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AERMACCHI NEWS

ISSUE 28

Eric Spurgeon Sunday March 28, 1999

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Eric Spurgeon

I have found a couple of deals on new Aermacchis. There is that one Sprint at that bike shop near me. The guy wants $400 for it but it needs a lot of work. Then the other day, I was talking to a guy from Maine that has 2 Sprints for $375. One is nearly complete and the second is a parts bike that has some rebuild potential. Neither of them run. That is about what I am looking for. I am still waiting for the pictures to arrive so I can see them. Even if I decided to get them, I have to worry about getting them from Maine to here in Indiana. It would take me a week and $200 in gas money to go get them myself. The cheapest motorcycle shipping price that I have heard of so far has been $275. For all the trouble that I would have to go through to get the bikes from Maine, I am reconsidering the one that is for sale here in Indiana. Here is a picture of it and a list of what it needs.

Let me know if you think that this is a good deal.

Kickstarter

Turn Signals (4)

Tail light lens

Tires

Tubes

Throttle assembly

Seat recover

Cables

Grips

( This is just what I noticed from looking at it )

On top of all of that, It might need engine work. We do not know if the engine is any good because that kickstarter is missing. I would like to push it around to see if the engine turns over, but those guys at the shop do not pay much attention to me.

 

T-SHIRTS

I still have 1-Med / 3-Large / 5-XLarge / 1-XXLarge. Email me if you want one. $15 inside the US.

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AERMACCHI NEWS

ISSUE 27

Eric Spurgeon Sunday February 28, 1999

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Bob Dempsey

I will be racing my '66 CRS-250 and '78 MX-250 Aermacchi Harley-Davidsons in FL during bike week at the following race tracks:

Sun. Feb. 28th 6:00pm Ocala, FL; hard rock cycle park

Tue. Mar. 2nd 7:30pm Daytona, FL; Municipal Stadium

Thurs. Mar. 4th 8:00am Barberville, FL; Volusia speedway

Sorry this got out so late, but this info was posted on the FORUM also. Hey Bob, how did you do?

Eric Spurgeon

Go check out Dempsey at the races. Wear you Aermacchi T-shirt too. I still have a few XLís and Lís left if anyone still needs one.

My next project is calendars. I want to make a 12 month Aermacchi calendar. I have already created some prototypes. They look good but there are not enough good pictures to make a 12 month calendar. So send in your pictures. Either a high-resolution .jpg or .gif, or your regular 3x5 print pictures. You should be sending those in anywaysÖso I can post them on the PICTURES page.

You might have heard that me and this site were mentioned in the March/April issue of "American Rider" magazine. I would like to provide an online copy of the article but am afraid of the copyright lawyers. I will try to ask them for permission, but donít hold your breath. They probably wonít let me for a few months at least. There is also a re-release of a "Cycle World" magazine, Aermacchi bike review in the current "Walneckís Cycle Trader."

 

 

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AERMACCHI NEWS

ISSUE 26

Eric Spurgeon Sunday January 31, 1999

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Steve Ford - Issue 25 Update

You neglect to mention how H-D came to dominate the large bike market. H-D continually lost market share to Japanese brands in the 60s and 70s. The Davidson family & H-D employees bought H-D back from AMF, and petitioned the federal government for protection from foreign competition in the form of a large tariff (45%) on bikes over 750cc, and got it in the early 80's. That tariff, along with successful marketing of the bike and the company, and an improved reputation for quality, has put H-D in the dominant market position it now enjoys.

As for the British bikes, they suffered the same problem with Japanese competition as H-D. Norton & BSA went under in the 70's, Triumph held out until the early 80's. Now, Triumph is back, and evidently with a good bike.

 

 

Jerry Beisel

I just purchased a M65, the sport model. Now I have both models, as I already owned a step through model. The step through is a 1966 and it runs great. I pulled it out last week and it started first kick after sitting for about a year and a half. Remember to always use that gas stabilizer, it works great. I also own a 66 Sprint that is almost new condition. I put a lot of hours in it. I rebuilt it from the crank on up. I must have made about 15 tools for that project. Without a doubt the hardest motorcycle job I ever did! From a pressed crank and balancing to reverse threads on a lot of stuff to a new six volt battery, alt he way to the original paint scheme, which is pretty boring but my wife wanted me to do it that way so we could show it. I doubt that I will ever do though.

Eric Spurgeon

I found a Sprint at a custom Harley dealership. It is a high priced, high volume dealership. I had stopped in a few months ago, but the guy that owns the place wasn't there and the Italians were part of his personal collection. Since then, I have called every few weeks trying to get in touch with the guy. Every time I called he had just come and then gone on his two to three week trips. Last weekend, I stopped by and he was there. When I asked the lady at the counter if he was in, she gave me a hard time, and wanted to know what I wanted to talk to him about. I had never met him before and did not know which guy he was. I waited for about thirty minutes, no one said anything to me, so I finally introduced myself. I explained our club and what I do here and he just shrugged it off. Then he excused himself to go do something. When he came back I asked him about the bikes in the back. He showed them to me, and I asked how much he wanted. He told me that they were $400 each. Then he left AGAIN! This time I was so frustrated, I just left myself. I got in my truck and peeled out of the parking lot.

I realize he is probably a really busy guy. A "kid" like myself interested in a $400 junk bike doesnít mean a whole lot to him, but at least he could have had the courtesy to treat me like a decent human being. I only wanted to speak with him for a solid five minutes. All together I spent over an hour there and spoke with him for about three.

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AERMACCHI NEWS

ISSUE 25

Eric Spurgeon Sunday December 27, 1998

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Eric Spurgeon

Sorry I got this one out so late. I have been at my other house in Florida. All of my equipment is back here in Indiana. Also, sorry if I took a little longer to reply to your email recently.

