1998 Harley-Davidson XL-1200C Sportster

The 1998 Harley-Davidson XL-1200C Sportster Custom topped the three-model Sportster lineup. This one's dressed in anniversary trim. See more motorcycle pictures.

Like other Harleys in the 1998 lineup, the 1998 Harley-Davidson XL-1200C Sportster motorcycle could be ordered with special paint and trim celebrating company's 95th anniversary.

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The Sportster's V-twin had remained virtually unchanged until 1986. At that time, it was updated with aluminum heads and cylinders along with hydraulic lifters, improvements that earned it the same "Evolution" title as its Big Twin brothers.

At first offered in 883- and 1100-cc versions (the former with the same displacement as the original Sportster in 1957), the larger engine grew to 1200 cc in 1988 -- the same 74 cubic inches of the pre-1978 overhead-valve Big Twins.

By 1998, the Sportster line included standard models along with Sport and Custom variations, the latter graced with 16-inch slotted cast rear wheel and 21-inch spoked front wheel.

As seem on this 1998 Harley-Davidson XL-1200C Sportster motorcycle, the Custom also eschewed the Sportster's traditional "eyebrow" headlight cover, wearing instead a simple chrome "bucket" headlight.

Available only in 1200-cc form for 1998 (an 883 would appear later), the Sportster Custom was among the models that could be ordered with Harley-Davidson's special 95th anniversary trim package that year.

And like all the other anniversary models, it has since become a prized collector's item.

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The Sportster is the lighter-weight line in Harley's roster, but hardly less desirable, especially in 95th-anniversary trim.
The Sportster is the lighter-weight line in Harley's roster, but hardly less desirable, especially in 95th-anniversary trim.

The 1998 Harley-Davidson XL-1200C Sportster line included a custom model that could be ordered with the company's 95th-anniversary trim. Just 3,000 were ordered that way, raising their value to collectors.

The V-twin gained aluminum heads and cylinders in 1986, when it transitioned to Evolution status.
The V-twin gained aluminum heads and cylinders in 1986, when it transitioned to Evolution status.
Tank badging says it all. The Sportster traced its roots to 1957.
Tank badging says it all. The Sportster traced its roots to 1957.
Only 3,000 XL Customs sport this engraved plaque. This one identifies this bike as No. 1,409 of the 3,000.
Only 3,000 XL Customs sport this engraved plaque. This one identifies this bike as No. 1,409 of the 3,000.
The anniversary logo was nicely stitched into the available passenger backrest.
The anniversary logo was nicely stitched into the available passenger backrest.

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