In 2009, Harley-Davidson reached into the nostalgia bag and brought out the XR1200. The flat track fenders and raised suspension bore a clear resemblance to the XR750 before I even knew what flat tracking was. Since Harley cancelled the model in 2013, flat tracking has seen a resurgence in popularity, and Indian recently launched their FTR1200 using similar “race inspired” marketing buzz. The XR1200 was a tuned Sportster with different tail, but Harley wanted the public to know this wasn’t your grandpa’s cruiser, and that’s why they partnered with the AMA for a one-make road racing series. Since the bikes retirement, it is often cited as the best handling Harley and a future classic. I expect some attention to fall back on the XR1200 now that the FTR1200 has brought flat tracking back to the front pages.
Just outside Columbus, Ohio sits a nearly perfect example of Harley’s best handling machine. The single owner rode just 243 miles before putting it in storage. Mods include a Vance and Hines exhaust with a K&N air filter, but there is no mention of a tune. A a bit of mapping would probably open up the classic 1200 even more if you dare to go for a ride. K&C Cycle and ATV, the independent shop selling it is asking $11,500. If that seems like a lot…it’s about what they cost new. Kelley Blue Book values the 2009 model at a more reasonable $7,300, so the value of a 3 digit mile bike is up for discussion. A 3,000 mile bike with Race Tech suspension and some other options is also for sale in Ohio just a few hours away and asking $9,000. Do you guys think sub-1000 mile bikes are worth the hype, or would you rather buy a well maintained bike with some history behind it?
Find this 243 mile example for sale in Hebron, Ohio for $11,500 here on Craigslist.