WEIGH­ING HIS OP­TIONS

Cycle World - - Crazy Photo Op - TED COSTANTINO BOUL­DER, CO

Har­ley’s new Street Rod (“Hit­ting a Mark,” July) is a nice-look­ing bike, kind of the new in­car­na­tion of the XR1200. And like the XR1200, it’s at least 100 pounds too heavy. Har­ley re­ally needs to put its bikes on a diet if it ex­pects to be com­pet­i­tive. I liked my 2009 XR well enough, but in the moun­tains I could feel ev­ery ounce of its 564 pounds. I hap­pily traded it for a 2016 Tri­umph Thruxton R (469 pounds), and I’m happy to be on the right side of the scales again.

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