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1958 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster
1958 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster
1958 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster
1958 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster
1958 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster
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1958 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster
1958 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster
1958 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster
1958 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 1958 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 1958 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 1958 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster Ted 4838 1958 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 1958 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 1958 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster

1958 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster

Introduced in 1957, the Sportster came to define Harley-Davidson performance even though it was initially criticized by reviewers and buyers as nothing more than a low-powered touring motorcycle. The Sportster’s engine was the first 55-cubic inch, overhead-valve unit offered by Harley-Davidson.  Models built in 1958 benefitted from improvements in cylinder head design derived from racing that allowed for a higher compression ratio and greater horsepower.  The Sportster later became the basis for racing models like the XLR and the XR-750.

Collection of Loren Carpenter

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