Since I do not have ant new information for Aermacchi, I will talk about another motorcycle company. Sorry, but if you have any interesting Aermacchi stories, write them and send them to me and I will publish them. ( preferably through email so I don't have to retype it )

Some of you might have read or heard about this already, but I just found out last weekend. Excelsior - Henderson is making motorcycles again. The name might sound familiar. This might be because you know a little about motorcycle history, or like me, you have seen the names while flipping through your motorcycle encyclopedias. There have been several Excelsior companies including one German and one British. The American Excelsior was owned by Schwinn and produced motorcycles in Chicago. They made their first cycle in 1907. Henderson started production in 1911. It was sold to Schwinn to join Excelsior on their model line in 1917. In 1931 Schwinn was hit by the depression, and it halted production of both the Excelsior and Henderson models.

Since the beginning, Excelsior and Henderson were one of Harley-Davidson's main competitions. Excelsior-Henderson, Indian, and Harley-Davidson were considered the "Big Three" of American motorcycles. They all made large displacement multiple cylinder Motorcycles. There were several other companies around but no others could match their numbers. Most motorcycle companies including Excelsior-Henderson were shut down because of the Great Depression. After Indian stopped production of its big bikes in 1953, and until recently, Harley-Davidson has had virtually no competition. The Brittish bikes have always been around but donít seem to be too popular. The Japanese, in the past few years, have really taken a hold in the touring and cruiser market. It is nice to see someone giving Harley some competition. It should, according to the law of supply and demand, increase quality and decrease price.

Recently, two men in Minneappolis, MN resurrected the name Excelsior-Henderson. They will be mainly competing with Harley-Davidson. Their product line will continue to have similar characteristics to the large displacement cruisers and touring bikes. It has also been rumored that an Australian that bought the Indian name, is planning on starting production of a similar large bike in the US soon too.

I am getting the paperwork for the T-SHIRTS ready this week. Expect to hear from me soon.

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AERMACCHI NEWS

ISSUE 24

Eric Spurgeon Sunday November 29, 1998

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Eric Spurgeon

I visited a Harley store a few weeks ago. It is called L.A. Cycles and is in Whitetown, IN. Their phone number is 317-769-5739. They deal mostly with the large Harleys. When I walked into another part of the showroom, I noticed a '72 Sprint and a '65 M-50. When I asked about them, they said that there were several more in worse shape in the back. Then I saw them. They had about 6 Aermacchi H-D project bikes among other brands, lined up against the back wall. They belong to the owner. He collects them. I asked if they would sell one to me but the boss was out of town. They said that he probably was not interested in selling, but to call and ask when he got back. I called this morning, but they said that he had come and gone already. I hope to be able to talk to him soon, and possibly get a project bike from him for a decent price for this spring.

I have also been looking for a project bike on the internet. I would love to get one of the Aermacchis that this guy had, but have also been considering several Japanese enduros. I donít have much money to spend on a bike right now. The insurance would be just as much as I am hoping to pay for the bike. I was considering donating plasma but am reluctant to do that. I guess I will just see how Christmas treats me and then I will reassess my options.

T-SHIRTS

I am still taking orders for t-shirts. I do not have enough orders to run the first batch. They will be $15 each shipping included. Do not send money now. Place your order at the email address below.

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AERMACCHI NEWS
ISSUE 23
Eric Spurgeon-----------------------------------------------------------Sunday October 25, 1998
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Eric Spurgeon

I heard something interesting the other day. You will have to forgive me because I forgot where I heard it. Someone told me that Aermacchi motorcycles might be produced again someday. That, it would follow in the path of other de-comissioned motorcycle companies and start producing bikes again. Apparently, several other small Italian companies have done this. It would be interesting to see where Aermacchi would pick up. Would it jump straight to the "Ducati style" racing bikes, would it pick up where it left off, would it continue to make enduros, or dirt bikes? Obviously they would have to start over whatever they decided to do. As far as I know, the Castiglione brothers still own the Aermacchi company. I think that they are in some way associated with Cagiva motorcycles, but am not sure. Every time I call, no one knows anything. Cagiva used to own Ducati, but recently sold them. Now everything is all jumbled up. Phone numbers that used to be Ducati are now Cagiva and Cagiva numbers are now Ducati. Phones have been disconnected all over the place. Its pretty hard to fugure out an Italian phone operator when you do not speak Italiano. Once I called and got some machine operator on the floor of the Ducati manufacturing plant. It would be interesting though, to see what happened. I will let you know if anything does.

(CAGIVA ELEFANT LOGO)

Recently I have made changes to the CHAT ROOM, the PICTURES, and the FORUM pages. I think you will like it better now. Sorry, but when I put up the new forum I lost all the old messages. Nothing personal. Go ahead and post again if you want.


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AERMACCHI NEWS
ISSUE 22
Eric Spurgeon-----------------------------------------------------------Sunday September 27, 1998
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Eric Spurgeon

Hello, I would like everyone that wants a T-shirt to please place their order now. The cost will be $15 each, and that includes tax and shipping. They will be white with the Aermacchi logo on the front left, and the Italian flag with the Aermacchi logo in the middle on the back. Under the flag will be the web site address and "Spurgeon Technologies". When you order, please list your email, shipping address, quantity and sizes. You will need to pre-pay by check. I need a minimum order of 30 shirts to print, so get your order in today. You can preview the shirt design at the web site under T-SHIRTS.

I have been searching for a new bike over the past few weeks. I sold my non-Aermacchi motorcycles this summer, and did not bring anything to school with me this year. I found an old Yamaha Enduro for $50, but the dealer doesn't have a title because he refuses to go through the hassle and paper work for obtaining a mechanics lean title. I found a 60's Sprint in Central Indiana for $300 but the guy has not called me back again yet. He said another guy was interested too, so I do not even know if he still has it. Well, all is now upon us, so I suspect that motorcycle prices will start dropping before the snow gets here. That's good if you are in the market to buy.

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AERMACCHI NEWS
ISSUE 21
Eric Spurgeon--------------------------------------Sunday August 30, 1998
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Eric Spurgeon

I am going to try to get T-Shirts going again this year. I am going to a local company this week to see what kind of cost I am looking at. There is a lot of work running this organization due to our recent expansion. Please be patient with me. The FORUM is getting especially cumbersome. I am looking for a reasonable solution. I would like to make several improvements but cannot find the time, and am having trouble figuring out what to do.

