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Go on a 60 year 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 design.The 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 by 1952 Indian 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 the 1957 model 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 reign.Harley Davidson Sportster Sixty Years tells the complete Sportster story Noted Sportster expert Allen Girdler covers all the bikes the XLCH, Caf Racer, XR1000, XLX, 883, Iron, Forty Eight, Seventy Two, and Nightster that have made the Sportster one of the most iconic motorcycles on earth....

Title : Harley-Davidson Sportster: Sixty Years
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ISBN : 0760352186
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Motorbooks New edition March 1, 2017
Number of Pages : 176 pages
File Size : 589 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Harley-Davidson Sportster: Sixty Years Reviews

  • Hopper
    2019-01-31 00:36

    This is THE book on the history of the XR-750. Fantastic book by a fantastic author. It loses a star though for the terrible reproduction of photos. They look like old 1970s photocopies of photocopies. All black and white inside, they are mostly murky and blurry. As if the original book was scanned in and laser printed -- which may well explain the cheap price compared with the mad prices that used copies of the 1991 original book sell for today. A bit disappointing because it is hard to see the nitty gritty tech details in the photos, which a book like this is much about.

  • Jeff
    2019-02-15 00:37

    This is a very thorough, informative and entertaining history of Sportsters from their inception through 1994, and a must-read for anyone who loves Sportsters. As someone who is considering buying a Sportster for his/her first Harley, however, it wasn't much help because the latest models covered were 20 years ago. Despite that, I found the book to be a fascinating read.

  • S. Darrow
    2019-02-08 01:29

    This is a great publication that explains everything anyone would need to know about the longest production running motorcycle that Harley-Davidson has ever put out in the past 60 years.

  • Rita R. Jones
    2019-02-07 20:31

    arrived fast and in perfect shape! looked all thru it right away and it is as perfect as a brand new one can be! I'm very happy! And the content is great, it covers a bit of pre-sixties up to a bit of post-sixties. clear, crisp pics are all very cool and nice. It's just a great book!

    2019-02-06 22:27

    Decent informational resource item. Photos, paper, and binding are quite good for a paperback book.

  • roadrash
    2019-02-16 00:35

    Great history of the XR750 and shows how screwed up Harley Davidson was and still is. I would give it five stars but the pictures as others have noted SUCK! At the price of this book I would expect better.

  • G. Foreman
    2019-01-29 02:39

    Own a Sportster? Then you should own this book.

  • Brian D Tooley
    2019-02-07 20:47

    This is a reprint of the original release from this author with a different picture on the cover print looks bad and the pictures are of poor quality the original is a much nicer book to own ........