1961 Harley-Davidson KRTT Racer

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Lot 177
1961 Harley-Davidson KRTT Racer

US$ 35,000 - 40,000
€ 32,000 - 37,000
Amended
1961 Harley-Davidson KRTT Racer

• As raced at the 1964 AMA Daytona 200

Consider that the KR-model was Harley-Davidson's first race bike to employ a foot shifter and hand clutch when it was introduced in 1952, and that it battled with great success for almost the next 20 years with an 'old-fashioned' 750cc sidevalve powerplant, right up until the advent of Milwaukee's ohv XR750 and faster multi-cylinder rivals from overseas. In fact, from 1954-66 KRs won 12 of 13 AMA Grand National Championships, ridden by greats Joe Leonard, Brad Andres, Carroll Resweber, Roger Reiman and Bart Markel.

During those years, anyone with the money could walk into a Harley-Davidson dealership and order up a KR750 flat-tracker or, like this bike, a KRTT. As the model name suggests, the latter was suitable for TT steeplechases, or with fairing attached and different gearing, it was a road racer. In 1966, the base KRTT would set you back all of $1425. Buyers had options to specify, like three sizes of gas tank – 2¼, 3¾ or 6 gallons – and a 3qt. or 6qt. oil tank. Three kinds of seats were available. Wheels could be steel or aluminum, 18 or 19 inches. The standard 8in. front brakes could be updated with a big Daytona-spec stoppers. Three types of handlebar were on offer, plus a myriad of gearing choices both internal and external.

This 1961 KRTT was campaigned by New Jersey privateer John Crawford, a journeyman racer on the AMA circuit, who interestingly enough was said to be an apprentice to Albert Einstein before going on to teach at Princeton University. In the 1994 Einstein movie I.Q., Harley-riding character Ed Walters, played by Tim Robbins, was apparently based loosely on Crawford. On the track, Crawford ran a pair of KRs, a dirt-tracker and this road racer. It has been fully restored to its 1964 configuration, when Crawford entered the Daytona 200, the first running of the race in which motorcycles ran the 2.5mi. track's high banking. He retired on lap 16, credited with 52nd place, while Roger Reiman went on to win the race on a similar-model KRTT.

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