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Lot 353: Harley-Davidson 1,100cc XLCR Replica

Motorcycle and Motorcars, Bonhams & Butterfields (14 November 2009)

Harley-Davidson had been building the Sportster for years but by the mid-1970s it had become obvious that something better would be required to compete with the hottest new road bikes from Europe and Japan. Harley's riposte was the XLCR 'Café Racer', which combined the iron-barreled Sportster engine with a chassis incorporating an XR750-style box-section swingarm, cast alloy wheels and triple disc brakes. With its matte black-finished engine cases, matching exhaust system and sleek fiberglass bodywork, the XLCR looked lean and mean. Trouble was, the XLCR still couldn't cut it with the opposition and traditional Harley owners didn't know what to make of it. Sales were disappointing and the model was dropped after only two years in production. Only some 3,000-or-so were made and today the rare and stylish XLCR is highly prized by collectors. The machine offered here was created to duplicate the much improved and more modern 'Café Racer' built by Nick Ienatsch, Feature Editor of Motorcyclist magazine, which was featured in the sister publication Hot Rod (December 1987 edition, copy available). Like Ienatsch's, the starting point for this machine was a 1987 1,100cc 'Evolution' Sportster. Upgrades include sturdier 39mm forks complete with brace, 18" alloy wheels, Storz rear-set footrests, Ace handlebars, steering damper, new Michelin Pilot tires, new H-D disc brakes and a SuperTrapp 2-into-1 exhaust. The rear shock absorbers have been replaced with longer Progressive items for quicker steering and a more responsive ride, while the shift pattern has been inverted (parts to switch back to standard are included). Offered with State of California Certificate of Title, the bike is said to ride, turn, stop and sound like a 'Café Racer' should, and is as close to perfect as you can get

Lot Details
Auction Motorcycle and Motorcars
Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number353
Estimate$10000-$12000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1987
Condition rating
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number1HD4CAM17HY112212
Engine numberCAMH112212
Engine capacity (cc)1100
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors