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Harley Type 97

Postby hkraemer » Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:47 am

The Type 97 was a motorcycle that was used by Japan during WWII.

The Type 97 was a motorcycle and sidecar that had been inspired from Harley Davidson designs. It had a total weight of 500 kilograms and a total length of 2.7 meters.

The vehicle also had an air-cooled, gasoline fueled, 1274cc engine that was capable of propelling the Type 97 at speeds of up to 70 kilometers per hour. The vehicle could maintain a good performance in the right conditions, though as the terrain got rougher (especially typical in the islands of the Pacific), the performance suffered.

Although no armament was added to the weapon from the factory, adding a mobile weapon to the sidecar was common place. These varied from case to case as supplies differed, but the Type 11 LMG, Type 96 LMG and Type 99 LMG were all commonly used weapons.

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