Sporty Harley-Davidson XR1200 seduces
young tennis ace
22nd July 2009
passion for Harley-Davidson motorcycles has become
the latest leisure pursuit of Spanish tennis champion
Rafa Nadal, who says he "feels captivated"
by the legendary styling, iconic designs, and unrivalled
heritage of the brand.
It was the Harley-Davidson XR1200 that caught Nadal’s
eye with its "unique combination of sporty edge
and classic style". In addition to this, he claims
to "love the power, strength and aggressive overtones
of the bike."
Taking its cues from one of the world’s most
successful racing machines — the iconic XR750
— the XR1200 range was born out of a desire
for a street smart Harley-Davidson motorcycle that
is just as dominant through the twisties. Combining
American racing heritage with European style, XR1200
motorcycles are built for sheer riding pleasure.
It was precisely these qualities which attracted
the tennis ace: “The XR1200’s unique appearance
and the fact that it is a Harley-Davidson appealed
to me from the beginning”, says Nadal. The Spaniard,
who was the youngest to debut in the Davis Cup as
well as the first ‘teenager’ to win five
titles in one season since Agassi in 1988, lists riding
his new Harley-Davidson amongst his favourite hobbies,
“I can show it off whilst riding around the
Both Nadal and Harley-Davidson are leaders in their
chosen fields, brought together by their similar attitudes.
Rafa Nadal shares many of the same values that define
Harley-Davidson: a free spirit, an independent character
and a love for adventure, combined with the unique
mystery, self-assertion and rebelliousness that is
associated with the iconic American brand.
Josep Grañó, director general of Harley-Davidson
Spain and Portugal, commented: “It is a true
honour for us here at Harley-Davidson Spain to count
Rafa Nadal as part of the Harley-Davidson family,
not only because of the value he brings to us as a
brand advocate, by being one of the greatest players
in tennis history, but also because of the sporting
values that he represents, and which set a great example
for us in our daily lives: the constant struggle to
better ourselves and the desire to prevail.”