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H-D buys U.S. rights to XR1200 trademark

Could Euro-only bike be headed for American streets?

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jun. 18, 2008
In a move that will set the rumor mill in motion, Harley-Davidson has reportedly purchased the U.S. trademark rights to “XR1200”.

The Motor Company reached an agreement with Storz Performance, Inc. of Ventura Calif. for the rights to the name. Harley-Davidson, of course, recently released its XR1200 as a European-exclusive model.

No plans have been announced for a North American release for the bike, disappointing many motorcycle enthusiasts including us here at Motorcycle.com. Now that Harley-Davidson owns the U.S. rights to the trademark, rumors are sure to start flying again.With the US trademark rights to the name, is The Motor Company laying the groundwork for bringing the XR1200 Stateside?

Storz Performance filed the trademark (U.S. Trademark application No.77/048680) in 2006 for use as a Sportster dirt track conversion kit. Storz Performance founder Steve Storz started the company in 1980 after spending three years as a racing mechanic for The Motor Company’s factory dirt track team, working on the Harley-Davidson XR750 which provided the inspiration for the new XR1200.

Storz founded his new company to specialize in building XR750 motors but it later expanded to producing other custom parts. In 2006, Storz Performance introduced the XR 1200 conversion kit which features a custom Storz/Ceriani inverted fork, BUB exhaust, and a hand-formed alloy gas tank.

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