Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Ready to race: Harley-Davidson XR1200 Trophy

The best-looking Harley ever is now all set to go racing in Europe...

Pics: MotoInsight

Harley-Davidson have unveiled a racing version of the very beautiful XR1200 – the XR1200 Trophy. Fitted with Harley’s 90bhp air-cooled v-twin, the single-seat XR1200 Trophy also features racing slicks, a Termignoni exhaust system, Öhlins rear suspension, and bigger, petal-shaped brake discs.

And just in case you thought the number boards were there for show, get this – Harley-Davidson Italy are organizing a four-round, one-make race series for the XR1200 Trophy this year. This, they say, is in tribute to the glorious dirt-track races of the 1970s, when Harley-Davidson XR750s ruled the tracks. Very, very cool. But hey, also check out these Jay Springsteen-replica XR750s, which are being made by SHR Enterprises!

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External links:
Hot Rod: Harley-Davidson image gallery... (NSFW)
Bimota DB7 image gallery

The rather strange looking creation you see here is the KMP Bob’R. The engine is from a Suzuki Bandit 1200, the chassis is off a 1980s GSX-R, and everything else is bespoke. There’s a single-sided swingarm not only at the back, but also at the front! The handlebars have no levers – braking is via a foot-operated lever, and the clutch is operated by a joystick-like device. Amazing, eh?
Pics: Moto Caradisiac

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