Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Low XL1200L, 2009

Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Low XL1200L, 2009

The evolution of the Harley-Davidson hot rod continues for 2009, as most Sportster models roll into the new year on retuned suspension. Five Sportster models retain the raw, soulful styling that represents the uninhibited essence of motorcycling. Responsive handling, the flat torque delivery and distinctive sound of an American V-Twin engine, and classic styling cues make Harley-Davidson Sportster a motorcycle that just keeps getting better.
When it debuted in 1957, the original Sportster projected a tough and rebellious attitude that was born on the gritty dirt tracks and drag strips of that era. That spirit lingers in every new Sportster model, from the retro-bobber Nightster to the glittering chrome of the long 1200 Custom.
Sportster models are powered by the Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) XL Evolution V-Twin powertrain, rubber-mounted in the frame to reduce vibration and tuned to deliver a flat torque curve for responsive performance. Among the most-affordable Harley-Davidson models, Sportster motorcycles offer a low, comfortable seat, smooth clutch effort, and a durable carbon fiber reinforced final drive belt.

New on Sportster for 2009

Enhanced Suspension: The suspension is upgraded on the 883 Custom, 1200 Low and 1200 Custom. Springs and dampening rates have been recalibrated and new damping devices were installed to provide superior ride quality.
New Front Fenders: All Sportster models get a new low-profile front fender that hugs the tire for a streamlined, custom look.
New Rear Wheel on Custom models: The 883 Custom and 1200 Custom models receive new rear wheels that weigh four pounds less while maintaining stiffness and durability. The lighter wheel improves ride quality by reducing unsprung weight. The 1200 Custom has a new chrome cast aluminum slotted disc rear wheel, while the 883 Custom rear is a Silver cast aluminum solid disc.

Sportster 1200 Low features:
  • Rubber-mounted XL Evolution 1200cc engine
  • Black powder-coated engine with chrome covers
  • Black 13-spoke Cast Aluminum wheels, 19-inch front / 16-inch rear
  • Wide handlebar on pull-back risers
  • New recalibrated suspension
  • New low profile front fender
  • One-piece, two-up Sportster Classic seat
  • Chrome Staggered Shorty Dual exhaust
  • Low-Profile rear shocks
  • Low-Profile front forks
  • Mid-mount foot controls
  • Integrated chrome gauge housing and handlebar clamp
  • Black fender strut covers
  • 4.5-gallon fuel tank
  • Optional Steel Laced wheels
  • Optional Smart Security System
The Dimensions
Length 89.10 in. (2263.14 mm)
Overall Width 35.20 in. (894.08 mm)
Overall Height 46.80 in. (1188.72 mm)
Seat Height:
• Laden2: 26.30 in. (668.02 mm)
• Unladen: 28 in. (711.20 mm)

The Ground Clearance 4.40 in. (111.76 mm)
Rake (steering head) 29.6°
Fork Angle 29.6°
Trail 4.70 in. (119.38 mm)
Wheelbase 59.70 in. (1516.38 mm)
Tires (Dunlop® Harley-Davidson Series, blackwall):
• Front – D401F 100/90-19 57H
• Rear – D401 150/80B16 71H

The Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal. (17.03 L) (warning light at approximately 1 gal.)
Oil Capacity (w/filter) 2.80 qts. (2.65 L)
Transmission Capacity 1 qts. (0.95 L)
• As Shipped 557 lbs. (252.65 kg)
• In Running Order 581 lbs. (263.54 kg)
• Gross Vehicle Weight Rating 1000 lbs. (453.59 kg)
• Gross Axle Weight Rating
• Front 335 lbs. (151.95 kg)
• Rear 665 lbs. (301.64 kg)

The Engine
Engine3 Air-cooled, Evolution
Valves Pushrod-operated, overhead valves with hydraulic, self-adjusting lifters;
two valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke 3.50 in. x 3.812 in. (88.90 mm x 96.82 mm)
Displacement3 73.40 cu. in. (1200 cu. cm)
Compression Ratio 9.7:1
Fuel System9 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Air Cleaner Paper cartridge type
Lubrication System Dry-sump

The Drivetrain
Primary Drive Chain, 57/38 ratio
Final Drive Belt, 68/29 ratio
Clutch 9-plate, wet
Transmission 5-speed Gear Ratios (overall): U.S. HDI JPN
• 1st 9.315 9.004 9.004
• 2nd 6.653 6.432 6.432
• 3rd 4.948 4.783 4.783
• 4th 4.102 3.965 3.965
• 5th 3.517 3.400 3.400

The Chassis
Frame Mild steel, tubular frame; circular sections; cast junctions
Swingarm Mild steel, rectangular tube sections, stamped junctions; MIG welded
Front Forks 39 mm
Rear Shocks Coil-over; preload dual-adjustable
Wheels4 (Chrome, Laced Steel option):
Black, 13-Spoke Cast Aluminum
• Front 19 in. x 2.15 in. (482.60 mm x 54.61 mm)
• Rear 16 in. x 3 in. (406.40 mm x 76.20 mm)

The Brakes:
• Caliper Type Dual-piston front, single-piston rear
• Rotor Type Patented, uniform expansion rotors
(diameter x width):
• Front 11.50 in. x .20 in. (292.10 mm x 5.08 mm)
• Rear 11.50 in. x .23 in. (292.10 mm x 5.84 mm)

The Suspension Travel:
• Front Wheel 4.12 in. (104.65 mm)
• Rear Wheel 2.12 in. (53.85 mm)

The Performance
Engine Torque5 (per SAE J1349):
• North America 79 ft. lbs. @ 4000 rpm (107.12 NM @ 4000 rpm)
• World 72.26 ft. lbs. @ 3200 rpm (97.98 NM @ 3200 rpm)
• Japan 66.19 ft. lbs. @ 3250 rpm (89.75 NM @ 3250 rpm)

Lean Angle (per SAE J1168):
• Right 31°
• Left 30°

Fuel Economy7
(EPA urban/highway test) 42/57 mpg (5.60/4.13 L/100 km)

The Electric
Battery (per Battery Council International Rating)
Sealed, maintenance-free, 12V, 12-amp/hour, 200 cca
Charging Single-phase, 30-amp system (357W @ 13.5V, 2000 rpm, 405W max power @ 13.5V)
Starting 1.2 kW electric with solenoid shift starter motor engagement
Lights (as per country regulation):
• Headlamp (quartz halogen) 55-watt low beam, 60-watt high beam
• Tail/Stop Lights 8W/28W (5W/21W)
• Turn Signal Lights 28W (21W) self-canceling
• Indicator Lamps: High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery, security system6 (optional)


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