Dick O'Brien (left)

Nobody did more for Harley-Davidson Racing than O'Brien as far as I'm concerned.  Sure, the racers did their jobs too . . . but, O'Brien got the money and used his know-how to make those motorcycles faster and win races, when Harleys weren't the fastest.  He got that aluminum XR built, he kept the factory race team going . . . and convinced the execs to Win on Sunday, and Sell on Monday.  He was tough, and liked to win, but I heard he congratulated the competition when it was due . . . but, came back and beat 'em the next time.
An Orange and Black stampede from the 50's through the 70s with Dick O'Brien at the reigns.
Photo: O'Brien and Cal Rayborn

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