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The Mercury Cars Guide : January 9th 2010
14— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com .au Saturday, January 9, 2010 Classic retro style STREETFIGHTER: The Harley XR1200X doesn’t handle beautifully but its good looks will put a smile on your face. W HAT’S this, a Harley that handles? The new XR1200X features upside forks and fully adjustable Showa piggyback rear suspension like you would expect on a sports bike. But just because it has sporty suspension, does that mean it performs like a sports bike? The answer is no. It’s still a heavy bike with a clunky gearbox and a vibey engine that will loosen the fillings in your teeth if you stiffen the suspension too much. That means it is difficult to change direction quickly and dance through the gears over a series of quick corners, although with that 100Nm of torque there isn’t much need to change gears too often. However, that doesn’t mean it won’t put a smile on your face. The XR1200 was introduced as a retro bike rekindling memories of old XR750 flat track- ers and one of Evel Knievel’s stunt bikes. Now comes the XR1200X with the suspen- sion modifications, plus a blackened engine, tail, tank, fender and exhaust system. It certainly does handle a little sharper than the base model with faster turn in, a more stable steering feel and less brake dive. Suspension tweaking is quick and easy via hand and flat-head screwdriver adjust- ments to suit the rider’s weight and riding characteristics. But that is not what this is about. The XR1200X is mainly a styling exercise. And what style it has. The blackened engine is absolutely beau- tiful — in a very macho sort of way. It has a high-quality semi-gloss ‘‘crackle’’ finish which looks like it will endure without discolouring with age as some matte grey engine surfaces do. The black pipes finish off the menacing look of this streetfighter. All that black and no chrome also makes it easier to keep clean. And Harley’s attention to detail with the quality of finish of nuts, bolts and cabling seems to be improving all the time. Despite being a retro version of the old flat tracker, this is more suited to short blasts up and down your favourite mountain pass or a quick ride to your favourite cafe and back. That is about all you will be able to tolerate since the seat seems to be made out of hard Californian redwood. Push yourself away from the bars and put your backside in the contour of the seat and it feels more bearable. The seat is now 30mm higher at 795mm, but the reach to the pegs is about the same as the base model as the X has semi-rear set footpegs for better cornering clearance. The other limiting factor on longer trips, especially during summer, is the heat that pours out of the engine on to your thighs and backside. It could do with Harley’s cylinder cut-out system from its Touring models which switches off the rear cylinder when station- ary to avoid boiling the rider and pillion. Apart from the heat, hard seat and high pegs, the riding position is quite comfort- able with an easy reach to the wide and flat bars that pull back slightly toward the rider. Vision in the mirrors is good, except for the vibes which change according to engine revs and how tight you wind up the suspension. Although it is now the most expensive in the Sportster range, the updated suspension and styling changes only cost an extra $755, which is about a quarter of the price of aftermarket suspension bits. But what price do you put on classic styling like this? small torque Harley-Davidson XR1200X Price: $16,750 Engine: air-cooled, fuel-injected 1202cc Evolution V-twin Power: 67kW @ 7000rpm Torque: 100Nm @ 3700rpm Transmission: 5-speed, belt drive Fuel: 13.3 litres Dimensions (mm): 795 (seat), 150 (clear- ance), 1515 (wheelbase) Motor Cycles APRILA (05) SCOOTER 200cc auto, Sportscity, black, low ks, (Cost $8,000), as new , $3,990 . Ph 6231 3131 0 APRILIA PEGASO 650 TRAIL 2008, Ventura rack and bag, 3,700 klms (like new), LAMS app, $10,500 . 