60's Italian Aermacchi Harley questions

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60's Italian Aermacchi Harley questions

Postby fredneckscoots » Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:26 pm

Anyone on here own a 60's Italian Aermacchi Harley? Like a Sprint 250 or 350. Are these all 2 stroke? Do you have to premix or is there autolube? Looking for any info on how hard these are to keep running. Thanks.
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Re: 60's Italian Aermacchi Harley questions

Postby Harley_Vespa » Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:53 pm

My harley mechanic down here in Tallahassee does and restores them as a hobbie - you want his number?

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Re: 60's Italian Aermacchi Harley questions

Postby fredneckscoots » Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:09 pm

Oh, thats ok. I had been watching this mint 60's sprint. Been checking them out for a while and this one was close and super mint, but for once willpower to resist prevailed. If I ever got a harley it would be one of these. Would prefer the 350 though.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... 500wt_1182
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Re: 60's Italian Aermacchi Harley questions

Postby 12CI » Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:15 pm

no, they are not all 2-smokers.

In 1960, Harley-Davidson consolidated the Model 165 and Hummer lines into the Super-10, introduced the Topper scooter, and bought fifty percent of Aeronautica Macchi's motorcycle division. Importation of Aermacchi's 250 cc horizontal single began the following year. The bike bore Harley-Davidson badges and was marketed as the Harley-Davidson Sprint. The engine of the Sprint was increased to 350 cc in 1969 and would remain that size until 1974, when the four-stroke Sprint was discontinued.

After the Pacer and Scat models were discontinued at the end of 1965, the Bobcat became the last of Harley-Davidson's American-made two-stroke motorcycles. The Bobcat was manufactured only in the 1966 model year.

Harley-Davidson replaced their American-made lightweight two-stroke motorcycles with the Aermacchi-built two-stroke powered M-65, M-65S, and Rapido. The M-65 had a semi-step-through frame and tank. The M-65S was a M-65 with a larger tank that eliminated the step-through feature. The Rapido was a larger bike with a 125 cc engine. The Aermacchi-built Harley-Davidsons became entirely two-stroke powered when the 250 cc two-stroke SS-250 replaced the four-stroke 350 cc Sprint in 1974.


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Re: 60's Italian Aermacchi Harley questions

Postby 12CI » Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:24 pm

i've been resisting getting one of these:

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i can afford the bike...but not the divorce that it would precipitate...
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Re: 60's Italian Aermacchi Harley questions

Postby fredneckscoots » Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:00 am

Sweet, thanks. I googled it but hadn't seen that.
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Re: 60's Italian Aermacchi Harley questions

Postby Serendipity » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:04 am

12CI wrote:i've been resisting getting one of these:

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i can afford the bike...but not the divorce that it would precipitate...


pretty sweet...you can keep it in my garage if you let me ride it :mrgreen:

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Re: 60's Italian Aermacchi Harley questions

Postby Mikeh » Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:12 am

My buddy Doug bought a Sprint 350 back when i was in college in the mid 90's. We went to an auto auction down at brentwood.. near modern classics. I think we got it for $300.

Anyways I really didn't have much experience back then with 2 strokes. We rebuilt the carb and never got it set just right. But I do remember the quality of the parts was very good and it seemed to be nice to work on. I believe there was an oil reservoir also that would mix the fuel for you.

We gave up as we were too busy with school and the internet was not really around yet so we didn't have any resources for parts and knowledge. But nowadays it would be much easier to get one tuned right with all the info on the web..

Maybe one day i'll get my hands on one.

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Re: 60's Italian Aermacchi Harley questions

Postby fredneckscoots » Sun Jun 19, 2011 12:06 pm

Here is another mint one on ebay. A M50 sport.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayI ... 777wt_1167
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Re: 60's Italian Aermacchi Harley questions

Postby dirtyhandslopez » Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:59 pm

Not exactly sure, but don't the 2t's run Del Orto's, same stylee that came off of GP's but possibly 26's :wink:
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