The Other Harley Metro Pulse

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Aermacchi 250 Ala d'Oro

The Other Harley

One exhaust two headers

“Do you have a The question inevitably comes up, the second or third after you have a motorcycle?” when a sees me carrying a helmet or I ride. And it’s usually by some … story Uncle Ted getting … or on his Indian back in ’56. The Harley-Davidson “lifestyle” thing me, but some of the Motor Company’s definitely gets my attention, the early K models, the XLCH, and the

Even more interesting to pasta-bike lover are those and ’70s Harleys that are oil-tight, relatively lightweight, and raced in the ’70s by icons Cal and Mark Brelsford. And they are winning vintage races ridden by the likes of Dave These Harley-Davidsons were by beefy Midwestern hands in the Varese, Italy.

Of course I am talking about Harleys (Sprints), the fruits of ownership of the Italian motorcycle spun off from aircraft Aeronautica Macchi (now Alenia Aermacchi). They assembled in Varese and sold in dealerships in the U.S. and Europe, and success in flat track and racing.

Harley bought a 50 stake in the company in 1960, the remaining 50 percent in 1974, and sold it all in 1978 to the Castiglioni who formed Cagiva with the and tooling. The lightest and best-looking were early and still their Italian DNA, but as design influence became apparent, the bikes got heavier, and more, well, Harley But hey, at least they got starters!

Knoxville’s George picked up a beautiful 350SS at the Daytona auction in March, and probably cleaner and shinier when it rolled off the production in 1973. The paint and metal are near perfect, and the PO (previous added Excel alloy and a custom points cover. But it is stock, with the characteristic single cylinder and peanut-shaped sporting red, white, and tank stripes and “AMF decals.

But the LaFranconi mufflers betray its heritage, as do the CEV headlight, taillight, and The chrome exhaust header at the of the cylinder head splits, symmetrical dual exhausts for a look, even if they are heavier than a single, muffler.

The first Aermacchi to come to the U.S. badged as a was the 1961 Sprint C “Wisconsin,” for home state. With a like Wisconsin, it had to be …, or The Sprint C was a 250cc single, an organic, compound-curved tank and full-coverage fenders.

The model in Italy was sold as the Ala (white wing) touring Until 1972, the frames had no running under the motor, the cylinder floating in air. But in Harley added two conventional tubes under the motor, made the motor look for the frame, and the elegant look was

A succession of Sprint C and Sprint H models (later SS and SX, respectively) as 250s and then 350s 1974, when they phased out in favor of Aermacchi’s models like the Rapido.

Aermacchi 250 Ala d'Oro
Aermacchi 250 Ala d'Oro

of the most elegant and pretty were the Ala Verde (green Ala Rosso (red wing), and Ala d’Oro (gold wing) On some Ala Verde bikes the tank almost appears to be backwards, but the tank shape and scale are beautifully Italian. no mistaking the slim Ala d’Oro for Mr.

Honda’s later Goldwing. The models are still pulling serious money at auction: at January auction in Las Vegas, a CRTT 250 road racer for $14,000, and an Ala d’Oro 350 didn’t reserve with a $9,500

Time Warp Vintage Club “remote member” Roper of New York races two a 250 and a 350, in AHRMA and other events, and wins. The 250 was built up parts, and the other, an ERTT was a 1970 Harley factory in fact it was the last Sprint the raced. It was ridden by Cal Rayborn at Loudon, and Kent, Washington; and by Brelsford at Talladega, and still the factory racing orange, and black colors.

The sole American TT race on the Isle of Man, Dave is fifth in AHRMA’s 250GP and third in 350GP.

Back to the question: For a brief period I say “Why yes, I do own a Harley,” and I’ll be able to say it again. A few ago I took a non-running SS350 in for some parts and work, the intention of restoring it. After the spectrum of Aermacchi four-… I decided that I would climb this new learning with one of the earlier models, or a European-market bike.

It would a nice alternative to a finicky single or a sheet-metal-fracturing Yamaha I sold the SS, and continue to scour meets looking for that barn-fresh Ala Verde, but so far they’ve as rare as $50 Gustaf Stickley at garage sales.

Fred Sahms is a curmudgeonly who has been soiling his fingernails old motorcycles for 25-plus years. His is located somewhere in North Drop him a line at fred(at)fredsgarage(dot)net.

Aermacchi 250 Ala d'Oro
Aermacchi 250 Ala d'Oro
Aermacchi 250 Ala d'Oro
Aermacchi 250 Ala d'Oro


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