Harley XR1200

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by GS Bones, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    Dakez - have you ridden the dl1000? I had one and it was a lot of fun. I couldn't ride it enough. Sometimes it took me a couple of hundred miles to get home from work. :D

    I haven't ridden the XR1200, but I would think the dl would have a better power band and a much better transmission.The 5.8 gallon tank is a huge advantage.
  2. Ace100

    Ace100 Monkeywrencher

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  3. Kentucky

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  4. Glenngineer

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  5. n8dawg6

    n8dawg6 krunkin'

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    all of this is probably true. the vstrom is a more efficient and practical machine, no doubt about it. riding the XR is sort of a guilty pleasure though ... open up the throttle and you get the involuntary smile. down low in the rev range it howls, up high it screams. sitting at idle with the whole bike shaking like its gonna come apart you get the feeling that you're about to do something irresponsible. the heavy clutch and agricultural gears are just part of the experience. i have ridden faster bikes, but for street riding, the XR is "fast enough."

    i think its about 100 lbs too heavy, and its too tall for me. seating position isn't perfect either because there isn't much room to extend your legs, although it feels about 20x better to me than a supersport. despite all that, when i ride it, its fun.

    after riding one, you might hate it. but i think it has to be ridden to be experienced
  6. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    I've ridden both, and the DL is a great all round functioning motorcycle...... but bored the hell out of me. The XR had me grinning constantly. For me, that's what it's all about. On paper my KTM 950 SM stomps the XR in everything minus a few tq's. But I'd be lieing if I didn't consider swapping garage space from the SM for the XR.
  7. Kentucky

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    WIth my garage overflowing I must move some bikes. My XR just hit the flea market yesterday. :(
  8. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    I haven't done a search yet, but have any of you owners had an issue with tank spread?
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  10. Kentucky

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    My 2009 has not had that issue.
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  11. scrannel

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    Have been following this thread off and on for a while. Had a bunch of sportsters going back to the '70s and always wished HD would come out with, what is now, the XR1200. But, now that it's here... sure, I would take it any day over just about any retro-Triumph, and I guess if I were considering a Monster as a 2nd set of wheels, I'd have to consider the XR and probably would take it because of my past love for Sportsters. They're beautiful, sound great of course, but maybe waiting around for something that would have been a knock-out in the '70s is late to the game in the 21st century. FWIW.
  12. Kentucky

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    You may wish to go enjoy a nice long test ride on an XR before you get too deep. It is a thoroughly competent motorcycle. My best friend is 68 years old and rides his between Cresson, Tx and Jacksonville, Fl a couple times per year. He has also been up in the Northeast a couple of times. It is a fun and comfortable bike that has a really nice sound and feel going on. It certainly doesn't have specs on some other sport naked bikes but the actually fun factor and ride qualities are a different thing altogether. Ask anyone who has spent much time on them.
    Barry
  13. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    :deal Yep.

    Expect it to be a great street motorcycle and you'll win.
  14. n8dawg6

    n8dawg6 krunkin'

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    +1 :deal

    i've heard all the "ride a slow bike fast" stuff about the XR, but they are quite capable of humming along at extra-legal speeds. i seem to go everywhere on mine at 70-80 mph (highways, at least). if you can tame your throttle hand, the bike is a remarkably smooth cruiser at 60-65 mph.
  15. rotten

    rotten LOST AGAIN

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    Never much of a Harley liker but that's a good looking bike.
  16. Crilly

    Crilly Been here awhile

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    :norton I am with Barry.
  17. scrannel

    scrannel Scrannel

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    Good advice. Will give one a try.
  18. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    I'm gonna call around this week as well. I rode one once for maybe 5 miles (good miles though) I'd like to take another for a test ride or rent one for a bit. You're in Malibu, I'm in LA, let me know if you come across one they let you take out. :thumb
  19. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    I was in L.A. for work a year or so ago and I stopped by the Glendale HD. They had a slightly used XR1200 at the time. They told me: take it. They knew I was from out of state and wasn't likely to buy, but they let me take it anyway. I went up the 2 to the base of Angeles Crest, but the road was closed at the time because of the fire damage.

    Fun bike, peppier than I thought. Just an absolutely hoot in traffic. No delay in throttle response. Wished I coulda taken it up the Crest more...

    Cakeeater.
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    I've got just under under 3k on my '11 so far. My favorite bike of the 4 that I've had.

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