In the late 1950s, a new competitor by the name of Honda began nipping at Harley-Davidson’s heels. When your bold and brash motorcycles begin losing ground to compact imported bikes and scooters, how do you strike back?
For Harley-Davidson, the answer was this: The Harley-Davidson Topper. Produced for only five years, and with production estimates hovering in the four-digit range, it holds the honor of being Harley’s only foray into the world of scooters, so far anyway. With one coming up at Mecum’s Las Vegas Motorcycles 2022 auction, it can also hold a place in your garage.
Harley-Davidson is best known for their roaring V-Twin engines, making the Topper a true odd duck in their lineup. It features a single-cylinder, flat-mounted two-stroke putting out between five and nine horsepower. While it’s unclear which of the three models of Topper is being offered