BAJA 100 FACTS
WHAT THEY COST
Suggested retail in 1971 was $670. Harley Bajas are
growing in popularity as collector bikes, and a well-restored example can sell for as much as $7500.
Harley sold the Baja 100 in 1970 and 1971. In 1972
through 1974 the SR100 was produced; it was basically
a Baja 100 with lights. The offroad version was
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
The Baby Ceriani forks are very cool with their
“friction” steering damper. The gas tank’s uniqueness
makes it a must-have. Look for the overlay rear sprocket,
stamped pipe, Dellorto carb and street bike grips that look
like they came off the big Harleys.
Sadly, the customers didn’t realize that they weren’t
buying what the Harley team was racing. The stock Baja
100 had rigid footpegs, no horsepower, a huge overlay
sprocket on the rear wheel (that often came loose), a tank
shaped like a lunchbox and a very hard seat. Oh, did we
mention stupid handlebars and street bike grips? The
Bajas did have Baby Ceriani forks, abundant ground
clearance and racy Italian looks!
Harley-Davidson’s entry into the offroad market
coincided with the arrival of Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki
and Kawasaki on the scene. It didn’t take long for a
Baja customer to realize he had bought a lemon. Harley-Davidson tried to enter the dirt bike market twice after
that: once in 1976 with the rear-forked 250, and again in
1978 with the ill-fated MX250. However, the atmosphere
of a 1970’s Harley shop was not dirt bike friendly.