0408 951 691 . 0 BASKERVILLE 9.30 , JAN 10 Discount for L & P Platers 0408 368 149 srct.org.au Thanks to Kennedys Kincrome 0 BIKE AMBULANCE Motorcycle pick up and delivery. Ph 0437 862 966 . BIKE AMBULANCE Motorcycle pick up and delivery. Ph 0437 862 966 . 0 BMW R100 RT CLASSIC 1996, top cond, full touring equip, $5,700 0418 120 130 0 BMW 1100 Very good cond, best offer around $3,500 . 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Call - 0417 333 320 or email email@example.com .net 2055315-452048838-44 SOUTHERN MOTORCYCLES WRECKERS • Helmets • Tyres • Clothing • Chains • Tubes • Gloves • Body Armour & more 82A Charles St, Moonah Ph 6273 0368 Open Mon-Fri & Sat Morning Willows Tavern STEEL EXPO TODAY Live Bands & family entertainment all afternoon Ph 0458 689 592 2044380-2 BIKE & CAR SHOW Scoop purchase $10,990 Ride Away Or $11,990 Ride Away with ABS Brakes Limited stock - Act quickly G650 Xcountry Hobart Autohaus 23 Barrack St, Hobart Tel: (03) 6236 9099 www.hobartautohaus.com.au The Ultimate Riding Machine Service Parts & Accessories Rider Equipment Finan ce CBR600 RR HONDA 2,700 km, suit new buyer, many extras, $13,200 . 0409 102 801 . 1 CBR 600 RR ’08 Black, only 800km, basically brand new 15 mths wnty re- mains $12,500 . 0414 702 959 1 CRUISER- BLACK SHADOW Low kms, exc cond, best offer over $6,000 . Ph 0409 502 521 0 Gilera Fuoco 500ie 3 wheel scooter, very stable/ safe, perfect commuter/touring, Gilera top box and screen, 1930 ks, 2009 , reg 5/10, suit new buyer, $12,300 . Ph 6295 1105 . 1 HIGHLIGHTER ADS Make your ad stand out from the rest! Ask the operator for a price when next placing your car ad for Saturday. Ph 62 300 400. 1 HONDA CBR 1000 ’05 model, Limited Edi Repsol, $10,000 ono ph 6247 7206 0 HONDA CRF 80 2004 good cond $1,850 .0422006677 0 HONDA ODYSSEY 250 needs some more $450. 110cc 4 wheeler, good cond $500 ono. Ph 0448 325 155 . 0 HONDA 750 Shadow 2001, 20,000 ks, $6,700 ono. Ph 0458 214 792 or 0488 511381 0 HUMMER 2008 250cc good cond $900 ono. Ph 6243 0284 or 0448 043 875. 0 HUSQVARNA TE510 2008, 1 ,080 klms, $8,900 ono Ph 0420 279 809 0 HUSQVARNA TE410 1998 $2,100 and Suzuki DS80, $950. Ph 0409 934 192 0 KAWASAKI ER6F 2007 Ninja 650cc, blue, good cond, gear sack rack, 11 ,800ks, $8,850 . Ph 0427 577 549 . 0 KAWASAKI GPX 250 99 model, good cond, low k’s, $2,000 Ph 0417 161 980 0 Kawasaki KLX250S 2008, green, as new , 2 ,700 ks, $6,500 . Helmet, sz 9 boots, XL Jacket $500 (all). 0410 115 344 1 KAWASAKI KLX/DRZ 400 2004, 4 ,500k’s , Muzzy exhaust, kick starter kit, reg’d , Motard kit $5,500 ono, will sell without Motard kit. ph 0466 330 351 0 KTM LC4 640 Supermoto ‘06 , new chain, sprockets, r/tyre, immaculate condition $8,200 ono Ph 0414 215 346. 0 MOTOR bike trailer, fits 3 bikes, about 1yo, exc cond, brand new tyres, $600 ono. 0409 092450 0 NEW POSTIE BIKE Ag model with hi-lo range, 87km, 11 mths rego, $3,300 - save $800. Ph 6295 0394 . 0 QUAD KAZUMA 250cc With reverse, vgc $1,800 ono. Atomic 125cc bike $400. Ph 6274 1330 or 0400 421 867. 0 R6-’01 15,000 klms, $7,900 ono. Ph 0400 572 355. 0 Suzuki GSXR 1000 2004. 11 ,000 klms, new tyres, as new, extras, $11,000 neg. Ph 0439 354 363 1
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