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1952 Harley-Davidson 125

Date Published:
01 Nov 2018
Sacramento CA, USA

1952 Harley-Davidson Model 125 Engine no. 52S1626 It's been called the 'paperboy's delight,' and what red-blooded American kid wouldn't want to toss the morning paper from the saddle of a flashy new Harley 125? Quite literally a 'spoil of war,' the 125cc two-stroke was originally a German DKW design appropriated by both BSA and Harley-Davidson, and a Russian manufacturer, following WWII... The Model S-125 (1947 only) was introduced by Harley-Davidson that year as a 1948 model. From then on it was Model 125. The 125 cc 2-stroke engine produced three horsepower, which was sent through a three-speed foot-shift transmission. The front suspension used girder forks suspended by large rubber bands.' Ten thousand Model S-125s were sold during the first seven months despite largely being ignored by dealers mostly bought by young riders (who might go on to buy big Harleys later in life.) The rubber-band front suspension was replaced in 1951 by a telescopic fork referred to as 'Tele-Glide'. The model didn't become the Hummer until 1955.