2011 Harley-Davidson® Motorcycles

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About Harley-Davidson Sportster® 1200 Custom

The 2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster® 1200 Custom XL1200C is a true Harley Sportster custom motorcycle, just a little fatter and a little more custom than the other Sportsters. The fat front tire wrapped around a 16-inch wheel gives it a cool custom look and offers nimble handling. Stylistic components including new rear lighting, chrome 5-spoke cast wheels, and an old school looking pull-back handlebar give the Sportster 1200 Custom motorcycle unique Harley-Davidson style with modern motorcycle functions. A two-up custom seat gives you just enough room to bring a passenger along on your journey. The Harley Sportster 1200 Custom, like all H-D bikes, comes ready to be modified and accessorized to fit your body and personal style. The black powder-coated Evolution 1200cc engine is rubber-mounted and air-cooled, featuring aluminum heads and cylinders for a lighter load and electronic fuel injection. Check out the Sportster XR1200X with a fully adjustable Showa motorcycle suspension, the all-new 2011 Sportster XL883L, and all the other Sportster custom bikes including the Iron 883.

Key Features

AUTHENTIC STYLING

Fat Front End

1200 Custom

Leading the way for the 1200 Custom motorcycle is a fat, in-your-face front end. The thick triple clamp and beefy front tire wrapped around a 16-inch 5-spoke chrome cast wheel will not be denied. Take a look and you'll see the true custom character of a Sportster® motorcycle, but just a little fatter and a little more custom.

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Chrome 5-Spoke Cast Wheels

1200 Custom

When it comes to custom, standout wheels are a must. The 1200 Custom motorcycle features brilliant chrome 5-spoke wheels that cast striking reflections wherever you go. Custom style for a custom ride.

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New Rear LED Lighting

1200 Custom

Low profile in style, but big and bright when you need it most. The new rear LED beam on the 1200 Custom fits the contours of the rear fender perfectly, and the array of fast-acting red LED lamps grabs everyone's attention both during the day and at night. License plate mounts are slotted nearby to offer a convenient and noticeable spot for your tag.

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Premium Paint

1200 Custom

Up to two times thicker than the competition, custom quality paint comes standard on all Harley-Davidson® motorcycles. Clearcoat layering up to five mils deep. Bigger metal flakes. Unique effects. Skimping simply is not in our vocabulary.

Hand Finished Fuel Tank

1200 Custom

All Harley-Davidson® fuel tanks are finished by hand—that's what makes them stand out. Their seamless design and unmatched style are unique among all motorcycles on the road. The tanks are one of the first and last things people notice when they lay their eyes on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle—so we make it worth their time.

ICONIC ENGINE

Evolution® Engine Heritage

1200 Custom

The Evolution® engine—known in certain crowds as the Blockhead—was first bolted to the frame of a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle back in 1984.
Born from legendary Shovelhead and Ironhead engines, the Evolution® engine broke new ground in displacement innovation while maintaining the hunger for power, durability and proven reliability that The Motor Company was built on.

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Evolution® Engine Innovation

1200 Custom

Air-cooled and durable as hell, the 1200cc Evolution® engine is yet another nod to the unwavering work ethic that drives advancements in motor technology at Harley-Davidson. Aluminum heads and cylinders lighten the load of the bike and improve air-cooling efficiency. Electronic fuel injection says goodbye to carburetors and boasts increased reliability and less routine maintenance. Bottom line: the rubber-mounted Evolution® engine runs hard and rides smooth for thousands of miles so you can just worry about taking in the freedom of the open road.

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Pure Harley-Davidson Styling

1200 Custom

Feast your eyes on the 1200cc Evolution® engine and there's no mistaking its roots. This is authentic Harley-Davidson style through and through with an attention to detail you won't find from any other motorcycle company. Black powder-coated cylinders and cylinder heads are topped off with chrome rocker covers, while chrome pushrods highlight the iconic V-Twin. It's a jewel machined out of metal. Pure. Dripping with power.
From the classic edge of the cooling fins to the clean lines of cases and covers—the 1200c Evolution® engine makes an ironclad statement to holding on to what's right and staying true to what satisfies the rider.

