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.