Posts by tag: XR750

Harley Davidson April 18, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1972 Harley-Davidson XR750

It’s hard to think of a racing bike more uniquely American than the Harley-Davidson XR750. The bike combines all of the qualities that make us who we are as a nation, and carries a long history of victories through grit, determination and dedication to the art of plying your trade better than anyone else. For riders and racers in the 1970s and 1980s, the XR is as hallowed as Richard Petty’s sacred 43 or McQueen’s trademark smirk.

1972 Harley-Davidson XR750 for sale on eBay

The XR750, which is variously quoted as having anywhere from 80 to 100 horsepower is the winningest motorcycle in AMA history, thanks in large part to the fact that, 50 years after it bowed, flat trackers are still finding success aboard updated versions. Evel Knievel made the bike famous outside the fairly narrow lane of flat track racing, jumping his 1972 XR to a string of then-world records.

This 1972 Harley-Davidson XR750 was raced by Mike Boyes in the 1970s and 1980s. It sits in unrestored, as-raced condition, and has not started since Boyes last rolled it into the pits. It is a time capsule in the purest sense of the word. It is the first year of the alloy-head XR750 engine, and carries nearly 50 years of race patina on its simple orange bodywork. The fiberglass tank is uncoated and unlined, and therefore is likely unfit for use. The seller says that, despite its long slumber, the bike shows every sign that it would fire and run with minimal work.

From the eBay listing:

1972 Harley-Davidson XR-750 flat track racing motorcycle
Engine no. 1C101XH0
Unrestored. As raced.
• First year of the alloy head XR
• Raced throughout California in the 1970’s and 1980’s
• Delivered in as-raced, unrestored condition
This 1972 alloy XR-750 was purchased by Mike Boyes from renowned Harley tuner Michigander Tex Peel. Boyes then raced it mainly in California in the mid-to-late 1970s and early 1980s. He lives near Seattle, Washington today. Boyes sold the bike to Yoshi Kosaka of the Garage Company, now of Inglewood, California, who kept the bike for many years before selling it to Mike Cheiky, a California-based inventor. Mike died last year and so his wife Charity enlisted a family friend to find it a new home. The XR-750 found its way to New York City Motorcycles. Its appearance – the patina, that is – has been ‘undisturbed’ since it was last raced at Ascot, San Jose, Sacramento, and others. The motor gives every indication of firing up with a minimum of proper servicing and safety checks although it is recommended that fuel not be poured inside of the XR750’s original, un-lined, uncoated tank. To run it, a substitute tank or external fuel feed should be used.
Ran when parked 🙂
This is my third vintage XR750 and the purest racer of them all. The motorcycle looks exactly as it did when it exited the racetrack the last time.
Recent marriage and move to Japan makes keeping, shipping and/or storing impractical. My move is your gain 🙂
See other motorcycles offered for sale along with the XR.
*missing left footpeg
*Sold with a BILL OF SALE ONLY. XR750’s do not have titles and are not legal for road use!*
***optional Harley Racing factory stand available to the winning bidder only. $500 value***

The motorcycle is sold as is, where is, and there are no warranties expressed nor implied. Judge the photos and make your own assessment of the bike’s condition, rather than rely on my opinion and/or description. Questions and clarifications are encouraged. These are my personal opin Bidders must be certain of their commitment before bidding, as once its submitted. If you win it, you bought it. No time for nonsense please. Bidders with less than 10 or any negative feedback must contact me prior to bidding or else expect your bid to be cancelled and removed.

This motorcycle requires thorough inspection and recommissioning before running or riding. Know what you are buying before you bid. If you don’t have the expertise and/or the budget, with all due respect, this is not the bike for you.

New York City Motorcycles ( nycmc dot com) is reasonably well known in the vintage motorcycle community and this is not the only platform for offering the bike. Therefore please consider not waiting until the final seconds of the auction to bid. Because while you’re waiting to pull the trigger, if a fair offer arrives from elsewhere and there is not a comparable bid here, the auction will instantly disappear from your watched items.

Motorcycle is located in Venice, CA. I will work with your shipper but its your responsibility.

I’ve had several questions regarding the engine number.  Firstly, thank you for pointing out the number being incorrect, incomplete or possibly the engine number of the prior series, 1970 Ironhead.  I’ve just added addtional photos of the engine case, which shows the full number: 1C1013(followed by 2 with a slash over the number) H8

The slash through the two is consistent with a 1975 model I owned previously – in that instance the number 6 followed by the number 5 slashed out.  The unanimous opinion from experienced XR owners and collectors was 6 referring to 1976, the bikes completion date; the 5 slashed out refers to the 1975 model.  In that case labor disruptions at Youngstown were responsible for some 1975 bikes being carried over and released the following year. 