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Dave Smith

Here in Wales, United Kingdom, we have a thriving classic racing scene, with tracks at Ty-Croes on the Isle of Anglesey, and at Tonfannau in mid Wales, along with nearby tracks such as Oulton Park, just over the border in England.
My brother and I have a short stroke 250, and two 350's, one in a Drixton chassis that was bought at an autojumble in the city of Chester, for a very low price! Some days the sun shines I guess. My brother runs an engineering business, and has in the past produced some parts for Aermacchi's including crankcases, straight cut primaries, gear clusters, and clutches. Does anybody out there know the best cam and set up for a short stroke 250, since we have had some real problems in getting it to run well. The 350's on the other hand have always been good, whether on short circuits or when ridden by Neil Cudworth on the TT course during the manx grand prix. We have some serious competition from Honda K4's which seem to be the most popular way to go classic racing in the 350 class. I hope you all have a good and safe racing season.

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AERMACCHI NEWS
ISSUE 20
Eric Spurgeon--------------------------------------------Sunday July 26, 1998
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F.S. Weller
During the fall of 1982 while attending Utah State University, I discovered this old motorcycle leaning against the side of an apartment building in the complex where I lived. What intrigued me was that it was a) a Harley-Davidson and b) like no other Harley I had ever seen
before. It was mostly complete but looked like it may had been left behind after a previous owner had graduated. I stopped by every morning and evening on my way to and from school, tried to find out anything about it and trying to convince my wife that it was a motorcycle, not a
"murder-cycle". The nearest Harley shop (one of the long gone mom-and-pop dealerships that were more interested in you than your wallet) were helpful and soon I had determined all that stood between me and this motorcycle was how much and who owned it. With out a license
plate, it was not going to be easy to do either until a neighbor told me one day he might know who owned it. Well, now it was down to the money and a generous classmate gave me a 'no-interest' loan for the asking price, a mere $150 dollars. Mind you, I had never ridden a motorcycle until the day the money changed hands....one brief ride and I was hooked. I had no idea that it shifted "backwards" and on the "wrong" side, I didn't care! I had a Harley and no run-of-the-mill Harley,
either! Again, that old mom-and-pop dealership helped me out with all the spare parts they had, let me use the shop manuals, and like many A-HD riders, I became my own mechanic. 15 years, 6 kids, one dog, a degree and several moves later, I still have my 67 Sprint SS.


Jon Renkel
I am currently in the process of restoring a '68 Sprint SS. My favorite part of the restoration has been the responses when I ask at HD dealers if they know of any parts sources for the Sprints. The responses have ranged from the uninterested to the obscene (mostly the latter).
I am convinced that we are the folks who love HD's bastard child from Italy, they would sooner lock us away than to acknowledge the existence of a foreign made motorcycle that bore the name of Harley Davidson.



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AERMACCHI NEWS
ISSUE 19
Eric Spurgeon----------------------------------------------------Sunday, June 28, 1998
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Chris Cornett
&NBSP&NBSP&NBSP&NBSP&NBSPI am one of the old original Aermacchi owners. I bought my 1967 Sprint H in 1966 at Russel Winter Harley-davidson in Toronto, Canada. I had a choice of buying a last year's model 1966 Sprint H or the new model '67
for $50 more. The price then was $800. new. With a helmut, leather jacket, and insurance, I was on the road for just under $1000. The owner of the shop got in a CRS 250 Flat-track racer, and did this baby "haul
ass"! It was $2000 of pure power. This was big money for a carry-out grocery boy, at that time.
&NBSP&NBSP&NBSP&NBSP&NBSPThe first race I went to was the 1967 World Grand-Prix at Mosport, Ontario, Canada. There I got a pit pass and went right to the factory Harley-Davidson team riders, and Aermacchi's. I met Walt Fulton Jr. and he let me sit on his CRTT 350 factory ride-it fit like a glove. That day I said I would race one too. 23 years later, I did, in Vintage. You never forget seeing Mike Hailwood, and Giacomo Augustini riding at 160 mph. side by side, lap after lap, with Mike finally winning on a Honda 500 four.
&NBSP&NBSP&NBSP&NBSP&NBSP I proceeded to ride my Aermacchi-Sprint out west to Calgary, Alberta-well almost, as I broke a rod 50 miles before, at an Indian Reserve Gas station. I got a lift in a pick-up to Kane's Harley-Davidson in Calgary, to get my bike fixed. It was going to cost me about the same as I paid for the bike for a new engine, as my top end was munched, so I bought a 1968 BSA 500 Royal Star. It got stolen in Vancouver, and in 1979 I found a 1967 Sprint 250SS in a junk yard, with no engine, for $35. I tracked down the engine from the previous owner-it had seized unfortunately though. A buddy of mine found a 1965 Sprint H in a barn for $75. It had the seat and one shock missing. Since then we have spent the last 17 years collecting parts, and pieces to ride them on the street and later to go Vintage Racing. The first race at Westwood in British Columbia in 1990 Imanaged to come last! The next race I came third, and that was a real thrill. In 1991,'92, and '93 I raced at PIR in Portland Oregon with top riders, like Chris Kerber and Craig McLean. There is Vintage Racing at its finest. Should any of you Aermacchi riders want to go Racing in the Northwest, check out the SOTP series(sounds of the past) in Oregon, Washington, and Canada. You could contact WA Rep.Fred Eaton E-mail: fred@oldbritts.com (You don't have to be an ex-racer, and nobody wants to hurt their vintage bike, or their vintage body-personally speaking).
&NBSP&NBSP&NBSP&NBSP&NBSPI look forward to hearing anyone interested in Aermachhi-Sprints. I am not an expert on every part, like my buddy John, "the wrench", but I do have 32 years of experience riding them. Those wishing to restore, DO NOT GIVE UP HOPE, as the sound of a well tuned push-rod single is music to the ear, not to mention great handling, and pure fun!
Ride on Aermacchi,

(PICTURE)
Cornett's 67 Sprint H 250

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AERMACCHI NEWS
ISSUE 18
Eric Spurgeon------------------------------------------------------Suday, May 31, 1998
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Eric Spurgeon:

I am so screwed! I am writing this in the middle of my newest project. I have wanted to give my truck a paint job for a long time. The problem was that the red paint kept chipping off. Then I would have to sand it and touch it up with Cherry Red Krylon spray paint. The red paint goes on to complicate things further. Because the red paint keeps chipping off, I can not put any more paint on top of it, otherwise it will come off too. So, I have to take all the paint off the entire truck. Well, I decided that if I never got started that I would never get done. One night after work I went over to Home Depot and bought a gallon of the toughest paint stripper they had, and sand paper. So, I got started. A few days into it, I realized that I was dealing with a lot more than I expected. Being a step-side did not help either. It has a whole bunch of little cracks I can not even fit my fingers into. It was too late to stop a minute after I started, so I knew that I had to see this thing through all the way. Over the next few days my friends and I continued to work on it seeming to never get anything done. About four days into this "little" project my mom received a letter from the property manager ordering us to quit working in front of the house. See, it is against the by-laws here. By this time, my mom was really on my case. I had gotten the driveway dirty, and she was afraid of getting kicked out. So for the past two days my truck has been sitting in my friend's house. Luckily, I was able to take it to my high school's auto shop. I worked on my truck there three days. Every day I got up early and worked until I felt sick from the heat and the sun. Then I usually came home and went to sleep by eight. I felt like I never got anything done. After an hour and a half of sanding one day, I broke. I got the phone and started calling to get estimates for local shops to finish the job. I packed up all my stuff, went to return the painting supplies I had bought, and dropped it at the first place to get an estimate. They called me back with an estimate of $2262. I wanted to take it to another place to get another. Well, I didn't end up getting another estimate. I figured I am screwed anyway. My latest estimate is up to $3125. You realize of course that now, I am going all the way. New windows because mine are scratched and rusted, new passenger door, and racing stripes. I figured if I am going to spend that much, do it all. This project is killing me. I can't do it anymore.


Aermacchi T-Shirts : It looks like the guy that wanted to make our T-shirts was just trying to rip me off. He asked for a fifty-percent deposit, and I asked him to send me some info on his business. That was over a month ago. So now I have to find someone else to make them.

I would like to fill out some areas of the homepage. One of these areas is the "Vital Info" area. I created it to help fellow owners who, more times than not, have no idea what they are dealing with. Once they find out WHAT they have, they can use the Vital Info to get running properly. I was looking for information like what oil and spark plugs work best, and other things like that. If you would like me to add anything else or to change anything on the page just let me know and I will do my best to accommodate you.

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AERMACCHI NEWS
ISSUE 17
Eric Spurgeon-----------------------------------------Sunday, April 27, 1998
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IronHead76@aol.com
I was at a buddy's one day for a get together when another friend o' mine turned to me and asked....."hey, did you see that Harley that Jerry has in his barn?" After my eyes lit up I answered "no...what Harley?" "Yeah, Jerry has another Harley buried in his barn. I think the 'ol lady want him to sell it". I scurried over to Jerry, spilling a few drops of my barley-pop as I walked. "Hey Jerry, what's this about some Harley in your barn?" Jerry replied in a not so excited tone "Yeah.....I don't know what it is. My Brother-in-law gave it to me about 20 years ago as payment for a poker debt. It's been sitting there ever since. Now the 'ol lady wants me to clean the barn and make some room........why, wanna see it?" My palms now gripped tight with excitement, I felt like saying "no Jerry.....I'll just imagine what the hell it is in my dreams tonight, that will be much better than actually seeing it". But I didn't, I calmly released a cool "sure" from my mouth. We walked across the yard to the barn and as he opened the door, I could see nothing but about 20 years of dust, mud, pigeon crap, and other toxic looking waist covering a frame with an engine cradled with in. Not being able to see past the muck, I asked "what is it". He said, I don't really know 'cept that my bro-in-law said it was a 350 cc. I asked "where's the rest if it?" "Well, there's a couple tanks in the loft, the front wheel is over there behind the plow, the seat is in that box above the window,........" and Jerry proceeded with a long list of parts, knowing precisely where each was. "Well Jerry", I asked, "how much would you want for it?" He said, "well I dunno.....hmmmm..... gimme $300. That's what my bro-in-law owed me 20 years ago when he gave me this". He went on with a smirk growing on his face "but if you take it, it'll mean you have to help me clean the barn to get at the parts". Well, as the saying goes, a sucker is born every minute......although in this case, I'm not sure which one of us it was. I helped him clean the barn the next day and brought a pick-up truck full of parts home. After 3 weeks of cleaning, polishing and putting parts together, I was astonished that it took only 3 kicked to get 'er roaring. It runs like a top even today, and if the odometer hasn't been screwed with, I got me a '73 Sprint SS-350 with 1200 miles on it for $300. Oh, and the barn........well, it never looked better.

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Aermacchi T-Shirts will be available soon. If you are interested, E-mail me, and I will notify you when they become available. You can see a preview of the design on the "T-Shirts" page at the address above.

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Paper subscriptions are also available for only $5.00 for a whole year. That will barely cover the postage alone, so take advantage.

