Harley Davidson 1200 Custom Review: A Very Stylish Sportster || CredR
Hello and Welcome to CredR’s Review of the Harley Davidson 1200 Custom.
Harley-Davidson dropped the Superlow from their product portfolio earlier this year. So bringing the count to where it was, here comes the all-new 1200 Custom in the Sportster category. Priced at around 9 lakh ex-showroom, this new cruiser comes with a whole lot of street brawling attitude which we’ve started to fall in love with.
It was 1957 when the first Sportster motorcycle came onto the scene & the world had never seen anything like it. Raw, powerful and looking for action. Slotting between the Iron 883 & Forty Eight, the Harley 1200 custom is quite a looker. It isn’t small, but the size & scale is not intimidating.
At the front, you also get the telescopic front fork in a chrome finish along with a small cover over the headlamp in chrome, which looks good even from the riding position, pointing at the direction you’re riding in.
Instrument cluster is again the same old school round unit, and displays the speedometer. However, the complex switchgear has a button to toggle the digital display to read out odometer, trip meter, time & a gear vs. RPM section too. Even though you’re slotted in a gear, the bike shows no number when you pull back the clutch here.
The most prominent design element visible from the side in the lower section of the motorcycle highlighting the engine, the gearbox chamber & the twin exhausts all in chrome. Even the side panel has a chrome touch. A lot of bling bling we’d say.
Contoured seat is very good in accommodating the rider and at 725mm, it is very accessible to the average Indian height. the rear seat however just like most other stock harley-davidson makes the pillion think – should i really be here.
There’s lack of support, no back rest and only the petite can actually manage their rear over here till you pay an exorbitant amount for the aftermarket seats. Rear design is wrapped up with a small LED tail lamp, with the number plate placed on top.
Powering the bike is an air-cooled, evolution series, 1200cc, V-twin petrol engine which produces 96 Nm of torque @ 4,250 RPM. Paired to a 5-speed gearbox, the bike from the get go is an absolute joy to ride.
Not to forget, the exhaust note from the staggered chrome exhaust with tapered-cut mufflers makes sure there’s a healthy amount of aural bliss too to compliment that grin on your face.
Weighing 268 kg in running order, the 1200 custom is not something you can play around without serious thoughts. We had to keep looking around us to make sure there weren’t any surprises at speeds and even during rumbling around the city streets.
Even with the weight though, the bike is very easy to maneuver. Now it is a cruiser and not meant to be flicked around corners, but you will be surprised with the fast turn ins given the position you sit in.
Suspension setup on the 1200 custom needs everything to be ideal. The setting is stiff and there’s not too much travel to soak up sudden bumps and even watch its belly when riding over speed breakers.
Michelin tyres coupled with a good braking system with front & rear discs ensures you have things in control. ABS is stil missing, but soon, rumours suggest that ABS & traction control could become a standard affair for Harleys.
Now we were not of the type that prefers to hop on a cruiser and head towards the horizon on a weekend. But the 1200 custom with its chopper charm has got us hooked. The bike is true to the harley-davidson DNA and would surely appeal to fanboys.