2017 XL1200C CUSTOM Velocity Red Sunglo With Pinstripe. The heritage of the Sportster® runs strong in the 1200 Custom. The 1200cc Evolution® engine pounds out the low-end torque that made the Sportster famous. Pull back buckhorn bars, steel laced wheels and a fat front tyre add to the classic look. And features like an adjustable rear suspension, powerful brakes and a comfortable seat bring it all into the modern day.
Ruling the roads since 1957, the Sportster family leads in styling and performance with models like the Roadster, 1200 Custom and Forty-Eight motorcycles. Combining quick, responsive handling and a flat torque curve with unmistakable styling makes Sportster a true American icon.
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- VANCE & HINES Chrome Straightshots Slip-On Mufflers $299
Parts total $3190
Labor total $1472
Total added value $4662
MODEL UNIQUE FEATURES
• Black powder-coated engine with chrome treatment covers
• Chrome, staggered exhaust with slash-cut mufflers
• Steel Laced wheels
• Fat front-end design
• Chrome headlamp bucket
• Chrome headlight eyebrow
• Stylized LED taillight
• Two-up custom seat
• Wide, polished triple clamps
• Pull-back handlebar
• Forward-mounted rider foot controls
• Minimalist style, two-up seat optimized for all-day comfort
• Emulsion technology rear shocks with 50 mm range of pre-load adjustability and an under-seat, rear shock suspension adjustment wrench
• Front forks with cartridge damping technology
• Integrated electrical system with trip switch, start switch
• Handlebar-mounted electronic speedometer with odometer, time-of-day clock on odometer, dual tripmeter, low fuel warning light, low oil pressure light, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights, gear indicator (1-5), and RPMs
• Hazard warning integrated into self-canceling turn signal controls
• Blade key ignition; fork lock common with ignition key
• 16-inch front and rear cast aluminum wheels
• Michelin® Scorcher® “31” tires designed specifically for Sportster® models
• Closed loop exhaust system meets worldwide emission standards
Rubber-mounted, Air-cooled, 1200 cc Evolution® engine
Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) with O2 sensors
Front suspension and geometry tuned for competent handling
Confidence-inspiring braking performance
Features and Benefits
The Sportster® 1200 Custom model has plenty to back up its street brawling attitude. You’ve got 1200cc of world-famous H-D low-end torque to motivate you down the asphalt and a comfortable seat and suspension to make it all feel just right. And classic custom detailing, featuring black finishes complimented by chrome. Stand out on any street in the world.
When the first Sportster® motorcycle roared onto the scene in 1957 the world had never seen anything like it. Rawboned, powerful and looking for action. The styling cues that lit up the street in those early years would soon become a part of everything from race bikes to outlaw choppers as they spread throughout the motorcycling world. Take a look at the offering for 2017 and one thing becomes instantly clear. The best way to get the style that made the Sportster motorcycle famous is to get a Sportster motorcycle of your own. The narrow frame is more agile than ever. The rumbling V-Twin and muscular front end feel more powerful than ever. The flawless steel and jewel-like fuel tank reveal their authentic motorcycle roots in every inch of detail.
The Evolution engine riding in the nimble Sportster frame is a prime example of the power, durability and proven reliability The Motor Company was built on. Born from the legendary Shovelhead and Ironhead engines, it’s been the power at the center of a Sportster motorcycle since 1984. Its overhead valve design and four-cam gear train have their roots in the company’s race program, and you know it when you feel the surge of brute torque that accompanies every twist of the throttle. The air-cooled V-Twin design with a compact one-piece crankcase/transmission fits the narrow Sportster profile like a fist in a fingerless glove. We began with a strong, trouble-free design. Then gave it constant refinement to bring us to the modern powerplant of today. A testament to the unwavering hunger for advancement in motor technology that has always driven Harley-Davidson.
The street is the home turf of the Sportster motorcycle, and a narrow, agile frame wrapped around a strong V-Twin engine has always been its calling card. To see how far we’ve taken this basic equation, get in the saddle of any 2017 Sportster model. Trust us, the list of constant innovations and refinements you experience on the Sportster motorcycle of today is more than you want to read about here. The latest innovation includes suspension on every model, with cartridge emulsion rear shocks and a screw adjuster to further dial in the handling. It all feels tight and right, bringing confidence to the ride and a grin to the rider. Whether you’re rocketing to the next stoplight, threading through the urban grid, or busting out of the city limits to parts unknown.
You might look at the raw-boned style of a Sportster motorcycle and not immediately think of comfort. That would be a mistake. Sink into the seat of any 2017 Sportster model and you discover a premium ride hidden under all the lean and mean styling. The engine is rubber-mounted to the frame, so you feel all the power of an Evolution V-Twin but none of the vibrations. The handlebar hits your fists and the pegs hit your boots just the way they should. Even better, we’ve made improving comfort for the Sportster rider our marching orders. With a wrench tucked inside the seat to adjust the rear suspension exactly the way you like it, these are some of the most versatile motorcycles to ever hit the street.
Chrome 5-Spoke Cast Wheels
When it comes to custom, standout wheels are a must. The 1200 Custom motorcycle features brilliant chrome 5-spoke wheels that cast striking reflections wherever you go. Custom style for a custom ride.