Rates apply to U.S. residents only
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AERMACCHI NEWS
ISSUE 16
Eric Spurgeon-----------------------------------------------------------Sunday, March 29, 1998
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Brandon Hoffman:
My story doesn't begin with a brand new bike or even an Aermacchi / Harley-Davidson. No, my first motorcycle was a ' 74 Yamaha Enduro 80. Although well worn by the time my father purchased it in 1980, the little thumper was perfect for plodding around the farm in Kansas where I grew up. The little enduro ran beautifully and even though it looked like it was held together with bailing wire and duct tape it never failed to kick over within the first try or two.
My brother and I had a circuit that we would run around the farm and we would time our selves to see who was the fastest. And every time we raced I would win. Not because I was faster, My brother was lighter then, I won because I knew where the short cuts were.
But all good things and times must come to an end and such was the case with our little enduro. One night we made the mistake of leaving our gas can out where the farm workers could find it and they used it to help mix the herbicide that they used on the farm. When we found our can again we assumed that it was still OUR gas can and proceeded to put 2.5 gallons of round up into our gas tank. The little thumper didn't thump after that.
This leads me to how I became interested in my Italian HD's. After I started college at Kansas State University, I began to see that a great number of college students had motorcycles and I remembered my little Yamaha. So, I set out to find myself a new bike. I was thinking, I'll get a motorcycle and it will be cheap transportation to and from school and I'll look cool in the process. Naturally, I gravitated toward the idea of getting a Harley Davidson. This was brief however, as sticker shock cured me of any Idea of owning a Harley in the near future.
One day I was thumbing through a Walneck's and stumbled across an ad from a guy here in Kansas that was selling a ' 66 Harley-Davidson Sprint for $500. Hey cool, I thought. I might actually get to own a Harley in this lifetime. Once I got there I sorely disappointed at what I saw. It was to this day the biggest pile of parts I have ever seen. Upon seeing my disgust the man was quick to point out that this was only one of 3 "lightweight" Harley's that he owned. What he showed me next was to become my first Harley, a ' 78 SX-250 enduro. I fell in love immediately and didn't even haggle on the price of $500. She was complete and just needed a little TLC to get her back running. He even threw in a '73 TX-125 as a parts bike, hah! From that moment on I was hooked. Perhaps someday I'll find a MX-250 short tracker or even the holy grail of Aermacchi's the RR-250, but for now I'm happy with my little SX-250.

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Aermacchi T-Shirts will be available soon. If you are interested, E-mail me, and I will notify you when they become available. You can see a preview of the design on the "T-Shirts" page at the address above.

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AERMACCHI NEWS
ISSUE 15

Eric Spurgeon---------------------------------------------------Sunday, February 22, 1998
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Edwin Cook:
I bought my first motorcycle in 1976, a 1967 Harley-Davidson Sprint H 250cc. At the time, the "hot" motorcycles amongst teenagers were Yamaha, Kawasaki, and even something called a "Hodaka" (ever hear of something called a Wombat or a Road Toad?). Not much was known about lightweight Harleys,
except there was not very many of them.

This is the motorcycle I learned to ride on. From here on out. Everything else had the kickstand, the kick-starter, the brake, and the gearshift lever on the "wrong" side. For example, I did not know you could kick start a motorcycle. The farmer, from whom I bought this motorcycle, lived conveniently close to a half mile hill. To start the motorcycle, he simply pushed the motorcycle out of his garage, and down the hill. Unfortunately, I lived about 3/4 mile from the nearest hill. I used to push the Sprint about 3/4 mile to the nearest hill, and bump start it. Unfortunately, it was only a ten yard hill and usually took about three or four "bumps" to start.

Imagine my surprise when I went out to the garage, and kick started the "beast" one winter. I
thought I had made a major discovery! I rode this motorcycle for two years until my Dad burned it up. It backfired through the carburetor and caught fire while he tried to "bump" start it in 1978. This motorcycle now reposes in some pasture dump in Illinois.

Nineteen years, a Sportster, and a FXRS Low Rider later, I found another '67 Sprint. I am now the proud owner of my second Sprint, my "first" motorcycle, and my last.


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Warden's '73 Sprint 350
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I am looking for an internship for this summer. I am looking for something in the field of manufacturing or design in the field of motorcycles. If anyone knows of anything, let me know. I will send you my resume.

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The Aermacchi Live Chat Room is working. It takes a while to load, but it is a good chat forum once you do get in. I thought we might set up a certain day of the month to have meetings. Let me know what you think.

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AERMACCHI NEWS
ISSUE 14
Eric Spurgeon-------------------------------------------------------------------Sunday, January 27, 1998
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Jerry Hare
I was talking with one of my computer buddies about some computer parts and somehow the conversation turned to Christmas plans. I was going to North Carolina for Christmas and he happened to have an old motorcycle near where I was going that he wanted to sell. Well, I bit. Turns out he wanted to sell the bike for what he had in it...a mere $25.00. To good to be true, I thought, but I was going to be in the neighborhood anyway. He told me it was a Harley-Davidson, either a 66 or 67 Sprint. He had a 250 and 350cc engine for the bike and I could have the bike and two engines all for the bargain price of $25.00.
I knew nothing about this particular bike and went looking on the Internet for any information. On my first search the information was vague, as I didn't know what I was looking for. A local Harley shop told
me that it was an import, made by Aermacchi. This started the ball rolling. I had visions of the bikes I saw on the Internet...all restored and shiny. I was not deluded into thinking that I would find a bike in that condition. I thought I would be lucky to find a machine that looked similar to a motorcycle rather than a pile of rust.
Upon arrival at the location, I found a motorcycle leaning up against the back of the house covered with an old rug. To my great surprise it did look like a motorcycle...not a shiny one but a motorcycle, and it did resemble the pictures of a 68 Sprint. The muffler was hanging by a thread of rust, and wasps had taken up residence in what I believe was left of the seat.
The biggest challenge was to take this rusty machine apart and fit it into the back of a 1994 Ford Aspire. I was wishing that I had asked Santa for a pickup. But at this point was in no way going to pass up
this deal. Several of the men at the house began asking me if I planned on restoring this bike. The all had looks in their eyes of "why didn't I think of this...it could be worth something here." I quickly broke the bike down and loaded it in my little car. To my amazement, after almost 20 years of sitting up, the bike was not seized up. It was really easy to break down and the rusted parts that fell off helped some!
More surprises were in store after I got home and researched the bike's history more. Both motors were in fact 250cc's and one was the original motor with a serial # that matched that of the frame.
Now I look forward with great pleasure and immense fear at the task of bring this beast to a beauty.


Under the advice of Joe Nagy, I have created a Riders Discussion Forum. It is a place for all of you to post messages to the group. Make sure to proofread what you post. There is no way for me to remove individual messages.

Coming soon:
The Aermacchi Online Chat Room

A place where we can all talk in real time. We could set up meetings, so that we could all chat. Previously, this was only possible by us members who were on AOL. I expect to have it up and running by the end of February.


