Another one of those bikes that we can’t help but feature when we find one, the Harley-Davidson XLCR was a commercial flop that turned into an absolute cult classic. Designed by Willie G. Davidson, this bike was supposed to be a black beauty featuring HD’s most powerful production engine yet. The lovely siamese exhaust and bikini fairing were very unique – this was quite the (nearly) chrome-less departure for Harley.
Though it the most powerful HD of the time, that fact means very little when the competition was quicker (and cheaper). The engine, which was supposed to have been worked over, ended up being the same 61hp unit out of the Sportster. Dynamically, it couldn’t compete with the Japanese or Europeans. From a marketing standpoint, this left the Harley Davidson XLCR in no-man’s land. Usual Harley owners had no interest in this bike, and much preferred the traditional Super Glide. Sport bike and cafe riders didn’t want one either, and stuck with European options like the BMW R90S or Japanese options like the Kawi Z1. Less than 3,200 XLCR’s ever made it out of the factory.
This specific Harley-Davidson XLCR is being offered by the second owner, and is very original. The seller uses our favorite phrase for an old bike: “appropriate patina”, but it impressively also comes with the original warning stickers, AMF stickers, and brass key.
The seller offers plenty more photos here on Flickr, as well as a video of the bike starting and running here: