This is the rare 1980 style XR tank

Over the last ten or so years, I have secretly been making exact reproductions of all the Harley XR race tanks and fenders. There are others making XR tanks and tails but their quality is sub-standard and that is reflected in their pricing. If you are building a priceless, original XR you have no business putting a J.C. Whitney quality body on it. That route will hurt you if/when you sell it.

I have been marketing these through John Steel in Chagrin Falls, Ohio and he is my exclusive agent--I can't sell them direct on my own--they have to come from John. He is extremely fussy about product authenticity and quality--that's how I know John and I offer the best XR stuff in the country. John’s customers contact him when they open their cartons. They are that blown away with the quality.

Here are the XR products I make:

This is the 1972 style XR fender with
the correct basketweave upholstery
  • 1970 to 1979 XR tank w/o coating
  • 1970 to 1979 XR tank with coating
  • 1970 to 1972 XR fender with correct basket weave upholstery
  • 1980-on XR tank w/o coating
  • 1980-on XR tank w/ coating
  • 1974, 1975, 1977 & 1980 XR fender with correct cowhide upholstery

If you are interested in XR stuff, please don't call me, contact:

John Steel
Hi-Speed Motorcycles
600 Hemlock Road
PO Box 44
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
440-247-6021 p/f


If you are wondering about that 'coating' reference, that is something unique with my tanks. We discovered years ago how to coat and protect fiberglass tanks and engines from oxygenated (corn based) ethanol (gasohol) fuel. Ethanol (alcohol) will leach resin from the insides of uncoated tanks. The resin is passed through the carbs and valves guides. When the engine cools, the resin hardens inside carb orifices and in the engine.

Engine and carb disassembly and intense cleaning is the only cure and that ain't cheap. Alcohol also destroys uncoated tanks. This can be seen in bubbling paint, leaks and a soft spongy tank structure. Never use any form of alcohol in an uncoated fiberglass tank.