The number first shown was indeed incorrect.  I used the text from the Bonhams auction catalog from the Barber Motorsports, sale in October of last year, where the XR was listed.  Bonhams conducted their own independent review of the bike’s provenance.  I should have proofread their reference then, as well as now before I put the bike up for auction now.  Apologies for my oversight and hope this clears up any confusion caused.  Feel free to ask additional questions if my hypothesis appears incorrect!

Thanks again.

Running original XRs command silly money, and this one is a true museum piece with race provenance to back it up. Hurry over to eBay if it tickles your fancy, the auction is about to wind down!

Featured Listing: 1972 Harley-Davidson XR750
Harley Davidson May 22, 2012 posted by

Old School: 1972 Harley-Davidson XR750TT Road Race Replica

For Sale: 1972 Harley-Davidson XR750TT Road Race Replica

Here at RSBFS we generally stick with rare factory bikes; there are simply too many modified and hot-rodded machines out there to consider them all. Every once in a while we come across a custom build that is worthy of – or even better than – factory. This XR750TT replica build is clearly one of those cases. Even if you are not interested in the bike, check out the pics and enjoy the quality of this offering. You will not be disappointed.

Just because this mighty giant does not have factory paperwork does not mean it does not have real history. This very bike has been raced successfully in AHRMA and WERRA series, and has triumphed under the likes of none other than Jay Springsteen. If there is a guy that knows what a XR750 should feel like, I reckon that Jay is that man. Given that the bike looks killer, it is nice to know that it has the potential to run like it looks!

From the seller:
Here is one of the Hourglass Racing XR750TT racers that many of you have seen on the tracks over the years. It is, as all our race bikes are, in immaculate show winning condition. It is also ready for the track by adding oil and race gas. If you do a search on “Hourglass Racing” you will find a great deal of info on this bike.

In the last few years it has been raced in AHRMA and WERRA road races. The riders have included myself, Chuck Davis, Tim Joyce, and of course most famously three time AMA National Champion and Hall of Famer, Jay Springsteen. Every rider has won races on this bike, with multi-time AMRMA champion Tim Joyce and “Springer” being the most successful. It has also been ridden in practice and parade laps on tracks throughout the country by the following racers: Mert Lawill, Mark Brelsford, and most recently at Road Atlanta by Chris Carr. Several journalists have also ridden the bike for articles about what its like to race an XRTT.

The bike was NOT born at Harley Davidson. It was assembled using parts and pieces, bought, found, and fabricated by many friends who were interested in seeing one of these bikes compete once again on American race tracks. The bike was built in the Hourglass Racing shop, and always maintained by us. The XR750 engine was bought new in boxes from Harley, and built by Carl Patrick in Ohio. Carl has always done our engines, and in our opinion, there’s no one better anywhere with an XR engine. This engine has done a practice session at Barber but no races.

This is a race ready showpiece that can win on the track or in any show. To build a racer of this quality would cost in excess of 70K not including your time. We have built three of these racers over the years, and until now, never sold one. If you want to own a piece of art, that you can win on the track or at a show, this is your bike. To verify this info do an internet search on Hourglass Racing, XR750TT, and/or Springsteen.

Springer can pretty much win major events riding a moped held together with duct tape and zip ties, but his history on this bike must have an impact on the collectability and indication of performance of this amazing build. This looks to be choc-a-bloc with top notch componentry, and the fit and finish look far beyond that of the usual historic race bike.

All of this quality, performance and history does not come cheap – but then a base XR750 is a pricey foundation to start with. This auction is going on right now, and the seller has set a BIN of $45,000. I would think it would be very difficult to source all the parts at that sum, much less put it together into a working, effective racer. Throw in the documented history of riders, and you have a very complete package for vintage racing and collection at a relative bargain.

Here is a great video of Jay Springsteen racing against the late Gary Nixon. Jay is astride an Hourglass Racing HD (it might be this very bike), with Gary seated on a Triumph 750. Some great stuff from those legends.

For more info, click the link and jump over to the auction. Check it out and share your thoughts on this one, as I think you will agree it is an exceptional build indeed!

MI

BMW August 19, 2011 posted by

ClassicSportBikesForSale.com and CafeBikesForSale.com Weekly Recap!

Welcome to yet another edition of our weekly recap of what’s been showing up on our sister sites at ClassicSportBikesForSale.com and CafeBikesForSale.com. This week we have some real awesome looking bikes. Be sure to check out the always classic BMW R90S on CSBFS and the murdered-out Honda CB400F Cafe on CBFS. Enjoy!

1976 BMW R90S For Sale on eBay!

Harley Davidson XR750 Flattracker on CSBFS

1974 John Player Norton

1975 Honda CB400F Cafe Flat-Tracker for sale on CBFS!

1983 Honda CB1000F Cafe Racer up for grabs.

Jump on over to ClassicSportBikesForSale.com and CafeBikesForSale.com!

-JS