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Harley-Davidson Sportster XL 883 (1961)

EUR 45,000JPY 5,866,650BGN 88,011CZK 1,166,715DKK 334,656GBP 39,057HUF 16,249,500PLN 204,790RON 221,684SEK 454,748CHF 49,550ISK 6,835,500NOK 450,810HRK 340,506RUB 4,090,144TRY 435,114AUD 69,566BRL 303,300CAD 67,437CNY 351,706HKD 419,184IDR 783,943,200ILS 176,787INR 4,015,598KRW 60,106,500MXN 1,074,627MYR 222,597NZD 75,262PHP 2,610,045SGD 71,910THB 1,683,900ZAR 769,352

Offered for: EUR 45,000

  • Harley-Davidson Sportster XL 883
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Request for Harley-Davidson Sportster XL 883 (1961) | Vehicle-ID: 194328

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  • Condition
  • Make Harley-Davidson
  • Model Sportster XL 883
  • Year of manufacture 1961
  • Type Touring Bike
  • Chassis number n.a.
  • Gearbox number n.a.
  • Engine number 61XLR 1003
  • Exterior colour Red
  • Report n.a.
  • Condition category n.a.
  • Mileage n.a.
  • Previous owners n.a.
  • First registration n.a.
  • Matching numbers n.a.
  • Cafe Racer n.a.

Technical details

  • Engine design V | 4-stroke | OHV
  • Power (kw/hp) 29/40
  • Cubic capacity (ccm) 883
  • Cylinders 2
  • Starter Kickstarter
  • Cooling Air
  • Transmission n.a.
  • Gearshift n.a.
  • Gears n.a.
  • Drive Chain
  • Fuel Petrol
  • Front Brake n.a.
  • Rear Brake Drum
  • Curb weight (kg) n.a.

Harley-Davidson 1961 XLR 883 cc OHV V-twin engine # 61XLR 1003

The XLR was Harley’s production racer, designed to compete in scrambles or “TT” races, where the capacity limit was 900cc.
The XLR was an unusual combination of the rolling chassis from the KR model and an engine from the overhead valve Sportster.
Although the engine appeared to be similar to the production model, it had a shorter stroke and a larger bore for higher rpm, producing more power, although the capacity remained the same. Engine internals were pure racing components, and in this form the machine was competitive with its main adversary, the Triumph 650cc TT Special.
The XLR-TT roared on the scene in 1958 and remained in low-volume production until 1969, and is one of the rarer members of the extended Harley-Davidson Sportster family.
Depending on which historian you listen to, there were between 200 and 500 XLRs made during the XRL’s eleven years of production.
Despite looking like a stripped XL Sportster, these were pure race bikes with no provision for lighting or other street amenities.
The XLR’s performance came from its engine specs.
While run-of-the-mill Sportsters went out into the world with their cams running in needle bearings and bushes, XLRs benefited from friction-reducing ball bearings. Likewise, their crankshafts ran in roller bearings.
The bikes had specific flywheels, pistons and connecting rods.
Different cylinder-head castings allowed larger valves and a bumped-up compression ratio.
Hotter cams were installed as well as a lightened valve train.
Ignition was via magneto, moved from the right side of the engine to a tucked-up position ahead of the front cylinder.
Even the XLR frames were special, built with a better grade of steel so the walls could be thinner and the whole assembly lighter.
Rated power was 70 HP @ 6,500 rpm, top speed 180 km and the XR weighed 161 kg. (adapted from: https://stfrancismotorcyclemuseum.org)
We have been advised that the extremely low engine number could indicate that this machine was a factory racing bike.
She’s in excellent order and a very strong runner and comes with Smiths rev counter and original autograph of dirt track ace Johnny Butterfield on the number sign in front.

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  • Ready to drive

Vehicle-ID: 194328

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