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Old 08-27-2013, 10:01 AM   #1
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'65 Harley Sprint 250 from the dirt in the basement

3 Years ago I saw CL deal that sounded fun, 4 harley sprints in different stages of disassembly, with papers for 1000. I went to the guys house. Saw they were all there, in boxes, his kid lost interest in the pile and he wanted it out of the garage/barn. This is the first rebuild/restore out of the 4. I got one running out of the kinda ugly parts and let it go at mid-ohio for 700. I'll add more pics as it goes along...

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Old 08-27-2013, 11:46 AM   #2
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Wow, never knew about these 250cc Harleys before.

I'll be watching
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Old 08-27-2013, 03:28 PM   #3
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They came from a tie up between HD & Aermacchi back in the sixties makes me think what a grown up Pitbike would be like will be keeping a eye on this build.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:50 AM   #4
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That's right, at the time back in the 60's these 250cc machines were one of the fastest, Harley bought into the company and sold them over here. The pitbike thing was one of the first thoughts in my head when I got them, the frames are so similar lol.
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Old 08-28-2013, 01:04 PM   #5
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wouldn't be too hard to redesign a brand new version of these bikes would sell well in countries where there's a need of smaller bikes, I love the bigger bikes but the smaller bikes you really learn what motorcycling is all about.

will you keep one of these for yourself?
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:44 AM   #6
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From my own experience owning a 250 Ducati narrowcase, the Ducati was a faster bike and had a 5 speed transmission. The Aermacchi's were not a bad bike but the 250SS I rode seemed to be held back by a lack of power and rpm.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:39 PM   #7
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I had one in the 60's and it had 4 speeds and more neutrals.

I welded up 1/4 inch in the bottom of the intake port and ground the top up 1/4 inch. It made a nice straight shot to the piston.

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Old 08-31-2013, 09:45 PM   #8
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My Mom had one in about 67 or 68. Evil handling in the dirt (she rode closed course enduros on it), but it was a neat looking bike in the HD black and white with a high pipe. I remember going to Cummings HD in Flint and seeing one all set up for short track racing, wearing Bart Markel's number 4. THAT was cool!
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:54 PM   #9
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I remember going to Cummings HD in Flint and seeing one all set up for short track racing, wearing Bart Markel's number 4. THAT was cool!
That was a cool dealership back in those days.
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:00 PM   #10
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Yeah it was. I used to go in and dream of having a mighty Baja 100 back then. My Dad bought a few bikes from them, he was wearing one of their vests when he took 2nd place B Heavyweight in the 1953 Jack Pine 500 on a rigid frame 74.

Sorry for wandering from Sprint talk....
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Old 11-17-2013, 06:19 PM   #11
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Riding it yet?
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Old 11-18-2013, 01:04 PM   #12
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Anyone see the Cafe Racer episode featuring one of these? It was Bitchin!!!

Trolling CL endlessly in search of a basket-case....
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:18 AM   #13
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I'm redoing a 67 and my father has a 66. We are doing his up to look as barn fresh filthy as possible while mine is a clean single seat bare bones around towner. I have aquired quite a pile of parts from buying other people's projects. If you need something let me know.
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:28 PM   #14
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Those Aeromacchi two smokers were actually quite good. I had a M90 which was a 1969 125cc Harley. I rode the piss out of it. The frame broke one day after taking a jump. Right under the tank, instant chopper, rung the throttle up and I killed it right away. Pushed it home and called Dad. He was working in a Harley dealership. They had a used frame he strapped it to his FLH demo bike and brings it home. The next day my buddy and I transplanted every thing over to the new frame. Dad watched from a chair and helped with heavy stuff. I learned more that day about how motorcycles worked then any other day.
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