History of the Harley-Davidson Sportster
The Harley Davidson Sportster had been produced since the late 1950s but its roots date back as early as 1919 with the iconic Model W motorcycle, which featured a unique flat-twin engine. The Sportster has seen many changes over the years but one thing has always stayed the same: the die-hard fanbase behind them. Whether someone is just getting into motorcycling or has been riding motorcycles for decades, the H-D Sportster has all the power and attitude a rider could ever need. Share your Harley Davidson and Sportster memories with us @Titlemax on Twitter.
The History of the Harley-Davidson Sportster
Pre-Sportster Small Twins
|Name||Engine||Years in Production|
|Model W||584 cc flathead flat-twin||1919-1923|
|D-series 45||739 cc flathead||1929-1932|
|R-series 45||739 cc flathead||1932-1936|
|Servi-Car||739 cc flathead||1932-1973|
|W-series 45||739 cc flathead||1937-1952|
|Model K||750 cc flathead||1952-1953|
|Model KR||750 cc flathead||1953-1969|
|Model KH||888 cc flathead||1954-1956|
The Age of the Sportster
|XL Ironhead||883 cc & 1,000 cc||1957-1985|
|XL Evolution||883 cc, 1,100 cc & 1,200 cc||1986-|
|XR1200 Nightster||1,200 cc||2008-2012|
|XL883N Iron||883 cc||2009-|
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