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Aermacchi 250 CRTT

Harley Davidson was selling motorcycles each year, and was an increase in parts sales for who were maintaining and modifying motorcycles. Motorcycle enthusiasts buying motorcycles for business, racing, recreation, and off road

The Sportster was selling well by the riders and tuners were more out of the XR engine, and the quirks the larger twin’s engine had improvements with the Panhead, being their larger The KR 750 was still the dominant motorcycle in the and half mile ovals. The Championship rules specified flatheads.

The XLCH was excluded many of the current races of the rules, but interest continued the XLR’s research into cams, and porting improvements, by and other smaller bike The CH was faster than the H, and the FLH, and the stock imported twins, and by the could be counted on topping right off the showroom floor, and the standing quarter mile in the low

20 to 30 pounds was saved by stripping of the road equipments. The CH, with road trim weighed 475 to 495 20 or 40 pounds more than the that were being by England. A lot of the results produced by the Kr was due to the of the tuners, and riders than the displacements, as many of the singles and twins that were out of Europe were fast

A Harley Davidson factory won the National Championships, four consecutively from 1958 to riding a rigid frame which weighed less 400 pounds, and had about 60 horsepower, Daytona road races won on a factory KR TT. In 1961, the race was to the speedway, and was won on a flathead KR. The top 14 finishers of the 200 this year rode Davidson 750 KR’s.

The Sportsters got new absorbers this year, The sold for $1,225, and the XLCH’s for $1,310, with a total of 2,765 Sportsters for 1960.

Davidson also bought a interest in Aeronatica-Macchi in 1960, an manufacturer that built two and four … machines, Aermacchi Harley Davidson, as a division, and teamed up to produce a of smaller one cylinder bikes. The business was growing, and competition from some of the Japanese and manufacturers, who were selling machines in the U.S.

The Italian bikes were sold in under the name of Harley There was a lot of competition coming some of the Japanese and European manufacturers that were the smaller motorcycles overseas, were becoming popular many of the smaller motorcycle

Along with other singles, a single cylinder the Topper, was introduced which was a motor scooter which got power from a 165cc two engine, which was rated at 9 and used a starter rope was pulled to start the engine. The was built to introduce a 100 miles per economy bike, which for $430.00.

Other motorcycle were producing smaller and smaller single economy for those who wanted to get around and run errands, but didn’t want the and weight of a larger motorcycle, and in production for five years in with some of the other motorcycle-scooter manufacturers. The Topper had an transmission, and came with an sidecar for use as a utility vehicle. than 3,000 of these built during the five period they were in

1960 Super 10 —

Also in 1960, for the smaller was the Harley Super 10, which both the Hummer and Model 165 of the years. The Super 10 model had a designed 165cc engine, but lasted one year and was discontinued in

1960 Duo-Glide

The Panheads got a stamped aluminum fork that shrouded the headlight, was available in either painted or polished, two-piece handlebars, a bar for each side and center clamp that bolts to the fork top bracket, a large handlebar clamp cover, or unpolished), windshield assembly and lower panel redesigned to larger headlight shroud, FLH type Stellite faced fitted to FL models, spot-light redesigned to fit new headlight shroud, a brake drum drive that is riveted with rivets, more powerful brakes, recalibrated damping in shock absorbers, rail oil; control piston extra heavy duty springs, a revised gear on kicker gear, and crowned on gear side main

There were 5,967 F models made in 1960. The Duo-Glide Super Sport (a 74ci high compression OHV foot shift and four transmission), which sold for the FLF Duo-Glide Sport Solo, (a medium compression OHV with shift and four speed which sold for $1,310.00, the FL Solo, (a 74ci OHV with shift and four speed which sold for $1,310.00, and the FLH Super Sort Solo, (a high compression OHV with shift and four speed which sold for $1,375.000.



The 250cc Harley ‘Aer Macchi’ Sprint was this year. The Sprint was an valve horizontal single a 15 cubic inch engine with a 2.59 x 2.8 inch and …, and a compression ratio of producing 18 horsepower at 6,750 The Sprint had a Dell Orto a 4 speed transmission, Helical primary drive, and chain drive.

