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It was good that Harley ditched that "opposed piston type" design. Who the heck would ever want a "smoother (or quieter) engine with better balance"... ;)

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Was BMW the first to use the opposed cylinder layout?

Was BMW the first to use shaft drive?


I note that both BMW and Harley now use counter balance shafts and "water" cooling.

Were they the first? Noooooooooo.


Seems to me that Motorcyle (and car) manufacturers have been imitating and improving their products for many years.

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Wheels Through Time in Maggier Valley has a nice example of that model.


Owner there let me ride the 3 wheeled Harley from the Canadian Armed Forces around the parking lot about 7 years ago :-)

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