Fully-Restored 1978 Harley-Davidson XLCR Café Racer


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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.

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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!

Drew Gatewood
11/30/2012 7:55:54 PM

Your bike restoration came out great! The 4 5/8 stroke really brings it to life, eh. I'm sure the Baisley heads work great as well. I too love the XLCR. I own a '77 that I bought in '78. After many years of sitting idle; I rebuilt it and took it to Bonneville with my youngest Son to celebrate its 35th Birthday. Like the old saying goes...ride 'em, don't hide 'em! http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&sqi=2&ved=0CC4QtwIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D4nur0TcnOok&ei=eAy5UOu_IeWVyAHwyoDYDA&usg=AFQjCNEMDo3u45EBL9U6RBnLgPWYtpIYYw&sig2=YMXzSATh_6wzkbplp2npzg

Taylor Yenny
9/18/2012 4:02:08 AM

Beautiful work done on your bike. My dad also has this bike but he took it apart many years ago. I would love to put it back together. With no knowledge on this bike and nothing to look at to help me put it back together, how hard you think it would be to put back together?

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