In official Harley parlance, the XLCH broke down as follows: XL = the Sportster model introduced in 1957, C = stripped down, and H = high performance. Enthusiasts were known to call the CH by a different name – California Hot Rod or Competition Hot. No matter what you called it, when it was first released in ’58 it was the best choice from Harley for aspiring racers. In 1959, Harley decided to tone it down a little: they kept the performance improvements but added the lights and and mufflers back. It immediately became the best selling XL model option, and continued on until 1972 (when the CH motor got bumped up from 883 to 1000).
The biggest changes between the XLH and the XLCH were a peanut tank and different seat, as well as the removal of electric start and the battery. The motor produced about 55 horsepower, good for a top speed of 120 miles per hour. Wet weight is 452 pounds. For more on the XLCH, check out this article on Motorcycle Classics.
This example (VIN: 67XLCH1090) has 27,524 miles and it’s said to run great thanks to a rebuilt motor, transmission, magneto, carb, and clutch assembly. A lot of this bike has been chromed, plus there’s apparently some blue LEDs wired throughout the motorcycle. It’s on offer by the second owner, who will include the original buddy seat and exhaust with the sale. Find this XLCH for sale in Springfield, Massachusetts with bidding up to $8,950 and the reserve not yet met