MT350. MT500. Military. Rare. Low Miles. Armstrong.

1995 Harley-Davidson Other

Price: US $3,010.00
Item location: Diamond Bar, California, United States
Make: Harley-Davidson
Model: Other
SubModel: MT500
Year: 1995
Mileage: 7,569
VIN: 1HD6RLT10TY000381
Color: Olive
Engine size: 350
Vehicle Title: Clear
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Description

Year 1995 Harley-Davidson U. S. MT350 Military DUAL PURPOSE Rare This bike is a driver (rider) I have owned several Harley-Davidson MTís over the years and although this may not be the prettiest one. it may very well be the best running one Iíve owned or ridden. I may be wrong but it seems faster than my MT500ís. This bike is solid. Engine runs fantastic. The clutch. transmission. brakes and all electrical are perfect. Other than the wrong shade of Olive Drab spray paint used to made it look nice (nicer) the only problem is a dented gas tank. There are new tanks available through KLMotorsport (Force Motorcycles) ***No Title. See below*** The U. S. MT350ís and MT500ís are very rare. There were only a few hundred made in 1999 (278) and 2000 (156 is the highest number I have found) There were 20 made in the 1993 (titled as 1995ís) . and about 3. 00 MT350ís in 1995. (They were made for export. ) I have been dealing in these bikes for several years and I have gathered as much information as I possibly can. Note. The MT350's come with item the 500's don't. i. e. a Centers stand as well as a kick stand. Rear brace for passenger foot pegs. bracket to hold air pump. Other than that. there is no physical difference between the MT350 and the MT500 NO reserve on this bike. High bidder wins. (Must MUST have a long and favorable ebay record. If not. please call before bidding. ) *** $500 SHIPPING see below The U. S. MTís is one of the rarest and lowest production motorcycles ever made by Harley-Davidson in their York. PA. Manufacturing plant. HISTORY In 1980 the initial development of this bike was started by an Italian company called SWM Motor Works. They used an Austrian engine called the Rotax which came in 350cc and 505cc sizes. They won several trials championships and two world championships with their bikes. In 1983 Armstrong of Bolton. England bought the rights to SWM Motor Works and started producing the 350 and 500 MTís for the British military for use in the Falkland Islands. the Jordanian Army for desert use and by the Canadian Army to use in mountainous areas. These motorcycles are very rugged and can stand extreme desert temperatures. rocky terrain and harsh environments. They can even stand ďtorrents of fording waterĒ as the operation manual states. However. Harley-Davidson lost the military contract because they proved not good for military use for two reasons. One. the heat from the engine was easily detected by enemy forces using infrared scopes. They tried blocking the radiation by adding front Panniers. (Storage case) but to no avail. The other problem was the use of gasoline for the bikes instead of diesel which is now used primarily by the military. In England. Armstrong Motorcycles produced; About 3500 MTís from 1983 to 1993. The MT350ís all went to the British Army and the few MT500ís went to Jordan and the Canadian Militaryís. In 1993 Harley-Davidson bought the Armstrong Motorcycles for the right to use the Rotax engines in some of their dirt track racers. In 1995 Harley-Davidson produced about 20 U. S. MT500ís here in the U. S. They were made for the U. S. Military. One was kept by Harley-Davidson and now displayed at the Harley-Davidson Museum. They made 278 U. S. MT500ís in 1999ís and less U. S. MT500ís in 2000. Thus making the U. S. MT500ís one of the rarest and lowest production motorcycles ever made by Harley-Davidson in this Country for the past 100 years. The U. S. Military took all but one 1995. and only took a few of the 1999ís and early 2000ís so. Harley-Davidson offered the remaining bikes to their dealers. They had a retail price of $10. 00. 00 or $11. 00 . 00 (with the only option. Panniers and a gun case). However. due to a slow economy at that time. most dealers did not purchase any of these bikes . The fact that the U. S. Military DID take some of the bikes for testing. Harley-Davidson will not disclose any information about the MT500ís history or stats because of Military confidentiality rules. The U. S. Military had 15 new ones left that they did not use for testing. On Friday July 21. 2000 the Military put an ad in the Stars & Stripes newspaper for these remaining bikes. They had such a large response they had to have a raffle for the bikes. In the years I have been collecting these bikes and information about them. I have found about 50. 1999ís and about 25. 2000ís. And now ONE 1995. Most of the bikes are in dealerships museums. or in a private collector museum. This bike is not for everyone. Itís for the connoisseur. the collector. someone with appreciation of rarity. an investor. an artist at heart. *** No Title. The Title was lost years ago and sold through several owners since. It will come with a California DMV Bill-of-Sale. A Sales agreement. and a California DMV vehicle verification. The bike has all the safety equipment: Brake lights. head lights (high and low) turn signals and exhaust. I make no representations as to whether your State will issue a Title for the streets. Contact; Stuart Tielens CELL 909 239-6199 Parts are readily available from ForceMotorcycles or KLMotorsport of Great Britten. ( They purchased the entire MT parts inventory from Harley-Davidson. *** $500. 00 SHIPPING anywhere in the lower 48 States. ďOverseas buyer welcome. Ē Made in the U. S. A. On Mar-05-15 at 13:49:36 PST. seller added the following information: BUY NOW FOR $5. 00

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