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This is my new to me 2009 XR1200. I know I overpaid a little but it's one of the cleanest I've came across in awhile. 8000 miles on the clock. I've been on touring/baggers exclusively for the last couple of years so my riding has been cushy and soft....and I've been wanting something more sporty. Not to confuse this with a GSXR but compared to what I've been riding it makes me feel like Rossi......it's definitely a breath of fresh air. It has a nice little windshield (HD) and a V&H exhaust. It handles fabulous but still feels like a Sportster. Power comes on differently than a stock Sportster with more HP and makes power higher in the RPM range. To be honest my only real complaint so far is bar/seat/riding position but it can be improved with aftermarket ...... and probably just staying away from touring bikes for a bit.

I used Cafe and race bike in the title as I have aspirations of racing and trying to find the right bike I would feel comfortable on...and staying true to what "cafe" is and not what it has become....I want to make this bike leaner..... better handling....more of a go fast bike...hence the racing aspect. I feel this is true to what the cafe idea was back in the 60s when the kids raced stripped down bikes from café to café in Europe. But for now I'm riding the bike and enjoying it immensely. Honestly again after riding couches for so long it feels like I have nothing to do to the bike.....but that will change.

I've ordered a couple of parts...mainly cosmetic. There use to be a mountain of aftermarket but seems like that has long since passed....maybe I'm wrong. One thing I know I want to do is not permanently change anything...like weld on loops, etc.....so a lot of this stuff will be bolt on with maintaining the ability to right back to stock if I choose.

I honestly am looking forward to this adventure with this bike.

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Real cool, was actually looking to get a harley with the 1200 but like you said, overpaying was my issue haha! I’m excited about this one, nice seat pan
 

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Real cool, was actually looking to get a harley with the 1200 but like you said, overpaying was my issue haha! I’m excited about this one, nice seat pan
Your absolutely correct.....things are crazy high now and it really has happened in the last year and a half.

I bought this Sportster in the beginning of 2020 for $3000. It was the "funnest" Harley Davidson that I've ever owned. The forward controls were perfect for my height.... but I sold it about 4 months later to purchase a Dyna that I got an outstanding deal on and thought it would work better for me (which it didn't)....big mistake.

I sold it for $3800 after cleaning it up and the new owner subsequently sold it for $5000 a few months later by doing nothing more than keeping it clean and putting miles on it. He did the same thing I did which is by a Dyna....which he also admitted wasn't as fun as this old sporty.

My retirement accounts and investment accounts haven't done that well in that same time frame as the value of this 2008 Sportster Custom has done.

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No real update other than I'm riding it a lot and enjoying it a lot. I've already gotten used to the higher RPMs... At least higher than what I'm used to on my other big twins. Boy a 6th gear would be heaven. There's a couple things that I've been thinking of....... apparently a Vance & Hines Power Commander really wakes this bike up and maybe even a must with the exhaust. I thought it might have already had one considering how this ran compared to other Sportsters. I've looked around I found no module installed.

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Also at speed there is no issue but waiting at stoplights and cruising around slowly this gets hot. Not uncomfortably hot but hot. I am going to look into some universal fan kit.....kinda like the ones from Koso or Tusk or whomever. Some of those kits even have a little gauge....that would be nice.

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Also playing with pinstriping ideas.....I think orange will be nice.

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its so clean... it almost looks fake, like a model
 
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Form+function = badass
 

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Parts trickle in slowly for this bike.....partly because they seem to be scarce. Sometimes things pop up on eBay but their pricing is astronomical...... especially if it's anything desirable.

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I guess I'm used to getting about 20000 miles on a set of tires on my larger bikes but it seems like 5000 miles or so is the limit on a front tire for this bike. With nearly 11,000 miles on the bike and a date stamp of 2014 on the front tire I'm assuming it's its second front. The rear has a date stamp of 2011.

I would like to think that I'm seriously kicking ass on the back roads....... But I don't think I ever remember in my life wearing out a front tire before a rear. And with the date stamp of 2011 for the rear it tells me it was installed shortly after the bike was sold new.... And if that's the case it tells me it's lasted longer than 2 front tires?!?…. Weird

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Especially since the rear looks like it has a decent amount of life left

I do like the Scorcher 11s though
 

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Well after using this bike very regularly the Harley Davidson gremlins have popped up....... I needed a new starter switch (switch pack). It would sometimes complete the circuit after the engine was running… engaging the starter and making a horrible shrieking noise. I thought I heard something like that one time....... but it's so noisy on the freeway it was kind of hard to tell. I caught it happening one time when it was warming up. Everything else seems undamaged.....like the starter. It's a pretty simple circuit so it's easy to narrow it down. Starter, relay, everything checks out so it has to be the starter switch or God forbid the wiring harness somewhere. I'm assuming it's the switch because as it's idling if I hit the handlebars it will tend to try to start… engage the starter. It doesn't need me to hit the bars to make it happen..... it will do it on its own....... but hitting the bars will usually make it respond. I've had nightmare wiring harness issues with HD bikes and it's no fun.


