Darling Motorcycle Works

2005 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200

Although they are readily identifiable as Sportsters, the 2005 and later 1200s offer much different riding experiences than their predecessors. It’s got a bit more presence, punch and space than the smaller 883cc family but without the weight and unwieldy feel of the 1340/1450cc big end motorcycles. It’s a classic, air cooled Harley.

They have lost none of the attractions of previous generations, and have become much more fun to ride and less troublesome than any of their hard-shaking predecessors. The Sportster models are belt driven.

The mid-sized Harley-Davidson XL1200 Sportster makes a lot of sense. The fit and finish is remarkably good thanks to the craftsmanship and efforts of the good people in Wisconsin. Up front a single speedo sits atop a set of pull-back bars and is located out and up so checking velocity only requires a quick glance. 
This light and nimble bike, with the classic orange and black badge, is a true American legend.


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