Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster XR1200X. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.
Back in 2008, Harley-Davidson released the XR1200, a bike that eschewed the brand’s usual flash and filigree for honest, corner-carving performance. At the time, Cycle World called it “without a doubt the best-handling production Harley to date.” With beefy inverted forks, dual front discs, a large under-tank airbox, and precision oil-cooled heads, it had all the makings of a real rider — not some parking lot prop.
And yet, motorcyclists here in the United States had to watch while those in Europe got to enjoy the fruits of Milwaukee’s labors. There simply didn’t seem to be enough market demand to justify bringing a standard bike to American showrooms.
Eventually, Harley did quell the vitriol by releasing the XR stateside for a year. However, lagging sales prompted its discontinuation in favor of an updated model dubbed the XR1200X. As with the XR1200, the ‘X’ featured the same highly-tuned 1200cc V-Twin, a block good for some 91hp and 73lb-ft of torque. To keep the 573-pound hog planted, Harley upgraded the suspension with a set of fully-adjustable 43mm Showa forks up front and some Showa hydraulic shocks at the rear. What’s more, the XR1200X gained a pair of full-floating front rotors.
And the X model had the looks to match its sporty performance, too. Unlike the XR1200, it traded Harley’s bright orange paint scheme for the choice of two far subtler options — White Denim and Black Denim — each with a blacked-out engine and trim. Per the seller, the former is far less common; he notes that just “3,587 total XR1200s were made for the US market from 2009-2012, making the white X the most precious version of an already rare machine.”
Rider Magazine sums up their ride of the X quite well: “Three things I’ve never experienced on a Harley-Davidson happened at this press launch: riding on a racetrack, getting my knee down and seeing nearly 120 mph on the speedometer. But then again, the 2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster XR1200X isn’t your everyday Motor Company machine.”
This example is VIN: 1HD1LD612CC414322. The seller acquired the bike nine months ago from “an older enthusiast in southern Indiana.”
During his ownership, the seller has covered approximately 800 miles. The odometer shows 18,932 miles.
The seller reports that he has installed a new battery and fresh oil.
Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:
“Minor cracks in the paint on the bottom edges of the tank cover.”
“Rainbow stains on fork tubes.”
“Minor blemishes on exhaust heat shields.”
It is riding on Michelin Harley-Davidson Scorcher tires that have aged out.
The sale also includes the stock exhaust.
Currently located in Rochester Hills, Michigan, this Harley-Davidson is offered on a clean Michigan title. Have any XR1200X stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!