All Female Mud Racing

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All Female Mud Racing, sounds like the latest thing to see down at Daytona Bike Week.  This event actually took place in the late 1940’s, with the participants riding a new lightweight Harley-Davidson known as the S-125.  Unlike later lightweights what would be built by the Italian company Aeramacchi, these machines were built right here in the US by Harley-Davidson.  The odd thing was that they were based on plans taken from the Germans as part of reparations from WWII, so strictly speaking, that weren’t designed by Harley.

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Even with their German heritage, the S-125 was extremely popular.  More than 10,000 units were sold the first year and by the end of their production run in 1952, over 31,000 S-125s had rolled out of  Milwaukee.  As the name would suggest, the bike was powered by a 125cc 2-stroke engine, mated to a three speed transmission and produced 3 horsepower.  With a dry weight of just 170lbs, the S-125 was the perfect bike for around town, the beginner rider or a women looking for something a bit lighter than a Panhead.  Think of it as the Buell Blast of it’s day.  Based on the photos, I’d say that it was fairly capable offroad too although even a modern dirt bike might be hard pressed running in the extreme conditions of that mud track.

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S-125s are still available today and can be picked up for a few thousand or less.  For someone interested in learning how to restore vintage motorcycles, this would a much more affordable option compared to any antique Big Twin.  Plus it would give you a chance to start your own All Female Mud Racing circuit!

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