1972-1985 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1000

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Harley-Davidson XLX-61 Sportster Black

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Found on eBay: 1957 Sportster

Years produced:

Claimed power:  61hp @ (1972)

Top speed:  116mph test)

Engine type: air-cooled OHV 45-degree V-twin


Weight:  492lb

Price then:  $2,136

Price now:  $2,000-$5,000

an unbroken production run of 53 years, the valve Harley-Davidson Sportster has all of its early rivals, and is still to raise its middle finger to the of the motorcycle marketplace. Riding a model instantly channels the Sportster of 1957, even the characteristic engine vibes now been softened by rubber

The Sportster was an instant hit in 1957, but by the it was showing its age. Imports outperformed and outsold it. In a Cycle seven-bike shootout in 1973, the XL ranked … last and propped up the other six bikes in every performance category.

so, reviewers liked its torquey, highway running and easy traffic manners. They liked its conservative styling and engine sound.

The Sportster’s future was being not as a competitor to the all-conquering four-across-the-frame Japanese Motorcycle, but as a bastion of durability and timeless style. So why you want one now?

Conception and

The story goes that WWII, American GIs in Europe enamored of the sporty, lightweight twins then coming out of factories and brought some BSA, Triumph and Norton, others, began shipping twins and singles to the U.S. but it was the new of 650cc twins (especially 1950 Thunderbird) that a response from Milwaukee and Indian’s parallel twins in the marketplace (and all over the too), but rather than the parallel twin, Harley-Davidson with what it knew: single crankpin V-twins.

in 1952, the model K was essentially a WL end in unit construction cases a dry clutch and 4-speed transmission. On the top end new alloy, side-valve heads. were iron, and displacement was The engine featured a right-side shifter — a first for H-D — and a new frame a swingarm rear end.

For the … was lengthened to a whopping inches (from 3.81 for 887cc, or 54ci, and the new model KH. A high performance KHK with hot and polished ports came in

But flathead engines were in power, and a change was needed to up with the Brits. The 1957 XL got overhead valve heads the crank used the model K’s … with a larger bore for 883cc (54ci). was around 40hp at the crank 1957 Tiger 110 made a 42hp), which propelled the machine to over 90mph.

here was an American motorcycle could compete with the

For 1958, the XLCH sports arrived, basically a stripped-down XL, but an identical engine specification. To weight, the XL’s battery was with sparks and lighting from a magneto/generator. Only changes were made up to when new full-width aluminum arrived, but still with drum brakes. Electric was added to the XLH in 1967. The XLH lost its completely the next year, the XLCH remained kickstart

The XLCH also went ignition in 1970, and both switched to a wet clutch in 1971.

was the year of big changes. With AMF now in at Juneau Avenue, the Sportster 998cc, or 61ci, with increased to 3.18 inches. A carb replaced the Tillotson, but lacked a throttle return meaning you had to close the throttle Good for cruising, but trickier in the

Power was a claimed 61hp at enough to propel the 492-pound to a 13.38-second standing quarter, at 97.7mph, according to Cycle . (The mag also recorded without the restrictive California Cycle Guide managed with the 35-pound heavier and found a similar improvement the mufflers replaced by straight Top speed was 116mph.

It was around this time the development path for the Harley-Davidson 1000 separated from the being taken in Japan in what remained of the European Contemporary reports began to the Sportster’s touring capabilities than outright performance. brought new Kayaba forks, a disc brake and turn with a throttle return finally being fitted in 1975 saw a mandated switch to shifting.

Showa 35mm replaced the Kayabas.

Two new models the ranks in 1977: the XLT tourer a 3.5-gallon gas tank, extra padding, hard luggage and a and Willie G’s iconic Harley café racer with cast alloy wheels, front discs and a claimed Just 3,200 were ensuring its collectibility.

Road magazine took an XLT touring year, and commented on the reduced compared with earlier (perhaps a result of taller and improved fuel consumption the new Keihin CV carb. In the first miles, the starter failed of an incorrectly installed cable and a generator bearing seized. though, the XLT performed well, if the seat was still too firm and still marred images in the “After all, it’s a was the conclusion.

Opinions of the Sportster’s appeal to be polarizing. Cycle Guide’s of a 1977 XLH concluded that diehards “would not own or ride else. These riders are by the Sportster’s larger-than-life, primitive, demeanor,” adding that the of $3,131 “is too much to pay for an anachronistic, functionally awkward motorcycle, if it is viscerally appealing.” Meanwhile at World . the reviewer found the Sportster to be “an endearing bike grew on one by its very ease of and lack of temperament.” Apparently, you “got” the Sportster or you didn’t.

The ran on with minor improvements 1982 when a new all-welded frame arrived, and a stripped-down the XLX-61, was sold at a price of just $3,995. The iron last year was 1985, the XLH 883 and 1,100cc “Evolution” alloy arriving for 1986.

The iron-head XL was to compete head on with the motorcycles of the day in 1957. Almost 30 later, it had either become an or created a market niche for In a rapidly morphing motorcycle it was a constant, a known quantity, you could rely on not to compromise its of simplicity, conservatism and steadfastness.

It literally, a principle you could on to.

Two-cylinder rivals to the Harley-Davidson Sportster

1973-1982 Triumph T140 750

• 53hp @ 7,000 rpm, (1973)

Harley-Davidson XLX-61 Sportster Black
Harley-Davidson XLX-61 Sportster Black

• Air-cooled OHV 744cc twin

• 5-speed

• Disc brake drum rear

• 413lb

• 40-50mpg

• $3,500-$6,500

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The 1973/4 with its 744cc parallel engine, 5-speed transmission and disc brake was (and is) a lightly tuned bike excellent handling and good comfort. A rear disc for 1975, and shifting went right to left. New cylinder and much improved Amal carbs were fitted in and 1979 saw the arrival of the T140D with Lester alloy siamesed exhaust and blacked-out

The 1980 ES model was the first electric start, followed by the (with hard luggage) and the TSS in 1982. Final Meriden were the TSX and rubber-mounted TSS, with the 8-valve engine.

The Bonneville and Sportster make for bedfellows, motorcycles that earlier glories and appealed to an rider. That the Bonneville economic logic and continued in well beyond its sell-by underscores the power of the brand: the likewise.

1968-1975 Norton 750/850

• 56hp @ 6,500 115mph (750)

• Air-cooled OHV 745cc parallel

• 4-speed

• Disc brake rear

• 398lb (dry)

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The 750 Commando hit the U.S. in It made more power the “stripped” 61-inch XLCH and weighed 50 pounds less, it took until 1975 for the (then 850cc) to acquire start like the XLH.

magazine’s 1973 seven-Superbike included both the 750 Commando and the The Commando’s lighter weight a lot in the timed tests, but both well behind Kawasaki’s 750 triple and the new 900 Z1 four. The writing was on the in the performance stakes.

With maintenance, Commandos (especially the 850 models) are reliable and easily up with modern traffic. issues are almost always the of ham-fisted home repairs, and electronic ignition makes for starting. Amal carbs to be re-sleeved or replaced with a Mikuni. MC

Harley-Davidson XLX-61 Sportster Black
Harley-Davidson XLX-61 Sportster Black
Harley-Davidson XLX-61 Sportster Black

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