The Harley XLCR Cafe Racer was introduced in 1977, based on the existing 1000cc ‘Iron Head’ Sportster model. The then new styling chief Willie G. Davidson clearly took inspiration from European manufactures and ‘shed built’ specials to produce an all new bike to appeal to a different market. Unfortunately the bike didn’t capture the imagination of U.S buyers and export sales were poor resulting the model going out of production at the end of 1978 with approx 3,130 bikes being built.
Today an XLCR is rarely seen in the UK, only a handful of examples made it across the pond, their values have risen sharply as they have become much sort after by collectors.
This fine and original example was delivered new in the USA to a HD dealer in Alabama. It was imported to the UK in 1992 but not registered until 2017. Not much history is known in the UK, it has been part of a private collection for some time and has undergone some restoration work which has included a new original fuel tank and remains in generally good order and in fine running condition. A matching number example it is supplied with a small history file and UK registration documents.