Fully-Restored 1978 Harley-Davidson XLCR Café Racer

Reader Contribution by Greg Hays
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Here are some photos of the 1978 Harley-Davidson XLCR “Café Racer” I bought new in 1978. These bikes were manufactured in small numbers in 1977 and 1978.

I finished restoring it a little over a year ago. It now features a custom paint and powder coating and some mild brake and suspension upgrades. The engine and transmission have also been thoroughly “hot-rodded” with a 4-5/8-inch stroker crankshaft, Baisley High Performance heads, custom ground Lieneweber camshafts, forged pistons, polished Rods, S&S Super “B” carb, Andrews close ratio transmission gears, Trock Cycle clutch and steel transmission trapdoor. This bike is rude, crude, and fast – just the way this “old timer” likes them.

Anyway, I thought the readers might enjoy it. I’ve done most of the work myself and I’m quite proud of it. If you’ve got an old laying around, restore it! You will gain a lot of satisfaction from it!

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