1975 Harley-Davidson XL-1000 and XR-750

1975 Harley-Davidson XL-1000's such as this one are difficult to find in original condition. See more motorcycle pictures.

The 1975 Harley-Davidson XL-1000 and XR-750, like their Big Twin brethren of the AMF era, often had their appearances altered, so relatively few are found today in their original state.

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Government regulations required all motorcycles to have their rear-brake pedal on the right for 1975, so brake and shift arms swapped sides on Sportsters that year (Big Twins already had the brake on the right).

The XR-750 proved successful on the racecourse.

The engine for Harley's successful XR-750 racer was based on that of the Sportster, but it carried dual carbs and high-mounted megaphone exhaust, along with special heads that moved intake ports to the rear of their respective cylinders and exhausts to the front.

The XR-750 was a smaller engine, but still produced big-time horsepower.

Though downsized to 750-cc, these engines produced a whopping 90 horsepower, all of which could be set free with just a quarter-turn of the throttle.


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