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Motorcycle: Sports Two Wheels - Sportsters
Date: Sunday, October 31 @ 18:05:09 UTC
Topic: Motorcycle, Motorcycles, Motor Cycle


Sportsters If the original Model K was behind the times, the machine that superseded it has become a legend. Launched in 1957, the 883cc XL Sportster was a much finer machine in every respect. Where the Model K was a flathead, the Sportster featured overhead valves. The engine and gearbox were now in-unit (a refinement to which Harley beat much of its opposition) and there was full swing-arm rear suspension with car-type shock absorbers, allowing early Sportsters to be sold as suitable for both on- or off-road use. The XL was an instant hit, accounting for one fifth of Harley-Davidson's total production in its first year on sale.

As well as meeting performance expectations, the Sportster also looked the business. Its lean, purposeful lines, capped with a minimalist fuel tank and raucous "shorty" exhausts are little changed even today. Having learned its lesson with the Model K, Milwaukee didn't stand still with its new Sportster, introducing improvements year on year. The first electric-start model was brought in for 1967, more power in 1968 and more again with the first 1,000 cc version of 1972, culminating in the delicious XR1000 of 1983. By the time Evolution-engined models arrived in 1986, there was a choice of either 883cc or 1,100cc engines, the latter eventually growing to 1,200cc.





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