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2012 Harley-Davidson XR1200 X | Preview

2012 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

In 2009, Harley-Davidson introduced a limited number of XR1200 motorcycles (750) to the USA.

The following year, the XR1200 – the roadster based upon the legendary dirt-track bike, the XR750 – was released in full production in America. But Harley took it one step further in 2011, offering the XR1200X, which featured upgraded suspension, such as Showa fully adjustable rear shock absorbers.

For 2012, Harley continues to offer the XR1200X roadster with the 1200cc Evolution engine and fully-adjustable Showa suspension. With an already respected platform, Harley’s only upgrade for 2012 are the Michelin Scorcher “11” front and rear tires designed specifically for the XR1200X.

Harley-Davidson says: “The XR1200X is a meticulously honed machine with premium handling and a commanding riding position that leaves the rider with a feeling that can only be described as aggressive fun. Bold, racing heritage, perfectly tuned for road performance, the XR1200X stands out like no other Harley model to date.”

Following are the highlights, specs, color options MSRP of the 2012 Harley-Davidson XR1200X.

2012 Harley-Davidson XL1200X Highlights:

  • NEW Michelin Scorcher “11” front and rear tires designed specifically for XR models
  • Gloss Black, 3-spoke lightweight Cast Aluminum wheels with orange highlight, 18-inch front / 17-inch rear
  • Isolation-mounted XL Evolution 1200 cc V-Twin engine with black powder-coated finish features downdraft Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI), high-performance camshafts, precision oil-cooled cylinder heads and a large-capacity oil cooler
  • Upswept, high-volume 2-1-2 straight-shot exhaust system with satin black finish
  • Cast aluminum swingarm
  • Showa fully adjustable rear shock absorbers and Showa big piston front forks
  • Nissin dual front brakes feature 292mm full-floating rotors and four-piston calipers
  • Wide, low-rise handlebar
  • Compact instrument display with white-faced analog tachometer, digital speedometer, dual trip meter and clock
  • 3.5-gallon fuel tank with aircraft-style aluminum alloy fuel filler
  • Optional Harley-Davidson Smart Security System with hands-free, proximity-based security fob

2012 Harley-Davidson XR1200 X Specs:


  • Air-cooled, Evolution
  • Displacement (in./cc): 73.3/1200
  • Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
  • Transmission: 5-speed
  • Miles Per Gallon: 44 MPG combined City/Hwy
  • Fuel Capacity (U.S. gals/liters): 3.5/13.2
  • Power: 73.91 ft. lbs. @ 4000 RPM


  • Length (in./mm): 87.6/2225
  • Seat Height (laden) (in./mm): 29.2/742
  • Wheelbase (in./mm): 60/1524


  • Michelin Scorcher “11” front and rear
  • Front: Scorcher “11F” 120/70ZR18 59W
  • Rear: Scorcher “11” 180/55ZR17 73W


  • Front: Black 3-Spoke Cast Aluminum 18 in. x 3.5 in. (457.2 mm x 88.9 mm)
  • Rear: Black 3-Spoke Cast Aluminum 17 in. x 5.5 in. (431.8 mm x 139.7 mm)

Weight as Shipped (lbs./kg):

  • 551/249.9

2012 Harley-Davidson XR1200 X Color Options/MSRP:

  • Black Denim / $11,799
  • White Hot Denim / $11,799

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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