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The term Harley Hummer, refers to all antique, Harley American made, 2 cycle. lightweight motorcycles produced 1948 and 1966 at the Milwaukee, factory. However, technically the true Harley Hummer was produced from 1955 1959, and it was a very basic, down, no frills, 125cc

It all began in 1948, when released the Model 125. a sturdy. light weight. motorcycle, of 125 cc displacement. The Model design, was actually a result of the motorcycle manufacturer DKW. engineering designs were to the allies, as a result of World War 2 at the conclusion of World War II. Other also benefited from slightly altered designs, BSA, with their model, and Yamaha with YS-1. Today, the term also seems to incorrectly the Harley Scat, Harley Harley Ranger, Harley 10, Harley 125. and Harley although the two stoke Harley is excluded, as is the Humvee Hummer H3 !

In 1948, Harley introduced the 125. Its engine was of two … which meant the operator had to mix with the gasoline. This was a for Harley! Failure to properly mix the oil the gas, was sure to cause failure!

It produced 3 horsepower, and a girder-type front end ,with a suspension that consisted of rubber bands. It was touted by to get 90 miles per gallon of gasoline! Due to its initial price, and its economical to operate, the 125 cc was a very popular with many groups, paper boys, farmers, and even veterans returning after the war, who had limited

It was a popular addition, to the 1948 model line-up!

In 1951. the band front end. was by a more conventional hydraulic which Harley called the This was designed after the popular, traditional. Harley front suspension.

In 1953, the Model 165 emerged, as a for the Model 125. The larger size. 165 cc. boosted horsepower to A much needed update! In 1953 also marked 50th year in business!

To this event, a special medallion was designed, and would the front fenders of all 1954 including the Hummer. Sales of the Hummer, were beginning to down, although V-twin were still strong!

By Harley Davidson was beginning to the pressure of the Japanese motorcycle Jap dealers. such as Honda and were beginning to invade the market, and the jap dealerships were to offer much more machines, at lower prices!

was hurting!

So, in 1955, with the of a company employee, by the name of Hummer, Harley introduced the Harley Hummer. An American motorcycle, that was stripped to its bare essentials, in hopes of against its rising foreign The new hummer model lacked a opted for a magneto ignition, and had no horn. no turn signals, and no light system!

Harley was simply stripping the down to its bare essentials, and lowering the price, in hopes of with the foreign motorcycle Despite its lower price, continued to lag.

Even a tuned Harley Davidson could not compete against the made machines! Sales of the lightweight, began to suffer. Harley was clearly loosing the as the Japanese motorcycles were more dependable, offered a suspension, and required very if any maintenance, and were much

The Hummer remained in production 1956, 1957. 1958. it was dropped after 1959 .

In 1960. the Harley Super-10 replacing both the HUMMER and 165. The model sported a designed 165 cc engine, but sales continued to suffer. A little called the Honda Dream, was The Super 10 was discontinued in 1961 .

A 175cc engine, was introduced in 3 models were offered in The Harley Ranger (165cc Harley Pacer (175cc), and Scat (175cc).

1962 marked the end of the hard-tail frame, as big were in store!

Aermacchi 250 Wisconsin
Aermacchi 250 Wisconsin

A totally new was introduced in 1963. H.D. it the Glide-Ride. This new style utilized a dual, spring rear suspension.

This was a change, however sales to lag. The Ranger was dropped the 1963 line-up, leaving the Harley Pacer and Harley both of which remained unchanged, for 1964 and 1965 .

In 1966, only 1 American model was produced. The Harley It sported a unique, one-piece, ABS similar to the one used on the Superglide, a few later.

Very modern for its Unfortunately, the Bobcat was dropped only 1 year of service, ending the era, of the lightweight, made, Harley Hummer.

By Harley was hard-pressed to compete the Japanese light-weight invasion. Davidson had acquired the Italian division ( Sprint 250 and 350 ), and the decision was to shift small bike to Italy, thus ending the 19 old legacy, of the American made, Hummer.

Today, owning a Hummer (not hummer h3) can be a very fun and rewarding experience! can not explain the sensation, of holding the wide open, watching the slowly reach a top speed of 45 miles per hour, and being by a thick, jet stream cloud, of 2 smoke! Keep on Hummmmmmmmin!

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Harley Hummer 125 165 175 Pacer Bobcat Super-10

Aermacchi 250 Wisconsin
Aermacchi 250 Wisconsin
Aermacchi 250 Wisconsin
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