It came with and rear drum brakes, a 6 battery, coil/points ignition, in a tube single strut with front telescopic and rear hydraulic shocks. The weight was 275 pounds, had a 52 inch a 4 gallon fuel tank a 2 oil capacity, with a top speed of 75 per hour. It came with x 17 inch tires and came in Gray/Black, and Red/Silver as color and sold for $650.00.

Aeronautica Macchi had been an manufacturer for many years, to their connection with Davidson in 1960. The first that were imported had seats, no air filter, and the Italian on the fuel tank.

The Sprint into a dual purpose as a standard C model, which was the following year by an H version had a smaller tank, a higher fender, smaller seat, and exhausts as a street-scrambler rendition of the motorcycle, which later the ‘Scrambler’, and then the Sprint SS. The model was designated as the CRS. The fuel tank had a creased this year, the XLH’s for $1,250, and the XLCH’s for $1,335.

was a total production of 2,014 for 1961.

1961 Sprint Super 10

Racing continued to as new and different machines were and smaller machines were their own fans and following, with those who preferred the twins. Modifying and customizing the twins started becoming in the 1960‘s and more clubs were being for different types of motorcycle

1961 P D

In 1961, the Panhead’s got fire manual advance (dual points — cylinder using a separate set of and coil), twin round single lead coils, flywheel with timing for rear cylinder (mid FLH decal designed as a lightning H in red against a white background checkered stripes at both top and placed on both sides of the oil on FLH models, pushrods redesigned a longer main body and a shorter pressed in bottom a model 61 generator using an voltage regulator at the left of the cylinder, a tank emblem was a circle crossed over by a point star with the Harley Davidson stamped in bar from the lower rear of the star, and an optional dual system with interconnected (mid year).4,926 Series F were made this The FLHF Duo-Glide Super Solo, (a 74ci high OHV with foot shift and speed transmission), which for $1,400.00, the FLF Duo-Glide Sport (a 74ci medium compression OHV foot shift and four transmission), which sold for the FL Duo-Glide, (A 74ci OHV with shift and four sped which sold for $1,335.00, and the FLH Super Sport Solo, (a high compression OHV with shift and four speed costing $1,400.00.



The Sportster, overhead successor to the KR), it’s production with the XLR year, which was being for TT scramble racing. The XLR looked the XLCH stripped for competition, in but with difference’s in the engine’s The only ‘noticeable’ difference, at a was that the magneto was mounted of the front cylinder, instead of on the side.

It overhead valve XLR was for winning races. It had ball at the crankshaft ends and different heads, cams, pistons, and and was good for about 80 horsepower, the help of a good tuner, and just over 300 pounds.

produced in fewer numbers other bikes, (less 550 in a ten year period), the engine was a motor, and used in many racing machines, and powered the that set a new Bonneville record of 265 per hour in 1970. The XLR was offered a wider selection of sprockets, allowed a wider range of choices for different tracks and got an triple tree.

Though the XLR was for TT scrambling, it also saw a lot of use in drag and road racing. The XLR Sportster, overhead valve successor to the got an aluminum upper triple this year. The XLH’s for $1,250 and the XLCH’s for $1,335, a total production of 1,998 built for 1962.

1962 FLH

The got a new instrument cover for the foot-shift designed with three round indicator-lens covers: a red lens which covered the light, a center green that covered the neutral and a right red lens that the oil pressure indicator light. The were painted the same color as the motorcycle, with covers optional.

Also in for the Panheads, was a new two-lens instrument for the hand-shift models, designated two individual round indicator-lens painted the same color as the with chrome covers optional, and a tombstone speedometer a flat, single-level face center panel in a tombstone brushed-aluminum 2mph dots, hash marks for the tens, and numerals 1 to 12 against a black Black tenth-mile trip-meter a white background; red pointer; and that illuminates the outer of the face. Also new for ’61 optional spot-lights, redesigned a shallower, rounder back, and lamp brackets that redesigned to mount the redesigned

The smaller bikes were in for production for 1962

1962 1962 Topper 1962

1962 Scat 175cc Ranger 1962 Scat


In 1963, the son of former William H. (grandson of founder and manager William A. Davidson), G. Davidson joined the company as of styling. Both the XLH and the XLCH got third rear ratios, were 1.381 previously), the final ratio on the H, being and 5.85:1 on the CH. The XLCH got shorty the XCLH got an ignition key and improved

A 14.3 second quarter at 92mph was being made by the this year. 432 XLH’s sold for $1,270), and 1,001 (which sold for $1,355), produced this year.


