1965 Harley-Davidson 883cc XLCH Engine no. 65XLCH8798

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Lot 120
1965 Harley-Davidson 883cc XLCH
Engine no. 65XLCH8798

Sold for US$ 4,600 inc. premium
1965 Harley-Davidson 883cc XLCH
Engine no. 65XLCH8798
Now approaching its 60th year of continuous production, the Harley-Davidson Sportster is one of the longest-running model lines in vehicular history, two wheels or four.
The Sporty when introduced in 1957 was basically an 883cc overhead-valve conversion to the K-model flathead roadster, which it resembled in style and performance. Stripped-down, pumped-up models were soon to come, but the early Sportsters did their job well – offering sporting riders an alternative to the lightweight, nimble-handling imports from England then gaining favor. With its swingarm frame, unit-construction engine/gearbox, foot shift and hand clutch, the Sportster was definitely not your 'grumps' Panhead dresser.

In fact, throughout most of the 1960s, the hotted-up XLCH Sportster was the meanest bike on the block, able to easily dust off British 650s in stoplight drag races. That reputation was still building in 1965 when this XLH rolled off the assembly line, but Milwaukee's ad writers weren't letting up. 'To handle this one, you have to have earned it,' bluffed the ad copy, 'Pull the trigger. Hang on!' Those puffy-chested claims did jive with reality, for the new Japanese four-cylinders or a good-running Norton 850 were still years away.

This most attractive Sportster has been well restored, albeit a few years ago – it carries an S&S carburetor and optional aluminum rims and headlamp switch. The vendor bought the bike from a Greensboro, North Carolina Harley dealer who had had it on display for a while. It came serviced and last run from the dealer in 2006.

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1965 Harley-Davidson 883cc XLCH Engine no. 65XLCH8798
1965 Harley-Davidson 883cc XLCH Engine no. 65XLCH8798
1965 Harley-Davidson 883cc XLCH Engine no. 65XLCH8798
1965 Harley-Davidson 883cc XLCH Engine no. 65XLCH8798
1965 Harley-Davidson 883cc XLCH Engine no. 65XLCH8798
1965 Harley-Davidson 883cc XLCH Engine no. 65XLCH8798
1965 Harley-Davidson 883cc XLCH Engine no. 65XLCH8798
1965 Harley-Davidson 883cc XLCH Engine no. 65XLCH8798
1965 Harley-Davidson 883cc XLCH Engine no. 65XLCH8798
1965 Harley-Davidson 883cc XLCH Engine no. 65XLCH8798
1965 Harley-Davidson 883cc XLCH Engine no. 65XLCH8798
1965 Harley-Davidson 883cc XLCH Engine no. 65XLCH8798
1965 Harley-Davidson 883cc XLCH Engine no. 65XLCH8798
1965 Harley-Davidson 883cc XLCH Engine no. 65XLCH8798
1965 Harley-Davidson 883cc XLCH Engine no. 65XLCH8798
1965 Harley-Davidson 883cc XLCH Engine no. 65XLCH8798
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