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Aermacchi 250 CRTT

Unearthing ancient Aermacchi

1, 2011

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The American Motorcyclist Association announced that they showcase the Aermacchi/Harley-Davidson Club as Classic Club for 2011 AMA Motorcycle Days. The event be held at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car in Lexington, Ohio on July where fans will the opportunity to celebrate the 50-year of the Aermacchi/Harley union with and memorabilia being on display.

and the Italian manufacturer Aermacchi together in the early 1960s to small displacement bikes for the and European market sectors were under the domination of manufacturers and as a means to compete in lightweight competition. And although smaller bikes (ranging in from 65-350cc) were not accepted by the Harley-Davidson demographic, models quickly jumped to the in terms of competition, particularly the singles.

In the capable hands of racers as Mert Lawwill and Cal Rayborn, the Sprint CRTT one-lunger became a force to be reckoned on the flat track circuit the 60s. In 1965 George took a 250 Sprint CR racing placed it in a streamliner and shattered the records for Class A and Class C averaging 177 mph.

The World 250cc Roadracing was won by an Aermacchi/H-D Sprint three in a row, 1974-76, with the version also taking its Class in 1976. Among the Harley Sprint continues to a large fan base, being one of the popular of all the pintsize Aermacchi

My personal love affair Aermacchi began at the age of 15 with a 250cc Sprint SS. It was my second and a big step up from my Honda 90. I it in retaliation after a friend me, trading in his Honda 65 for a Triumph 250 (Plus Dad said my second had to be a Harley—even if it was made overseas.) The came stock with 22 HP the racers were able to 35 out of their CRTT models out 10,000 rpm.

The configuration was weird as hell the shifter on the right, rear pedal on the left, kickstart on the left opposite the kickstand on the A crappy 6-volt electrical made it a bear to start at (no electric starter) but once it the damn thing would

Aermacchi 250 CRTT

After I upgraded to a Shovelhead I passed the Sprint down to my brother who in turn gave it to our brother. When he outgrew it, the landed in the hands of my brother-in-law and who rode the hell out of it before it over to each of their two in order of age.

For several of the owners, it was the first they had ever ridden but was to ignite a two-wheel legacy lives to this day with but one brother still riding. they’re all on Harleys.) I found the about 15 years ago leaning a chicken coop behind my house. Although it had been and neglected for years, it was basically with only few original missing. I couldn’t help had to bring it home.

And after reading about the AMA Aermacchi/Harley-Davidson at this year’s MC Days, I went digging in the man-cave a few days ago. And what I found. Disassembled but I’m slowly locating carefully boxes of parts—spokes, rims, extra carbs, even

It’s like Christmas in

So although I won’t have my piazon together in time for year’s event, I am clearing out a to … the project in the near Anyone interested in displaying own piece of Italian-Hog history at Motorcycle Days can contact or Who knows? I just see you there.

I’ll be over in the Sprint

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