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Brilliant or Blasphemy? 1977 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLCR

For sale: 1977 Harley-Davidson Sportster XLCR Cafe Racer!

In the mid-1970s, the cafe racer craze was in full swing. Bikes like the Ducati Super Sport, Norton John Player Special and Moto Guzzi LeMans were gaining market share. Willie G Davidson, then Vice President of Styling for Harley-Davidson, decided the cafe racer scene could help grow the fortunes of AMF-controlled H-D. He was wrong.

You can almost see the mental checklist used to create this unusual bike: Sporty bikini fairing (check), blacked-out paint (check), cast "mag" wheels (check), triple disk brakes (check) tachometer (check). In all, these features led to the creation of a unique motorcycle that simply didn't sell. H-D produced but an estimated 3,123 units during a limited, 2-year run.

From the seller:
1977 Harley Davidson XLCR Cafe Racer Never used, Never registered, Brand new condition, always kept in climate controlled area, with only 4/10th of a mile, Yes under 1 original mile!!!

Hello everyone I am very proud to offer this near once in a lifetime chance to own a Unused, Untouched, never registered 1977 Harley XLCR Cafe Racer motorcycle that has only 4/10th of a mile from new.

This bike is on the 1 owner title and has always been kept inside in a climate controlled area since it was new in 1977. The bike was ONLY pushed outside of it's showroom area to take all the pictures. I wanted to take the pictures in the sunlight to show the beautiful condition. The bike could use a good wiping down to get the dust off and the chrome to sparkle, but rest assured this bike is in perfect condition in everyway...

It would be safe to say, without a doubt, that this IS the absolute lowest mile and completely untouched, most original XLCR in the World!!!

As it turns out, the Harley crowed wasn't very interested in sportbikes, and the sportbike crowd wasn't very interested in Harleys. This perfect storm created a rare collectable, and this particular bike has yet to turn over a single mile. So what is the current price for a "new" 1977 XLCR? This particular unit has a BIN price of $27,500 (!) and the auction is at $12,500 with the reserve still in place.

, and determine if this is the sportbike of your dreams.

For those of you who don't need a zero mileage bike, there is another lightly used XLCR with 5,286 miles

, with a BIN of $15k. Although not as original or clean as the new bike above, it represents another avenue if the XLCR is your goal. Some pictures of this alternate bike are below.

Predecessor to the VR1000 and the Buell lineup by many years, the XLCR was an idea a little too strange to catch on. These models do appear to gaining in value over the years however, so now might be the time to jump on the collectable cafe racer bandwagon!

MI

14 Comments

  • Flat front tire(check)!

  • Poor brakes……weak clutch from stock. Still wanted one just because

  • Wow ! In the 80s I had a chance to buy one from a friend of the family for about $3500 (they were supposedly worth between 5-10 K at that time) . But as a stupid youngster I chose my 600 Hurricane in 87′ over the 100mph Harley . Though now in retrospect as a nearly 42 yr old guy I would have chose the Harley ….just for its resale value ……

  • “As a motorcycle, the XLCR has not much merit.
    As an adventure, the XLCR has no equal.”
    — Cycle World, May 1977
    And I get that adventure every sunny day

  • Pat XLCR Rider – you are one lucky guy. I hope you have a lot of sunny days where you live!

  • [...] an XLCH in clean, original condition is worth a fair amount of money – the last one posted on RSBFS was bid up to $21,300! In this particular case, the auction for this bike is up to [...]

  • IS THE XLCR STILL FOR SALE

  • IF SO HOW MUCH

  • sold my 77 cafe racer and have extra parts know anybody that might be interested in a great bargain? thanks

    • Yes I’d be interested in any parts you may have. You can call me at 973 907-3402

  • please email me thru my email address thanks

  • Hey Sandy
    Ping me if you still have XLCR parts
    I need a few bits to complete mine

  • Ive got a 78 XLCR that i would like to trade for a 48 Sporty . everything on it is new .

  • I have a 1977 XLCR for sale with 12,800 original miles. The link for the ad is included below.

    http://huntingtonashland.ebayclassifieds.com/motorcycles-scooters/ironton/1977-harley-davidson-xlcr-12-800-original-miles/?ad=28929526&msg=AD_UPDATED

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