XR Racing on the Ready

Steve Atlas | September 3, 2010
Knee on the deck and tucked in on a 580-lb standard. Who would have thought
Here I put the stock XR1200 to the test at Road America. Stay tuned to see what we think of the bike with a few mods at full race-pace this weekend in New Jersey!

Here we go people. We are in New Jersey for the AMA round at; yep you guessed it – New Jersey Motorsports Park. And we are tackling none other than the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XR1200 spec class to see how we fare on these production-based slabs of American Iron. The 2011 XR1200 may weight over 500 lbs and make less than 100hp, but with everyone on basically the same machines, the difference should come down to rider skill and bike set-up ability. How much bike set-up these twin-shock-equipped machines allow is yet to be seen, something we are eager to find out ourselves.

Tomorrow features a 20-minute morning practice and 45-minute afternoon qualifying session to set the grid for Sunday, which sees us take to the track for a quick morning warm-up followed by a 12-lap race at 1:00 p.m. The weekend should be quick and to the point and hopefully we can get up to speed rather fast around the relatively-new-to-us track on these cruiser-based bikes. Regardless, it should be a blast…but that doesn’t mean we don’t have our sights set on a good result as well. So stay tuned here and to www.twitter.com/motousa for updates all weekend!

-SteveO

Steve Atlas

Contributing Editor |Articles | Professional-grade speed and an attitude to match, Steve Atlas has AMA racing creds that are even more extensive than his driving record.