Riding the Harley XR1200X from Bikaner to Jaisalmer

The XR-X also has impressive stopping power. No matter what speeds I did, the brakes slowed the bike down effortlessly, even under hard braking. The XR-X didn’t lose composure and managed 60-0kph without any drama. In rainy Rajasthan, it coped with all the slush and mud very well. I was reluctant to push it further because it came shod with on-road tyres. But given the right set of rubbers, the XR-X should be as much fun to ride on a dirt track as it is on tarmac. The most surprising bit about the XR-X was how usable it felt in the most varied conditions. It braved everything from heavy rains to bad roads and city traffic.

You don’t need to be a daredevil like Mr. Knievel to ride around this stretch of highway from Bikaner to Jaisalmer. What you do need is a bike like the XR1200X and an adventurous streak. But most of all, you need balls of steel. And that has nothing to do with courage. You’ll need them balls to survive the heat radiated by the 1200cc air-cooled motor when you’re stuck in traffic.

(Words: Abhinav Mishra, Photos: Varun Chawla)