1978 Harley-Davidson XLCR

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Post Sale Update: This XLCR sold for $8,700 after 7 bids on eBay.


Under the control of Willie G. Davidson, grandson of William A. Davidson, a project to revamp the original Sportster design was born. With two other engineers, Haubert and Moderow, the project started in April 1974. Moderow had to draw and Haubert had to develop from there. After Moderow got off the project, Willy and Haubert remained and gave birth to the XLCR prototype in February 1975. With the main objective of a power increase, Harley-Davidson decided to make a production bike from this prototype.

In 1977, the XLCR was presented, featuring the Sportster 997cc engine and a heavily modified frame. Developing 61hp, the bike could reach a top speed of 106 mph and had a wet weight of about 485 lbs. Find more information about the XLCR here on Motorcycle Classics.

The XLCR (VIN: 7F16917H8) presented here is in decent original condition showing just under 9,800 miles. With new battery, new tires, fresh oil and cleaned carbs, the bike is claimed to be running good, though the next owner will want to fix the turn signal wiring. Find this XLCR in Lebanon, Indiana with an unmet opening bid of $8,000

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