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Cafe Custom Sportster

Posted by Oakland H-D Contributor on Mar 24, 2017 3:00:00 PM

A Cafe bike starts with a “less-is-more” philosophy. Stripped of all “unnecessary”accessories, these unburdened motorcycles are lighter, faster and have a hardedged,rebellious look that reflects the rider’s bare-knuckle attitude.

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"… the XLCR may be one of the most appealing bikes of the decade, a combination of two of the strongest profiling elements on two wheels — big, thundering Harley-Davidsons and sleek, kinetic-looking cafe racers." — Cycle Guide, July 1977
Conceived under the watchful eye of Willie G. Davidson, the iconic 1977-79 XLCR Café Racer model established a new timeless look - and re-creating that bike’s spirit is one of today’s fastest growing customization trends.
The XLCR was inspired by the XRTT road racer and the XR750 flat track models from the early ‘70s, with its elongated tank with knee indentions and the unique solo seat sculpted into a flowing rear cowl.
The narrow drag bar and rear set foot controls placed the rider in an aggressive posture and prepared the bike for a balanced attack of back roads and city streets alike.
As the first Sportster® model to utilize the new stronger, stiffer triangulated frame, the XLCR model targeted the best of the British café and street performance bikes. The cast aluminum wheels, dual front disc brakes and the performance oriented Goodyear® Eagle® AT tires were all chosen to keep the bike firmly in control through high-speed sweepers and tight switchback corners.
The blacked-out engine, the “siamesed” exhaust header, and the low-mounted dual mufflers set this bike apart from the rest of the Sportster model lineup, and established the XLCR's place as one of the most collectable Harley-Davidson® models ever produced.
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Create your own link to the Sportster®-based racing and performance bikes of the ’60s and ’70s. This fast-back solo seat and tail section mirrors the look and feel of the iconic 1977-79 Harley-Davidson® XLCR Café Racer model, and re-imagines the style for the modern era.

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A Café bike's profile is established by its distinctive ergonomics. Low, narrow clip-on handlebars enable the rider to "tuck in", helping to reduce wind resistance and improve control. And when combined with a form-fitting seat that locks the rider in position and rear-set foot controls, the rider can stretch out and hug the tank for the classic aggressive riding position.

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The relationship between the seat, the handlebar and the foot controls has an enormous impact on the control and confidence you feel when riding your motorcycle. For the ultimate in aggressive riding posture, Rear Set Foot Controls reposition your feet to the rear to encourage a tank-hugging tucked-in rider profile.

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Add a custom touch to your ride. These formed steel exhaust shields are available in tough heat-resistant satin black or bronze finishes that look just right when paired with black Screamin’ Eagle® Street Cannon Slip-On Mufflers. The slotted cutouts are backed with textured stainless inserts to provide a raw, hand-crafted look. Manufactured to Original Equipment standards for exact fit, these easy-to-install kits include front and rear head pipe shields.

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Wake up your ride. This pumped-up Color Shop limited-edition paint will stimulate all your senses. The design takes its authenticity from the street, delivering a vintage vibe and a performance-inspired feel. As you walk up to the bike, you see that the fuel tank’s rich candy red profile is punctuated with classic rubber knee pads, and detailed with vivid black pinstripes and a brushed metallic Harley-Davidson script. As you get closer, you will see the fading checkered flag draped over the top of the tank and rear fender that pulls the whole look together. Available with a traditional rear fender or with the Café Rear Tail Section, this two-piece paint set matches perfectly with a Vivid Black front fender (sold separately). Limited availability – only 100 sets will be offered. Sets ship in April 2017.

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