The Panhead’s got outside heads and external oil lines a boss designated near the port for the outside oil lines, that were redesigned the oil passages on the right side, a right crankcase with the oil line boss, a right cove that was redesigned to fit the crankcase, a stylized version of the HD bar with the bar part of the emblem out to the rear for a tank emblem, rear brake drum and a revised rear brake plate and cylinder, Valance chain guard, round front and rear turn lights, and a black rubber kick-starter pedal.

The Series F models for 1963 were the Duo-Glide Super Sport (a 74ci hign compression OHV foot shift and four transmission), of which 2,100 made selling for $1,425.00 the FLF Duo-Glide Sport Solo, (a medium compression OHV with shift and four sped which 950 were made, for $1,360.00, the FL Duo-Glide, (a 74ci OHV hand shift and four transmission), of which 1,096 made, selling for $1,360.00, and the FLH Super Sport Solo, (a high compression OHV with shift and four speed of which 100 were made for $1,425.00.

The Smaller Pacer, and Short Tracker were in production for 1963.

1963 1963 Pacer

1963 165cc 1963 Short

1964 XLH

There were few in style for the XLH this year. The got a full width front hub made out of aluminum by the Aermacchi and the company logo was redesigned to fit the of the times, (re-word0. The center officially named the jiffy was now standard equipment on both

The XLH was now just under 500 pounds but was producing close to 14 second mile times with rated 55 horsepower. and could just about anything on the in top gear. A wider choice of pieces were added as options. A chromed panel for the lower fork bracket was the Buddy-Seat and a high ground kit for the XLH, and a low ground clearance kit for the

1964 XLCH

A new graphic for the XLH oil a full width aluminum drum in the front, aluminum guides, turn signals, parking lamps, safety and spot-lights were also for this years Sportsters. The package sold for $1,400.00 and the color options were Red/White, and Black/White. 810 XLH’s sold for $1,295), and 1,950 (which sold for $1,360) made this year.

The dual mufflers remained, many riders were them with the staggered mufflers so they would the look of the XLCH. The XLCH got a panel it’s lower bracket this year. 810 which sold for $1,295, and XLCH’s which sold for were made this

1964 FL

The 1964 Series F got two keys. One for the ignition and one for the neck an inner primary-chain housing with a new breather hole a two part chrome plated chain guard optional, a jiffy stand, a new oil pressure and a hollow hex-head timer unit.

The 1964 Duo-Glide, had a x 3.97 bore and …, cubic inch engine (1207cc), 8.0:1 compression a Linkert 1.5 inch, M-74-B battery/coil ignition, got 60hp at rpm, four-speed, constant transmission, with gear of 11.2:1 for 1st, 6.79:1 for 4.58:1 for 3rd, and 3.73:1 for 4th a dry, multi-plate clutch, a duplex chain for the primary chain for the final drive, fork front suspension, arm rear suspension, cable drum front brake, hydraulic drum rear The standard tire size for the Electra-Glide, was 5.00 x 16 inch.

The was 61 inches, with a 30 inch height, weighting 690 pounds. It had a 3 3/4 capacity, getting an average of 30 per gallon for a cruising range of 125 and a top speed of 97 miles per hour.

The F models made for 1964 he FLHF Duo-Glide Super Solo, (a 74ci high OHV with foot shift and speed transmission), for $1,4500.00, the FLF Sport Solo, (a 74ci compression OHV with foot and four speed transmission), for the FL Duo-Glide Sport Solo, (a OHV with hand shift and speed transmission), costing and the FLH Duo-Glide Super Sport (a 74ci high compression OHV hand shift and four transmission), costing $1,450.00

In the Servi-Car became the first to be fitted with an electric


1965 FLH Electra-Glide

is the last year for the Panhead and the Duo-Glide become the Electra-Glide. than the mechanical improvements, wasn’t much change the Duo-Glide to the Electra-Glide The Windshields still available in clear, or red or blue tint, Goodyear were available in black or the chrome hub cap was included in the King of the accessory package, and a buddy came in black and white a passenger backrest optional. the addition of an electric starter year, the name Electra is given to the last year of the appearance and 18 years of production.