Fat Front End
Leading the way for the 1200 Custom motorcycle is a fat, in-your-face front end. The thick triple clamp and beefy front tire wrapped around a 16-inch 5-spoke chrome cast wheel will not be denied. Take a look and you’ll see the true custom character of a Sportster® motorcycle, but just a little fatter and a little more custom.
Rear LED Lighting
Low profile in style, but big and bright when you need it most. The rear LED beam on the 1200 Custom motorcycle fits the contours of the rear fender perfectly, and the array of fast-acting red LED lamps grabs everyone’s attention both during the day and at night. License plate mounts are slotted nearby to offer a convenient and noticeable spot for your tag.
Closed Loop Exhaust System
Designed to meet future worldwide emissions standards and the standards of future generations of Harley-Davidson® motorcycle riders. This closed loop exhaust system delivers heart-pounding performance in the key of the trademark Harley-Davidson rumble. With its robust, soul-stirring big twin design, durable mufflers with exhaust shields, a catalyst and mini heated oxygen sensors that improve emissions and drivability, this system is not only better for the environment, it makes riding better.
Tach and Gear Indicator Readout
Even though none of us would want to admit it, from time to time, we’ve all had to kick our shift lever back down to 1 to figure out what gear we were in. The Sportster® models get a speedometer with a gear indicator readout and a tachometer that can be activated by your trip switch. Now you’ve got all the information you need to keep it in the power band at the touch of a finger.
Pure Harley-Davidson Styling
Feast your eyes on the 1200cc Evolution® engine and there’s no mistaking its roots. This is authentic Harley-Davidson style through and through with an attention to detail you won’t find from any other motorcycle company. Black powder-coated cylinders and cylinder heads are topped off with chrome rocker covers, while chrome pushrods highlight the iconic V-Twin. It’s a jewel machined out of metal. Pure. Dripping with power. From the classic edge of the cooling fins to the clean lines of cases and covers—the 1200c Evolution® engine makes an ironclad statement about holding on to what’s right and staying true to what satisfies the rider.
The Evolution® engine—known in certain crowds as the Blockhead—was first bolted to the frame of a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle back in 1984. 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.
Evolution® Engine Innovation
Air-cooled and durable as hell, the 1200cc Evolution® engine is yet another nod to the unwavering work ethic that drives advancements in motor technology at Harley-Davidson. Aluminum heads and cylinders lighten the load of the bike and improve air-cooling efficiency. Electronic fuel injection says goodbye to carburetors and boasts increased reliability and less routine maintenance. Bottom line: the rubber-mounted Evolution® engine runs hard and rides smooth for thousands of miles so you can just worry about taking in the freedom of the open road.
Foundation Brake System
Like riding itself, you can never go too far when it comes to improving a bike’s brakes. This is why for we gave the brake system of each Sportster® model a complete overhaul designed to improve performance, fit and finish. You have 300mm brake rotors and a powerful, stylized front caliper with 34mm pistons and stylized rear caliper to match. Other system features include an improved all-aluminum integrated rear master cylinder with reservoir, all-aluminum front master cylinder with reduced friction and higher efficiency, and stainless steel braided lines. It all adds up to more confidence on the road and more power and predictability when you squeeze the brakes.
Engine 1 Air-cooled, Evolution®
Bore 3.5 in.
Stroke 3.811 in.
Displacement 73.4 cu in
Compression Ratio 10:1
Fuel System 3 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Primary Drive Chain, 38/57 ratio
Gear Ratios (overall) 1st 9.315
Gear Ratios (overall) 2nd 6.653
Gear Ratios (overall) 3rd 4.948
Gear Ratios (overall) 4th 4.102
Gear Ratios (overall) 5th 3.517
Exhaust Chrome, staggered exhaust with slash-cut mufflers
Wheels, Front Type 9 Chrome 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum
Wheels, Rear Type Chrome 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum
Brakes, Caliper Type Dual-piston front, Dual-piston rear
Engine Torque Testing Method J1349
Engine Torque 2 70.8 ft-lb
Engine Torque (rpm) 3,500
Lean Angle, Right (deg.) 26.2
Lean Angle, Left (deg.) 28.3
Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy 5 48 mpg
Length 87.6 in.
Seat Height, Laden 7 26.6 in.
Seat Height, Unladen 7 28 in.
Ground Clearance 4.3 in.
Rake (steering head) (deg) 30
Trail 4.2 in.
Wheelbase 60.2 in.
Tires, Front Specification 130/90B16 73H
Tires, Rear Specification 150/80B16 77H
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal.
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 2.8 qt.
Weight, As Shipped 559 lb.
Weight, In Running Order 587 lb.
Lights (as per country regulation), Indicator Lamps 8 High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery, security system (optional)
Gauges Handlebar-mounted electronic speedometer with odometer, time-of-day clock on odometer, dual tripmeter, low fuel warning light, low oil pressure light, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights
1. Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
2. Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.
3. Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.
4. See motorcycle owner’s manual for complete details.
5. Estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family conducted by Harley-Davidson under ideal laboratory conditions. Not all motorcycle models undergo fuel economy testing. Fuel economy and mileage may vary among motorcycle models within a family. Your mileage may vary depending on your personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length, vehicle condition and vehicle configuration and other conditions. Break-in mileage may vary.
6. Prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices. Options such as color are available at additional cost. Prices exclude dealer setup, taxes, title and licensing and are subject to change. Dealer prices may vary.
7. Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.
8. North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.
9. Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.