Born to be Sensible
The Topper was added to the Harley-Davidson line in 1959 so that the company could capture a share of the scooter market. Its fully-automatic Scootaway transmission allows an infinite variety of gear ratios to make riding simple. The compact two-stroke engine delivered up to 100 miles per gallon. The end of the scooter fad and public reluctance to accept a Harley-Davidson product smaller than the company’s standard motorcycle caused the demise of the Topper in 1965.