The 1965 FLH Electra-Glide had an engine of 73.73 cubic inches, a x 3 .97 inch bore and …, an 8:1 ratio with 60 horsepower at rpm and a Linkert carburetor. The transmission was a speed with a chain and final drive.

It had drum and rear brakes, a 12 volt and coil/points ignition, a steel down-tube frame, front and hydraulic shock rear and a wheel base of 60 inches, 5 x 16 tires, a 5 gallon fuel 4 quart oil capacity, with a top of 100 miles per hour, weighing 783 4,800 Electra-Glides were this year, which for $1, 595.00. The color schemes for the were Black/White, Holiday White, with an optional Blue/White, and Hi-Fi Red/White.

advance was now handled automatically, eliminated the cable operated Internally, the engine was basically for this yeas twin, stronger cases and clutch added along with the starter. The new aluminum primary held the transmission in a fixed making primary chain through an access hole in the

A new oil tank moved to the left and the foot shift model got a 5 fuel tank. A chrome group which included rims, safety guard, cover, and instrument panel was offered.

The dome caps gone from the shock on the Electra-Glides, as the upper shock also served to attach the crash bar. Ball-end clutch and brake levers their first appearance, the horn was replaced by a disc fitted below the headlight, and the was eliminated by the large 12 volt and the ribbed timing cover now had a aluminum casting.

A King of the equipment group included chrome covers, a Super Buddy Seat, extra dual mufflers, saddlebags, carrier, bumpers fender safety guards, and windshield. The Deluxe Buddy Seat, was in white, black and white, and red and The wheel size for this was 16 inches, fiberglass saddlebags available in either black or and whitewall tires were

The Electra-Glide, when full could easily weigh 800 pounds fully loaded. The for the FL and FLH’s this year $145.00 more than the year, though now they start electrically with the of the thumb. 1965 being the year of the Panhead’s production the Electra-Glide a collectors item for Davidson motorcycle collectors.

16 tires were the only tires.

1965 XLH

The XLH and XLCH got a 12 volt electrical system and the XLH got spark advance. Spark on the XLH became automatic, though the kept a manual advance on the handgrip. Racing type end levers, new shocks, a 3.7 fuel and a high fidelity horn also added.

995 XLH’s and XLCH’s were produced year.

1965 Panhead FLH — Panhead

The Series F models got an electric starter, cast-aluminum primary cases the motor to the transmission, straight-leg designed without step-down in of the top shock mounts, a redesigned oil tank, mounting on the left the battery on the right, a clutch with an electric start a two brush generator with regulator, a fin-less gear with additional oil passage, an advance single-point timer, a 12 electrical system, Ball-Tip levers, a one-piece heel toe lever optional for the foot-shift two-piece handlebars that now redesigned with the left bar without a control spiral and the bar designed with a starter optional chrome oil tank and optional safety bars attached to the upper shock-mount The letter B was the designation for Electric model.

The Series F models for were: the FLFHB Duo-Glide Sport Solo, (a 74ci compression OHV with foot and four speed transmission), $1,500.00, the FLFB Duo-Glide Solo, (a 74ci medium OHV with foot shift and speed transmission), costing the FLB DUO-Glide Sport Solo, (a OHV with hand shift and speed transmission), costing and the FLHB Duo-Glide Super Solo, (a 74ci high OHV with hand shift and speed transmission), selling for Panhead engine production at the end of the 1965 model year.

Sprint H 1965 M-50

The a 50cc two-… motorbike was by Aermacchi this year. The Sport was brought in to compete the the Honda 50, which had gained Nearly half of he 9,000 that were imported sat in the as the sales weren’t as optimistic as hoped for.

