Harley bought itself back from AMF in 1981 and strategists came up with a new model with XR750 racebike genes. Not RSBFS’ normal fare but sporty and collectible, today’s XR1000 is quite original and looks good despite challenging pictures.
Though conceived as a descendant of the XR750, Sportster engine cases were specified, and bolted into the new XLX chassis. New iron cylinders were manufactured, and new alloy heads had a more modern valve angle with blueprinting done by Jerry Branch in California. 36mm Dell’Orto carbs with factory K&N hung to the right, and an all-business dual exhaust on the left. Showa forks and shocks and 292mm disk brakes reviewed as some of the package’s best attributes. After a year in grey, 1984 models were shipped in black with orange accents, and single seat.
A roll out of the storage unit would’ve done this listing wonders, but the pictures are tantalizing even so. Seemingly free of damage, almost 40 year-old finishes answer to a barely used bike. Just a note in the eBay auction –
XR1000 orange and black this is one out of 177 made in 1984 last year of this model. I am selling it for a customer, the bike has a couple of mods , 1 carbs, 2 exhaust, 3 rear shocks, I do have original shocks. It has been in storage for 2 years, bike runs strong, located in Tucson AZ.
Though development costs tore through any chance of success the XR1000 had, reviews were upbeat – all about fun, and vibration wasn’t much of an annoyance at the low revs usable with the torque and four-speed trans. Sporty in perspective, with only the 80-mile fuel tank coming in for across-the-board criticism. Well that and the $7,000 list price, a whale in 1984. Doomed by the MSRP, just a thousand were made in 1983, and this owner states 177 built in ’84, though one website reported 700. Either way a complete rarity in a sea of Harleys, this XR1000 might be worth pursuing.