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2010 Harley-Davidson XR1200

2010 Harley-Davidson XR1200 Specs & Features:

With styling inspired by the legendary flat-track champion XR750, the XR1200™ is a Sportster® tuned to excel in all aspects of street performance in the hands of a capable, aggressive rider.

Born on the gritty dirt tracks and drag strips of the 1950s, the Harley-Davidson® Sportster represents the uninhibited essence of motorcycling. Today's Sportster combines soulful styling with the flat torque delivery and distinctive sound of an American V-Twin engine. Among the most-affordable Harley-Davidson models, Sportster motorcycles offer a low, comfortable seat and smooth clutch effort.

Model Highlights

  • 1200cc Evolution® V-Twin engine with downdraft fuel injection, precision-cooled cylinder heads and large-capacity oil cooler.
  • Brushed, straight-shot, high-performance exhaust with dual mufflers.
  • Cast aluminum swingarm.
  • Showa® rear shock absorbers and Showa® 43mm inverted front forks.
  • Dual front disc brakes.
  • High-performance Dunlop® Qualifier® radial tires.
  • Wide, low-rise handlebar.
  • Large tachometer centered on handlebar with compact, digital speedometer.
  • Black, 3-spoke cast aluminum wheels.

Key Features

With styling inspired by the legendary flattrack champion XR750, the XR1200™ is a Sportster® tuned to excel in all aspects of street performance in the hands of a capable, aggressive rider.

Born on the gritty dirt tracks and drag strips of the 1950s, the Harley-Davidson® Sportster represents the uninhibited essence of motorcycling. Today’s Sportster combines soulful styling with the flat torque delivery and distinctive sound of an American V-Twin engine.

Among the most-affordable Harley-Davidson models, Sportster motorcycles offer a low, comfortable seat and smooth clutch effort.

• Evolution V-Twin powertrain with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)

• Rubber-mounted powertrain to reduce vibration

• 5-speed transmission

• Disc brakes

• Aggressive riding position with mid-mount controls

• Optional Harley-Davidson® Smart Security System with hands-free security fob

2010 Harley-Davidson XR1200 - Specifications

USA MSRP: Vivid Black $10,799, Solids $11,089 USD

Canada MSRP: $See Dealer CDN


Engine3 Air-cooled, Evolution® with oil cooled heads

Valves Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters; two valves per cylinder

Bore x Stroke 3.50 in. x 3.81 in. (88.90 mm x 96.82 mm)

Displacement3 73.30 cu. in. (1200 cc)

Compression Ratio 10.0:1

Fuel System9

Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)

Air Cleaner Paper cartridge type

Lubrication System Dry-sump


Primary Drive Chain, 57/34 ratio

Final Drive Belt, 68/28 ratio

Clutch Multi-plate, wet

Transmission 5-speed

Gear Ratios (overall):

1st 10.782

2nd 7.702

3rd 5.728

4th 4.748

5th U.S. 4.071


Frame Mild steel tubular frame; circular sections; cast junctions

Swingarm Aluminum Cast

Front Forks 43 mm Inverted

Rear Shocks Coil-over; preload dual-adjustable

Wheels4: Black, 3-spoke Cast Aluminum

Front 18 in. x 3.5 in. (457.20 mm x 88.90 mm)

Rear 17 in. x 5.5 in. (431.80 mm x 139.70 mm)


Caliper Type Dual 4-Piston, fixed front, single-piston floating rear

Rotor Type (diameter x width): Patented, uniform expansion rotors

Front 11.50 in. x .20 in. (292.10 mm x 5.08 mm)

Rear 11.50 in. x .23 in. (292.10 mm x 5.84 mm)

Suspension Travel:

Front Wheel 4.92 in. (124.97 mm)

Rear Wheel 3.50 in. (88.90 mm)


Engine Torque5 (per SAE J1349):

North America 73.91 ft. lbs. @ 4000 rpm (100.21 Nm @ 4000 rpm)

Lean Angle (per SAE J1168):

Right 39°

Left 40°


Length 85.40 in. (2169.16 mm)

Overall Width 36.50 in. (927.10 mm)

Overall Height 45.10 in. (1145.54 mm)

Seat Height:

Laden2 29.20 in. (741.68 mm)

Unladen 30.50 in. (774.70 mm)

Ground Clearance 5.80 in. (147.32 mm)

Rake (steering head) 29.3°

Fork Angle 27.8°

Trail 5.12 in. (130.05 mm)

Wheelbase 59.80 in. (1518.92 mm) 

Tires (Dunlop® Harley-Davidson Series, radial blackwall front and rear. Dunlop® Qualifier Tires):

Front - D209 120/70ZR18 M/C

Rear - D209 180/55ZR17 M/C

Fuel Capacity 3.50 gal. (13.25 L) (warning light at approximately 0.50 gal.)

