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Being an European, I only "discovered" those racing motorcycles in 1969 when I was 18 years old through a Daytona 200 article in the French press. There it was, a photo of Mert Lawwill looking mean in the pits aboard his KRTT, prior to his qualifying run on the famed banked oval. I was at once struck by the modernity of the overall design of the cycle parts and by the antiquity of the propulsion plant... as nobody in his right mind would have competitively raced a side valve motorcycle in Europe past 1922. Still, those KRs were winners till the end of their racing life, a fitting tribute to their supposedly humble origin as the Harley model K.
As always with anything that came out of the Milwaukee factory, the KR was not all new when first shown in late '51 so this site will also have a look at its ancestry. The same will also apply to the more modern stuff, as a good deal of the KR was technically sound so it stayed nearly unchanged on later overhead valves XLRTT , Iron and Alloy XR.
Dear visitor, I hope you will like what you see here... I will welcome your comments, criticism, contributions or whatever... Feel free to use the email link above to air your views on the subject, send profiles or research for inclusion...
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