With Buell gone, Harley-Davidson hasn’t
completely abandoned the sport rider and has released the sportiest
Sportster in its 53-year model run.
The 2011 XR1200X is a new variation on
the XR750-inspired XR1200 introduced in Canada in 2009.
The new X-model gets fully adjustable
suspension, including a Showa big piston fork (BPF — all the rage
on modern Japanese supersports) adjustable for compression and
rebound damping, and Showa nitrogen-charged piggyback shocks, also
adjustable for compression and rebound. Both ends are preload
The new stuff doesn’t end there,
because the XR-X’s Nissin four-piston calipers now squeeze fully
floating brake rotors up front, a change from solid rotors on the
Still pumping the ponies is a
fuel-injected, 1,203 cc 45-degree air-cooled mill, and wheels remain
at 18-inch in the front and 17-inch at the rear. New white paint and
a blacked-out engine and exhaust distinguish the X from the non-X.
Pricing has yet to be released, but
expect it to be somewhere upwards of the $12,829 of the 2010 XR1200.