The Sport was introduced in ’66, but The company’s to gain a share in the lightweight of smaller lightweight motorcycles too late to compete with the companies competition to give Davidson enough significance in market share. The other had pretty much secured the for smaller motorcycles, and were joined by other smaller motorcycle competitors.

A new world speed record of 177.225 mph for a motorcycle was set this year on a Harley Davidson Sprint. Davidson issued sock year, and became a publicly company.

By 1965, the third-generation of the family wanted to divest. In the year, the Japanese entered the motorcycle market and they themselves with world-wide that was of major concern for the time. In 1965, Harley ended family ownership a public stock offering and in merged with American and Foundry Company, (AMF).


1966 FLH 1966 Engine 1966 FLH

The Panhead had proved successful for the twin’s and the OHV engine underwent still improvements this year. As the and weight increased with the twins, the demands for an increase in size and performance increased The company decided to build a new top end for the existing engine.

Along the ten percent increase in horsepower, the Electra-Glide a new set of aluminum heads. The new became know as the Shovelhead, the new cylinder heads were to and looked like a larger of the Sportster lid. The new slightly rocker boxes were to resemble a shovel with the tubes resembling the handle of a and the top, the shovel, instead of the pan-shaped lids.

The new cylinder had the same combustion chamber and angle, but with more respiration giving the new engine an 5 horsepower. When properly and serviced, the Shovelhead was better at the engine’s oil supply inside the Those who favored the full package bikes accepted the horsepower the Shovelhead engine

The displacement of the engine was still cubic inches, as before, a compression ratio of 8:1, but now had 55 where it previously had 50. The engine to symbolize the acquisition of Harley by American Machine and Foundry, years later.

The new FLH engine had a Linkert carbuerator, came a four sped transmission, primary and final drive, and rear drum brakes, telescopic fork and rear shock suspension, had a 60 inch a 12 volt battery, coil/points steel double down-tube a 5 gallon fuel capacity, 4 oil capacity, 5 x 16 inch tires, and 783 pounds. It’s top speed was 100 per hour and came in Black/White, Metallic/White, with Optional Blue/White and Sparkling Burgundy/White. of these were built in which sold for $1,610.00.


The 1966 Sportsters got P Cam, developed intake ports, valves, and 60 miles per hour. new for the Sportsters this year, was a diaphragm carbuerator ,Ham air Cleaner, and a carburetor heat A hexagonal tan badge was also this year.

900 XLH’s, sold for $1,415), and 3,900 (which sold for $1,411, and 25 were productioned for 1966.

Sprint CRS 1966 Bobcat

The Sprint from Aermacchi was continued through this of the 60s. The standard generic model had gave way to a new family of flat-trackers and road racers. A only’ scrambler was designated the CRS, a 250cc four single. Both a C model and an H Sprint were offered year. A high pipe and plate were also items offered on the Sprint

The early Sprint H, had a toolbox on the side of the bike to match the box on the left, (like the C model). If an Sprint H came equipped a high pipe, the toolbox was fitted, had a tunnel through the to allow the exhaust pipe to The high pipe was an accessory that was available on the Sprint H it’s introduction in 1962. The low was also available.

The Sprint CRS had dominance on the oval dirt but was less dominant in keeping up the two-strokers in the road-racing circuit. was the last year of the long-… 250 for the American market. Production for was 36,310 motorcycles.



In 1967 the problem of the kick-starter was when the Sportsters got the electric option. This eliminated of the needing to know the exact drill which didn’t start the engine at the precise desired. In 1967, the XLH got a new battery/oil platform to accommodate the electric The 12 volt battery and oil tank to a rubber platform, and the smaller resided in a compact nacelle by a new indicator lamp panel.

the Electra-Glide, the battery pushed the oil to the right side, and everything was Even with the additional 30 the Sportster was still faster it had been in previous years. The shared the new cases with the for the electric starter, but remained The toolkit the earlier models disappeared this year, the battery and new starter needed the The Sportsers also got and new shocks year.

The shock absorber adjusters were changed for a range of settings. The only change that was significant, was the form of the new headlight nacelle, included an indicator lamp for the oil pressure and ammeter lights. The also helped to enclose the for the new ‘twin-switch-speedo’ instrumentation.

