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1978 Harley-Davidson XLCR Sportster Cafe Racer

Up for auction on eBay right now (and going to sell for over $13K by the looks of it) is this 1978 Harley XLCR. It is in pretty good shape with very low miles (<4K). The current owner mentions a few minor wear-and-tear scratches and dings, but no close up photos of those that I could find. Lots of extras included in the auction…

I’m starting to feel kinda stupid posting different XLCRs. As the owner of a 2005 Sportster being converted into a cafe racer, I feel a little bit of loyalty to these original attempts at the factory cafe racer. But as I download and post more and more of these, I am beginning to realize that nobody does anything interesting to these bikes, and I could just as well post a picture of any one of the XLCRs that are for sale on any of the listings and it wouldn’t really make a difference. I mean, how many black sportsters (albeit XLCRs) can one person take?

I understand that they are considered a “collectible” Harley (especially out of the AMF years), but come on! Somebody has to have modded one of these. Bueller? Bueller? Bueller? If anyone has any good pics of a modded XLCR send them my way and I will post…


1978 CB750 SOHC Project?

When you think about stinkin’ fast Japanese cafe racers, the CB750 certainly comes to mind as one of the easiest to create. Parts are readily available, the motors can be built up to good horsepower levels, and a fully modified CB750 cafe racer is the real deal.

I found this bike on eBay, and although it is a bit expensive at a starting price of $1,400, it appears to be rust free (it’s in California). If Comstar wheels are your thing, this one comes with them. And it has a non-vintage look exhaust that could probably be sold to help amortize the cost of the project. Lots of miles and a non-1978 tank, but pretty clean for all of that…


1978 Harley-Davidson XLCR

This is a really clean example of an H-D XLCR. Since you are at this site, I am pretty sure you have heard of it before, but if you haven’t, it was a factory (mostly) cafe racer from Harley-Davidson that was produced only in 1977 and 1978. Under-powered at 61hp compared to it’s contemporary brethren, but with a full helping of somewhat European styling, it was never a sales hit and disappeared from Harley’s bike roster after just over 3,100 machines were produced. It was something of an oxymoronic bike, as current owners of Harley-Davidsons didn’t care for the styling, and speed-freaks could go 20 miles an hour faster on the top-end with a stock CB750.

Be that as it may, the bike for sale here is very, very clean and has been restored to within an inch of its life. Good luck finding a nicer example, unless it is one that was hermetically sealed as it rolled off the factory floor. The auction hasn’t met reserve yet, but there are 6 days left. I’ll post a “How Much Was It Worth?” on the back end…