The Harley Davidson Sportster model has been in production since 1957 and rose to fame in the US in 1968 due to its appearance in the TV series "Then Came Bronson".

The Sporster has been offered in many different models based on the following base models:

  • Harley Davidson Sportster XL Ironhead, 1957-1985 and came with the 900cc & 1000cc Ironhead engine with cast iron heads
  • Harley Davidon Sportster XL Evolution (EVO), 1986 to present had the option of 883cc, 1100cc and 1200cc Evolution engine with allow heads

The Harley Sportster gets its juice from the venerable V-Twin engine which was mounted directly to the frame until 2003 when Harley started using rubber isolation mounts to reduce the vibration transferred to the driver.  Some will say this took some of the "Harley Feel" from the bike.

95 03 HARLEY DAVIDSON SPORTSTER XL 883 XL883 FRAME CHASSIS SALVAGE REBUILDABLE
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93 HARLEY DAVIDSON SPORTSTER XL 1200 XLH FRAME CHASSIS SALVAGE REBUILDABLE 1993
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98 HARLEY SPORTSTER XLH 883 XLH883 FRAME SWINGARM CHASSIS SALVAGE REBUILDABLE
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XL 1200V 2012 Harley Davidson XL 1200V Salvage Rebuildable Repairable No Reserve NR
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2001 Harley Davidson Sportster 2001 HARLEY DAVIDSON XL 883 SPORTSTER REPAIRABLE NO RESERVE
2001 Harley Davidson Sportster 2001 HARLEY DAVIDSON XL 883 SPORTSTER REPAIRABLE NO RESERVE
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1984 Harley Davidson SPORTSTER HARLEY DAVIDSON SPORTSTER XLH 1000CCOTHERIRONHEADANTIQUE PARTS
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2006 Harley Davidson Sportster 2006 HARLEY DAVIDSON XLH1200C SPORTSTER 1200 CUSTOM
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2003 Harley Davidson Sportster 2003 Harley davidson XL883 HUGGER XL883
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2005 Harley Davidson Sportster 2005 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 Custom
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It is notable to mention that Harley also made racing models of the Sportster.  Not is more famous then Evil Knievel's XR-750 Harley Davidson Sportster which was a racing bike modified for jumping.  One of Knievel's XR-750's is on display at the Smithsonian and worth the visit.

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