Post-Sale Update: After being relisted several times with slightly lower opening bids, this Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH sold for $8,000.
1-15 Update: 4 months later, this Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH is back with an opening bid of $8,995. Find it
Post-Sale Update: Well, that didn’t last long. This Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH was almost immediately pulled from eBay.
The Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH was one of the classic HD’s featuring the usual V-Twin powerplant. The original MSRP was around $1,600, it weighed 452 pounds, and Harley overstated engine displacement to make the bike seem more powerful than it was. Claimed to be a 900, this bike was actually a 883, which produced 50 horsepower and was capable of 120 miles per hour.
The XLH had a few differences from its’ XLCH sibling – it got a 12 volt electric system, electric start, and an aluminum primary cover. The seats and tanks were also different. This bike was also made famous as one of the stars of “Then Came Bronson”. Cycle Guide ran a feature in 1970 about how you can convert your Sportster to a “Bronson Bike”.
This specific Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH is featured because it’s in excellent original condition. The seller inherited it from a family member who bought this bike new, and apparently has no interest in it. Just under 20,000 miles, and everything looks lovely except for the confusing black front fender. The seller doesn’t know why it was painted, but there’s not much you can do now. Finding an original XLH of this vintage is incredible difficult nowadays.
Find this Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH for sale here on eBay with bidding at $1,275 in Vail, Arizona.