For any vintage bike enthusiast, the Harley Davidson Sportster XLH is sure to have caught his/her eye at some point in time. Popularly seen in the bright red chassis, the Sportster is one of the most expensive bikes produced by the enterprise. Produced in the year 1959, about 947 models were snatched off the market at a then expensive price tag of $1,200. Presently, this classic motorbike is priced at an exclusive range varying from $6,600 to $11,000.
The bike features an jaw-clenching acceleration with a top speed of 115 mph owing to its 883cc overhead valve supported by an air cooling system of 45 degree v-twin.
A slight disadvantage of this classic motorcycle is its kick-start. Consisting of a not so friendly combination of a 9:1 compression piston and a 6v magnetic ignition, the vehicle often resisted an easy kick-start. However, today the vehicle can be converted to a more user-friendly assortment with this solution from bike lover Ray Cooper. The compression piston can be reduced to a 7:1 with the aid of compression plates used to support each cylinder. Nevertheless, certain bike enthusiasts like Rick Schaefer prefer to preserve the asset in its original arrangement. He confesses that despite the effort of kick starting turning his knees black and blue, he manages to start the vehicle in a couple of kicks by retarding the spark at a quarter throttle.
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Drew Yagodnik is Vice President of Classic Automobile Insurance Agency, Inc. Classic Automobile Insurance Agency has been protecting collector, classic and exotics since 1992.