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1972 XRTT Road Racer For Display

1972 Harley-Davidson XRTT for sale on eBay

Reading is fundamental: This bike has a display motor fitted with no internals. Curious to hear thoughts and expertise in the comments on this one!

dc

from the seller:

Hi-Speed – John Steel’s Personal XRTT

For Sale
1972 Harley-Davidson
XRTT XR750TT
XR 750 TT
Road Racer
with Display Motor

The cases and motor parts are from a Grand National Champion #1 plate holder
Cases are documented with signed paperwork by GNC suitable for framing
The motor is set up as a display motor (no internals) and can be
completed if wanted at some point down the road as this bike was
built by John Steel as display at Hi-Speed

Dual Disc Brake Set Up as rider used in in the 1970’s
Everything else on it is as in 1972
Lots of original and NOS Parts
Original Calipers, Master Cylinders, Cables, Carbs, Shocks, etc.
(as raced in the early 1970’s)
Tires are rare / obsolete 1970’s race slicks
Stainless Spokes & Nipples for Longevity

The name on the tail and the #1 can be changed to your preference

It is an amazing bike to have on display in your dealership, shop,
museum, private collection, home or office.

This bike has been priced accordingly with a display motor.

We can ship overseas. Shipping will be calculated at time of purchase.

The bike can be crated for an additional fee of $450

Comes complete with Triangle Stand

Including:
Large Packet of Literature on XR & XRTT’s, Sales Brochure,
Parts Catalog & Manuals
Motor Cases History Documents
Autographed GNC Items

This bike is for competition use only and does not have a title

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.

-tad

1977 Harley XRTT R Side