Harley-Davidson prepares for a company first

Harley-Davidson recently unveiled on its Web site plans for a new motorcycle — the first the company won’t make initially available in the United States.

The XR 1200, scheduled to land in dealerships overseas in 2008, is a high-performance street bike inspired by the XR 750, H-D said.

“In a historic first for the Harley-Davidson Motor Co, the bike will initially only be made available in Europe, the Middle East and Africa,” according to the company’s Web site.

H-D has yet to confirm when production for the bike will begin, but said it will be sometime in early 2008. The MSRP for the XR 1200 is expected to be 7,655 pounds (US $15,562).

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