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AERMACCHI NEWS
ISSUE 13
Eric Spurgeon--------------------------------------------------------Sunday, December 28, 1997
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Eric Spurgeon with a short history lesson

The Aermacchi company originally produced airplanes for Italy during WWI, but due to restrictions imposed by the allies after the war, were forced to produce trikes like the ones used in Italy commonly today. Aermacchi started to produce motorcycles in cooperation with H-D in their Varese plant in '68. In '73 H-D gained a majority share and they changed the name to AMF H-D. In '78 H-D sold their shares to the Castiglioni Brothers, the owners of the Cagiva Motorcycle Company. H-D completely pulled out of the performance market when they did this. Cagiva continued to produce performance bikes. In '85 they bought Ducati as well. For several years Cagivas and Ducatis were produced in the same way that GMC and Chevrolet trucks are made today. Cagiva still makes a 125cc model (Mito) as well as other larger sport bikes. Recently Cagiva sold Ducati to a firm in Texas. Also recently, H-D bought majority shares in the Buel Motorcycle Company in order to jump back into the performance market. Now Buell and Ducati produce very similar bikes, both in styling and in price. I think H-D would be much further ahead in the performance market if they hadn't dumped Aermacchi like they did. I think they went through all that trouble just so that they could say that H-D is an "All American Motorcycle Company." But now we know that our bikes were the predecessors to Ducati. Tell that to all your Ducati riding buddies.


I have created a new parts exchange on the homepage. Send in lists of what you have available or what you need.

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This is what Aermacchi turned into. It is a 125cc Cagiva Mito.


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AERMACCHI NEWS
ISSUE 12
Eric Spurgeon--------------------------------------------------------Sunday, November 30, 1997
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Eric Spurgeon
I still think that we all need to get together some time. If not all of us, at least small groups of us every once in a while. Someone mentioned joining up with some of the other bigger classic bike clubs. They at least have organized rally's every once in a while. We need to find out when and where all of these clubs are meeting so that we know where to go. I can post a sign up sheet so that we know who will be going and how to find them. If just a few of us could show up we would be noticed. There are probably other Aermacchi owners out there that haven't found us yet.


I still do not know what to do about the t-shirts. I am stuck in an awkward situation with two trademarked names. I am still listening to any suggestions. If someone else wants to take on a special project, here is your chance.

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New picture of Spurgeon's '73 TX-125


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ISSUE 11
Eric Spurgeon --------------------------Sunday, October 26, 1997
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Tony Reilly
I thought I'd write and see if you'd put a question in the next news letter about a problem I'm having with my '66 M-50.

It loses low end torque just as soon as it starts to warm up and thereafter. Mid range and high end seem normal. When hot, it takes a lot of clutch slippage to pull out and it doesn't really get going until
after it's rolling, bogging down until you back off the throttle too about 1/2 way. When cold you can hit the throttle full and pop the clutch at the same time and it will wind up with no hesitation or bogging.

I've tried a lot of things, including the obvious ones. Nothing has made a difference. I did have to reduce the idle jet to about 0.014 dia. from 0.020 normal to get it to idle decently. With the original jet, it
flooded out with anymore than about 1/16 turn off the seat.

Anyone out there with any ideas will get my rapid attention.

Eric Spurgeon
This brings up a good point. If you know how to solve Tony's problem, or any other problem, contact me. If you would write a short paragraph explaining how to adjust and fix these bikes, it would be a big help to others that do not have as much experience. I can post the tips on the "Vital Info" page so that it is easily accessible, and you get the recognition and satisfaction of helping our fellow Aermacchi riders.


A H-D T SHIRTS

If you are interested in getting one, go to the home page and click on Important News for more details.

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Mike Warden's Sprint Engine.


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AERMACCHI NEWS
ISSUE 10

Eric Spurgeon-------------------------------------------Sunday, September 28, 1997
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Eric Spurgeon
We have over 110 members on the web page now. I need stories to publish on these newsletters. This month I do not have anything to publish.
I would like to find another bike. I found a SS-125. The place wanted $500 for it. It was in pretty bad shape. I offered them $250. They said they would hold out for $500. Yeah good luck. It has been sitting in the back of that shop for the past four years. I don't see too many people that would even know what it is let alone invest the time and money into fixing it up. I like doing these things. Once you have your parts network set up you are set. In other words, I have restored one Aermacchi, now I know how to do it, another one would be easy. I talked to Leslie at Moto-Italia yesterday, and he said that there were several of these things lying around all over the place. The people that own them have no idea what they have, and will let them go for almost nothing, or less. I want to uncover them. So I am starting the National Aermacchi Crusade, in order to find them and restore them. You can help me too. Just send your checks toÖ JUST KIDDING! If you find one, take it or buy it, whichever is easier.

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AERMACCHI NEWS
ISSUE 9

Eric Spurgeon===========================Sunday, August 31, 1997
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Eric Spurgeon

I was thinking the other day that we should all have a conference. Not a meeting, but a bike rally, like Daytona or Sturgis. I have never met anyone personally that owns an Aermacchi. I have never seen another one on real life. We are so few and far between. Recently the registry on the home page went over 100 members. The problem is, that we are spread out over 8 countries and over 20 different states in the U.S. I think an "Aermacchi Bike Week" would be good for us. It would be fun for all of us to meet each other, it would increase public interest (Maybe increase the value of our bikes), and we might be able to call a few magazines to cover the event. That would be so cool.
Now, I don't think it will happen in the too near future, so you have plenty of time to get ready. I was thinking this could happen any time between next summer and the year 2003 (H-D's 100th birthday.) It should be in the Central U.S. unless you guys want to go somewhere else cool. And it should be during a time when everyone can take a long weekend or a week off work.
If you have any ideas or suggestions write to me. We will see what happens with this thing.

