Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH - Right Side

1968 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH

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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.

Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH - Left Side

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”.

Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH - Gauges

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.

Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH - Right Side

Find this Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH for sale here on eBay with bidding at $1,275 in Vail, Arizona.

Harley-Davidson Sportster XLH - Front

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  • dave

    I had one of these briefly. After a top end rebuild it ran pretty good. As far as “over stating” the engine size goes. This was an accepted practice among all manufactures was to round it up in some case down to an even number. 900 even sounds better than 883. Where do you stop? should it be an 883.782? What happens when you bore it? Do you rename it 889.12456? It will be always be a Nine Hundred for us old guys.

    • hondero

      Ha. I could get behind that. “The new HD Street 499.432”. I realize you’re not being 100% serious, but they eventually separated the Sportsters into the 883 and the 1200, so I guess they wised up.