Here’s one for you collectors of small bikes. This is a 1974 Harley-Davidson SX-125 and it’s on eBay with a bid price of just over $1,500. There are still four days left on the auction and there is no reserve. NADA lists a “very good” model of this bike at $1,750. What do you think this one will sell for?
As most of you know, Milwaukee’s finest (no, not the beer, the motorcycle maker) bought a controlling interest in Aermacchi, an Italian company that made some fascinating little motorcycles. Harley didn’t have a small bike of their own to compete with the smaller bikes that were starting to saturate the market. Although, in 1960 when that occurred, things were a little slower in the market than they would be later in the decade and in the 1970s when this bike was made; that’s when Japanese motorcycles really came on strong. The company got out of the small bike market entirely in 1978. That’s too bad, if they could have engineered their own small motorcycles I think that it could have been great for the company, and for us.
This bike was stored for many, many years as you can tell from the odometer showing a mere 328 miles on it! The seller mentions that it has “patina” from sitting for so long, and it does so you’ll need to restore a few parts if you plan on showing it at Barber Vintage Festival in the concours class; but you aren’t planning that, you’re planning on riding the dang thing! And, it has turn signals so you can be one out of a million people who actually use them if you want to. The seller says that this one comes with a bill of sale only, no title. I guess when something is stored for this long the paperwork gets lost in the shuffle.
You’ll probably want to track down a battery cover, or I would want to do that, just to clean things up a bit. At least it has a new battery, and the 125 CC, two-stroke, single-cylinder engine runs great. It started right up after its long slumber when the seller put a new battery in it and cleaned the carb. These small, single-cylinder motorcycles probably aren’t something that you’ll drive to Yellowstone with, but I guess you could if you took back roads and budgeted an extra few days. And, brought some tools with you, and a few dozen four-leaf-clovers, and/or rabbit’s foot good luck charms. I like bikes of this size, they’re more than big enough for me to cruise around town on and when you see a trail, badda-bing, you can just turn onto it and take off, getting your mind off of whatever challenges you have going on back home, at least for a little while. Have any of you owned an Italian Harley?