1977 Harley-Davidson XLCR
Engine no. 7F01520H7
First released in 1977, the XLCR was quite a bold departure from the Harley-Davidson formula. A Sportster in café-racer clothes, it was in production for just two years and has become one of the most interesting and collectible of modern Harleys. With much input from then-new styling chief Willie G. Davidson, the short-lived XLCR (XL denoting the Sportster family, CR for Café Racer) comprised a lightweight frame and standard Sportster engine. The gas tank and tailsection had a certain XR750 dirt-tracker feel, but stretched and streamlined, complemented by low-rise handlebars and a bikini fairing up front. Morris mag wheels and triple disc brakes were used, along with a Siamesed exhaust system in black chrome.
Unfortunately the bike's sinister all-black appearance wasn't backed up by its performance, sales were slow, and production ceased in 1978 after less than 2000 examples had been manufactured, assuring its collector status. The Pierce museum's unrestored first-year XLCR has been preserved in absolutely stock condition.
- Please note that the frame number for this motorcycle is 7F01520H7 and its title is in transit.