Harley-Davidson Sportster: Sixty Years Kindle ¶


Harley-Davidson Sportster: Sixty Years Go on ayear ride with Harley Davidson s Sportster Things got a little weird in the American motorcycle industry after World War II People hungered for new motorcycles, buying just about everything manufacturers could build But on rare occasions a manufacturer produced a machine that nobody wanted Such was the case with the Harley Davidson Model K The Model K had most of the features buyers wanted in a modern machine, like hand operated clutches, foot operated shifters, and cool running aluminum heads, but it lacked perhaps the most important technological upgrade a modern overhead valve valve train designThe Model K retained the antiquated side valve design because of arcane AMA racing rules written when Harley Davidson and Indian competed head to head on American racetracks, but byIndian was on its last legs This should have made the Model K a massive sales success What nobody counted on was the British bike invasion Thanks to their modern overhead valve engines, the lightweight British bikes humiliated the side valve Harleys on the track and on the street Upgrades to the Model K didn t help Harley finally relented and introduced a new overhead valve middleweight for themodel year Dubbed the Sportster, it was everything the Model K was not More importantly, it was faster than the British competition Thus began the Sportster s sixty year reignHarley Davidson Sportster Sixty Years tells the complete Sportster story Noted Sportster expert Allen Girdler covers all the bikes the XLCH, Caf Racer, XR, XLX Iron, Forty Eight, Seventy Two, and Nightster that have made the Sportster one of the most iconic motorcycles on earth

  • Paperback
  • Harley-Davidson Sportster: Sixty Years
  • Allan Girdler
  • English
  • 12 June 2019
  • 0760352186

About the Author: Allan Girdler

Allan Girdler, acclaimed motorcycle and automobile writer, is a former editor for Car Life, Cycle World, and Road Track Magazine He has authored numerous books including Harley Davidson Sportster, Harley Davidson XR 750, American Road Race Specials, and Harley Davidson Racing, 1934 1986.



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