Oil Capacity (w/filter) 2.80 qts. (2.65 L)

Transmission Capacity 1 qts. (0.95 L)


As Shipped 562 lbs. (254.92 kg)

In Running Order 580 lbs. (263.09 kg)

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1000 lbs. (453.60 kg)

Gross Axle Weight Rating

Front 350 lbs. (158.76 kg)

Rear 650 lbs. (294.84 kg)

Fuel Economy7

(EPA urban/highway test) 38/53 mpg (6.19/4.43 L/100 km)


Battery (per Battery Council International Rating) Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 12-amp/hour, 200 cca

Charging Single-phase, 30-amp system (357W @ 13.5V, 2000 rpm, 405W max power @ 13.5V)

Starting 1.2 kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor engagement

Lights (as per country regulation):

Headlamp (quartz halogen) 55-watt low beam, 60-watt high beam

Tail/Stop Lights 8W/28W (5W/21W)

Turn Signal Lights 28W (21W) self-canceling

Indicator Lamps High beam, neutral, low oil pressure , turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery, security system (optional)

Color Options


• Vivid Black

• Brilliant Silver Denim

• Mirage Orange Pearl


Warranty8 24 months (unlimited mileage)

Service Interval First 1,000 miles (1,600 km), every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) thereafter.


Vehicles depicted may differ from vehicles manufactured and delivered. Specifications and prices listed may differ from specifications and prices of vehicles manufactured and delivered. All product descriptions (including depictions, specifications, dimensions, measurements, ratings and competitive comparisons) are based on available information at the time of publication. Although such descriptions are believed correct, errors and changes can occur and complete accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Harley-Davidson may make changes at any time to prices and specifications, and may change or discontinue models, without notice and without incurring any obligation. Attention: Vehicles in the configurations shown and many of the accessories described in this catalog may not be available for sale or use in some locations. Please check with your dealer for complete product details and the latest information. All models feature 6-speed transmission (VRSC™ models and Sportster® models are 5-speed) and carbon fiber belt final drive; multi-plate clutch with diaphragm spring in oil bath; and 2-year unlimited mileage warranty.

Added accessories, Quick Release Windshield & Rear Bags

Quick-Release Detachable Super Sport Windshield

Part # 57260-08

Fits '08-later XR1200™ models.

Overall height - 18.7"; width - 13.8".

I added the quick release windshield to give you that added wind break that you need this time of the year while riding in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It may not seem like much protection but this windshield not only looks great it cuts just enough of the wind, while giving you excellent visibility over the front. I would highly recommend this HD Windshield if you are riding in the kind of weather that I ride in. The beauty of this windshield is the quick release mechanism. It only takes a minute to install or remove this from your bike.

Sport Saddlebags for XR1200™

Part # 90328-08

Fits '08-later XR1200™ models.

Note: Does not fit XR1200X, and models equipped with Performance Suspension Kit P/N 54530-10).

These bags were on the bike when I picked them up and I am very happy they were. They are not only stylish but very functional as well. I can store my camera and enough clothes to do a couple day excursion with ease. They form fit the rear of the bike and they fit perfect. Zippers work excellent, and there are some storage pockets on the insides of the bags to hold loose items. I was thinking of removing them for the review, but that will not happen now. I am really enjoying having them on the bike, and I feel they are well worth the money for what you get.

My Ride Impressions

My Impressions:


1200cc Evolution V-Twin engine with downdraft fuel injection has gobs of torque.

Cast aluminum swing-arm, Showa rear shocks and Showa 43mm inverted front forks provide a very stellar road riding experience.

Dual front disc brakes, Dunlop Qualifier radial tires allow you to nail the twisties with no worries.

Wide, low-rise handlebar feels like my old 52 BSA and am I missing that feeling.

Centered tachometer with compact, digital speedometer works excellent and provides the info needed while riding aggressively.


Just doesn't sound like a Harley, and needs to have a more aggressive tone to it.

