Scooters represent the motorcycle market fastest growing segment. Price of gas can only help support and amplify this trend. Amazing the growing number of young people and executives I see every day riding them to school or work. So, it made me think that most of you probably don’t know that in the 60’s Harley-Davidson introduced the only scooter platform the Motor Company ever produced. Why?
Because during this period Harley-Davidson was struggling and Honda business was booming thanks to its popular line up of scooter models. Harley created the “Topper” marketed as a fun recreational vehicle for school, work and play. It was powered by a 165 cc two-stroke engine advertised as up to 100 miles per gallon. To start it, no kicker but a simple pull-start recoil system like for a lawn mower. Transmission was of the type variable rate automatic and called “Scootaway Drive”.
You could equip the “Topper” with a small sidecar option to transport a passenger or for package delivery. The Harley Scooter was produced from 1960 to 1965 and is today a prized collectible. E-Motorcycles, e-scooters, automatic transmission, economy… Do you think that some key Harley executives may have this in mind to address the needs of the young, women and men in the US and in emerging country markets? Would you like to see again or buy a Harley scooter?