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Found on eBay: 1978 Harley-Davidson XLCR

by Landon Hall


Tags: Harley, Davidson, XLCR,

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This week's eBay searching led us to an unusual discovery, and one that we just had to share with our readers. Between 1977 and 1979, Harley-Davidson produced just 1,923 XLCR's, and it's not too often you see them up for sale.

This 1978 model shows just 18,000 miles and appears to be in decent, though not perfect shape. According to the listing, it wears original paint (except for the rear fender and right side cover) and is in nice running condition. Also included are the original carb (as it's currently running a S&S Super E), the stock risers, seat, rear shocks, side stand and tires.

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Though the XLCR's looks imply performance, aside from tthe black finish and the siamesed exhaust, the XLCR used the same 998cc V-twin found in Harley's Sportster.

To see the eBay auction, click here.

eric_1
8/23/2009 6:16:40 AM

Are any Harely's reliable? Ive heard stories since I was in JR high about break downs. Reliable compared to what? Well what about Ford, Chevy, or GM? Had good luck with Dodge. You own a harely because it a harely. The 1977 XLCR is just straight up bad ass. The who dont like them fine there choice. I have always wanted one since I first saw it. 30 years later I have one.


norman _1
6/11/2009 9:02:03 PM

"the XLCR used the same 998cc V-twin found in Harley's Sportster." Nah, it didn't. The XLCR was the recipient (?) of a one-time experiment from HD - all of the original XLCR's were more or less hand built to blueprint specs, as is shown by the fact that the '77-78 Sportsters were some of the most unreliable, badly assembled machines in HD history. Warranty claims for the '77-'78 Sportys were off the chart. Not the XLCR's. Also, the siamesed muffler system was a real performance improvement over the "J-Pipes" or any straight pipes. The carb/exhaust system on the '77 Sporty hardly worked - on the XLCR it worked hard.


norman _1
6/11/2009 9:01:52 PM

"the XLCR used the same 998cc V-twin found in Harley's Sportster." Nah, it didn't. The XLCR was the recipient (?) of a one-time experiment from HD - all of the original XLCR's were more or less hand built to blueprint specs, as is shown by the fact that the '77-78 Sportsters were some of the most unreliable, badly assembled machines in HD history. Warranty claims for the '77-'78 Sportys were off the chart. Not the XLCR's. Also, the siamesed muffler system was a real performance improvement over the "J-Pipes" or any straight pipes. The carb/exhaust system on the '77 Sporty hardly worked - on the XLCR it worked hard.


norman _1
6/11/2009 9:01:41 PM

"the XLCR used the same 998cc V-twin found in Harley's Sportster." Nah, it didn't. The XLCR was the recipient (?) of a one-time experiment from HD - all of the original XLCR's were more or less hand built to blueprint specs, as is shown by the fact that the '77-78 Sportsters were some of the most unreliable, badly assembled machines in HD history. Warranty claims for the '77-'78 Sportys were off the chart. Not the XLCR's. Also, the siamesed muffler system was a real performance improvement over the "J-Pipes" or any straight pipes. The carb/exhaust system on the '77 Sporty hardly worked - on the XLCR it worked hard.


norman _1
6/11/2009 9:01:31 PM

"the XLCR used the same 998cc V-twin found in Harley's Sportster." Nah, it didn't. The XLCR was the recipient (?) of a one-time experiment from HD - all of the original XLCR's were more or less hand built to blueprint specs, as is shown by the fact that the '77-78 Sportsters were some of the most unreliable, badly assembled machines in HD history. Warranty claims for the '77-'78 Sportys were off the chart. Not the XLCR's. Also, the siamesed muffler system was a real performance improvement over the "J-Pipes" or any straight pipes. The carb/exhaust system on the '77 Sporty hardly worked - on the XLCR it worked hard.


norman _1
6/11/2009 9:01:19 PM

"the XLCR used the same 998cc V-twin found in Harley's Sportster." Nah, it didn't. The XLCR was the recipient (?) of a one-time experiment from HD - all of the original XLCR's were more or less hand built to blueprint specs, as is shown by the fact that the '77-78 Sportsters were some of the most unreliable, badly assembled machines in HD history. Warranty claims for the '77-'78 Sportys were off the chart. Not the XLCR's. Also, the siamesed muffler system was a real performance improvement over the "J-Pipes" or any straight pipes. The carb/exhaust system on the '77 Sporty hardly worked - on the XLCR it worked hard.


norman _1
6/11/2009 9:00:50 PM

"the XLCR used the same 998cc V-twin found in Harley's Sportster." Nah, it didn't. The XLCR was the recipient (?) of a one-time experiment from HD - all of the original XLCR's were more or less hand built to blueprint specs, as is shown by the fact that the '77-78 Sportsters were some of the most unreliable, badly assembled machines in HD history. Warranty claims for the '77-'78 Sportys were off the chart. Not the XLCR's. Also, the siamesed muffler system was a real performance improvement over the "J-Pipes" or any straight pipes. The carb/exhaust system on the '77 Sporty hardly worked - on the XLCR it worked hard.


norman _1
6/11/2009 9:00:49 PM

"the XLCR used the same 998cc V-twin found in Harley's Sportster." Nah, it didn't. The XLCR was the recipient (?) of a one-time experiment from HD - all of the original XLCR's were more or less hand built to blueprint specs, as is shown by the fact that the '77-78 Sportsters were some of the most unreliable, badly assembled machines in HD history. Warranty claims for the '77-'78 Sportys were off the chart. Not the XLCR's. Also, the siamesed muffler system was a real performance improvement over the "J-Pipes" or any straight pipes. The carb/exhaust system on the '77 Sporty hardly worked - on the XLCR it worked hard.


norman _1
6/11/2009 9:00:40 PM

"the XLCR used the same 998cc V-twin found in Harley's Sportster." Nah, it didn't. The XLCR was the recipient (?) of a one-time experiment from HD - all of the original XLCR's were more or less hand built to blueprint specs, as is shown by the fact that the '77-78 Sportsters were some of the most unreliable, badly assembled machines in HD history. Warranty claims for the '77-'78 Sportys were off the chart. Not the XLCR's. Also, the siamesed muffler system was a real performance improvement over the "J-Pipes" or any straight pipes. The carb/exhaust system on the '77 Sporty hardly worked - on the XLCR it worked hard.


norman _1
6/11/2009 9:00:39 PM

"the XLCR used the same 998cc V-twin found in Harley's Sportster." Nah, it didn't. The XLCR was the recipient (?) of a one-time experiment from HD - all of the original XLCR's were more or less hand built to blueprint specs, as is shown by the fact that the '77-78 Sportsters were some of the most unreliable, badly assembled machines in HD history. Warranty claims for the '77-'78 Sportys were off the chart. Not the XLCR's. Also, the siamesed muffler system was a real performance improvement over the "J-Pipes" or any straight pipes. The carb/exhaust system on the '77 Sporty hardly worked - on the XLCR it worked hard.