Since a lot needed to come apart to get this wire unconnected I put the rear carbon fiber tail on. I may do a little reshaping with it. It's a nice piece and supposedly it's shape after the stock Harley Davidson one.. It sits a little taller which I like but the quality of it is nowhere near the stock HD tail. Stock....the fit and finish is superb and it's solid. The CF one seems rinky dink and flimsy. Still ill put it to use. The HD pillion cover...painted to match will set you back $400-$500..... and that's if you can find one.

So for now since some of the stuff is disassembled I'll look at the CF tail and see what I want to do with it. I've never been a fan of fender eliminator kits or the tail tidy kit's..... but I think in this case I'll probably purchase one of those.


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Even with the cost of the tailpiece and the paint to match it's still cheaper then finding a pillion cover from HD floating around on eBay somewhere. Plus it allows me to do a little bit more customizing with the finish.


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Gave the XR a spa day today.

Riding this bike has been immensely fun. Every time I feel the need to change or alter anything I just go for a ride and I completely forget about it. It's very very different from riding any other Harley Davidson. Sure the Pan America and the live wire are quicker but for a push rod EVO V twin I don't think it can get much better. It's as if Harley Davidson took a sportster and "cafed it up" for me...... better than anything I could do..... but you know we are never satisfied.

The motor is "on fire" compared to any other sportster and the handling… well the handling compared to riding couches for the past 2 years is Rossi style. Based on popular chitchat the 09 front suspension (my model year).... was not on par with later years. Harley Davidson sells a suspension upgrade kit which includes piggyback rear shocks and different front forks. Currently there's one on eBay that I'm looking at....a complete kit..but again I have nothing to compare it to other than a couch so I may pass on that. Still rear shocks with more adjustable settings would be nice.

With all that said I may be just chasing a look. I was going to purchase a tail tidy kit but the more I look at my rear turn signals and tail light the more it looks kind of tidy already. Those rear reflectors hanging underneath could be removed to improve it more. In fact once those shock relocators are installed and the rear passenger footpegs are removed it would make it look more open and clean. Then there's that inner fender that's hanging there….. like an old one from a Honda CB750 that broke off… but it's mounted that way. If that could be removed and something placed in that spot.... again it would have a cleaner overall look. Yes I guess I'm chasing a look now haha. I'm so cafe.

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I've got a couple more parts that are on back order for the past 2 months that should be coming in sometime between now and until I die….. but this is what I've accumulated so far. Sometimes things pop up on eBay that are specific to this that just aren't made anymore. I guess that's how you find them… just cruising eBay and waiting for things to pop up. A nice set of rear sets popped up but they wanted an arm and a leg and a shoulder so I passed. Still the way things are getting done with this who knows what pops up in the future. I would love a nice small quarter fairing for the front… there's one made in Japan that would fit the bike nicely but it's costly.

The parts are collecting dust but the odometer is not resting..... which is really what it's all about anyways.

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Went riding with my son yesterday.

He picked up a 2022 Himalayan last week and it looks like a great bike. So far we've put nearly 250 miles on it and it has preformed flawlessly. We took it off road yesterday. I went as far as I thought I could with the XR but he kept on going and going and going. Not to confuse it with a CRF450 or something but it did great.

It is an incredible value in today's times and with a 3 year factory warranty it looks like they stand behind their product.

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RE has an amazing price point for those himalayas. I did hear that they don't share any common parts with other models, not that it would impact parts availability at this point. I just can't get over how good of an adventure bike it is for the money.
 
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it surprises me that it's a unique engine in their range and 410cc. seems an odd place to put it given the investment.
It's a solid power plant. It's the only fuel injected motorcycle I know of that acts like a carborated bike … in that it has a choke/enrichment lever for cold starts and sometimes you need to throttle up to keep the idle higher when it's cold. Other than that it's bullet proof.

So far my sons averaging 70-80 mpg....with a mix of offroad/backroads/highways....mainly back roads. We are going to take a 300 mile ride this weekend, mainly on highways to get a feel for highway mpg.... which I assume should be 60mpg+. It's no speed demon but is comfortable at 65 mph all day long.

Edit....when I mean throttle up when it's cold I mean for like 3 seconds or so. Also I'm amazed at the quality and the cost and the availability of aftermarket for it straight from Royal Enfield. This can get you moto camping and adventuring...loaded for bear with all the accessories for around $7500.
 
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