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Barber's Best

A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.


1957 Harley-Davidson ST 165

1957 Harley-Davidson ST 165

1957 Harley-Davidson ST 165

Country: USA
Engine: Air-cooled, single-cylinder two-stroke
Ignition: Flywheel magneto
Power Rating: 5.5.bhp
Bore x Stroke: 2.37 x 2.28 inches
Displacement: 10 cubic inches
Valves: None
Fuel System: Single carburetor
Transmission: 3-speed
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear rigid
Brakes: Front adn rear drum
Weight: 200 lb.
Top Speed: 50mph

1957 Harley-Davidson ST 165

The lightweight 2-stroke Harleys were produced from 1948 to 1966. The design was a copy of the DKW RT125, acquired at the end of World War II from the occupied German manufacturer. It was hoped that the introduction of lightweight motorcycles like the 165would bring younger buyers into Harley-Davidson dealerships, with the idea that they would move up to one of the full-size models at a later date. The ST 165 was priced at $445 (about $3,618 in 2012).

1957 Harley-Davidson ST 165

paul wernecke
2/2/2013 8:52:14 PM

My dad bought us a 1960 version of this bike. 35 in 2nd, 40 in 3rd. You could go faster down hill with the wind. Pop said I looked like a trained bear on the bike.