In light of the fact that Harley-Davidson is once again preparing to enter a couple of new markets in its design features, our focus is on previous attempts to enter a new market. Did you know that Harley goes out with a Pan America adventure motorcycle? It’s their latest attempt to break into the dirt bike market, but it’s not the first time the iconic brand has ventured into this territory. Traditions tend to fade for Harley purists who may or may not subscribe to this philosophy, but their numbers are dwindling. We don’t know much about the launch of the new cafe racer and flat tracker, but we can look back to get an idea of what went wrong with great grip power. Still, some were happy with Harley bikes from the sixties and seventies. Here are the top 5 Harley-Davidson dirt bikes of all time.
5. High Redshift
Harley-Davidson invested in the Alta company to form partners in a line of dirt bikes. The Alta Redshift is a radical departure from the custom cruisers and touring cars that Harley is best known for. This bike is an electric bike that takes the iconic brand into electric vehicle territory, which is fast becoming the new trend in motocross and fast riding. It’s clutchless and gearless, which is a tremendous change. When you see the Alta brand, it is important to know that Harley formed this new partnership with them in 2018, trying to enter a new market. Perhaps the absence of the Harley-Davidson name will avoid any bias when choosing to give this new dirt bike a spin. Alta has a reputation for taking its share of the podiums with the Redshift platform. Most recently, it has been available in 19 states and 44 dealers across the United States.
4. Harley-Davidson XR750R
The MX-250 is a Harley dirt bike that was built to enhance the brand’s position in the world dirt bike market. This was a bike that the company made a considerable investment in an Italian bike producer to try and fit the niche with a powerful and effective bike on the track. The project included redesigns on the MX models in a collaborative effort with their association and ownership of the Italian bicycle brand Aermacchi. It was never a success, but from the effort came one that was. The XR750R became known as one of Harley’s best V-twin dirt bikes in American flat track racing.
3. Harley-Davidson Early Sprint SX model
The first Sprint SX was first produced in 1969. This was its off-road version within the Sprint motorcycle line. The bikes were halfway in size. They were manufactured in a joint venture with Aermacchi. The dirt bikes feature a flat cylinder engine that was made for flat tracks and off-road racing. The engine is 350 cc in size.
2.1970s Harley-Davidson SX models
In the later years of the SX dirt bike production, Harley increased its interest in the ownership of the Italian company Aermacchi from fifty percent to one hundred percent. HD was caught up in the enduro motorcycle movement that took place in the 1970s. The S dirt bike became the only HD dirt bike to win the Baja 500 racing event in 1979. It was built with a more traditional cylinder. which had a vertical shape.
The MT-500 was one of Harley’s Italian-designed motorcycles that was started in that country and later embellished by the British. Not many of the MT-500 dirt bikes were made, as they did during the World War I era, but this rare and collectible bike exists in today’s world. If you can find one, they are of great value. Although it was often made with sidecar accessories to carry a passenger during wartime, removing them made it a robust dirt bike that was capable of traversing some of the rough terrain that officers had to conquer at that difficult time. Although this model had serious input from British and Italian designers, it was listed as a Harley motorcycle.
Over the years since Harley-Davidson produced the first motorcycles in 1903, some dirt bikes have been designed and marketed. From the beginning of the company’s inception, some have succeeded, but the most prolific attempts to enter the dirt bike and racing market were made in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. HD experienced limited success with either model and quickly withdrew from …