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Old 01-26-2013, 01:53 PM   #1
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Harley makes a BMW??

Some of you may of heard of this attempt by Harley to produce a shaft driven motorcycle based on the BMW R71 during WWII. The opening shot of one jumping a sand dune must have never been set to the Army, because that has me sold on the XA...

The Harley-Davidson XA
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:02 PM   #2
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Both Indian and HD built bikes like that.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_841
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:08 PM   #3
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Both Indian and HD built bikes like that.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_841
I owned an 841 in the 1960s. Rode it daily.
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:48 PM   #4
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If you ever have a chance, check out the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley. They have a number of them on display that still run.

Awesome collection of rare American made motorcycles and memorabilia.



http://www.wheelsthroughtime.com/
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:27 PM   #5
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I've been to Wheels Through Time quite a few times, it's only about four hours away from my house. Great place to go.
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Old 01-26-2013, 04:41 PM   #6
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If you had a couple of those stashed in the back shed, you wouldn't need to win the lottery! They make most "rare" bikes look common by comparison.
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Old 01-26-2013, 08:31 PM   #7
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Would love to have an XA in the collection. WHEELS THROUGH TIME is an awesome place to visit.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:32 AM   #10
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Harley's submission to the desert warfare campaign. Horizontal twin for superior cooling. Shaft drive for sandy environments. No idea why it didn't catch on other than the war was coming to an end.
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Harley's submission to the desert warfare campaign. Horizontal twin for superior cooling. Shaft drive for sandy environments. No idea why it didn't catch on other than the war was coming to an end.
I can use one word to say why: Jeep. Anybody who could drive a car could operate one without special training.
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They only made 1100 of 'em. The Army paid close to $30M to develop it. The average cost/ bike was like $30K each.

Jeeps were less expensive...

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Old 01-28-2013, 07:17 PM   #13
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Thats an interesting lever just ahead of the right foot peg, dual range transmission?
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Thats an interesting lever just ahead of the right foot peg, dual range transmission?
Makes it easier to find neutral. The early BMWs also had them. All Harley did was copy the BMW engine.
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