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Capacity : 350
Model : BA Peashooter
Production : 1928 -
Category : (R) Street Bike


350 BA "Peashooter" - 1929

A rare single from Milwaukee

The image of Harley-Davidson is so linked to the big V-twin that many people are unaware that the Milwaukee company made singles. But it has, in three separate phases: initially, before WWI; then between 1926 and 1931 and finally in the 1970s during its association with Aermacchi.

The Overhead-Valve Touring Machine

In the early 1920s, Harley-Davidson built a few 1000cc V-twins with overhead-valves, though its production twins were all side-valves. But the combination of Excelsior's return to racing in the 350 class and the commercial success in this category of the Indian Prince led Harley to respond with two single-cylinder lines: the side-valve A and B to combat the Prince and the overhead-valve AA and BA to compete with the Excelsior.

Crackling Exhaust Note

The crackling exhaust note of the overhead-valve singles quickly earned them the nickname "Peashooter". They proved more successful than the side-valve machines, which suffered from piston troubles. And the BA, with coil ignition and electric lights and horn, sold better than the AA, with magneto ignition and no lighting. Despite its excellent cruising speed of 60 mph and its almost faultless handling, the "Peashooter" found few buyers before it was withdrawn in 1930. Apart from slightly fragile valve gear, its price of $210 was a major obstacle at a time when second-hand Fords and Chevrolets could be bought for $50-$75.


Engine: 346 cc (73x83 mm) air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke; twin-pott head

Power Rating: 10 hp

Valves: overhead

Fuel System: Schebler carburetor

Transmission: 3-speed, chain final drive

Suspension: leading link (front); rigid (rear)

Brakes: drum (front); band brake (rear)

Wheels: wire (front & rear)

Maximum Speed: 65 mph

The "Peashooter" is one of the rarest and least-known touring models made by Harley; despite its many qualities, it wasn't a V-twin.

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.