Thursday, 9 September 2010

A Harley that handles

Here's a rare treasure - a Harley Davidson 250RR roadracer. Any good? Good enough to win the world championship three years on the trot back in the seventies, as recorded in Benzina #2.

Built by the old Aermacchi crew, the bike's a water cooled development of the Aermacchi Pasolini died racing, and hailed from Varese rather than Milwaukee. Researching the project I quickly realised no-one at Harley knew or cared about this gem, except for John Warr of the legendary Kings Road dealership - he's even ridden one. Maybe the blind spot at HD explains why they bought and sold the Varese factory twice: these days it makes MV Agustas for the Castiglione clan

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