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1958 Harley XL Ironhead Sportster

Kathy from Florida, United States made available to us these photographs of her classic 1958 Harley XL Ironhead Sportster.

Kathy: "My name is Kathy and I have owned and kickstart My 58 for 11 years. I will admit, I had trouble at first trying to kickstart her, but once I got use to how she likes to be started and believe me they all are different, I had NO PROBLEM. I only weighed 110 lbs so you could imagine the crowd I drawn at Daytona Bike Week.

My Husband and I have been riding side by side for a long time. He owns a 1968 XLCH, kicker also. We have owned other bikes, but there's nothing like a good OLD HARLEY. The way it feels on a old bike in the wind is different, and only people who ride the old ones know what I am talking about."

Photo of 1958 XL Sportster Harley Ironhead 900cc Classic Motorcycle by Kathy.

Kathy: "I had back Surgery in 2005 and thought that I would'nt be able to ride MY 58, so I advertised it for sale. I went out and cleaned it up and was just getting sicker about selling it, after I got it cleaned up put fresh gas and spark plugs, I give it a couple of prime kicks and turned on the key and kicked and it FIRED RIGHT UP!

I took her for a ride and said thats it, I came back home walked in the door, went straight to Ebay and instantly took it off the Market. I thought how stupid am I, I could never sell MY 58.


Thank you HARLEY-IRONHEAD.COM for letting me share my story."

Photo of 1958 Harley Davidson 61 cubic inch Ironhead XL Sportster motorcycle by Kathy.

Photo of 1958 XL Harley Sportster Ironhead 883cc Classic Motorcycle by Kathy.

Photo of 1958 Harley Davidson 900cc Ironhead XL Sportster motorcycle by Kathy.

(February 2009)

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