This is a 63 XLCH that I picked up to build. Story is it was raced as a tt bike through the late 60' in the Carolinas by Ed Russell. Anyone know who Ed is? I thought maybe Don Tilley may know, anyway. The generator was cut off and I have a right side case to fix that. The bike has XLRTT shocks, XLR pipes and I think the rear brake was KRTT 416610-54R. Cylinders are drilled and the engine had a few other mods. Will see how this goes, enjoy.
Looking at your pics the bike seems to be pretty much as original.
I used to ride a 1962 XLCH in TT racing back in the early 1960's myself. I never hear of Ed Russel, but he was most likely not a National level rider.
The bike's oil tank is original, as is the primary cover, the gas tank and most of the other equipment I see.
What is not original is the front hub. This hub has a part number of 44422-64 and was found on 1964 and newer machines. The correct hub for your 1963 would have been 43601-52.
Most likely the entire wheel is off a newer than 1963 model.
Also, on a machine that was a serious TT machine you will find the Fairbanks-Morse magneto mounted where the generator sits up front.
This freed up the current location where your mag sits to attach a tach drive for a tachometer.
Here is a pic of my old 1955 KR that I ran on oval dirt tracks. It shows this drive........
Both tires appear to be Firestone A&S. These would be sizes of 4.00-18 on the rear and 4.00-19 on the front.
The A&S were the standard tires used on half mile dirt tracks and TT tracks back in the day.
Pirelli tires came into use around 1964 or so but until then A&S ruled. So your tires are what was used back then for certain.
Your seat is not the original. The original solo had a 2 rod plunger seat from the factory. The plungers went down into the frame tubes with double springs on the bottom.
You have a really fine looking bike there and I would love to own it myself. I hope you bring it back looking like when you got it because that (save for the tail light) is the way it should look.
Thanks for posting the fine pics of a very fine bike.
Rolling down the highway on two wheels since 1957...
Owner Red/White 1971 XLCH & 2003 FXDL-Silver over Black
Well I have spent the last few weeks refinishing or rebuilding just about everything and sourcing parts. Pics are of what I did tonight. I had another case so I matched them up and soda blasted them but I will keep the orig right side case that had the genny mount hacked off. I have some head work to do but this one should start coming together pretty fast. Decided to keep the engine raw and top end alloy color because as you will see this is an all business machine very much like a bike I have already built but I want to see what I can do with different finishes.