Harley makes a BMW??

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Night Train, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. Night Train

    Night Train Been here awhile

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    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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  2. gplutt

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    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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  4. RonkoRider

    RonkoRider Wrong Island, NY

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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.

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  5. Night Train

    Night Train Been here awhile

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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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    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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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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    ML WYDELL NED

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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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  10. groop

    groop So much to ponder

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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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    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    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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  12. danedg

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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...:lol3

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  14. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Thats an interesting lever just ahead of the right foot peg, dual range transmission?
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  15. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    Makes it easier to find neutral. The early BMWs also had them. All Harley did was copy the BMW engine.
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  16. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    ...so shoot me now, or shoot me later.....

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    I like the snarl...he looks like one of those Nazi elitist BMW pricks!:lol3
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  18. Meriden

    Meriden Yea whatever

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    Yep the Jeep killed this, and the Indian 741 and the HD WLA, plus horses, carts, bicycles, pretty much anything that moved men or equipment.

    I wonder if the throttle was on the left.
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  19. nsu max

    nsu max Been here awhile

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    shoot him now!!!!!!!!! Shoot him now!!!!!!!!!!
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