Tagged: XR750

Barely Legal Moto-Porn: 1972 Harley Davidson XR750 for Sale

1972 Harley Davidson XR750 R Side Front

We don’t normally get to feature Harley Davidsons on this site because The Motor Company really didn’t make many bikes you would normally categorize as “sport bikes,” and the ones they did build are extremely rare. Although the Harley Davidson XR750 was originally intended as a flat-track racer, today’s example has been reborn with roadgoing equipment and I’ve decided it qualifies, since it’s supposedly powered by an ex-racing engine and I bet it could would eat most of its roadgoing rivals from Triumph or Norton for lunch.

1972 Harley Davidson XR750 L Side Rear

The race-ready XR750 is considered one of the most successful racing motorcycles ever, winning 29 of 37 AMA Grand National Titles between 1972 and 2008. Yeah, you read that correctly: the XR750 was competitive in flat-track racing for over 30 years. It was powered by a 748cc pushrod v-twin with aluminum heads from 1972 on that improved cooling, compared to the earlier iron heads. Certainly that engine featured primitive architecture, and yeah, it was only competitive considering the specific ruleset that governs flat-track racing. But let’s be real here: all racing is governed by rules that artificially limit development to help keep performance of competing machines somewhat comparable, so that in no way diminishes that impressive record of wins.

1972 Harley Davidson XR750 L Side Engine

Today’s machine is claimed to have a genuine racing engine with some very impressive history slotted into the frame. Although it was originally a race-only machine, this XR750 has been fitted with lights and a license plate, meaning it might just be road-legal where you live…

From the original eBay listing: 1972 Harley Davidson XR750 for Sale

Surprisingly well preserved Harley XR750 flat track bike with 1972 engine.

Street legal in most states, and WITH TITLE! MATCHING NUMBERS on both engine and frame!

This particular bike’s engine is reported to have been ridden in 1972-73 by Cal Rayborn, Mert Lawwill and Scott Brelsford. Harley racing royalty then and now. Of all years of HARLEY XR750, 1972 is probably the hardest to find, since they were very popular, in short supply, and were either used up or supplanted by later year engines with more power.

This bike does not have an odometer or a speedometer, so I have no ideas how many miles it has run.

1972 Harley Davidson XR750 Rear Suspension

What kind of flat tracker has dual front brakes? Or any front brakes, for that matter?! Well whatever the engine and frame’s original provenance, they’re part of a bike with roadgoing intent now, and the stopping power afforded by those dual calipers will be much appreciated, considering the potential speed on tap.

The Buy It Now price is listed as $29,495.00 with very little time left on the auction. That’s a great deal of money for a motorcycle, but considering that XR750’s don’t usually offer you the opportunity to terrorize your neighborhood, it’s really like you’re getting two bikes in one!


1972 Harley Davidson XR750 R Side

The Hammers of Hell: 1972 Harley Davidson XRTT

1977 Harley XRTT L Side Front

When I see the state of Harley’s current lineup of overweight retro-sleds, it makes me sad to see that they’ve no interest in building bikes like this beautiful Harley XRTT anymore, as clearly evidenced by their shoddy treatment of Erik Buell. Their original Sportster was a genuine alternative to bikes like Triumph’s Bonneville but, while the current Bonneville is possibly the ideal “modern classic”, today’s Sportster is compromised in virtually every way, the epitome of “form-over-function.”

1977 Harley XRTT Dash

Now obviously, this isn’t hurting sales any. But it’s a shame that Ducati and Triumph can both create a range of bikes that celebrate their heritage while still providing modern performance and safety, Harley can’t or won’t, when they produce more motorcycles annually than Triumph and Ducati combined.

But they’re obviously happy to rest on the laurels of bikes like this one.

1977 Harley XRTT L Side Rear

When Harley decided to go roadracing in the 1970’s, they started with what they knew best: dirt-track racing. The 1972 bikes featured a significantly updated motor that used aluminum heads and barrels. The 45° twin’s compact design still featured pushrods, but the compact design had many of the same advantages of the famous small-block Chevy: perhaps not the most modern or best-breathing configuration, but the compact design and light weight allowed for a potent package

1977 Harley XRTT Front Wheel

Careful preparation let the simple engines rev to over 8,000rpm and pump out 90hp from 750cc’s. A four-speed box and a huge them rev over 8k and they made 90 plus HP. A 4-speed box put the power to the ground while a huge Ceriani drum brake up front and a disc at the rear provided very effective stopping.