Lacking a fuel gauge.

Bottom Line:

The XR1200 Harley Davidson has a lineage longer then most, and is a close resemblance to the XR750 Flat Tracker.

This Harley Davidson has some history.

Unfortunately sales for this bike were previously directed at the European market first, for reasons that had to do with the XR's name.

First time seeing this bike just made me sit back and appreciate the lines of this bike. When you do a walk around, everything has a home and looked like it belonged there. When I looked at the seating on the XR1200, I thought this is going to hurt, but was I wrong after I did a few quick 100 mile legs with this beauty.

When you start this bike up you immediately feel that Harley vibration that quickly lets you know that you are setting on a Harley Davidson. Too bad the exhaust note was aimed at the Euro market, because most people that heard this bike asked me what's up with the sound? This is just personal opinion, because when I did a survey with my neighbors who are non-bikers they told me the bike sounded great. Luckily for us there are readily available source's of quality aftermarket exhausts to choose from, including companies like Vance & Hines, SuperTrapp, & BUB to name a few.

The view from the cockpit is all business, with the large tach and digital speedo. I love this arrangement and it works great for me. I would like to see a gas gauge included with this package to round it off. I would have felt much more comfortable doing longer legs if I had a better understanding of how much fuel I had on board. If you rode this bike long enough you would get a better handle on your available range anyway, but I still would like to have a gas gauge. I averaged about 35/40 miles to the gallon with around town driving and hitting the twisties out of town. I am sorry, but I couldn't bring myself to sit very long on a straight stretch of highway with this bike. I found myself constantly looking for a twisty road to stretch this bikes legs on.

Around town this bike really shines, and begs to be driven. I used to own a BMW K1200LTE, and I found myself making excuses not to ride this bike around town or to go on short rides. When I go out to my garage now, the Harley just jumps out as the obvious fun choice of transportation when we are looking to escape, and do some cruising. Bare in mind this is not the type of bike that you will put your wife on and go cross country with. Harley makes other bikes that will fit that bill quite nicely.

Riding this bike is way to easy, and can be made to do things that most road bikes would severely complain about doing. When you twist the throttle the first thing you feel is the amazing amount of torque that this engine has to offer you. Shifting gears is effortless and Harley Davidson has this transmission dialed in perfect. When I was riding I was dreaming what it would be like to have a six speed trans on this machine,,, hummm, now that would be nice too!

You have to have your game on if you are driving this bike through the twisties like it demands to be ridden. The power delivery is smooth, right up to the near 7,000 rev limiter lets you know that you need to be looking for another gear. Learning to ride this bike within it's rev range is very easy, and I know a new rider could master this bike in no time.

On the road the bike feels stable, and if you want to travel, the asphalt is never ending and who knows where it will lead you. This is no bagger, and that is a good thing! I seemed to have much more fun with this bike when a curve jumped out at me, and the straight stretches of asphalt got really really boring, really fast. You have to remember that in my generation, people made cross country trips 2 up with a 350 Honda. Go figure, how could they do that, eh! I could quite easily take long trips on this bike the way it is set up right now. Gas mileage is decent, and you could really rack up the open road miles if you wanted too. You just need to keep an eye on your speedo, because this bike will make friends with the local law enforcement in a hurry if you aren't watching!

Bottom line, if you are looking at this bike what would you get? A bike with history, cool looks, Harley Engine with gobs of torque, a bike that can handle any twisty road with ease, fair road manners, more comfort that any cafe bike of today's vintage, and most likely one that will never loose it's value. So, if you are in the market for a truly American Made Motorcycle that can handle any road you throw at it, then maybe the XR1200 Harley Davidson should be on your list of must see, must ride, must have bikes for 2010.

Sadly but true, I will miss riding this bike now, for the snows are just around the corner here in Northern Michigan. There are always next year promises of more Harley Davidson motorcycling adventures.


This review is strictly about my initial ride impressions, and doesn't in anyway reflect a long term review. For a long term review we need to have the vehicle here to ride for a period of 6 months to a year. That is the only way we can determine effectively if the bike will hold up to long term driving without any long term maintenance issues.

Harley Davidson Contact Info:

Web Site:


Harley-Davidson Customer Service

3700 W. Juneau Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53208


Customer Service Phone:

(414) 343-4056

Harley-Davidson Dealer Locator:

Click this link to find a dealer.

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