ten years, or not, but they are hugely successful with limiting the number of bikes available to the public. Harley has been doing this for 100 years. If you don't think a modern throwback to the XR750 or boat tail Willy G FX Superglide is in the future, you would likely be wrong. They're probably already negotiating with the Knievel estate to do a commemorative jumping Sportster

Ducati is the other brand that comes to mind, with special editions/limited production models, that reap big premiums.
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Old 08-28-2014, 10:04 AM   #3
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I think that someday the XR will be looked at like the XLCR is today.
They (both) are very cool bikes.
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:25 AM   #4
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Of course 30 40 years from now who knows if anyone will care about bikes and cars.
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Old 08-29-2014, 11:04 AM   #5
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Thinking ahead a little, what's your take on a Harley XR1200 becoming a classic in the future? If you think it will be, is now a good time to buy one?
You'd be better off buying a lottery ticket than betting on any bike, no matter how beloved or respected, becoming a classic. A lot of damn good bikes never develop a following - many more than the number that do.

That said, if you like the bike for itself - get one. There's a lot of pleasure to be had in owning a bike you always wanted, regardless of its place in history.
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