Then & Now: Harley-Davidson XR1200 vs. XLCR Café Racer — Motorcyclist Magazine

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Harley-Davidson Café Racer

Pirates’ Rides

Yes Penelope, in the ’70s the Harley-Davidson Sportster was a superbike. That’s because at it was 33 percent larger than the British, Japanese and European that were considered the big of the day. In response to the popular racer design evolution of the Harley added the XLCR Racer to the XLCH Sportster in ’77.

This short-lived used the Sportster engine and cloaked in wicked black low bars and an aggressive black system.

Cook Neilson an earlier XLCH, gradually it from streetbike to dragster to racer. I was impressed with the heart of my Sportster as being stout, he explains. I’d 20, 30 or even 40 runs a day at the drag and never had a problem with the or transmission. Later, at Bonneville, he over 75 runs and set two records on still without major

But when we started to run it hard on it would fold up connecting he admits. It would have a bit of a and suddenly the rod was like half its length!

A cool cat nicknamed Louie found this low-mileage XLCR online and it up earlier this year, to a few glitches before offering it up for our Louie Lambie is actually a pirate, sort of, because he one in Pirates of the Caribbean-and Lord this bike suits a It’s raw-edged and brutal, few concessions made to comfort and a placed on badness.

The Ironhead engine drives a unit-construction four-speed gearbox and a final drive, which until the belt-drive Evolution took over in ’86. The is basically a period Sportster at which is to say a rough-hewn stepchild of troubled AMF marriage. Like a brute in the church choir, it and offends on every level-which, of is the point.

Grab the hard grips, thumb the big, start button, and a giant motor bolted atop the cases churns like an Warn winch. The Café awakens with a shout, the air with a raucous explosion of and then settling into characteristic potato-potato idle.

And then comes the surprise: you discover that while the cases are lard-… wide, the is slender and the throttle pull is Though long, the gear-change is also light and the clutch modest, and the bike accelerates seething abandon. Like the original superbikes in this the XLCR is a narcoleptic turner, a of the more relaxed steering longer wheelbases and larger of the day.

But overall, despite the horrid brakes, it’s a ride that left everybody who tried it smiling. At until it blew up.

The XR1200 Harley’s answer to the XLCR but it’s what the Sportster have become had it steered the light all these years of slinking toward a dark, role. The Motor Company a good effort to squeeze its V-twin engine into the of a … bike, with ergonomics and overall dynamics for daily commuting as well as sport riding. Like the of the modern bikes in this the XR1200 has a snappy engine

Harley-Davidson Café Racer

With less flywheel the older XLCR, it spins up when you snap the throttle, and happy to run right up to its rev limiter quiet confidence.

Compared to any motorcycle here save the the XR1200 is still an odd beast, but the price of entry for a two-wheeler Milwaukee. For instance, the 3.5-gallon gas is poorly integrated with the of the machine; seated high the frame backbone, it invites the knees to grip not the tank but the rear cylinder head.

As well, the dogleg clutch and levers are way too close to the grips, and the Grade 5 bolt atop the stem is flat-out cheesy These faults aside, the is a pretty decent motorcycle. It plenty of torque at low rpm and also to rev-the hallmarks of a good engine.

Vibration is not bothersome and the chassis geometry makes the fun to ride.

Like a raging the XLCR Café Racer is for its rawness and singularity of purpose. In the XR1200-civilized by digital fuel and a vastly superior chassis-has that edge. But the refinement and of the new bike still make it an better ride.

Which is why, for overall comfort, we’ll take the For a balls-on-fire blast up the pass, the still rules.

Harley-Davidson Café Racer
Harley-Davidson Café Racer


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