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ISSUE 8

Eric Spurgeon-----------------------------------------------------------Sunday, July 27, 1997
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Well, I havenít heard anything from anyone in a while. I would like some feedback on the changes to the homepage. I will do whatever you guys want. Just ask me. As long as it isnít too complicated or I donít know how to do it, I will. There are a few other sites dealing with Aermacchi but I think mine is the best that I have seen so far. If you know of one that isnít listed on my page, tell me and I will take a look at it and add a link. If any of you have web pages, I would be willing to add a link to it through your name on the Registry page. Considering it is really good, I will add it to the index under Other Cool Sites or Motorcycle Links where appropriate. If you do have a page you could also add a link to "A H-D" by using the button I have on the index page. If you need help writing the HTML or putting the button link on your page just ask me. I am asking this of you because new members are very rare recently. I wonder if I have found all of the Aermacchi owners that have access to the net? Surely not! I build lots of web pages. I think I have 5 of my own and 3 more I have made for other organizations. If you need one, or just want one really bad, maybe I can make you one. Cheap too!

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AERMACCHI NEWS
ISSUE 7

Eric Spurgeon------------------------------------------------------------Sunday, June 29, 1997
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Eric Spurgeon
In the last issue I spoke of Harley-Davidson trying to brainwash everyone that the Aermacchis never existed. It turns out I was right....

We're Being Erased!

Tony Reilly reporting:
I recently bought two M-50 frames, no engines and missing some other parts, from an ex-HD dealer in OH. While we were shooting the breeze he mentioned he gave up the H-D dealership some years ago because they told him he had to spend a lot of money on a new building, more advertising, etc, etc to promote the "Harley" image, like they're doing now. He told them to take a hike. He now customizes HD's and builds custom bikes right where he's been for the last 35 years. Among the things they told him at the time was that H-D didn't want their dealers "messing around" with the little bikes, e.g. Aermacchi, at all because "it detracted from their image". He has a gold plated Shortster in his showroom-really neat!

Well, their image is going to take a hit this summer around here 'cause I'm about to put two M-50's, a "sportster" and a "dresser" back on the road and may even get an M-50 "chopper" built before summer ends. If people don't believe the H-D sticker on the gas tank maybe they'll believe the H-D name cast into the engine side covers (I think only the 50 and 65cc engines had that little touch). My family and I intend to have a lot of fun on these this summer and for years down the road. I'll send you a picture when I get all three up and running. I figure the little bikes probably kept H-D alive through the 60's and early 70's and they ought to be glad to recognize them. Thatís about what you'd expect from the "business" types with dollar signs for hearts.



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Who ownes Aermacchi?

I spoke with Mr. Hoover of Kesco-Hoover. He is the one that actually owns the rights to the Aermacchi name. He also owns the rights for all of the written material produced for the Aermacchis. That includes service manuals and owners handbooks. I received his permission to keep up the web page and news letters as long as I donít hurt his business. So, if you need parts or information, call him and tell him where you heard of him.

Kesco-Hoover H-D 918-225-1818


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AERMACCHI NEWS
ISSUE 6

Eric Spurgeon Sunday, May 25, 1997
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Eric Spurgeon
Editorial

Hello, I got an e-mail from a guy today. He runs the
Harley-Davidson Hummer homepage. It is the predecessor to the Aermacchi Bikes. They were introduced in the early fifties, initially as a 125 cc and later increased to a 165 cc model. They were two cycle like most of ours. The hummer was produced in the United States. Later with the acquisition of AMF and Aeronautica Macchi, Harley moved the Light Weight production to Italy. Unfortunately it was left for dead over there. What I mean is, I think Harley had a good thing with the light weight market. Sure they can use some improvements in design, but they were fairly new at it and did not have enough time to work out the kinks. Instead, "The Company" just quit. They then concentrated on the big bike market, which was great for business, but left people like us standing with our pants down wondering what happened.
Now-a-days, almost no one knows what an Aermacchi Harley-Davidson is. Sure, I see a few guys every once in a while that know what it is, but most people do not even believe it is a Harley when I tell them. They say that I just put the sticker on the tank. I get really frustrated. Then I have the guys at the local high performance big Harley shop. They do not take me seriously for anything. It is almost like Harley is secretely trying to erase some horrible mistake that they made. They are brainwashing everyone. Well, I like my bike, and wish I could find another one.
Later,
Eric

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AERMACCHI NEWS
ISSUE 5
Eric Spurgeon Sunday, April 27, 1997
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Scott Jameson
In the early seventies, living in the rural area east of Martinsville, Indiana, we were boys learning about motorcycles on the Japanese "enduro's" of the time (which is why I now am restoring a Suzuki TS250).There were a couple of older fellows who came to our riding area occasionally, where we'd built a moto-x track and an 1/8 mile dirt circle (ahh, the benefits of farm living: Land & equipment). These two rode H-D Aermacchi bikes, a pair of Rapidos and a CRTT 350. The 350 was long, orange, loud, and brutish. The 350's rider, Johnny Bob, was a strong and daring rider. He amazed us, especially when riding the 350.At that same time, on the other side of Morgan County, lived a guy, Matt, our age who owned two Sprint 350's. He was a rider like the rest of us with one exception: He could wheelie his Sprint and ride the wheelie about as long as the road stayed fairly straight. Again, especially standing on its tail, the Sprint looked very long. I rode the Sprint a few times, however my strongest recollections are of the utterly different overall feel compared to the Japanese bikes I was accustomed to, and its scare factor since it shifted on the "wrong" side. Anyway, I'm looking for another project since the Suzuki is nearly finished. Plus, I want to touch my toe into roadracing. One of these horizontal singles would be an interesting tie for my nostalgia senses, fairly unique, and slow enough for a beginner at roadracing. I jotted down some addresses from your roster and will be sending out inquiries. Your page is nicely done.

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ISSUE 4
Eric Spurgeon Sunday, March 23, 1997

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Bill McCleary
In 1974, the people in the apartment next door were moving and had their belongings piled outside to be loaded in a pickup. Among the stuff was a 1969 Aermacchi M65. What I saw was a moped! My folks had just bought a ranch and I thought this was just the thing for my Dad to run to the mailbox on since the house was in the middle of 60 acres. I inquired, they said they'd be glad to unload it for $35 and by the way, the previous owner had won it on "Lets Make A Deal".
My Dad used it very little and before long it found itself in a dark corner of the barn and sat there for 20 years! In 1994 I attended the Oakland Roadster Show and saw a HD 250 Sprint. I hadn't given the M65much thought in years but got the itch and within a month it had found a new home in my garage. I tracked down Moto Italia , which was practically in my backyard, ordered a manual, and set about fixing up the pup. After 20 years of barn dust had been removed it was still pretty intact and ran well. My only complaint is that it's hard to get used to a Harley sounding like a chain saw!