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Classic Harley-Davidson Rumble

1200 Custom

Iconic, fierce, the most distinct decibels you'll ever hear bouncing off the city canyons or scenic country landscapes. The sound of a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle has a rich history of its own. It's a classic roar. It's the sound of freedom, soul and self-expression.

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TECHNOLOGY

Artfully Hidden Technology

1200 Custom

Harley-Davidson leverages the latest in technology without compromising style and function. That means we hide electronics. The whole wiring harness is skillfully routed behind the jewels of the bike—the tank, engine and all the other eye-popping features you want to see. It's just another way The Motor Company goes the extra mile to give its bikes that premium, top-of-the-line fit and finish.

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Intuitive Controls

1200 Custom

Hand controls on a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle are incredibly intuitive. The turn signals are self-canceling and, based on the speed and angle of the motorcycle, they know how long to stay on. Engaging the controls quickly becomes second nature so you can focus less on turning off your signal and more on basking in the freedom of the ride.

H-D® Smart Security System (Optional)

1200 Custom

The factory installed next-generation security system features a hands-free fob that automatically arms and disarms the vehicle electronic security functions as you approach and walk away from the bike. Stick the fob on your ignition key ring and let it do all the work. It's this attention to details and security that make Harley-Davidson® motorcycles unique.

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HANDLING

Tuned to Be Ridden

1200 Custom

Harley-Davidson® motorcycles are different from any other bike out on the road. There's a balance to them. The steering, the maneuverability—it's all in concert. And each Harley-Davidson® model is tuned differently to create a unique riding experience for each individual no matter which bike they swing their leg over. Let's face it, we didn't get to where we are by being like everyone else.

COMFORT

Pull-Back Handlebar

1200 Custom

Sink into the saddle and let your arms fall naturally to the grips. The 1200 Custom motorcycle is equipped with a pull-back handlebar that creates a comfortable, laidback cruising position. Stainless steel for a tough custom look, and about one inch closer to your chest, you're ready to take on the road ahead.

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Forward-Mounted Controls

1200 Custom

With the custom forward-mounted controls on the 1200 Custom motorcycle, you can kick back a little and stretch your legs for the ultimate cruise through town or across the state line. It's time to take in the open road the way you were meant to—on a two-wheeled machine that keeps it as real as you do.

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Two-Up Custom Seat

1200 Custom

The 1200 Custom sports a sleek one-piece, two-up classic seat that has all the premium material, stitching and style you expect from Harley-Davidson, the motorcycle makers who've been putting their own seats in the saddle for over a hundred years. It's a great seat to go solo, and has plenty of room to bring along a friend.

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Seat Engineering and Design

1200 Custom

The seat is home for Harley-Davidson® motorcycle riders. They want a seat that has unique style without sacrificing comfort. Because of that, Harley-Davidson invests a lot of time in researching, designing and testing seats so that every bike has just the right saddle.

Specs & Pricing

Pricing 1

MSRP

Vivid Black $10,299
Color Option $10,589
Two-Tone Option $10,799
Custom Color Option N/A
Special Edition Color Option N/A
Security Option $370
Wheel Option N/A
ABS Option N/A
Reverse Option N/A
Cruise Control Option N/A
California Emissions $100
Freight $305
Power Pak™ (103 engine, Security, and ABS) N/A
Security Package (Security and ABS) N/A

XL1200C 1200 Custom

1200 Custom

U.S. Units Metric Units

Dimensions

Length 87.4 in. 2,219.96 mm

Seat Height

Laden 2 26.6 in. 675.64 mm
Unladen 2 28.5 in. 723.9 mm
Ground Clearance 4.4 in. 111.76 mm
Rake Steering Head 30 ° 30 °
Trail 4.2 in. 106.68 mm
Wheelbase 59.9 in. 1,521.46 mm
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal. 17.0325 l
Oil Capacity 2.8 qt. 2.6 l

