The Harley-Davidson XR1000 was a street version of the legendary XR750 that so dominated flat track racing in the USA in the 1970’s and 80’s. Built for just two years it featured the same alloy racing cylinder heads as the 750 fed by twin 36mm Dell’Orto carburettors.
The remainder of the bike was made up of stock XL / XLX Sportster parts. Approximately 1700 XR1000’s were produced between 1982 and ’83 making it a relatively rare model, sales of the bikes in Europe were quite poor as the styling lacked the cache of the 750, it also had a painfully small ‘Peanut’ style fuel tank, today however examples are much sought after and are rarely seen.
This example from 1983 was registered here in the UK in 1990 and was given a ‘Cafe Racer’ style make over with this beautiful hand made one off alloy fuel tank. Now sitting on wire wheels the bike has been part of a collection for the last few years, maintained well and regularly serviced it has only been used in the summer months and remains in excellent general order.
Mechanically it’s very good, the carbs have been upgraded to 40mm units, it runs well, has lots of power and sounds fantastic. A rare and handsome motorcycle supplied with an MoT until Jan 2017 and the UK V5C logbook.