Storz Performance, Inc. announced that it has reached an agreement with Harley-Davidson to acquire the Ventura, Calif.-based business' trademark rights for the term "XR 1200" (U.S. Trademark application No.77/048680). The specific terms of the agreement are confidential.
Storz Performance introduced its XR 1200 dirt track style conversion kits for Sportster motorcycles in January of 2005.
In related news, earlier this month Harley-Davidson launched its new XR1200 only in European markets. This is Dealernews speculating here, but could it be possible there is a connection between Storz's trademark agreement and Harley-Davidson's decision to only release the XR1200 in Europe? There's certainly been much bewildered talk among American motorcyclists as to why the sportbike-flavored Harley isn't available in the United States.
Unfortunately Storz owner Steve Storz couldn't comment on the agreement.
Now it's a matter of waiting to see if Harley-Davidson decides to finally bring the highly-anticipated model to the U.S.