Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 R review
Welcome to the wrestling club
Good vibrations. The print is as worn as a mid-season rear tire. In addition: They can only be defined subjectively, and what is happiness for one is horror for another. After 47 years, Harley has now also included the Sportster models
Evolution engines are over from 2004
Silent blocks and push rods connected to the frame. Annoying expressions of life of the air-cooled V2 big block should be kept away from the driver. The guys from Milwaukee still guarantee that Harley-typical feeling, that traditional, massaging pulsation and swinging of the huge crankshaft.
Not an empty promise. Started easily by choke, the 1202 cm³ drive of the roadster happily hops up and down even when idling and appears somehow decoupled from the newly designed frame, floating freely in the steel cage, so to speak. At first
Kilometers it becomes clear: hardly a screw has remained in the same place here. The clutch works surprisingly easily, the gears lock precisely and gently. The drive reacts to gas commands in a refreshingly vital way, sprints to 100 km / h in just five seconds, turns agile up to 5500 rpm and surfs remarkably contemplative on a lush torque surge of 90 Nm from 2500 rpm. The Langhuber is like a gigantic flywheel. Once set in rotation, it gives the impression of a perpetual motion machine. Every turn seems noticeable, has a massaging, invigorating effect. The fine, high-frequency vibrations have disappeared. Up to 4500 rpm, corresponding to 160 km / h, the 1200er draws attention to itself with its low-frequency humming. First
about it gets annoying vibrating. No matter, because the inclined cruiser driver is rarely out and about in this area anyway.
The roadster is 67 hp
on the MOTORRAD test bench. This leis-
increase of around 16 percent compared to the
older drives are no accident. Almost the entire interior of the engine has been redesigned.
Cylinder heads, valves, camshafts, crankshafts, ignition and gears. The compression was previously 9: 1
Raised 10: 1, pistons and connecting rods are
slimmed down. In order to compensate for the additional thermal load, the cooling fin area has been enlarged. In addition, the oil circuit has been optimized. As with the twin-cam engines, cooling lubricant is supplied directly through oil spray nozzles
chased under the piston crowns. In short, since it was born in 1957, no Sportster has felt so lively, friendly and powerful.
Nevertheless, the new look does not break with tradition. And is also a milestone in Sportster history in terms of driving dynamics. The roadster is more stable and
more precise than her older sisters. And that despite the change from 130 to 150 rear tires and even 30 kilograms more weight than a 237 kilogram 2003 custom. The secret? A significantly more torsion-resistant frame, new suspension struts and a two millimeter shorter caster. Is that it? No. The new double-piston calipers are also well above the level of the previous generation in terms of deceleration and metering. Taken together, the Roadster is a successful achievement. Willie G. Davidson’s team understood perfectly,
a pounding, vibrating rough leg in
eto transform into an almost light-footed, swinging charmer. And without simply improving the original Harley feeling.
MOTORCYCLE Measurements – Harley-Davidson XL 1200 Roadster
MOTORCYCLE measured values * Driving performance Top speed1 190 (175) km / h Acceleration0 ?? 100 km / h 5.0 (5.8) sec0 ?? 140 km / h 9.5 (11.9) secDirection 60 ?? 100 km / h 7 (6.5) sec 100 ?? 140 km / h 6.9 (8.5) sec Fuel type Super consumption in the test 5.4 (4.9) l / 100 km Theoretical range 231 (255) km Dimensions and weights L / W / H 2250 / 900/1170 mmSeat height 750 (710) mmWeight fully fueled 267 (237) kg Payload 187 (193) kgWheel load distribution f / h 46/54% tank capacity / reserve1 12.9 / 3 liters
Technical Specifications – Harley-Davidson XL 1200 Roadster
Engine: air-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke 45-degree V-engine, transverse crankshaft, four underlying, gear-driven camshafts, two valves per cylinder, hydraulic valve lifters, bumpers, rocker arms, dry sump lubrication, constant pressure carburetor, Ø 40 mm, transistor ignition, uncontrolled catalytic converter, E- Starter, three-phase alternator 283 W, battery 12 V / 12 Ah, bore x stroke 88.8 x 96.8 mm, displacement 1199 cm3, compression ratio 10.0: 1, rated output 49 kW (67 PS) at 5900 rpm, max. Torque 93 Nm (9.5 kpm) at 3300 rpm Pollutant values (homologation) CO 0.10 g / km, HC 0.14 g / km, NOx 0.18 g / km Power transmission: primary drive via triplex chain, mechanically operated multi-disc Oil bath clutch, five-speed gearbox, toothed belt, secondary ratio 68:30. Chassis: double loop frame made of tubular steel, telescopic fork, stanchion diameter 39 mm, two-arm swing arm made of steel profiles, two spring struts, adjustable spring base, front disc brake, floating brake discs, Ø 292 mm, double piston calipers, rear disc brake, Ø 292 mm, single-piston caliper, cast aluminum wheels 2.15 x 19; 3.00 x 16 tires 100/90 H19; 150/80 HB 16 tires tested Dunlop D 401 Chassis data: wheelbase 1520 mm, steering head angle 60.4 degrees, caster 117 mm, spring travel f / r 141/104 mm.Warranty two years with unlimited mileage.Colors black, silver, gold, red, orange, blue.Price 10960 euros ancillary costs around 300 euros
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