5. Harley-Davidson XR1200 Sportster, 2008-2013


Introduced in 2008 in Europe, the Motor Company brought the flat-track homage XR1200 stateside for 2009, and kept producing them through 2013. Nobody but us magazine guys, apparently, were interested in a Sportster with standard ergonomics and sporty suspension that was fun to ride around curves and even had its own AMA roadracing class.

Harleys don’t really go on sale, so $7k for a nice one of these (less than what you’d pay for a new Street 750) will no doubt prove to be quite the bargain as the American Public snaps to its senses and these semi-rare bikes become collectible. In the meantime, it’s a great, comfy, easy bike to just tool around upon. The best one is the 2011 XR1200X (pictured), with Showa Big Piston Fork, adjustable remote-res shocks and big Nissin dual discs up front.

2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster XR1200X Review

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