Harley-Davidson starts production on overseas-only bike

Harley-Davidson began production for the overseas-bound XR 1200 May 12 at its Kansas City, Mo., facility, the company said in a press release that day. All initial XR1200 production motorcycles will be shipped to the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

Initial production will be reserved to fulfill existing future customer orders and to provide each authorized Harley-Davidson dealer with a demonstration motorcycle to enable prospective customers to try the XR1200 for themselves. To date, more than 600 customer retail orders have been placed across Europe.

The XR1200 was first launched as a prototype at INTERMOT in Cologne, Germany, in October 2006 to gauge customer and media reaction to a new kind of performance-oriented Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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