1978 Harley-Davidson MX250 Flat Tracker with Staracer frame

HIGH BID: $4,250

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Description

Please note: The seller states the tank has never had fuel in it and as such he will not be providing a running video.

Additional photos are available here for your perusal.

In the late 70s, Harley was in a phase of small-displacement bikes while under the control of AMF. They decided to dabble in the world of motocross and had their Italian branch, Aermacchi, build the Harley-Davidson MX250. It was the first (and only) HD MX bike, and it only lasted for one year.

The package was oddly international – an Italian motor with Japanese suspension, ignition, and tires, and Spanish rims. Magazine reviews of the time all spoke highly of the power from the engine, though the general consensus was that the powerband was relatively narrow. HD focused its marketing on racing, and they even had a factory team (starring Rex Staten) that earned a podium spot in a MX National in 1977.

The bike weighed just 233 pounds dry – 25 pounds heavier than the competition. The 242.6cc engine took in gas from a 38mm Dell’Orto carb and pushed its 32.4 horsepower through a 5 speed transmission. Most reviewers felt that the Harley-Davidson MX250 was a solid first effort that would become an excellent bike after another year of tweaking. Unfortunately, that additional year never came. Want to learn more? Check out the only website dedicated to the MX250.

This particular bike is the Flat Track model weighing in at a svelte 200 lbs. From 1977 to 1982 the Factory Harley-Davidson AMA dirt track team purpose built these to compete in the 250cc class with riders such as Jay Springsteen, Ted Boody, and Scott Parker riding to victory on tracks across the U.S.

This example is VIN: 490; Engine: 7D95144HX. The seller purchased the bike eight years ago in Kansas.

There is no odometer. True mileage unknown.

Maintenance:
The seller states, “Total period correct restoration. Motor rebuild by Don Miller of Metro Racing. The bike has not been started since total restoration.”

Modifications:
19 inch Borrani wheels. Cerani forks.

S&W shocks.

Banke pipe.

Flanders handle bars.

New Staracer tank, tail section and seat.

Right hand shift.

New gold RK chain.

Mikuni carb.

Harley-Davidson valve stem caps.

Not shown: Hurst Airheart brakes. New Motoplat ignition.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Dunlop DT3 tires with date codes of 1419.

The sale includes the owner’s manual and bike stand.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

Currently located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, this Harley-Davidson is offered on a Bill of Sale only. Have any MX250 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

Additional Information

Location

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Year

1978

Make

Harley-Davidson

Model

MX250

Mileage

True Mileage Unknown

VIN

490

Title

Bill of Sale Only

Title State/Country

N/A

Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges

No

VIN Report

N/A

Total Bids Placed: 17

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: j**w

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
j**w May 28, 2024 10:40 am PDT $4,250
j*****e May 28, 2024 10:40 am PDT $4,150 Auto
j*****e May 28, 2024 10:39 am PDT $4,100 Auto
j**w May 28, 2024 10:39 am PDT $4,000
j*****e May 28, 2024 7:53 am PDT $3,100
j**w May 28, 2024 7:53 am PDT $3,000 Auto
j**w May 28, 2024 7:47 am PDT $2,600
m*******s May 28, 2024 7:47 am PDT $2,500 Auto
m*******s May 21, 2024 9:43 pm PDT $2,100
d********5 May 21, 2024 9:43 pm PDT $2,000 Auto
d********5 May 21, 2024 9:42 pm PDT $1,600 Auto
m*******s May 21, 2024 9:42 pm PDT $1,500
d********5 May 21, 2024 8:56 pm PDT $600 Auto
c********8 May 21, 2024 8:56 pm PDT $500
d********5 May 21, 2024 8:55 pm PDT $202 Auto
c********8 May 21, 2024 8:55 pm PDT $102
d********5 May 21, 2024 2:53 pm PDT $1
Auction started May 21, 2024 9:47 am PDT
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