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Harley-Davidson has officially announced the company’s intention to begin production of the XR 1200TM motorcycle for the European market in the spring of 2008. The XR 1200 is a naked street, great handling high performance bike with styling cues inspired by the legendary Harley-Davidson XR 750 flat track racer.

The XR 750 is a deliberately built race bike that has conquered more race wins than any other racing mobike in the history of motorcycle sport. The XR 1200 prototype was first unveiled to huge acclaim from customers and the media alike by Bill Davidson (great-grandson of one of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s founders) at the Intermot motorcycle show in October, 2006.

The XR 1200 is the result of a close collaboration between the Motor Company’s Milwaukee-based product development team and Harley-Davidson’s European product planning team. The European team has played a significant role in defining the specifications and ergonomics of the XR 1200. The team has collectively worked with US Ride and Handling engineers on suspension, braking and handling development.

According to John Lewis, Marketing Director for Harley-Davidson Europe, the XR1200 is the perfect way to round-off a superb 2008 product line-up. Harley-Davidson has acknowledged an overwhelming customer and media feedback since the XR 1200 prototype’s unveiling.

The XR1200 will be equipped with a cooled motor to air from 1200cc, answering to the European detailed lists, and product in series, more powerful that never has been realized from Harley-Davidson. With a freedom for the lean angle; specially tuned Showa sports suspension, including 43mm inverted front forks; high performance Nissin brakes; and specially developed Dunlop Qualifier tyres, the XR 1200 is set to become the best handling Harley-Davidson regular production machine ever seen.

The XR 1200 is a bike full of purpose and character united with great performance, handling and a unique feel. Above all else it will be a bike that will offer a hugely rewarding riding experience.

The price of XR 1200 is still in phase of appraisal, but it presumes that the price, to clearly of the taxation, can be maintained to of under of the 10,000 Euro.

Technical characteristics

� Styling and livery inspired by XR 750
� Motor from 1200 cc, the elevated performances, painted to silver-plated powder
� Feeding with vertical culverts and electronically arranges assets of aspiration of the controlled air
� Tires Dunlop Qualifier (front 120/70ZR18; posterior 180/55ZR17)
� Circles in alloy from the reduced weight, only in their kind, with design inspired to that one of the motion from dirt track
� Sport Showa suspension to calibration, specifically developed for this model, with staple to steles turns upside down to you from 43 millimeter
� Great dowries of agility and ease of handling, and generous lateral rake
� Nissin brakes to high performances
� Studied ergonomics according to the medium height of the European customers
� Position of raised and sport guide, with wide handle-bar and leggermente rear footrests
� New exclusive instrumentation for the model
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[Images: Harley Davidson]