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

1957 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster Pictures

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.

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.

"SPORTSTER" cast into the primary cover announced to all that this was no KH.

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