Rumor: Harley-Davidson Cafe Racer in the Works

08/04/2009 @ 4:59 pm, by Jensen Beeler19 COMMENTS

Harley-XLCR-1000-Café-Racer

There might be a pulse after all in the town of Milwaukee. A&R has gotten word that the Sultan of Slow is working on a cafe racer motorcycle, similar to the classic XLCR 1000.

If true (and not flubbed like the V-ROD), Harley-Davidson may have found the happy merger of maintaining its brand identity, and manufacturing a motorcycle for people that never owned a black & white television. We secretly hope this rumor is associated with the Harley-Davidson V4 rumor we heard not so long ago, but that may also then indicate Hell freezing over and the Earth collapsing in on itself like a dying star.

Harley-Davidson has come under fire lately for chasing the baby-boomer generation at the peril of not infusing the brand with fresh blood. Including a cafe racer design into its line-up may well give the American brand the traction it needs with the younger generations, and help indoctrinate them into the Harley brand.

We’re always cautious about rumors here, and even more so when they involve H-D doing something right; so as usual, time will tell on this one. We just hope H-D updates the bike a little bit more than the 1970’s version shown above.

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  • http://twitter.com/fierypinkgirl/status/3132116329 Kelly Rogers

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  • VintageWrencher

    Why do I envision a Sportster with stock footrest position,clubman/ACE bars,checker board tape running down the center of the fenders,tank and bum stop seat,the obligatory “CAFE” sticker on the side covers and some kinda fruity name like “The Cafster” ?

  • Billy B

    VintageWrencher….because you’re unfortunately right…I’m one of those youngsters they should be looking to capture, I actually already own a project softail in the making I bought for cheap…over the few years I haven’t really seen too much forward thinking from HD to capture the younger market, and I will admit to wanting to purchase another company’s cafe-type racer…only for the reason HD doesn’t have a decent one! I would kill for an actual specifically designed HD cafe everyday-ride that isn’t a sticker/badge slap-on job on one of their other bikes!!!

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  • Dr. Gellar

    Considering Harley already has the XR1200, wonder if it will end up looking something like this?

    http://media.photobucket.com/image/XR1200X/rotcorp52/XR1200X.jpg

  • JR

    Dr. Gellar

    I almost spit out my coffee when I saw that picture…… yummy

  • http://twitter.com/torchindy/status/3186784155 Eric Dodge

    @tallertrees http://bit.ly/KnBMi Hilarity. Harley guys make fun of our DIY attitude café-ing out old bikes, and now they copy the style.

  • mike yk paahana

    wish they would make 1 with moped size engine

  • http://caferacersreturn.blogspot.com Tonup

    Not another try hard Cafe Racer. Harley need to stick to what they know and come to terms with the fact that this market ain’t for them…unless they are prepared to let go of their “set in stone” style and get some inspiration from the custom builders who are creating their own Harley Davidson Cafe Racers.

  • groupw

    > Harley guys make fun of our DIY attitude café-ing out old bikes

    ……. nah, we don’t really care. Just gimmie a 2011 Road Glide w/103″ and you guys can put yer butts as far up in the air as ya want. ……. go fast, i’ll still wave !

  • Donny

    They picked that over buell,lolololololololololol.(PS) just look at the picture above,then look at a buell lightning long ss.