Harley-Davidson Sportster: Tracing the journey of 60 years

The 1972 XL used a 1,000cc version of the ‘Iron Head’ engine. By 1976 the gear change had moved to the left and the rear brake to the right. In 1977, the XLCR (Cafe Racer), with its XR750-inspired rear suspension, new frame, triple disc brakes, cast aluminium wheels and rearset footpegs, became the sportiest Sportster ever made up to that point. 1983 saw further emphasis on performance with the XR1000, it was the nearest thing to a road-going XR750 you could buy.

 

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