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This Classic Harley Motorcycle is Ready for the Outdoors [PICS]

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This classic, limited production motorcycle from Harley-Davidson is perfect for the avid outdoorsman.

Photo via ebay.co.uk
Photo via ebay.co.uk

Many people are unaware that Harley-Davidson motorcycles built a sportsman’s dream dual purpose motorcycle in their York, Pennsylvania plant.

Harley acquired the Armstrong brand of these military motorcycles to get their hands on Rotax and their dominant dirt track engines. The MT-500 was originally developed for the English, Jordanian and Canadian military. It never caught on for military use due to the easily detectable heat profile of the exposed engine. The large ammo case panniers were actually an idea to deflect the heat. These dual purpose motorcycles are very rugged and can stand extreme desert temperatures, rocky terrain and harsh environments. They can even stand “torrents of fording water” according to the operation manual.

The Rotax engine is practically bomb proof. The air-cooled 481cc single-cylinder SOHC Rotax puts out 32 hp. There’s a five-speed, geared low in the first two for slow crawling through rough terrain. This is an extremely rugged military-tough dual purpose motorcycle that can also handle streets and highways.

The U.S. made MT500’s are very rare, yet they show up often for sale. They made about 3500 in 1995, 278 in 1999’s and some in 2000. Harley-Davidson will not disclose any information about the MT500’s history or stats because of Military confidentiality rules. ForceMotorcycles and KLMotorsport of Great Britain carry parts for these dual purpose motorcycles.

The Harley-Davidson MT500 dual purpose motorcycle is not well known. However, it serves a sportsman’s purposes very well, whether it is for hunting or fishing.

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The H-D MT500 has two accessory boxes for hunting or fishing gear. The gun case can be converted to hold a gun, bow or fishing poles. There is a rear storage rack too.

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The rear storage rack can hold a cooler for fish and small game. You can insert a length of 2X4 under the rack and tie down a small deer-sized animal.

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The 500cc Rotax engine has plenty of power for street and highway use as well as off-road travel. Parts are readily available.

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The H-D MT500 features headlight, tail light, turn signals and horn. It is street legal in most states but it ready for the trails as well.

HD MT 500

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Made for military operations in dry, arid, mountainous and desert environments, the H-D MT500 is the perfect fit for the avid outdoorsman! The full seat has plenty of room for your partner, making it ideal for 2 adults to get where they want to be.

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A key start provides security while a full dash board gives important readings for street and highway use.

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The storage box accessories can be removed for everyday use. The dual purpose tires provide good road travel as well as gripping power for dirt trails.

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The H-D MT500 is a full sized motorcycle that really compliments the sportsman well. Leave the trailer and ATVs at home. Drive to your favorite fishing or hunting spot and leave the pavement seamlessly, parking right where you need to be.

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