Lot 333: c.1968 Harley-Davidson 883cc Sportster
The evocatively titled Sportster has been a permanent feature of the Harley-Davidson line-up since its arrival in 1957. Intended to compete with the sportier British twins, the XL Sportster was leaner and meaner than previous Harleys and boasted an all-new overhead-valve v-twin engine producing 40bhp. Progressively improved and updated, the ever-popular Sportster remains Harley’s top-selling model today. The vendor advises us that this example’s steering rake has been altered to accommodate later forks for improved handling, while other up-grades include alloy wheels, front/rear disc brakes, and a Screaming Eagle carburettor/air filter. Recent work has included fitting a new Kevlar clutch (10 miles ago) and distributor ignition (replacing the manual advance/retard). The machine is offered with Swansea V5.
Bonhams, Classic & Motorcycle Mechanics Show, Stafford
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