Aermacchi helped H-D develop their small bike potential in the 1960’s and part of the effort was 250 and 350cc racing machines. Today’s racer is actually a reproduction, but with 5-star credentials and marked only by a few curator’s fingerprints.
Aermacchi developed their air-cooled single in the late -50’s, and its forward pointing head provided good cooling. The CR-TT was under constant development throughout the -60’s, with increasing compression, bore, rpm and power ( and shrinking stroke ). Drum disks were specified, with the front well-ventilated, as is the dry clutch. Components are courtesy of early innovators of the bits, Dell’Orto carburetor, Ceriani forks, Tommaselli handlebars, Magura levers, and Akront alloy rims.
The seller states that the CRTT is popular in AHMRA events, but that won’t be happening to this particular Aermacchi. Evidently subject of an all-pro restoration by a previous owner, you have to really look to see all the places this bike has been polished. Any single word describing its condition really doesn’t cover it. Seller’s notes from the eBay auction:
Bike was restored by world famous Aermacchi specialist, Ron Cathcart. It has had zero miles since restoration.So immaculate, this stunning machine was solely used for display purposes by the prior owner and also by the current selling owner. This motorcycle is sold on a Bill of Sale. Registration is solely the responsibility of the buyer.One of the most renowned names in Aermacchi circles is Ron Lancaster of Lancaster Aermacchi Sprint Restorations in Tampico, Illinois. This particular 1973 Aermacchi 350 example has been rebuilt to resemble a 1967 CRTT racer, with a budget of $10,000. Mike Medford was called on to make the tank and seat unit, while the fairing is sourced from a 1960’s model. The 344 cc single was rebuilt by Ron Lancaster. This example also boasts an array of upgraded components such as Magura levers, Tomaselli clip-ons, Akront rims, custom front brake drum, left side shift, and more.
Aermacchi went back into two-strokes in the 1970’s, and provided the orange and black many Grand Prix wins and championships, including a rare crown in both the 250 and 350cc classes in 1976. Smokers were working their way towards the door as the decade wore on, and AMF perhaps saw them as not in-keeping with the H-D brand, selling to buyout specialists Cagiva who retired the name in 1978. This gem might race forever on a carpeted stretch of race track, with a new caretaker and occasional light polishing.