Riding the Harley XR1200X from Bikaner to Jaisalmer

I don’t really dislike the Fat Boy or the Road King, but I think they’re just too big for our kind of roads. That and their laidback riding positions can make it pretty cumbersome to manoeuvre those bikes in city traffic. So it was refreshing to see a Harley that was as comfortable leaning into corners as it was cruising down straight roads.

The route that we chose for the XR-X was NH15, from Bikaner to Jaisalmer. This route would help the bike see good tarmac and also a bit of dirt. As mentioned earlier, the bike does have a certain dirt-track pedigree and I was sure it wouldn’t mind kicking some dirt.

Looks can be deceptive. The XR-X looks more like a jazzed up cruiser pretending to be a sports bike. Only on close inspection do you notice most of the changes. The suspension setup is completely different from any other Harley on sale. The front gets inverted forks that improve stability and the rear get fully adjustable suspension that can be set to your liking. The sporty theme continues with a blacked-out engine and double-barrel exhaust. It also gets a funky instrument pod that reminds you of the moto-Terminator from Terminator Salvation.