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Tell everyone your story. If you would like a picture or column published, send it to me.I am still trying to compose Vital Information lists for all of the bikes including: Spark plug, Spark plug gap, Voltage to coils, Voltage in battery while running, Transmission oil, 2 cycle oil to gas, Timing, and Point gap. If you have any of this information, please submit it.


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ISSUE 3
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Eric Spurgeon Sunday, February 22, 1997
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Rob Klipper
With a week off before New Years I thought I'd run an add in the newspaper looking for something interesting. I'd just throw out some bait and see what would bite on the ad: "wanted, old motorcycles, running or not, will pay cash and pick up." Well, the phone just kept ringing. A lot of junk, mostly early to mid eighties Japanese bikes left leaning against a tree for the last 3 to 17 years. Then a call came in offering a 1967 HD Sprint CR 250 dirt track racer from a fellow who raced it in Michigan and Ohio while under factory sponsorship in the late 60's and early 70's. He's been dragging the cycle around with him for the last 25 years. He states the frame is a one-of-five factory prototype made by Drixton. He has documentation of his race dates and finishes. Pictures of himself in action in flat track and TT races. Still has his steel shoe. He broke his left foot under the foot peg on June 17, 1973 and decided to retire. That was the last time the bike was ridden. Of course I had to take a look at this particular machine. Included in the deal were a spare set of wheels, spare tires, forks, fuel tank, seat, complete selection of gearing for different tracks, and his AMA number plate. Without a flinch I paid the man what he asked. The bike is in excellent condition, just a bit dirty and needing to be torn down, polished, and painted to be ready for the dirt once more. The restoration is underway and should be ready by summer.
This is the deal we all dream about finding stashed somewhere in somebody's barn, garage, basement, attic or closet covered with old blankets and newspapers waiting like an uncut diamond to sparkle under the careful hand of the craftsman. I no longer have to scour the newspaper want ads for that elusive bargain or start quizzing new acquaintances when the topic of motorcycles comes up. I'm happy.

Tell everyone your story. If you would like a picture or column published, send it to me. I am thinking of starting another web page for other Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. If you have any information or suggestions, please notify me.

This news letter and back issues of Aermacchi News can be found at http://members.aol.com/italianhd/ under the "News Index". If you are reading a paper version, and have a computer you should go to http://members.aol.com/italianhd/ and fill out the "form" to be placed on the online mailing list. This will allow us to notify you of the publication of new news letters and other important Aermacchi related news and events. If you would like to continue to receive a color paper version of this news letter on a regular basis, subscriptions are now available. The fee will be $5.00 for an entire year. This covers printing and postage expenses. These things take a lot of time and money to produce. You can help, if you feel the urgeÖor not. But I would appreciate it if you did.

I am still trying to compose Vital Information lists for all of the bikes including: Spark plug, Spark plug gap, Voltage to coils, Voltage in battery while running, Transmission oil, 2 cycle oil to gas, Timing, and Point gap. If you have any of this information, please submit it.

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Eric Spurgeon                                       Sunday, January 26, 1997
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I would first like to thank everyone for the recent response to the home page. It is a lot of work getting all of this stuff coordinated in my spare time. While I am away from my bike this is how I cope. It is exciting to be a part of the whole web experience, but can be terribly confusing at times. Over my winter vacation I learned the basics of HTML. I am still lost with some aspects of it. We all need to keep learning if we expect to keep up with the rest of the world.

CALL
MOTO ITALIA FOR ALL OF YOUR AERMACCHI HARLEY-DAVIDSON NEEDS 408-338-3340

Special thanks goes out to Alan Kohler for all of his advice and support over the last few months.

Tell everyone your story. If you would like a picture or column published, send it to me.

This news letter is distributed periodically over the internet. If you are reading a paper version and have a computer, go to http://members.aol.com/italianhd/and fill out the "form" to be placed on the online mailing list. If you are reading a paper version of this news letter and would like to continue to receive a color version, you will have to wait. Expenses limit us to the amount and quality that we can produce. As soon as we can coordinate a distribution sequence we will be able to offer subscriptions.

A little about me. Many of you will find out for the first time that I am 18 years old. I was not even born before my bike a 73 TX-125, was made. I am a freshmen at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering, and am trying to get an internship to the engineering department at Harley-Davidson for next summer, so notify me if you have any inside contacts.

These things take a lot of time and money to produce. You can help, if you feel the urgeÖor not. But I would appreciate it if you did. Send me your pictures, stories, or money at:
 

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Thanks to Mr. Leslie at Moto-Italia for help on distributing the paper version.


Spurgeon Technologies 1997





Italian Made American Motorcycles
The Aermacchi Harley-Davidson Newsletter
Issue 1 Sunday, December 21, 1996


Well, this is just the beginning. I really donít know how far this will go, nor do I know how far I am willing to take it. It really depends on what kind of response I get.

I am the proud owner of a 1973 AMF Harley-Davidson TX-125. I am doing all of this, because it interests me immensely to hear about people that love their Aermacchi Harley-Davidsons as much as I do.

I have already started the registry on my home page http://members.aol.com/spurg125/ which you probably already know of. I have moved it to http://members.aol.com/italianhd/ , a site dedicated to Aermacchi H-Dís

You can help by sending pictures of your bikes of tips you have discovered to work, to me at the address below. I will be able to publish these soon. I will also be sending out paper newsletters to those without the advantage of the computer. I will require funds for this and might need to charge for a paper subscription.

Soon I will be able to put graphics on the page. Right now I am without all of my equipment, which is necessary to do so.

I could use some help and advice so any comments would be greatly appreciated.

 

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