Aermacchi 250 CRTT

2,000 (which sold for $1,650.00), and XLCH’s (which sold for were made this Most riders chose the seat and staggered shorty exhausts for the XLCH look, a Neat-Pleat All Model Buddy was considered the class of styling most riders were in of.

The Electra Glide was in it’s year of production, since the from the Panhead to the Shovelhead

1967 Electra-Glide 1967 with Side-Car

The Sprints got new barrels and heads with … and larger bore in The SS model became the sportier version with a smaller tank, rear fenders and headlight. while the H model the lager tank. The CRS remained the model and the road-racing version the CRTT.

The Sprints bore and … from 66mm x 72mm, to x 61mm this year.

Sprint 250 ERS 1967 M 65 1967 H

In 1967, the M series of smaller went to 4 cubic inches, 62 percent more horsepower, but the continued to drop by the following when the 125cc was introduced was designated the ML 125 S. The M-65 and it’s model sold for $230.00 and though these smaller wasn’t what Harley riders were looking The opted to discontinue the smaller of motorcycles, leaving the smaller bikes to their own market, and on bringing something with power to their line of The Aermacchi era came out with a new called the 125cc Rapido in and the 100cc Baja scrambler in .


1968 XLCH

The was dropped from the XLH this and the Sporty’s got new (damping and travel) and the fork boots were this year. A restyled cover, and an optional Peanut tank was available for the XLH’s. XLH’s for the price of $1,650.00 and XLCH’s for the price of $1,600 made this year.

M 65 S Leggero 1968 125cc

A larger rendition of the M65 was introduced year called the 125cc which got a reinforced frame the year, a smaller tank, a seat, and was offered in both a and a street/trail version, though the model was discontinued in 1970, and the purpose street/trail was only trough 1972. The Aermacchi/Harley-Davidson Rapido, (it’s predecessors the M-50, and the M-65), was unique in features from it’s predecessors.

The styling of the bike, inspired), had a long and narrow tank with indents in sections sides to fit the riders with a wide pebble-finish down the center, flanked by white stripes. The silver fenders were also over from the M-50 S, and S, though only slightly to fit larger tires.

The seat was and narrow with a bump-stop at the of the seat, (both features over from the M-50 and models-though discontinued the following as well as the shrouded fenders, remained until the following as well as the lengthening of the short arm The short arm suspension didn’t foot-pegs for passengers, and housed a x 17 inch tire, (matching the size), which would the following years.

Electrically, first year of Rapido was in that there was no ignition One only needed to turn on the engage the choke and kick it to Most of the hardware, (handgrips, and brake levers, speedometer, on the Rapido ML-125 came from the M-50, and M65’s.

A low was also unique to the ML-125. The swing-arm would be lengthened the year. The suggested price for the this year, was $425.

The M Sport Leggero, (the version of the three speed two M 50cc machine), was also this year.

1968 Glide 1968 FLH

Changes, modifications and customizing were an ongoing process by Harley owners and riders. The Shovelhead was now in it’s third year of for Harley’s V-Twins.


The KRTT racing bikes also available this A KR flat track racer was to four Grand National, and one TT win the 1968 season. Four big motorcycle companies were to make headway with motorcycles and starting to have an on the U.S. lightweight bike by now and were beginning to show in the larger motorcycles as well.

the expansion of the Japanese motorcycle in the U.S. the company was faced an urgent need to upgrade and capitalize expansion plans. H. Davidson asked the company holders to accept an offer American Machine and Foundry to buy the company, and the company was sold to the Machine and Foundry. The Davidson was nominally involved, but they left the board.

Walter first, then William, and John. Harley Davidson produced 15,475 motorcycles year. The first back-to-back was won at the Daytona 200 on a 750 KR model racer.

