1957 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster


1957 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster Pictures
This 1957 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster features Pepper Red paint over black. Buyers could request the colors be reversed.
This 1957 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster features Pepper Red paint over black. Buyers could request the colors be reversed.

The 1957 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster motorcycle featured an overhead-valve engine, telescopic front forks, and swingarm rear suspension. It located its shifters and drive chains on the right side, British-style.

The XL instruments consisted of a simple speedometer, while oil pressure and generator warning lights were built into the headlight housing.
The XL instruments consisted of a simple speedometer, while oil pressure and generator warning lights were built into the headlight housing.
Backing the headlight was a chrome fork cover similar to that used on Harley's big FL models.
Backing the headlight was a chrome fork cover similar to that used on Harley's big FL models.
Harley spotters knew from the cylinder barrels and heads that this wasn't a KH engine.
Harley spotters knew from the cylinder barrels and heads that this wasn't a KH engine.
"SPORTSTER" cast into the primary cover announced to all that this was no KH.
"SPORTSTER" cast into the primary cover announced to all that this was no KH.

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