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Aermacchi Harley Davidson D2-492-31-08
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Capacity : 250
Model : CR Short Track
Production : 1963 - 1966
Category : (Off-Road) Speedway & other


Aermacchi 250 CR – 1963

The lightweight sprinter

In the early 1960s, Harley-Davidson determined that it wanted to attack the lightweight motorcycle market in the United States. Harley had finally defeated Indian on the Big Twin front when Indian closed down its Chief assembly lines in 1958. Now, the Milwaukee Marvel turned to counter the next attack on its flank, the lightweight market that was ruled by the British and Italian makers': Triumph's 250cc Cub, Ducati's Diana, and Parilla's Grand Sport and Tourist

Quick Learners

The Motor Company chose the quick entry route into the market It bought an interest in the Italian firm, Aermacchi of Varese. In 1961, Harley-Davidson began importing Aermacchi's hot horizontal four-stroke singles as the 250cc Harley-Davidson Sprint model. With some 26-28 hp available in the lightweight chassis, the Sprint was a real road burner, often beating the best of Harley's Big twins on the street and the racetrack.

The Ideal Weapon

To back up its team of dirt-track racing stars, the Harley race shop quickly took to the Sprint as well. While the current WR 750cc racer could sweep the competition on the long-distance dirt tracks, Harley riders needed a light, quick, and nimble cycle for the short tracks. The Sprint proved the ideal weapon, and Harley-Davidson soon offered the CR and CRS dirt-track racer and scrambler models as well as the road-race CRTT. The new team of Harley Sprints immediately proved its mettle -as well as its Italian metal.


Engine: 250cc (64.75x70.75mm) air-cooled horizontal single cylinder four-stroke

Power Rating: 28 hp

Valves: overhead valves; driven by pushrods

Fuel System: Dell’Orto carburettor

Transmission: 4-speed gearbox

Suspension: telescopic forks (front); swing arm (rear)

Brakes: drum brakes (front & rear)

Wheels: wire laced 18 inch (front & rear)

Weight: 245 lb

Maximum Speed: 100 mph

The range of Aermacchi-Harley-Davidson Sprints continue to be popular and competitive vintage racers, such as this CR dirt-tracker.

Motorcycle encyclopedia Moto Passion, realised by François-Marie Dumas, include almost 2000 photos presented with an exhaustive history of the motorcycles exhibited.

This unique collection has been realised with the participation of many specialists. With many thanks in particular to Yves Campion, Michael Dregni, Didier Ganneau, Jean Goyard, Helmut Krackowizer, Michel Montange, Christian Rey, Bernard Salvat, Mick Woollett, etc

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