H-D/Aermacchi 350 SS Sprint

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Aermacchi SS 350
Aermacchi SS 350

An Italian-American Affair: 1974 350 SS Sprint

The 30-something guy in the F-150 at the rolled down his window, my small bike, the Harley-Davidson badge, the single cylinder like a demented popcorn and yelled; What the Hell is REALLY? He obviously thought I had a Harley badge on some bike as a gag. Understandable,

The last of these bikes built before he was born.

I had the Royal Enfield Bullet and the Sporty, moving to a Triumph A modern cafe racer, it is smooth, handles lovely and is reliable, but there is one itch it scratch. I come from bikes and love them for effortless handling and sensitive

I wanted a light single and are a pretty nearly extinct these days.

I am looking for a unique bike, but with parts availability, somewhat a in terms. I need to cruise at which is asking a great of a 250. The 350cc class, in Europe, was never popular Americans bought 250’s to run town, or they bought for the highway.

Of course, it has to make my sing in a way no Japanese bike, capable, has ever done. love a Bevelhead Ducati, but cost the earth, were in the day (about 200 units a year to the US) and are unobtanium.

I had become pretty frustrated Craigslist and Ebay when I upon her, a 1974 350 Sprint. I had not thought to search but I remember these bikes. had a good rep in the day and quite a lot of them imported, 4000 Sprints in 73-74.

In the late 50s, The had seen the Japanese selling numbers of light bikes, so bought the Motorcycle arm of Aermacchi, an aircraft builder. They these bikes, from two-strokes to 350cc four-strokes, for years. Being built in the factory, by the same people as the they were of excellent Can you think of any other company motorcycles that has ever the world absolute speed (440+ MPH in 1934, a record for seaplanes that stands to day.)

Walter Villa won 250cc and one 350cc World for Harley in the ’70s, and Aermacchis are with 16 wins on the Isle of Man has 13). A 350 Sprint took the IOM GP 350cc race in 2010, at a average of 101 MPH.

I did some and within a couple of hours had a half-dozen parts suppliers. Harley dealer had to stock and those parts were up when the MoCo lost About 95% of the parts are easily either new/old stock or manufacture.

The bike in the ad was a ’74 with miles (4 owners!), not entirely a thing. The engine ran well and the was smooth. All the original chrome and were tarnished black, but not pitted. The original seat was

On the downside, the brakes locked bottoming the forks, and every piece was chipped and battered. The had been painted a bilious purple and the paint was bubbling. It had new

I paid his price, which was a bit

Only Dante could adequately described the trip to up the bike. It involved the Joisey Cross Bronx Expressway and the Turnpike; both ways in a van, on a summer Saturday.

followed a month of 10-12 days, seven of them a (I am retired.) First, I removed a of items that were design afterthoughts. The basic is handsome, but only the word can describe the turn signals the of hockey pucks, the parcel made by a hung-over blacksmith, the dirt bike bars, the lollipop mirrors and the downright tail light. (I looked to see if it was Massey Ferguson.) I replaced all of with better looking

One can restore to original condition, means restoring the mistakes, as or do to the bike what one might done had he bought it new. I did the The basic procedure ain’t surgery.

You remove an assembly, clean it, fix it, or paint it, reinstall and adjust. on to the next part.

I didn’t the motor. You can paint the frame well, if you’re patient, with paper and tinfoil to overspray. I used Semi-Gloss black, as I don’t like frames.

I painted the tank in the that Macchi used as racing color, in catalyzed enamel.

The forks were except for black sludge, so I them out with naphtha and with fork oil. The were full of rust, yielded slowly to Scotch I replaced the cables.

The clutch new, as did the brake linings. the nice little DellOrto carb. Replaced all the zinc-plated with stainless steel.

Ceriani forks, Tomaselli Radaelli rims, Veglia The mudguards are stainless and they to mirror finish. The motor is for the ’60s, wet sump, roller big end, unit construction geared primary, dry clutch.

a pushrod motor, but is rated at RPM and is happy there. In fact, I to watch it, as it wants to go faster. The guys turn over with a little modification.

As it all together, I also did a basic 1 upgrade. I replaced the restrictive and air cleaner with a velocity to get the air in. The bike has a dual exhaust, is a bit much for a single. I originally the big, restrictive stock with the 12 EMGO Shortys.

Since then, I have the whole system with a racing header, also a Shorty. This has to be good for a of horsepower. When you let more air in out), you have to give it fuel. The stock main jet is but at the end of my mixture runs, it now has a 1.45mm.

translates to extra power.

The went out to my wheel guy. were out of round, warped a potato chip and out of balance. No the previous owner said the scared him at 50 MPH. Finally, at time in the past, condensate in the cylinder, causing rust, and tried to hone it out, a cylinder that was barrel-shaped and to the tune of .015. In went a new and a new Wiseco piston.

Not too expensive at

One fine day it was all done, at least for the stage. Here are the photos, (above) and right and left after (below):

It started up, with the classic single I took it easy, to break in the new but it was difficult, as this bike wants to go. OK, it’s no Hayabusa, as it has 30 HP, but it is light, 200 pounds lighter a Sporty, 500 pounds lighter an Ultra Classic.

In fact, the Macchi and the Thruxton are lighter than an Ultra!

in first gear for about two second for about four. and fourth are the pullers and then is a bit of a gap when you drop into a nice cruising gear. It doesn’t feel slow. The is perfect, and the shift precise.

It top 80 MPH with my 220 pounds aboard and 70-75 happily all day. the bike isn’t about but handling. If you have not ridden a Italian bike, you have a truckload of fun.

It just through a series of twisties effort or drama. There is an of Allegro con Brio there, telling me she is having fun. tells me her name is Gina, by the You never find yourself Hey, I’m a bit wide, lean on the inside bar. It happens. I’ve had a buddy on the have trouble keeping up in the bits. This on 3.25 and 3.5 rear tires.

Another came back from a on her with a huge grin, Damn, this bike horizontal!

The brakes are double shoe drums in front, leading in back. They more effort than a but they really stop the These were the pinnacle of brake design. They fade, but you really have to at it.

Excellent modulation.

Oddities: The is on the left, bloody awkward. No light, I guess they that a true rider need one and you don’t. The reserve valve handle is on the inside of the just about impossible to with gloves on.

That is to be replaced before it kills me.

it is, a classic bike that is and rewarding as a daily rider. It has reliable and parts are readily I’m comfortable on the interstate. I’d like to have a Venom, but I’d be afraid to it for fear of breaking something not that I could afford one in the place. I hear a shouted, year is that? at every stoplight.

Young riders by without a clue, but older gather round. Harley perhaps surprisingly, are all over the

We have been to two shows, two first places. Go forth and be

Aermacchi SS 350
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