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What is an XLX? What makes it different than a regular XLH or XL? I bought an 84 to fix and sell, and I think it's going to be more headache than it's worth.. I actually might be worth more parted out, what do you guys think?
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What is an XLX? What makes it different than a regular XLH or XL? I bought an 84 to fix and sell, and I think it's going to be more headache than it's worth.. I actually might be worth more parted out, what do you guys think?
The XLX was merely the cheapest(everything Black) stripped down solo seat XL model they sold...."different" in this case = Lowest cost, I believe they sold for $3995 when they were first released ?
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The characteristics that distinguish an XLX from the other XLs:

Mostly appearance items. Black pipes, black flat track-style handlebars, small 2 gallon tank, cast wheels, single instrument, solo seat, small front fender, matte silver rocker boxes, engine covers, and fender struts, and very little chrome. Made from '83 to '85, the first models were available in black paint only. The later ones were available in other colors (mainly red and blue) with chrome pipes. This model Ironhead is what the '86 883 Evo styling was based on.

"least expensive" might be a more fair description than "cheapest".
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Yah first one was released in 1983:

New model XLX-61: (built to sell for $3,995)

* solo seat
* peanut tank
* staggered dual exhaust
* speedo only
* 9 spoke wheels
* vacuum advance (VOES?)
* satin finish cases. {only year}
* six coil springs in clutch
* 156 watt generator
* loose output roller tranny
* output shaft oil seal secured by a bolt on cover
* 3 generator drive gears
* 10" dual front disc brakes.
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Well the guy before me must have put on a bunch of other stuff, because just about everything is chome, and the handlebars are regular type, not cheapo's chrome rocker boxes etc... I have to post the VIN.. maybe that can help
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In 1983 the first production XLX was given away to someone that Harley felt was special, who was that Special Person ? Btw, knowing me and what I'm interested in is a clue, take a guess....here's another hint, this guy is one year older than I am.
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vin on engine the second letter tells you the model

CA=XLH
CB=XLS
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So the XLX sounds like the original Nightster, or Iron, as they called the no-chrome, basic black Sporties now. (even though there is not a single piece of iron on them)
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