According to a dealer announcement, the Harley Davidson XR1200 will be released in the U.S. at the IMS show in Long Beach, California this December 5th. If you’re not quite up to speed on Harley’s performance oriented bikes, the XR1200 is based off of the 1200cc air-cooled Sportster engine, and has styling and design that harken back to Harley-Davidson’s dirt-tracking days with the XR750. Read more after the jump.
Since its launch in Europe, there has been a great deal of speculation about when the XR1200 would come back home to the USA. Oddly, despite its profound racing heritage in America, Harley sent the XR1200 to Europe first to see what sort of demand there was for the bike (Harley-Davidson’s are extremely hard to get ahold of in the EU). It seems that enough Americans were interested in the XR1200 for Harley to believe that enough demand was present for a limited run of 750 motorcycles to be authorized, assuming those sell well, an additional run could be seen.
Still despite this news that would seem to finally end the rumors around this bike in the US, no one has gotten official word from Harley-Davidson regarding an imminent U.S. launch of the XR1200. But, considering the fact dealers have been emailed about it, and that Harley has trademarked XR1200 for US use, it would be a bet worth taking that the flat-track wanna-be has gotten the green light for US consumption. Pre-orders can be placed for the first 750 models between November 21st until December 15th (or until the first 750 models have been spoken for). Prices to start at $10,799 for the black, and $11,079 for the orange. California residents will have to pay an extra $100 for living in state of perpetual sunshine.
XR1200 – DOM 1LA619 $11,079
Vivid Black $10,799
XR1200 – CAL 1LA639 $11,179
Vivid Black $10,899