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Aermacchi Sprint

1966 Aermacchi Sprint

Aermacchi was a fabricator of aircraft for Italy’s war machine during the Second World War. After the defeat of the Axis powers, the company turned its efforts to the production of motorcycles and bikes. In collaboration with Harley-Davidson, many Aermacchi motorcycles found their way to America in the 1960s to meet the growing demand for…

Aermacchi Harley-Davidson

Union Motorcycle Aermacchi

Harley-Davidson has a strange affectation for Italian motorcycle companies. It bought MV Agusta in 2008, and offloaded it just over a year later to the late Claudio Castiglioni. But way before that, in 1960, Harley bought a half share in Aermacchi, and started selling a rebadged version of the Italian company’s 250 cc single. It…

Harley-Davidson Sprint

Harley-Davidson Sprint

It’s almost impossible to quantify the proportions of a motorcycle. Sure, there are relationships between wheel sizes, fuel tank and seat unit, and of course the engine and frame. But some machines have that indefinable ‘something’, a quirk of aesthetics that catches your eye. For me, this is one of them. It’s a bike that…

1976 Bimota HDB1

The exquisite HDB1 racer was designed by Massimo Tamburini, one of Bimota’s three founders. The ‘HD’ relates to the 488cc twin motor: in 1976, Harley-Davidson/Aermacchi engines provided power for three separate racing Bimotas. Only one of these HDB1 frames was built though, and Bimota’s association with HD was short-lived. Subsequent racers from the Rimini factory…

1960 Aermacchi Chimera 250

In the USA, Aermacchi is best known for its ill-fated collaborations with Harley-Davidson—which invested in the Italian company in the 1960s, and took complete control…