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Don't have an XR1200...I do have a couple of bikes and have been riding legally on the street since 1964...current ride is a 2007 KTM Superduke 990...not interested in replacing it...but I think I would like to add an XR1200 to the garage (we all wanted street legal HD flat trackers, didn't we?) . So I'll hang around for awhile and read what you guys think of it...
 

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The XR makes a superb 2nd bike. Mine is my 'summer' bike. I have a 2006 Kawasaki Concours for cold weather and touring.
 

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Tell me who..........

Well who doesn't love the freakin' Superduke? That thing is out of control it's so cool.

The XR would make a nice addition to your stable....it's like the Superduke on valium.....:eek:
 

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Well who doesn't love the freakin' Superduke? That thing is out of control it's so cool.

The XR would make a nice addition to your stable....it's like the Superduke on valium.....:eek:
It's funny that our XR's might be too much of a sportbike to someone coming off a big cruiser, and it might be too much of a cruiser to someone coming off a radical sportbike. In reality I think the XR can best be descibed as a 'Standard' that looks like a Streettracker.
 
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That Motorcycle magazine comparison test was very strange...sort of like comparing a glove with an ocean or a skyscraper with a camel..there was just no logic too it...comparing the full race version of a liquid cooled KTM SD 990R to an air cooled Harley XR1200 street tracker? Who thought of that one? They are both V-twins and both in the test were black and orange..that's about all I got out of the tests...I read it in the mag when it came out. (by the way, my bikes are black)...nevertheless I'd like to have both an SD990 (but not the "R" version) and an XR1200..

In all the years chasing bikes since 1964, I never wanted a Harley (I grew up in Canada where the older guys in the club rode Triumphs, Nortons and BSAs, not Harleys), but ....its going to be real interesting checking into this forum from time to time..I bet there are going to be all kinds of cool XR1200 street tracker customs very soon.
 

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Son of a Son of a Sailor
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Strange comparison

The magazines also compared the 1100 Monster to the XR, and the XR came out on top, although it is heavier, slower, an doesn't brake as well. It seems the mags were looking at a factor for "streetability" and since the XR was not as quick on acceleration or deceleration, and the brakes wouldn't "throw you over the bars" the XR was deemed a more streetable bike than the Duc or KTM. Odd to my way of thinking, but I didn't buy the XR for speed, or nose wheelie brakes. I do have a Ducati, and a Triumph Sprint (as well as several older, vintage Bonnevilles), each special in their own way.

I have a touring bike for the long days, a sportbike for the quick days, and a fun bike for the run arround days (the XR)
 

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Keeping Them Flying
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I have a touring bike for the long days, a sportbike for the quick days, and a fun bike for the run arround days (the XR)
You still need a dirtbike for uh... when you want to be dirty.
 
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...and an Ice Bike...for winter...today (April 9th) was the first day I have been on a bike since December...rode my Superduke to work this morning...Its supposed to get up to 8 degrees Celsius by mid-afternoon (thats about 46 F.)...almost tropical!
 

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Yeah, dirt bikk

You still need a dirtbike for uh... when you want to be dirty.
KDX 200 kids
XR 200 kids
DR250Z wife
KTM 300 MXC me
KTM 520 me
KTM 200 XCW me

I like me

Oh yeah, all KTM's are in that fast orange color
 
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I don't know about the dirtbikes, but I know for a fact that the black Superdukes are much faster than the orange ones.

The red XR1200 is the only one I've actually seen. It was at a local motorcycle show and though I couldn't take it for a ride, I could sit on it and get a feel for the location of the controls, etc.

I'm also already figuring out what after market stuff I would need, starting with a pair of nice supertrapps...maybe the high ones..complete system..I really didn't like that bulky exhaust...It has some sort of heat cover over the exhaust pipe that makes it look bulkier than it is (maybe that would simple enough to remove)..and that silvery matte finish on the pipe didn't work for me either..what about just raw stainless?...always looks good.
 

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Ice bike??

Here is an Ice Harley
 
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