Roaring Sporties

It’s also well documented that the first factory racing team, known as The Wrecking Crew, dominated dirt and board track racing in the ‘20s. And although much of H-D’s racing was confined to the States, some Harley riders did partake in a few European events such as the Isle of Man TT with a top 10 finish. They also had a stake in the Italian company, Aermacchi, in the early seventies with Walter Villa taking out four world championships whilst riding Aermacchi 250cc (1974-76) & 350cc (1976) Grand Prix machines.
In 1961 H-D did build a fully faired road race bike, the KRTT750 and in 1994 produced the VR1000 to compete in the AMA Road Racing series, but much of their racing was confined to dirt related events. And considering their production models were aimed at the American cruiser market, to see any form of road racing was unusual, especially considering the European and Italian dominance in Grand Prix events.