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1957 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster

The 1957 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster motorcycle featured an overhead-valve engine. The Sportster looked similar to the final KH models -- because it was. Learn more about the 1957 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster.


1951 Harley-Davidson Police Special

1951 Harley-Davidson Police Special

The 1951 Harley-Davidson Police Special motorcycle was used by law enforcement agencies. See pictures and learn about this Harley-Davidson bike. See more »

1952 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide

1952 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide

The 1952 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide introduced a new hand-shift/foot-clutch setup. See pictures and learn about this Harley-Davidson motorcycle. See more »

1955 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide

1955 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide

The 1955 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide motorcycle offered a host of chrome options. See pictures and learn about this Harley-Davidson motorcycle. See more »

1959 Harley-Davidson Police Special

1959 Harley-Davidson Police Special

The 1959 Harley-Davidson Police Special was equipped with a siren and a fire extinguisher. See pictures and learn about this Harley-Davidson bike. See more »

1959 Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster

1959 Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster

The 1959 Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster was lighter and faster than its sibling XLH. See pictures and learn about this Harley-Davidson motorcycle. See more »

1957 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster

1957 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster

The 1957 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster motorcycle introduced the famed Sportster name. See pictures and a profile of the 1957 Harley XL Sportster. See more »

1958 Harley-Davidson FL Duo-Glide

1958 Harley-Davidson FL Duo-Glide

The 1958 Harley-Davidson FL Duo-Glide adopted a new rear suspension. Learn more about the 1958 Harley-Davidson FL Duo-Glide motorcycle. See more »

1954 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide

1954 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide

The 1954 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glides accounted for nearly half of all Harleys sold in 1954. Learn about the 1954 Harley-Davidson FL Hydra-Glide. See more »

1956 Harley-Davidson KHK

1956 Harley-Davidson KHK

The 1956 Harley-Davidson KHK motorcycle was among the last flathead Harleys. See pictures and learn more about the 1956 Harley-Davidson KHK. See more »