Additional photos of this Harley-Davidson MX250 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 production 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 Italian-made Harley (VIN: 7D10639H8) was restored by Jim Martin of a style=”color: #cc0000ff;” href=”https://www.phoenixprecisionrestoration.com/” rel=”noopener noreferrer” target=”_blank”>Phoenix Precision Restoration in late 2012 and was then delivered straight to the seller to be put on display in his collection.
The restoration presents well, and we’ve included approximately 40 photos in the album up top for you to investigate closer. Please feel free to let us know if you would like additional photos of a specific area. We believe this machine has not been started since the work was performed.
A well-restored example of a unique part of Harley-Davidson’s history, this MX250 is ready to be a central focus of your collection!