The 1996 Harley-Davidson 1200 Sportster is a sporting-cruiser class motorcycle.
The 1996 Harley-Davidson 1200 motorcycle is part of the Sportster line of models made by the Harley-Davidson Motor Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, since 1957. The Sportsters, also called Sporties, are designated by the letters “XL.”
The 1996 Harley-Davidson XL1200 Sportster is powered by an air-cooled, V-twin, four-valve, Evolution engine directly mounted on the frame, with the two cylinders set at a 45-degree angle. The 1,199 cc, four-stroke, overhead valve motor has a bore of 88.8 mm and a stroke of 96.8 mm. It produces 59.8 horsepower at 5,200 rpm with 65.6 ft.-lbs. of torque at 3,500 rpm.
The 1996 XL1200 has a five-speed belt-driven transmission controlled by a multiplate clutch. The Showa suspension has adjustable spring and damping shock and front fork components. The bike has 13-spoke cast aluminum mag wheels with front floating-disc brakes and single-disc rear brakes. The tires are Dunlop K591 Sport Elites.
The 1996 Sportster has a 60.2-inch wheelbase with a 28.9-inch seat height. Its dry weight is 497 lbs., and the gas tank holds 3.3 gallons of fuel.