In the year the Japanese entered the motorcycle market, Harley-Davidson, as other companies, found faced with world-wide for the first time

Many of the companies in the 1960‘s the same mistake of not taking to the Japanese threat. While Davidson and other companies, on their laurels, the big four motorcycle companies were a major impact on the U. S. lightweight market, and by the late 60s, were all jealously eyeing the part of the market as well.

were starting to view machines as outdated and needing with things like of the oil problems some were and the machines coming over Japan from the Big Four produced, were without had high tech, oil tight that were starting to heads of some of the heavyweight, (as as lightweight), riders, with the new

Harley produced only machines. The company’s attempt to a share in the lightweight market of lightweight motorcycles came too to compete with the other competition to give Harley enough significance increase in share. The other companies had much secured the market for motorcycles, and were being by other smaller lightweight competitors.

By 1965, the third-generation heirs of the wanted to divest. In the same the Japanese entered the heavyweight market and they found with world-wide competition was of major concern for the first With Harley’s production down in numbers as well as maintaining their follow-up etc. In 1965, Harley ended family ownership a public stock offering and in merged with American and Foundry Company, (AMF)

Davidson hadn’t anticipated the in competition of the Japanese lightweight companies, The company was soon by American Machine and Foundry. rose steadily from motorcycles in 1965 to 47,000 in but development lagged

In 1969, with an urgent need to production, capitalize expansion and prevent a hostile takeover William H. Davidson urged stockholders to accept an offer American Machine Foundry to buy outright for $22 million. The deal more than 60 years of control of the company.

Mert wins the AMA Grand National for team Harley-Davidson in dirt racing.


1969 XLH

The was replaced by an ignition timer/coil which made starting this year. The ignition along side the timing where it was better protected the elements.

This year was the year of the exhaust crossover which increased the horsepower to with stacked dual and the Sporty’s got new head castings, and bead wheel rims year. With the port the heads were slightly and got bigger valves. 2,700 costing $1,765.00, and 5,100 selling for $1,698.00 were this year.

1969 SS 350

For 1969, the … was increased to the Sprint a 350cc engine, the SS serving as the street version and the was re-labeled the ERS. The total of Aermacchi Sprints imported 1961 to 1974 is somewhere 40,000 motorcycles, (including the models). The were welcomed than the smaller two-strokes, but didn’t grow in popularity of the competition and Italian electrics. weren’t rated as highly of the Italian electrics.

The Sprints more mechanical ‘nurturing’ most of the Japanese and European in the same class competition.


The 1969 Rapido got a scrambles-inspired tank and a wider, dual-seat, and the model designation to MLS. The silver shrouded were also from the S, and M-65 S, and were just larger to house bigger The street style fenders remained through 1969, the model designation changed to

The short swing arm was lengthened year. The tire size to 3.00 x 17 this year, and inch the following year. The of the bike, given the model ML-125, was road racer with a long and narrow which had indents in the rear for the to fit snuggly against the tank. The at the rear of the seat was discontinued year.

The shrouded street-style were carried again year, though discontinued in

The Aer-macchi Italian portion of he had reached it’s potential by the ’60’s, though the smaller bike market had a majority of competition coming from Japanese, other European Harley Davidson face a that was being dominated by motorcycle companies, that focusing solely on performance o, and style of the smaller lightweight

Aer-macchi’s horizontal four-… was successful in Europe, and achieved share of victories in continental over-seas. It had a small powerful in a low lightweight chassis, and was out-performing and more powerful machines on the circuit, though the Japanese applying the knowledge from machines to their own two-…

Harley Davidson introduced an 350 to the riders as the SS 350 and he CRS racing models, a street version weighing 320 which could top 95 miles per The 350 engine proved to be more than the 250, but still had fuel mileage. It used the CRS

An off-road SX-350 version out two years later.

1969 350

The 1969 CRTT got the reputation of one of fastest 350cc pushrod ever built, though third in the 1966 world 4,575 Sprints were this year, with the the Sportster and Electra-Glides having 5,000 machines for the year. The remained a short-… racing for which there wasn’t a class for in the U.S.

The CRS dirt-track remained competitive in short against the BSA’s and Triumph but the dominance of the two-… smaller was growing in competition by the other in these smaller classes The SS 350 continued as a Harley Davidson through 1974, when the transferred it’s lightweight to the two-… Aermacchis.

Harley only 15,475 motorcycles. The company is sold to leisure conglomerate AMF.

Author: wm.grett@yahoo.com

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