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got email from the MC this am about a 'special' program on left over untitled 2009's. Always liked the xr1200...Considering buying one thru this program. Anyone out there own one? How is the ride (suspension) compared to regular xl's. Have always had bikes with forward controls or big bikes with floorboards. Are the foot control locations on these comfortable, or do you get leg cramps? Does this thing handle better thru curves, or is it just cosmetic ? Any advice appreciated.
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Can you get a test ride? I tried one a while back, and it is a different beast. With the shorter sportier tires, offset tree and the brakes... Superb, for a Harley. You might wanna try posting this in the XR1200 section, there's plenty of owners who can tell you how much better the XR is in the twisties there.

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MC has new program to get rid of 09's. Have been thinking about the xr1200. How is the ride(suspension). Compared to xl's, does it really handle significantly better in curves? Have always had forward foot controls or floorboards. Is the location of the controls on the xr comfortable on longer rides, or do legs tend to cramp up? I am 60yrs old so not as limber as the young guys on crotch rockets. Basically is this really a better handling bike than other xl's, or just a different style or 'look'?....thanks

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What Nitro said......lot of info over in the XR 1200 section
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Having owned both (crotch rocket and an XR) I can say it's much more comfortable, except for the seat. My bum went numb in about an hour. Handling? On par with the comparable jap offerings. I.E. Bandit 1250, ZRX1200, etc... Not quite as fast though. It is after all only a 1200 sporty. Yea, it's a powerful stump puller, but winding it up won't deliver the rush of the I-4's. I've heard they top out at 120ish, and some have said, "Who needs to go faster than that anyway?", but I say what if I want to experience that rush getting on the interstate?

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It will eat an XL up in the twisties... The seat is not as comfortable on long runs... Suspension, front is good, rear is crappy, just like an XL. The foot, seating position is extremely comfortable, but you don't feel like you are sitting in a lounge chair. You feel more like you are riding on a motorcycle that handles, stops and goes great.
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Hi, So what is the "special" they have on the XRs? Thanks...
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