1970 Harley Davidson SX models
Over the years Harley Davidson, “The Motor Company”, has done everything they can to increase their market share around the world. They have had Aermacchi (HD bought 50% of the company in 1960) of Italy build bikes for them (the Baja 100 comes to mind as well as the Sprint 350 (also known as the “Spaghetti Hoglet”…of which I still lust after). The V-Rod, a collaboration of Harley Davidson and Porsche, but none of them have created the sales of the basic Harley Davidson motorcycle.
But, the odd-ball Harley’s were really cool. Light, unique, fun…I mean really, in the ’60’s and early 70’s what more could you ask for? Harley had fun advertising, the bikes were great, but…?
Harley was really reaching out to young adults, women, African Americans, Latino’s…it was all part of an “Outreach” Program. Sales just weren’t there.
This morning I found a couple of SX two stroke models on ebay that if you have the time, some money and more importantly the patience….these could be fun bikes to have. Yes they have what is politely known as ‘patina’…rust, they need all kinds of love but I’ll tell you what, I have seen and bought bikes for more $$$ than these two.
These two bikes could maybe be made into one really cool little cafe racer? or just fixed up for a daily ‘around town’ bike, a Sunday go to meetin’ bike? All I know is that I found them kinda cool.
For those of you (us) that are a little on the motorcycle nerdy side, you have a lot of spare time, have a weird sense of humor and want to leave them in your best friends driveway (behind his wifes Mercedes) or think that AMF (American Machine and Foundry…aka Adios Mother Fu*&^R) was the best thing that ever happened to The Motor Company, which goes back to leaving them in your friends driveway, these are the bikes for you. You know, the more I think about it, all of us that have collected (bought after having one too many Mai Tai) have spent more and gotten less. These could be fun.
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