Weight

Dry Weight 553 lbs. 251 kg
Running Order 582 lbs. 264 kg

Luggage Capacity

Volume N/A N/A
Weight N/A N/A

Powertrain

Engine 3 Air-cooled, Evolution® Air-cooled, Evolution®
Displacement 73.3 cu. in. 1,200 cc
Bore x Stroke 3.5 in. / 3.812 in. 88.9 mm / 96.8248 mm
Engine Torque J1349 J1349
Engine Torque 4 79 ft. lbs. @ 4000 rpm 107.1082 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Fuel System 5 Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)
Compression Ratio 9.7:1 9.7:1
Primary Drive Chain, 57/38 ratio Chain, 57/38 ratio

Fuel Economy

Fuel Economy City 6 42 mpg 5.6 l/100 km
Fuel Economy Hwy 6 57 mpg 4.13 l/100 km

Gear Ratio (Overall)

1st 9.315 9.315
2nd 6.653 6.653
3rd 4.948 4.948
4th 4.102 4.102
5th 3.517 3.517
6th N/A N/A

Wheels / Tires

Wheels

Front 7 Chrome, 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum Chrome, 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum
Wheel Option 7 N/A N/A
Rear 7 Chrome, 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum Chrome, 5-Spoke Cast Aluminum

Tire Size

Front 130/90B16 M/C 72H 130/90B16 M/C 72H
Rear 150/80B16 M/C 77H 150/80B16 M/C 77H

Electrical

Instruments Handlebar-mounted electronic speedometer with odometer, time-of-day clock on odometer, dual tripmeter, low fuel warning light, low oil pressure light, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights; hazard warning integrated into self-canceling turn signal controls Handlebar-mounted electronic speedometer with odometer, time-of-day clock on odometer, dual tripmeter, low fuel warning light, low oil pressure light, engine diagnostics readout, LED indicator lights; hazard warning integrated into self-canceling turn signal controls
Indicator Lamps 8 High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery, security system (optional) High beam, neutral, low oil pressure, turn signals, engine diagnostics, low fuel warning, low battery, security system (optional)

Chassis

Brakes Dual-piston front, single-piston rear Dual-piston front, single-piston rear
Parking Brake N/A N/A
Lean Angle 26.2 / 28.3 ° 26.2 / 28.3 °
Exhaust System Chrome, staggered exhaust with slash-cut mufflers Chrome, staggered exhaust with slash-cut mufflers

Color Options

Color Options Vivid Black
Brilliant Silver Pearl
Sedona Orange / Vivid Black
Vivid Black
Brilliant Silver Pearl
Sedona Orange / Vivid Black
  • 1

    Prices listed are the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices. Options such as color are available at additional cost. Prices exclude dealer setup, taxes, title and licensing and are subject to change. Dealer prices may vary.

  • 2

    Measurement reflects 180 lb. (81.7 kg) operator weight.

  • 3

    Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.

  • 4

    Values shown are nominal. Performance may vary by country and region.

  • 5

    Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.

  • 6

    Estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle from the corresponding family conducted by Harley-Davidson under ideal laboratory conditions. Not all motorcycle models undergo fuel economy testing. Fuel economy and mileage may vary among motorcycle models within a family. Your mileage may vary depending on your personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length, vehicle condition and vehicle configuration and other conditions. Break-in mileage may vary.

  • 7

    Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.

  • 8

    North America security system includes immobilizer; outside North America the security system includes immobilizer and siren.

  • 9

    See motorcycle owner's manual for complete details.

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Vehicles depicted may differ from vehicles manufactured and delivered. Specifications and prices listed may differ from specifications and prices of vehicles manufactured and delivered. All product descriptions (including depictions, specifications, dimensions, measurements, ratings and competitive comparisons) are based on available information at the time of publication. Although such descriptions are believed correct, errors and changes can occur and complete accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Harley-Davidson may make changes at any time to prices and specifications, and may change or discontinue models, without notice and without incurring any obligation. Attention: Vehicles in the configurations shown and many of the accessories described in this catalog may not be available for sale or use in some locations. Please check with your dealer for complete product details and the latest information. All models feature 6-speed transmission (VRSC™ models and Sportster® models are 5-speed) and carbon fiber belt final drive; multi-plate clutch with diaphragm spring in oil bath; and 2-year unlimited mileage warranty.

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