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1959 Harley XLCH Ironhead Stroker

Ron from Elkhart, Indiana, USA made available to us these photographs of his stunning 1959 Harley XLCH Sportster which is powered by a dual carb 77 cubic inch Ironhead Stroker engine.

Ron: "I found this in 2003 sitting in a storage shed where it had been parked in 1973. I purchased it for $2200 and am the 4th owner. The engine has Truett & Osborn stroker flywheels making it 77 inches. The heads were heavily ported and modified by Jerry Branch (this was done before he became famous for his work on Harleys) and each has its own 38MM Mikuni carb. It has a set of Axtell cylinders.

The shift pattern had been reversed for faster upshifts so that all upshifts are done by pushing the shifter lever down. It had also been converted to 12V. The front forks were changed to an early set with a disc brake, sadly the owner couldn't locate the original set or remember what happened to them."

Photo of 1959 Harley XLCH Sportster with 77 cubic inch Ironhead Engine by Don.

Ron: "All of this was done prior to it being put in storage 30 yrs ago. I took everything completely apart and rebuilt as needed, (it didn't need much as all the original parts were there) the frame was stripped and power coated. With the exception of the powder coating I did the remainder of the work including the red and cream paint.

The compression is so high I had to install compression releases to help with the starting, I run 110 octane fuel and its not to difficult to start if you know the routine. To say it runs strong is an understatement, its scary fast. I would be honored to see my pics on your website."

Well, Ron, be ensured: we are equally honoured to have you here.

Photo of 1959 Harley Davidson 77ci Ironhead XLCH Sportster motorcycle by Don.

Don't let those elegant colours deceive you. With her Axtell cylinders, Truett & Osborn stroker flywheels, 77 cubic inches displacement, and superior breathing - through dual 38MM Mikuni carburators and heads that were heavily ported and modified by Jerry Branch - Don's cute little 1959 XLCH Ironhead Sportster is definitely not a Harley for sissies.

Photo of 1959 Harley XLCH Sportster with 77 cubic inch Ironhead Engine by Don.

Photo of 1959 Harley Davidson 77ci Ironhead XLCH Sportster motorcycle by Don.

Photo of 1959 Harley XLCH Sportster with 77 cubic inch Ironhead Engine by Don.

(January 2009)


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