Harley Davidson XR | New Bike Reviews & Test Drives | The Moment Magazine
Here is a subjective try at an XR sportster review, 6 month and . '08 build date so this may be something that has been addressed in later builds. . I had read early reviews in some of the UK magazines where the fit. Check out news and reviews on Harley-Davidson XR - See the XRX™ stands out like no other Harley® model to date. It looks great, sounds awesom, is bang on fashion in thanks to its flat-track styling and air-cooled engine and actually rides really well.
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a small XR sportster review, 6 month use - Harley Davidson Forums
Please note that this only applies to sensitive information, as defined above. Although the bike is based on the gentle Sportsterit has significantly more power and is designed to handle European roads at European speeds.
Sales here are expected to stretch production capabilities, so America just has to wait. The XR is achingly cool, right down to the riding position. Even if you have no intention of ever buying or riding one of these bikes, find one in a dealer's showroom, swing a leg over it and reach out for the handlebars. They're fairly wide, fairly low, fairly close to you, they're angled just so - and before you've even touched the switchgear you feel deeply, irretrievably cool.
I'm convinced Harley has nonchalant assuredness defined quantitatively on its computers. The rest of the bike, from the twin, right-side pipes to the classic Harley racing orange paint although the bike looks calmer and more sophisticated in the black or matt silver alternativesfits the cool image, but the visual core is that degree V-twin engine, complete with s-style Sportster logo cast into the covers.
Harley knows all this very well, which is why the engineers were told to lose the airbox that obscures the right side of all other Harley engines, a task they used to advantage by endowing the bike with a downdraft intake system to move it into the fuel tank space.
So on the XR you see the full profile of that famous air-cooled, pushrod twin. This also helps enhance power, up to 90bhp at a revvy for a Harley 7,rpm, around 20bhp more than a Sportster, and despite the bike's hefty quarter-ton dry weight, it's enough to make it feel willing on the road. It's not sports-bike fast, of course, but it's not as obstructively slow as a Sportster would be, pitched into this category. Crucially, the motor has an air of urgency and also sounds great while shuddering Harley-style through the bike with endearing low-frequency vibes.
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The meat of its output comes in the 4,rpm zone, after which it is strained, but that's fine for most road riding. The fuelling is perfect, aside from a rare cough when the twistgrip is turned. The chassis is based on the Sportster but, like the motor, it has been reworked to tempt Europeans, with longer travel suspension, quicker if not exactly quick steering and twin front disc brakes that provide reasonable power.
I don't see an unusually high lean angle. It's not something you're going to right the first time. Until I got this technique down, I almost dropped the bike a couple of times when parking. Now, it's second nature but it's something you may want to keep in mind if someone wants to ride your bike.
Originally Posted by zzz Automatic blinker-off is a pain. Having owned Harleys previously, this wasn't that big a deal for me.
Harley still has the best auto-canceling mechanism on the market but as you point out, you still have to pay attention. It's interesting to note that even BMW is moving away from the separate turn signal switches with their new models and going back to the single left hand thumb switch.
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At least the indicator lights are up in front of you so you can see if your blinkers are still on - even when wearing a fullface. Originally Posted by zzz Headlight switch is badly placed, just on the right of the similarly-shaped horn button. If you quickly want to signal using your high beams it's not handy, the horn is on the way.
I see three changes Harley should make here: Move the headlight switch over to where the horn switch is now. Add a headlight "flash to pass" button Change the horn switch to something a little smaller and closer to your thumb so that you don't have to hunt for it. I can't tell you how many times I've missed the horn at a crucial moment Of course, this is just my personal preference - I'm sure there are others who are totally ok with the current switch gear.
Originally Posted by zzz The speed meter should be switchable between metric and royal values maybe it is?