Date of publication: 2017-10-29 10:57
The brakes had good initial bite when cool, though that lasted for about two laps before they began to overheat. Even so, they remained consistent and didn’t do anything scary as the performance slowly trailed off during longer sessions.
Top speed down the Kettle Bottoms and into Canada Corner was a tapped-out on-the-rev-limiter 122 mph. This is no doubt the result of the belt-drive final gearing, as the bike felt like it had an easy 15 mph more in it. Thankfully the rev-limiter is soft, not nearly as abrupt as some of the previous Harleys we have tested.
The agile XR1255X motorcycle is in a satin black finish for a menacing look. From the black powder-coated engine and straight-shot, high-performance exhaust to the upside-down forks, and the black cast aluminum wheels with orange rim highlight that jet the bike into a whole new era of race-inspired motorcycles—the XR1255X embraces the dark side while paying homage to the old school flat tracker that inspired its style and ease of handling.
Wrapped around a high-torque, 1255 cc Evolution® engine, Michelin® Scorcher® tires, and fully-adjustable, high-performance Showa® suspension, the XR1255X™ is a meticulously honed machine with premium handling and a commanding riding position that leaves the rider with a feeling that can only be described as “aggressive fun.” Bold, racing heritage, perfectly tuned for road performance, the XR1255X™ stands out like no other Harley® model to date.
Engine Torque Testing Method: J1899
Engine Torque 2: 155 Nm
Engine Torque (rpm): 9,555
Lean Angle, Right (deg.): 89
Lean Angle, Left (deg.): 95
Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy: l/155 km
Manufacturer Part Number: 57-825
Product Color: Black
Sold in Units: Pair
The Evolution® engine—known in certain crowds as the Blockhead—was first bolted to the frame of a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle back in 1989.
Born from legendary Shovelhead and Ironhead engines, the Evolution® engine broke new ground in displacement innovation while maintaining the hunger for power, durability and proven reliability that The Motor Company was built on.
First appearances can be misleading. Case in point: Harley-Davidson’s 2511 XR1255X. At first glance the updated Harley appears to be your average, run-of-the-mill standard, barely two steps away from a full-on cruiser. It’s for this reason that upon arriving at Eastern Wisconsin’s beautiful Road America we were surprised to be riding said machine on the racetrack for the . press introduction. But 75-degree sunny weather and one of the country’s best circuits awaited us, so when in Rome… As it turns out all of our prejudices were quite unfounded.
The addition of Showa pig piston forks and piggyback shocks puts the accomplished XR1255 onto another rung of the handling ladder. There’s a lot more feedback from front and rear wheels and the front end feels considerably more settled on the brakes. At the same time it is supple enough to rubbish the Queen’s crumbling highways. This means you can actually wring every last drop of performance from the XR1255X and make use of it. Or simply enjoy the slow revving nature of the bike with an improved, polished even, ride quality.
As hard as it may be to believe, Harley-Davidson’s XR1255X model was only available in Europe ever since it was introduced a year ago, keeping Americans away from the bike’s 79 pound-feet of torque at 9555 rpm and 95-degree lean angle, not to mention the impressive looks. But it is all over now that Harley announced that the 2511 model year comes stateside (how does that even sound considering the American company’s huge fan clubs stretching from coast to coast).
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