1965 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLCH

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Post Sale Update: This XLCH sold for $7,400 after 13 bids on eBay in McLean, Virginia.


The XLCH is one of the jewels of the Sportster model line. The CH is affectionately referred to as “Competition Hot” by some and it had a few changes from the XLH, notably a different tank and seat, as well as the removal of electric start and the battery. Both models were introduced in 1958 – the CH was a 883 until 1972, when it became a 1000.

According to this blurb from Motorcycle Classics, claimed power for the XLCH was 50 ponies, good for a top speed of 120 miles per hour. Wet weight is 452 pounds. This example (VIN: 66XLCH4180) looks like it’s recently been refurbished with excellent paint, a rebuilt magneto, and some aftermarket parts in the solo plunger seat. The carb is from a newer model but otherwise the seller says it’s quite original.

This example (VIN: 65XLCH7144) has 13,633 miles on the odometer (true mileage unknown) and it looks great in Hi-Fi Blue/Birch White with ivory seat, pegs, and grips. The Fairbanks Morse magneto was recently rebuilt by Morris Magnetos, it has a new Bendix/Zenith carb, new clutch, 3 gallon gas tank, and “newish” Dunlop K-70 tires. The seller notes a few non-stock pieces: Giuliare saddle (which he says was a period HD accessory), HD accessory center stand, custom drag pipes, 7″ halogen headlight, and a battery wired in to “keep the headlight bright at all engine speeds” (original capacitor is still in place). I love the way this looks, and the sums his bike up by saying it’s a “spectacular piece of garage art that you can ride to the store.”

Find this XLCH for sale in McLean, Virginia with bidding up to $5,600 here on eBay.

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