1977 Harley XRTT Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1972 Harley Davidson XRTT for Sale

1972 Harley-Davidson XRTT Racing bike. The engine was redone by Carl Patrick less than three months ago and the engine is documented with the Harley-Davidson time cards. This bike is in flawless condition and was on display at Harley-Davidson. There are no current fluids in the bike. This is a once in a life time opportunity!

It’s a shame that this bike hasn’t been used as intended, buy the upside is that it’s in spectacular shape, and I’m sure it could be made to run if that’s your interest, since the engine was just rebuilt. The chin-pad on the tank is a particularly cool detail although, given the 45° twin’s reputation for vibration, it might not be the most practical place to rest your head while tucking in behind that screen…

1977 Harley XRTT L Side

Starting price is $55,000 with no bids so far. While that’s a ton of money for a motorcycle, I’d expect that’s perfectly fair, given the bike’s rarity: opinions vary, but less than 25 were ever made, and very few of those are in this sort of condition.


1977 Harley XRTT R Side

A Tasty Buzz and Some Flat Tracks: 1980 Harley Davidson XR750

95 BHP + 300 lbs = Awesome! Why HD stopped making race bikes is something I will never really grasp. These bikes dominated the flat track circuit and still do in some cases. I know Rotax is building an engine that can beat the XR750 on the track now but we’re not talking about engines being built today. We’re talking about classic sport bikes. Bikes that people grew up watching make history. The XR750 is the one bike that brings a lot of MC enthusiasts together. It’s the bike that even the biggest HD hater appreciate. To me it’s one of the coolest bikes ever made. Perfect styling, great power to weight ratio and carries with it a lot of racing history. This bike is ready to ride or put on the mantel above your fireplace. I’ll give you one guess as to which option I’d choose.

Here’s the sellers info:


I subtract some points for the custom paint because part of the deal for me is the stock XR750 logo but I wouldn’t kick it out of bed for eating crackers. The 2011 Mid America auctions sold one of these from the same year a $22 000. That one didn’t have the history of this one and wasn’t as clean. Be prepared to plunk down some serious coin for this one.  


Harley Davidson XR750 Flattracker

For Sale: Harley Davidson XR750 Flat track racer

A true piece of American Iron, the HD XR750 continues to excel at racetracks around the country. We have seen a few of these come up on CSBFS, and they always seem to generate good interest. For previous posts, you can check out this XR750 here, or this one here.

The traditional HD v-twin – with more than a few modifications – has been the staple of bull rings and half miles for years and years. And while recently there has been an influx of alternate machinery (Kawasaki, Yamaha, Ducati), none have dominated in the manner of the XR750. If you want to go racing or if you want to collect racing machinery, an XR750 should be high on your list.

From the seller:
Up for sale is a great Harley Davidson XR-750. Has Kosman triple clamps, CBR600 front forks, Jemco pipes. Comes with starter. Short rod engine, just rebuilt by Skip Eaken. Was rebuilt at the end of 2009 and hasn’t been raced since. Bascally a fresh bike ready to go. I think the cases are from the late 90’s early 2000’s. Was raced by Dan Gedeon, and put into several main events. Located in Ohio.

Additionally, the frame is a C&J with a Penske shock.

This auction is going on now, with the current bid up to $12,000 with reserve still in place. Useable XR750s have been fetching in the neighborhood of $20k in recent months, so there is still much to play for here. This bike, with racing history and some pretty stout componentry is definitely under valued at the current bid price.

For your chance to check out this piece of classic Americana – or to simply request updated pictures and details – click on the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!!


