The New Year Bike: 1978 Harley-Davidson XLCR

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1978 Harley-Davidson XLCR
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Mark’s XLCR still wears the original Goodyear tires from 1978.
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The odometer reads just 1,776 miles from new.
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1978 Harley-Davidson XLCR
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The bike is as original as they come. The odometer reads just 1,776 miles from new.
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1978 Harley-Davidson XLCR
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Harley offered a dual seat as an option for 1978, but Mark’s bike wears the standard solo saddle.
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Owner Mark Harrigan rides his XLCR just twice a year, on New Year’s Day and the Fourth of July, but he puts about 25,000 miles a year on his collection of bikes.
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Former H-D machinist Jim Haubert.
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In 1977, the $3,595 asking price of a new XLCR was a lot when a new Suzuki GS750 could be purchased for around $2,200.

1978 Harley-Davidson XLCR
Engine:
61ci (997cc) air-cooled OHV 45-degree V-twin, 81mm x 96.8mm bore and stroke, 9:1 compression ratio, 61hp @ 6,200rpm (claimed)
Top speed:
106mph (period test)
Carburetion:
Single 38mm Keihin
Transmission:
4-speed, chain final drive

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