1972 Harley-Davidson Baja
Engine no. 6C10273H2
In 1960 Harley-Davidson could see that lightweights were the coming thing, and that its old-fashioned two-stroke tiddlers were no longer up to snuff. So Milwaukee bought a 50% share in Aermacchi's motorcycle division, providing instant access to the Italian firm's smaller-capacity machines, most notably its outstanding "horizontal" 250/350cc four-strokes. But Aermacchi also made two-strokes, which led to the Baja 100, perhaps the most unlikely of all Harley-Davidsons.
The Baja was a dedicated 100cc off-roader and Harley employed some of the fastest desert racers in Southern California to drum up interest in the little bike, which was soon winning the popular Trailbike class, albeit in heavily modified form. By 1972 lights had been added to make the Baja nominally street-legal. This Pierce collection Baja 100 is from that year and appears unused, just as it would have sat on the showroom floor.
- Please note that the frame number for this motorcycle is 6C10273H2 and its title is in transit.