American Icon: 1972 Harley-Davidson XR750

For Sale: 1972 Harley-Davidson XR750 Davey Camlin

Can there be anything more classic American than a XR750 dirt tracker? The only major competition where The Motor Company is competitive (and in fact, pretty much dominates), the XR750 is THE basis for a successful dirt track racing campaign. As a result, most all of these bikes have some racing history and they are much sought after by collectors.

A good view of the basic XR750 mill. Those of you familiar with an H-D won’t see too much new, although bikes honed in competition usually had some trick bits (flowed heads, etc) that bumped the horsepower up from factory stock. According to the seller, this bike was campaigned by Davey “The Rock Island Rocket” Camlin before he turned AMA Pro. Davey was rookie expert #41P in 1989, and went on to win four Dirt Track Nationals between 1994-1996. Sadly, we lost Davey to a racing accident on July 24, 1999.

From the seller:
This 1972 Harley XR750 Dirt tracker is up for auction. This bike was once owned and ridden by Davey Camlin. Davey rode this bike as an amateur in the AMA, when he turned expert, he sold this bike; and bought a new XR750. The bike was put back to “stock” form, and all the upgrades were removed and installed on his new XR. They also removed the rear brake setup, putting this bike back to the way it came from Harley. Davey’s father sold this bike in 1989, to Bob Hansen, the famous west coast Honda tuner. Mr. Hansen restored this bike for display purposes, while still leaving it functional. The motor is complete, and it does turn over. However, this bike has never been started since Me. Camlin sold it to Bob in 1989. Bob Hansen sold this bike to our customer in 2009; and now the bike is back up for sale once again. As most any motorcycle person knows, XR750s are the premiere American dirt track bike. You cannot find a more genuine piece of American racing history. The XR has dominated the AMA flat track series for decades. This is a clean example of the XR750, and we have been told that it is a very early XR motor. Below is a scan of a letter detailing some history on the bike, the letter was written by Bob Hansen. This is a serious racing machine, that is highly collectable due to its rarity and unique history. We will ship this bike worldwide; all costs of packing and shipping are the responsibility of the winning bidder. We suggest Allied Van Lines for domestic shipping, international shipping arrangements are the responsibility of international bidders; we can help facilitate crating if necessary. There is no title for this bike; it will have a bill of sale only. We will also include a copy of the original bill of sale from Davey Camlin’s father to Bob Hansen in 1989.

Values for XR750 racebikes can be all over the map. The last bike listed on CSBFS – a 1980 XR750 – sold for $35,000. The genearl pricing guideline suggests in the neighborhood of $20,000 – $25,000 for a current competitive bike and over $30,000 for perfectly restored, or factory racing history examples. For more pictures and information on this American icon, click the link and jump over to the auction.

From a very classy flattrack site (www.flattrack.com) comes this poem written by Davey himself. Pictures are courtesy of the memorial page on www.dairylandclassic.com. A well-liked individual on the circuit with a quick smile, Davey continues to be missed by the racing community.

“The Racer’s Dream”

Parker on my left
Carr on my right
It’s me and them
Waiting on the light.

I’m sittin’ at the line
I have no fear
Pull in the clutch
And put it in gear.

The light turns green
The race is on
Gotta good jump
I feel I’m gone.

Pound turn two
Got a good drive
Thinkin’ to myself
It’s great to be alive.

Down the back straight
In the lead
Hittin’ top speed.

Into turn three
Scotty’s trying to pass
I run it in deeper
Leaving on the gas.

Running wide open
Out of turn four
My Harley’s hooked up
And it’s lettin’ out a roar.

Down the front straight
And across the line
Still in the lead
This race is mine.

Lap by lap
I stretch the lead out
In my mind
There is no doubt.

The white flag is wavin’
The end is near
The cheering of the crowd
Is all I hear.

One more lap
My nerves are jumping
The adrenaline’s flowing
And my heart is pumpin’.

Off the final turn
I see the checkered flag is there
I cross the finish line
With my fist in the air.

Victory is sweet
Life is grand
I take my lap
Checkered flag in hand.

On top of the box
Champagne is flying
I’m so happy
I feel like crying.

I reach for the trophy
Wild eyed and gleaming
Then I awake
And realize I’ve been dreaming.

by Davey Camlin #27