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Do the later Sportsters have Brake/Clutch levers mounted on the bars like this? I expect NOT, sure looks funky! If not, how does it get resolved? Mounted just ahead of the grips is the Kill button, you can see the underside of the radius is pinched to allow the bend. I was told these bars were from an '80s XL. Not so??
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do you have a zoomed out pic of your bars so we can see all of it? stock bars from '65 should've been two piece - two separate halves secured by the clamp in the middle. is that how yours is?
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Yes, the bike had the 2 piece Buckhorns on it. I hope you won't think this was really dumb,....... And I did spend some effort trying find the correct bars, but not easy to find with Left mag retard.
Anyhow, I had posted here previous not happy with Buckhorns. Was trying to find out what the other bars are called just so I could ask around looking for the right thing. Saw a CL ad for some Sportster bars, I think '80+ year. They were cheap so just to see if the shape was good I got them. Then I thought why not just cut'em and use them? Mounted the switches and wiring, and that's what you are seeing in the photos. I was just wondering how the levers do work on the '80s bars?
They have to be mounted ahead of the grips, and that is where the pinched in section underneath is.
If I do run across the correct bars, shape and with the controls, I'd buy them! I've had ads on the Buy/Sell board, no response.
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Tried here?

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Anyhow, I had posted here previous not happy with Buckhorns. Was trying to find out what the other bars are called just so I could ask around looking for the right thing
The XLH bars were called Speedster according to my parts book. They look a lot more suitable for competition than Buckhorns to me, but they're a lot rarer...
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The XLH bars were called Speedster according to my parts book. They look a lot more suitable for competition than Buckhorns to me, but they're a lot rarer...


The OP has a 65 XLCH, Speedsters didn't come on CHs till 66.


Speedsters on H models lack the kill button hole.
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This link was provided by a member here, and I did contact the seller. No LH retard/advance on the left side. Confusing to me as he states the part as a '65 CH. At the price, it is still interesting and I'm watching it.
Whatever these are called, they are the shape I am looking for. May buy'em anyhow.

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Confusing to me as he states the part as a '65 CH.
Actually, he only says they came off of a 1965 XLCH, not that they're original to the bike. As you've discovered, a lot can happen in 53 years.
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The OP has a 65 XLCH, Speedsters didn't come on CHs till 66.
Yes, I agree that Speedsters don't seem to be listed as a complete assembly for XLCH...

However, my -65 parts book does show individual handlebar sides 23 & 24 on p59-60 (which look to be a close, if not identical, bend to the Speedsters), listed as:


56087-58A HANDLEBAR SIDE, bare, left (chrome) (LACONIA 58-62 XLCH
56087-63 HANDLEBAR SIDE, bare, left (chrome) (LACONIA) 63 & 64 XLCH
56087-65 HANDLEBAR SIDE, bare, left (chrome) (LACONIA) 65- XLCH


This confused me enough that I was almost motivated to post asking what this meant - e.g. "what's LACONIA?" "Does this mean Speedsters were XLCH fitment?", but here seems like it might work too...

They do not seem to have a spark advance cut-out in the left side, but this might just be the drawing.

Buckhorns have always confused me; I can't imagine they'd be preferred for competition...

The -78 parts book explicitly says it only contains "current Production handlebars", and lists only the "Sport" and "XL" bends in addition to the Buckhorns.

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Heh. Of course, it's been asked before - sometimes, once you refine the search terms, Google throws up the exact thread on this forum...

http://xlforum.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1579853

Specifically http://xlforum.net/forums/showpost.p...34&postcount=4 says:

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According to the "Legend Begins" book, Laconia bars were the only option on the XLCH until 1967 when more options appeared. Was it possible to get buckhorns before 1967? Probably. As mentioned earlier, dealers could order bikes the way they wanted them for their customer's taste.
[Edit: and 5 pages into that thread, it contains huge amounts of detail. I feel a lot better - at least I wasn't the only person to ever get confused by this..]

Ah, a thread with pictures of Laconia (renamed "Sport" 67 and up), XL and Speedster bars: http://xlforum.net/forums/showthread.php?t=706386 - p7 of the big "monkey wedding" thread above has comparison photos too.

Seems the bars I lusted after without knowing what they were called are the "XL" ...

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