Harley Davidson SST 250

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The biggest of the little ones Harley-Davidson’s Italian factory at David Cobbold rides trail and road 350s, the Harleys not sold in the USA.

Italian subsidiary at Varese a range of single cylinder motorcycles in both road and versions which are very performance-wise, but have hitherto out on their rightful share of the market on account of the high tags and poor spares up. It is high on HD’s list of to remedy this situation, and as is the anniversary year for the American look out for tempting offers.

The SST version) and SX (Trail ver-

350’s are a logical extension of existing range which covered 125, 175 and 250 categories. to produce a medium-sized 2-stroker in age of increasing noise and air pollution is perhaps more of a gamble might at first appear.

HD at Varese do not expect their 350 to be on in the States, where the rest of the range has considerable success, incidentally, undersells its Japanese by a handsome margin (SX 250 goes for against around $1190 for the or Yamaha equivalent). Italian VAT which penalise the over categories were probably a incentive.

Aesthetically, both are an improvement on pleasant enough systems. The SX has a pleasant looking up and exhaust in matt black looks as if it’s straight off a The seat looks (and is) comfortable, and the general appearance is purposeful, with a welcome of unnecessary frills. The same for the SST, which has a lower and look, with its lazily bars, strongly reminiscent of the V-Twin.

On the road version, the exhaust is though also matt and the front brake is a 264mm disc. Apart from and a 21 front wheel on the SX, the technical are almost identical although the SX revs a might higher, at against 6800 for the SST.

astride the SX, I noticed the cleverly filler cap for the separate oil tank. is between the petrol tank and thereby ensuring that you to keep

the works lubricated. position is about Above: stopper on the e * r .l j i. roadster is Brembo s for the dual purpose mount is, with aWe 264mm unit pattern bars of just the width and distance from the Foot controls were and it took me no time to feel at on this machine.

The up and over runs to the left of the fuel and seat, which involves an close encounter with the left knee. However, the shield which protects all parts of the exhaust is fully as the writers unmelted plastic will testify. Starting no problem with either whether hot or cold, the kick having a longish travel didn’t foul the passenger rest, although a pillion would have to watch his

My main criticism and this for both versions is the appalling switghcear. HD say they are planning to this on all their models, and I the sooner the better, as this is a bad of ship spoiling.

Moving off, I was immediately by the torque put out by this motor. It almost like a large and the front wheel can be lifted in the first three gears. The is smooth and progressive, so such are purely voluntary.

These two render the bike emininently in town traffic, where dodging becomes a pleasure. To add to the the five speed gearbox is in use, and has a positive action makes gear and neutral easy. Power really to push things along at 4500 revs, but the motor pull cleanly and strongly 2000.

On the SX, front brake is diameter drum, which perfectly adequate for dual use, not being too sudden on the while remaining capable of the machine from highish speeds without trouble, the lever was pulled firmly. The drum balanced this and you’ll have to be pretty with it to lock up the back

The SX was shod with Taiwan-made of trials pattern, about I had some apprehensions for the road of the test. These proved as adhesion was good in basically dry and any breakaway that occurred high-speed cornering was preceded by of warning. Their rubber was clearly a road/trail compromise, and on wet grass was minimal, although could be improved by varying the

Stability whilst belting out down the motorway was also Italian motorcycles have an and well-earned reputation for their and this one is no exception. The lightness of the (129 kilos) and the power of the are fully complimented by a frame/suspension set up is hard to fault.

Ceriani need no introduction from me, and excellent under varied conditions. On the road, the bike be chucked into tight and picked up with a whip of in complete confidence. Should the end step out on a

wayward patch of a quick pull on the bars is to correct,

The motor’s flexibility a further surprise for me when I the SX up a very rocky mountain which in parts approached a section in terrain. When I ground to a halt across a boulder, I discovered that I had in second rather than

In fact the gear selector is too the footrest for this type of and as the gears can be shifted without the so sweet is gearbox action, I had pulled up on the lever whilst to keep my toe clear of some But this is not a criticism, as the machine is not a iron, although the lowdown of the motor tempts one to tackle going.

The steering lock is a bit for tight manouvering.

Harley-Davidson SX 175

Some of the SX’s rivals a more sophisticated specification, but is really necessary in a trail Surely, one of this bikes

ages is its mechanical simplicity. The bored motor has benefited Harley Davidson’s considerable experience (road race world champions in 1974, and 1976).

This is a machine really can be used to ride to take on a weekend run to your retreat? and then given a bashing round some or forest tracks. without hopelessly unsuited to any of these

The SX’s road going the SST, felt very at first, due to its cowhorn handlebars, were narrower and swept towards the rider. For town and the occasional blast up the highway, bars are comfortable and give a riding position, but for sustained roadwork of which this is eminently capable, a flatter bar be much less tiring. The also is different, having less padding, and regrettably the cross ribbing which the backside in its intended position on the SX. the SST, I found myself backwards and forwards under the effects of acceleration and deceleration

The exhibits the same characteristics as the version, although the test was noticeably smoother. Even at top no vibration was felt on the SST, there was a fair amount of in the bars when revving 6500 on the SX. As has been mentioned, the version does rev higher, and may explain things.

Also the bikes ridden factory prototypes which had a considerable thrashing from the who had been testing them all possible weather and road for eighteen months. Harley say are working on this vibration for the models, and my guess is that it not be a problem. Tyres on the road are Pirellis, with a rib pattern up and these were excellent in wet and dry going.

It was a joy to heel the bike a long fast curve and the power on. It would go exactly it was pointed and was not upset by either or ruts. When it came to time the Brembo front was superlative.

Braking action was and progressive, with enough to pull you up in a very short should this be necessary. As the SX, the rear drum complimented the brake very well, and should have trouble the SST in an orderly fashion.

Exhaust is reasonable with the SST, is not the case on the SX if large hand-fuls of are used in town. Mechanical is what one would expect a large 2-… single, and is more pronounced with the SX.

Yet mention must be made of the that the bikes ridden had the of about three years use, and whilst it is far from a bad to test a well-used version of a new some lattitude must be in matters such as mechanical and general appearance and finish. I am not commenting in detail on these, for I had a look at a pre-production series on the line, and frame welding was and paint finish looked good. In the past, chrome has of poor quality on the Italian Harleys, but the American parent has new quality standards and chrome is now beefed up on all models.

Both machines are good commend-ably simple, and well with a powerful motor has excellent torque characteristics. and brakes are hard to fault, in mind the dual use to which the SX be subjected. The SX is a true multi-purpose and should give its owner pleasure on the road.

The SST is a medium-sized burner with superb and must rival larger in performance, due to excellent power to ratio. U.K. price be the deciding factor as to whether machines get the share of the market deserve on their intrinsic alone.

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