Zero-Mile Display Piece: 1977 Harley-Davidson XLCR for Sale

1977 Harley XLCR L Side

A bike that was a bit ahead of it’s time, at least by Harley-Davidson standards, the stylish, any-color-you-want-as-long-as-it’s-black, cafe racer-styled Harley XLCR didn’t convince the ever-conservative faithful when it was introduced. The bike didn’t sell particularly well, which is a shame, because the XLCR is a bike that actually looked forward, instead of backwards for its inspiration.

1977 Harley XLCR Clocks

But although the look of the bike was meant to compete with Europe and Japan’s best, the bones and meat were pretty conventional: a 998cc pushrod Sportster engine with 9:1 compression and 38mm Keihin carbs put 61bhp through a drive chain to the four-speed gearbox. The frame was a parts-bin-special as well, with a Sportster front section matched with rear tubes and a swingarm from the XR750 race bike. Cast wheels added to the modern styling and triple disc brakes gave something approaching modern stopping power.

1977 Harley XLCR Tank

So it’s basically a mildly hopped-up Sportster in a black leather jacket and dark, mirrored sunglasses. Which is no bad thing, and possibly the coolest bike to come out of Harley’s AMF-era, a period of time where you bought a Harley because that’s the only brand you’d ever consider buying anyway…

1977 Harley XLCR Engine

From the original eBay listing: 1977 Harley Davidson XLCR for Sale

This legend is truth and it’s come back on the market. This XLCR was bought brand new in 1977 as a decoration in a livingroom.  It never goes on the street and stay completely original.  Even the Harley-Davidson test sticker stays on the headlight and the speedometer. I bought this motorcycle five years ago and it stays in my private collection in a a/c and smoke free place. As this motorcycle came from USA there is no duty to bring it back. I will help to any carrier for shipping. Still with a US title .  Buyer is responsible to make his own verification. Engine VIN: 7F01507H7.

1977 Harley XLCR Wheel

With zero miles on the clock, the seller is asking some serious money, and this time-capsule machine will obviously require some work if you want to put it back on the road, but that shouldn’t be too difficult, if you’re so inclined. But unfortunately, I expect that this bike will remain what it is right now: a very menacing display piece.

-tad

1977 Harley XLCR R Side

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  1. A huge percentage of XLCRs have very low mileage, as they were instant ‘collector’s items’. Same with many Mike Hailwood Rep Ducatis. Sad that the best-looking bikes aren’t ridden much!
    The XLCR is Willie G’s true masterpiece, and was actually a -bit- backwards-looking, as the cafe racer craze had started in the 50s, while the Italians had nailed it definitively by ’73 (750ss, SFC, etc). Still, it was Willie G’s inspiration to combine the XRTT seat with the rest – an awesome, menacing, badass look. The only shame – it had an AMF heart, and was the same POS as any other Sportster in ’77, even though it was the fastest H-D you could buy for many years.