1966 Harley-Davidson Sprint H

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Years produced:

Total production: N/A

Claimed 21hp @ 7,250rpm

Top speed: (period test)

Engine 246cc, overhead valve, single

Weight (wet): (271lb)

Price then: (1967)

Price now:

Ross Puleo is a man with a A lover and restorer of Aermacchis, the Italian imports that sold in the Sixties and Seventies, he to spread the word about the classic known as the Harley-Davidson H.

Ross’ family hails Sicily, and as the owner of Sonny’s Repair, specializing in HD Aermacchis, in Mass. he’s well-placed to on the subject. (“Italian Americans Italian Americans” is his official

When Ross was a kid, his dad buy him junk bikes to repair, they’d keep him out of trouble. His fling with the Aermacchi came in the form of an Aermacchi found sitting on a trailer at a market. The 65cc machine was in sad but to the 14-year-old mind, it had possibilities.

The said Harley-Davidson, just Dad’s friends’ bikes, but those big hogs the Leggero was and uncomplicated, something that a could both afford and Ross bought it. “I got it he says, “I brought it from the ….”

Time passed, Ross from high school and joined the Coast Guard as a mechanic. But motorcycles were big on his list, and drawn again by the of the swap meet he encountered sad example of the Varese factory’s a 125cc Rapido two-…. was in my early 20s and wanted to be an authority on I figured if I had two Aermacchis, it would me an authority. Now I have 10.”

The Sprint comes to the U.S.

As imported into the U.S. the produced 18hp at 6,750rpm an 8.5:1 compression ratio. It had brakes and excellent handling, but was let by an outdated oiling system and electrics. The Italians believed a 250 was serious transportation, something to be for and maintained.

But in the U.S. a 250 was a kid’s often used, abused and put wet. The electrical system stand up to typical kid punishment and Aermacchis were shoved the corner of the garage to gather after they broke once too often.

But the bikes were appreciated by Cycle World tested a H in 1962, recording a standing time of 19.2 seconds and a 0 to 60 of 15 seconds for the 280lb bike. Top was 76mph.

The same year, Car tested a Sprint C. The C was a little (72.5mph top speed, 19.5 quarter-mile) than the Sprint H, and its full bodywork and larger weighed 5lb less.

Ross’ Harley-Davidson Sprint H

To hear tell it, there are a lot of Aermacchi to be found across North Some are loved and cared but most of them are basically Ross says. His bike here fell roughly in category when Ross it.

“The bike was in an accident,” remembers. “The forks bent. The tank was full of and someone had painted it candy-apple There was a peace symbol on the box. It was so from the Sixties!

I mostly put it back to original, but it up a little bit. The seat was a Corbin from the 1960s and the mounts had been modified for seat, so I decided to keep it. The are new-old-stock.

I pulled them out of the brand new,” he says.

And he’s put a lot of time into his Sprint a real looker, isn’t afraid to ride it. takes corners like it is on You just lay it into a corner, and line you pick, it will go It’s got lots of low end torque.

The single-leading-shoe brake is OK, but the double-leading-shoe is having a disc brake. You get stopping.”

While Sprints may be that doesn’t keep from racing them “I know a lot of people who are AHRMA [American Historic Motorcycle Association] racing [on Aermacchis],” Ross says, he’s never set up a Sprint for and prefers restorations. But that stop him from racing his against a friend’s 1972 during last year’s meet in Oley, Pa. On an eighth-mile the Sprint’s best time was seconds, with a best velocity of 52.69mph.

When it comes to owning a Ross points out that one big between an Aermacchi and a modern is the maintenance. “I always maintenance,” Ross says. the oil every 500 miles. It’s insurance. There’s no oil filter, a screen, like on a Volkswagen

If you are going to let the bike sit, the gas out. Go over it with a every now and again. Make the points and condenser are up to snuff, and the spark plug every

Everyone wants a 12-volt ignition, but I wouldn’t install one if a customer asked, because it really necessary.

“Lastly, I like to run my Sprint on Cam 2 fuel. Sprints don’t run well on pump fuel, were built for leaded The valve seats don’t go bad if you use fuel, the bike just better on racing fuel.”

not stock, Ross is quite of his Sprint. “I keep that has some meaning to me. The is something I love. You could say I did it my MC


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