1954 Harley-Davidson ST165 Hummer Engine no. 54ST1312

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Lot 266
1954 Harley-Davidson ST165 Hummer

Engine no. 54ST1312

Sold for US$ 10,350 inc. premium
1954 Harley-Davidson ST165 Hummer

Engine no. 54ST1312

It's been called the "paperboy's delight," and what red-blooded American kid wouldn't want to toss morning editions from the saddle of a flashy Harley Hummer? Quite literally a "spoil of war," the Hummer's two-stroke engine originated from a 125cc German DKW design appropriated by both BSA and Harley-Davidson following WWII.

While Harley's lightweight 125-175cc two-stroke line was produced from 1948 to 1966, technically, Hummer models were made only from 1955-59, named in recognition of Dean Hummer, an Omaha, Nebraska dealer who had the misfortunate of selling his runabouts in the hometown of rival Cushman scooters. With aggressive pricing and great after-sales service, though, he soon became the Harley's top seller of lightweights, a feat the factory celebrated by naming a model after him, a rare honor. While officially other models were Model 165s, Scats, Rangers, Pacers or Bobcats, popularly they were all referred to as Hummers.

By the time this Model 165 rolled off the assembly line in 1954, displacement had grown from the original 125cc to 165, and power was now a healthy 5.5hp, up from 3. Gone was the 125's rubber-band controlled girder fork, replaced by a proper "Tele-Glide" setup. Likewise, sheetmetal was more stylish and the "peanut" fuel tank was becoming familiar, a shape soon to be repeated Harley's hot-rodded Sportster XLCHs.

Finished in the factory's Pepper Red, the bike was restored several years ago by a marque specialist, and has been on display ever since.

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  • Please note that this motorcycle is titled under its engine number.

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  • Please note that the title for this motorcycle is in transit. Please note, that this motorcycle is subject to California Highway Patrol VIN inspection--a simple procedural matter on which the condition or history of the motorcycle has no bearing. Following the auction, this lot will be transported to San Francisco, at no cost to the buyer, and will be available for collection from San Francisco on January 22nd.
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1954 Harley-Davidson ST165 Hummer Engine no. 54ST1312
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