Many manufacturers have models that are only for specific regions.
I'd ASSume H-D felt that the XR wouldn't really sell that well in the US,
and took it elsewhere first.
Maybe it's also a way of judging how much demand there really
is in the country that didn't get it.
In this case, they brought the XR1200 to the US a year later.
To my understanding, out side of a couple areas, it hasn't sold that well in the US.
After they had been out a few months, I called my dealer last spring about a new XR1200.
"How many did you get", I ask?
"Just one" he tells me--"and we didn't order it. H-D had their way of making us take it."
"How many people you have in line for it" I say.
"Just you" he tells me.
In the spring rush season, I got a smokin' discounted deal on a bike that many claimed
they wanted, but no one actually stepped up and bought.
I think H-D knew what they were doing by not putting this bike's initial emphasis on the US market.
They now have a 2nd model called the XR1200X.
Guess where it's available (and where it's not).........?