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Motorcycle buyer's guide: Street bikes (900 cc and up)


by Pascal Bastien ,

Harley-Davidson Sportster XR1200X
This legendary name offers just one naked street bike, designed to fill the cruiser niche. The XR1200X uses the XL1200 Sporster frame with an improved rear section that brings overall better rigidity. This new direction means a more lively and more precise handling on corners, thanks to the inverted forks.

The pushrod V-twin is also derived from the cruiser, keeping its main elements. However, an exhaustive workout resulted in a 26% increase in power, now pegged at 91 hp @ 7,000 rpm.

When pressed, the XR always shows plenty to the rider due to its above average weight and rebound damping which gives a rough ride. On the other hand, the stability and the precision of the front end makes for very safe riding. Here’s a sports street bike which is truly out of the ordinary, and one that might evolve into a production series at the national level in Canada (CSBK) and in the United States (AMA).

2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster XR1200X
Photo: Matthieu Lambert

Honda CB1000RA
Like her stablemate the CBR1000RR, this beauty comes from throroughbred stock. Particularly welcoming is the roomy seating position, where even the passenger benefits. The CB1000RA features the inline-four derived from the 2007 CBR with reduced power and increased torque at a lower rpm.

With great agility and exhilarating rideability, the CB1000RA is far from being a mere utilitarian machine. Rather, it’s a bit of a rebel and pushes for particular attention to ride well. Stylized and edgey, the CB1000RA comes chock full of character and performance to keep you on your toes, a real streetfighter, as it should be.

2011 Honda CB1000RA right side view
Photo: Honda
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