Harley-Davidson’s Dark Days

Harley-Davidson sold these Aermacchi models in the 1970s

Harley-Davidson sold these Aermacchi models in the 1970s

Harley history is rich in tradition, but there were times when the brand suffered from some serious PR problems. The AMF years embody many of those problems. This bike was seen at my town’s annual tag sale. It’s a H-D Aermacchi SX350, I believe. Not sure of the year. Maybe one of you can tell us?

I don’t know much about value of vintage motorcycles like this, but it seems like this model would be a logical addition to a collector’s garage, as a representation of the dark days of Harley history.


Ken is author of "Motorcycling the Right Way” and "Riding in the Zone" (book and blog). He is also the "Street Savvy" columnist for Motorcyclist Magazine, and former longtime author of the Proficient Motorcycling and Street Strategies columns for Motorcycle Consumer News. Ken is Lead Instructor for Tony's Track Days, a 20 year Motorcycle Safety Foundation instructor, and owner of Riding in the Zone Motorcyclist Training.

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2 comments on “Harley-Davidson’s Dark Days
  1. Adam says:

    If you know where that motorcycle is, I’d buy it. These are starting to go for big money because of their popularity in the USCRA and the MotoGiro especially. The 250s are more valuable than the 350s due to MotoGiro Eligibility.

    Being both Italian and American you check two boxers with collectors at the same time. They’re also, actually, pretty good bikes.

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