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1963 Harley-Davidson Topper


1963 Harley-Davidson Topper Pictures
Actor James Garner toured Hollywood on a 1963 Harley-Davidson Topper.
Actor James Garner toured Hollywood on a 1963 Harley-Davidson Topper.

The 1963 Harley-Davidson Topper motorcycle operated with a variable-ratio automatic transmission called Scootaway Drive.

With optional sidebar occupied, the 165-cc Topper was not a fast machine.
With optional sidebar occupied, the 165-cc Topper was not a fast machine.
The right-hand side of the leading-link fork carried a simple extension spring behind the pivot point, and a shock absorber in front.
The right-hand side of the leading-link fork carried a simple extension spring behind the pivot point, and a shock absorber in front.
This splashy brochure touted the Topper's "high performance" features.
This splashy brochure touted the Topper's "high performance" features.
The Topper offered plenty of storage space with its luggage rack and beneath its hinged seat.
The Topper offered plenty of storage space with its luggage rack and beneath its hinged seat.
The handlebars were located low for a comfortable ride.
The handlebars were located low for a comfortable ride.
The speedometer was difficult for shorter riders to see, being situated as it was ahead of and below the handlebars.
The speedometer was difficult for shorter riders to see, being situated as it was ahead of and below the handlebars.

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