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    BadAss Hooligan
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    1959 Harley XLR

    This belonged to my uncle way back in the day. I'm told these were race bikes. I think he said they didn't even come with brakes? Maybe not a front brake? He put lights on it and made the rear fender "outta two old ones." His buddy did the paint. Not a big Harley guy myself, but this catches my eye.
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    Re: 1959 Harley XLR

    Looks pretty neat
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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: 1959 Harley XLR

    If it was a race bike, it was a flat-tracker. They didn't (still don't) have a front brake. Pretty cool bike - reminds me of the first Sportster I ever rode, a '58, back in 1967.

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    BadAss Hooligan
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    Re: 1959 Harley XLR

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike L View Post
    If it was a race bike, it was a flat-tracker. They didn't (still don't) have a front brake. Pretty cool bike - reminds me of the first Sportster I ever rode, a '58, back in 1967.

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    Yep, flat-track race bike I believe. Uncle and his friends added a front brake. I guess from a street model.
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    Re: 1959 Harley XLR

    In my opinion, that is a regular XLCH most likely. The XLRs are really rare, and really special bikes. They had chromoly frames, and the motors are all ball bearing. The magneto is moved from the stock position on them, and run in the front where the generator was. That bike has the magneto in the normal position. It also has regular steel rims instead of the aluminum high shoulder ones it should have. You would have to look at the VIN on the left case and at the cylinder heads to actually know. Either way though, that will be a fun bike.


 

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