2012 Harley-Davidson MotorcycleIn 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:Engine:
Displacement (in./cc): 73.3/1200
Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
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)
Honda CRF-E2 Electric + Dale Schmidtchen and the $50M V-Rod
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome to Ultimate Motorcycling’s podcast, Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
This week’s episode is brought to you by Yamaha YZF-R7. The R7 lives up to its legendary name, as a high-performance supersport machine. Check it out at at your local Yamaha dealer, or of course at YamahaMotorsports.com.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams and I chat about electric bikes and the electric bike revolution that is likely the future of motorcycling. Actually this episode is specifically about Honda’s new CRF-E2… an electric dirt-bike for kids. We asked our tester, 8-year old Avery Bart to put the E2 through its paces and according to Don, she loved it. Honda has stated that the company goal is for 50% of its sales to be electric by 2030—an ambitious goal for sure, and the CRF-E2 is the first step in that direction.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my Aussie motorcycle industry friends—Dale Schmidtchen. Dale has worked for most of the major moto factories globally during his career, and his take on his CF Moto ADV bike is interesting. Beyond that, one his many projects is currently helping to sell the world’s most expensive motorcycle—a Harley V-Rod worth around 50 million dollars. Yes, that’s 50 million with an ‘M’.
Dale also owned a race team in the 1990s and helped bring several well-known Aussie racers to the world stage. He’s a very modest, matter-of-fact guy, but I always really enjoy chatting with him; I hope you enjoy listening.
Incidentally, if you’ve got around fifty mill burning a hole in your pocket and you fancy owning the so-called ‘Mona Lisa of motorbikes’—contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you in touch with Dale.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!