Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Harley Davidson XLCR 1000 (1977)

Whilst on Twitter yesterday, there was a tweet from Warrs Harley Davidson showing a picture of Halle Berry on the back of an XLCR looking very cool.  Back in 1977 this was the bike I wanted the most, but being still at school, and only 17 I had to get the 125cc Single cylinder Harley and pretend it was this beast.

Anyway seeing this picture prompted me to do a quick search on Ebay to see if there were any going - and to my surprise there was an unrestored 1977 XLCR in full working order with only 6500 miles on the clock and all the original documentation, with only a day to go until the auction closed.
So I put in my best realistic bid, and thought nothing more until I got the email this morning saying I had won!  So cash out the bank, train to South West London, where I met a real gent Paul who has a huge collection of bikes, and rode it home in the warm spring sunshine.

The bike is an absolute delight, purrs along with its 4 speed box, brakes are more for slowing you down than actually stopping, but you can compensate for that - but a real treasure and one I am delighted to own.  My plan is to keep it as it is un-restored after all only about 1900 were built and they wont be making anymore.

11 comments:

Ted Parry said...

Restore by all means Ian - Just don't "Tart it up" !!!

Anonymous said...

Paddy,
Yep,
I got an original 1978. You need the original Aircleaner box

Ian Solley said...

Thanks Ted the plan is to keep it as it is in original condition!

Paddy the bike came with a box of original stuff including the carb and air filter cover - it just runs better with the S&S.

Thanks

JAP Motorcycles said...

I was looking at this one on Ebay too!! Was very tempted!!! How funny! Amazing bike mate.

J

iansolley said...

its a lovely bike with real character - let me know how JAP is getting on and if you want to pop over for a chat let me know.

JAP Motorcycles said...

Ta mate!! Would definitely like your advice!
Summers almost here so a trip down Tunbridge way will be a pleasure.

Clare Westby said...

It’s so cool to see an Academy-Award winner and a highly-respected actress on a beast like that Harley, but it’s even cooler to see that you got the bike that you’ve always dreamed about, even if it did take a few years! Congratulations on getting that HD bike! You’re right to keep it un-restored – if at some point you decide to pawn it or sell it, un-restored, all-original vintage Harleys actually make much more money than fixed up and customized Harleys. I should know – I watch a lot of “Pawn Stars,” haha!

iansolley said...

....funnily enough was thinking of blinging it up - but that might be sacrilege.....

Claudio Mccarty said...

You’re certainly lucky that you found yourself the motorcycle you wanted. And the 1977 XLCR really does looks like a beast! From the looks of it, the Harley doesn’t need to be restored at all. It actually looks like it came straight from the manufacturer! I think Paul really knows how to take good care of vintage and classic motorcycles.



@Claudio Mccarty

Hannah Parkin said...

It's really a great feeling to own something you have always wanted. It actually feels better because you have wanted it for years, and finally, It's yours. Congrats on your great find! I know you will take good care of this classic.

Hannah Parkin

iansolley said...

Thanks Hannah - going to ride this beast to Biarritz this year

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