With rare boat-tail option and long-distance gas tank
1971 Harley-Davidson XLH
Engine no. 3A12976H1
If rarity is what you're looking for in a Sportster, you can't do much better than a Boat Tail. That's what the Sportster's optional fiberglass tailsection came to be called. A bold experiment by Willie G. Davidson, grandson of a company founder, who was promoted to head of styling two years earlier, the boat-tail bodywork came stock on the 1971 Super Glide, while an abbreviated version could be dealer-installed on Sportsters. Unfortunately the combination seat/fender proved to be a little too bold for the times, and buyers soundly rejected the concept.
By 1972 the boat-tail bodywork in any form had been purged from Harley's catalogs, making it rare indeed. The Pierce collection's '71 Boat Tail Sportster 900 is a spectacular restoration, outfitted with the four-gallon fuel tank and Siamesed exhaust system, two more rarities, and wearing the correct Goodyear tires on its alloy rims.
- Please note that the frame number for this motorcycle is 3A12976H1 and its title is in transit.