1983 Harley Davidson XR1000
Lot 447
1983 Harley-Davidson XR-1000 Sportster Frame no. 1HD1CDH26DY122893 Engine no. XCDH122893X
Sold for £14,950 (US$ 23,962) inc. premium

Lot Details
1983 Harley Davidson XR1000 1983 Harley Davidson XR1000 1983 Harley Davidson XR1000
1983 Harley-Davidson XR-1000 Sportster
Frame no. 1HD1CDH26DY122893
Engine no. XCDH122893X
Although retaining all the traditional characteristics that made them unique, the Harley-Davidsons of the 1970s began to incorporate some of the technological developments that had become the accepted norm on European and Japanese machines. Disc brakes and electronic ignition were commonplace on Harleys by the decade's end, by which time the convenience of electric starting had been extended to the Sportster model. The latter benefited from a capacity increase (to 1,000cc) for 1972 and in 1978 gained the superior twin-downtube cradle frame of the short-lived XLCR Café Racer. In 1982 a new welded frame was introduced, replacing the traditional lugged type in use hitherto, and then the following year saw the introduction of two new Sportsters: the XLX and XR-1000. While the former was a more affordable base model intended to attract new customers, the latter catered for those with a desire for increased performance. Harley customers had been asking for a road version of the factory's successful dirt-track racers for years and the XR-1000 went some way towards meeting those demands. The engine was basically that of the XLX but fitted with the aluminium alloy cylinder heads of the XR-750 racer, together with twin carburettors. Two high-level exhaust pipes ran down the left side of the machine, and in this form the XR motor produced 70bhp, some 10 horsepower more than the standard XLX. Priced at $7,000, the XR-1000 was some $3,000 more expensive than the base XLX and sold in relatively small numbers. Although shunned in the showroom, the XR-1000 contributed its engine to one of the most famous of all Harley-Davidson racing motorcycles: the Daytona and BOTT-winning 'Lucifer's Hammer'. The XR-1000 remained in production until the end of the 1984 season, by which time only 1,777 had been produced, and today is one of the rarest and most highly sought-after of post-war Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Described by the vendor as in generally excellent condition, this XR-1000 is offered with old State of Florida Certificate of Title and current Netherlands registration papers.

Saleroom notices

  • This lot is offered with copies of Dutch and (original) USA registration documents.
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