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1960 XLH Sportster® “Mrs. Sup Jr.”

Women have been riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles since the earliest days of the sport. Seeking independence and driven by the desire to do something new and exciting, female riders took to the roads and haven‘t looked back. As we celebrate 110 years of Harley-Davidson, we also honor this legacy and the miles to come. Join us as we observe Women‘s Riding Month, culminating in a special Ladies Bike Night at the Museum on May 30th.

This 1960 XLH Sportster, nicknamed “Mrs. Sup Jr.,” was owned and ridden by Harriet Supernant of Chicopee, Mass. She was an active member of the Ludlow Motorcycle Club as well as the Motor Maids, which was founded in 1940 and today is the oldest continuously-operated women‘s riding organization. According to her nomination for the AMA‘s “Most Typical and Popular Girl Rider” contest for 1961, Harriet was an avid cyclist, entering many events including Enduros, Turkey Runs, and Reliability Contests, and she amassed a large collection of trophies for races won. She was also named “Miss New England Tour Queen” during the 1961 Laconia Gypsy Tour.

The bike has many custom details, including the mirrors, kickstart pedal, and grips. The seat is covered in blue fleece and has a grab rail, and the hard “bubble” saddlebags, popular from the late ‘50s-early ‘60s, are decorated with the “jet emblem” logo. The Skyline Blue and White bike also has a chrome toolbox and oil tank.

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