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Featured Listing September 13, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: Sorted Harley-Davidson XR750TT replica

9.13.2018: Now on eBay. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Looking at strange beasts like the 2019 Harley-Davidson FXDR, you'd be forgiven for forgetting that Harley ever had anything to do with road racing. Or turns in general, for that matter. Years and brand image have done much to erase the memory of the 1972 Harley-Davidson XR750TT, an honest-to-God, race-winning Milwaukee steed based around the firm's venerated 750cc flat track engine.

Harley built about 10 black and orange, fully faired examples of the XR750TT in '72, and in Cal Rayborn's hands they had a bunch of success in international match racing, despite putting out south of 100 horsepower, with most relying on front drum (!) brakes. The Lord works in mysterious ways, we guess.

Today's listing is a package:  The first bike is a turn-key replica of Rayborn's mount, albeit with some poetic license taken to tame some of the sketchiness of the original. For one thing, the builder stuck on a proper dual-disc brake setup. It also rides on a monoshock C&J frame and wears suspension from Ohlins and Forcella Italia. Beyond that, though, the bike is true to its roots, with a 1993 XR750 mill swaddled in lovely, delicate reproduction bodywork.

The second part of the package is a rolling chassis that is a nearly perfect replica of Rayborn's mount. The seller had intended to swap in the engine from the first bike to make a fairly faithful replica.

From the seller:

Harley Davidson XR750 Road Racer, C&J Frame Mono Shock, XR750 engine from 1993, Forcella Italia fork, Ohlins shock, Wire Wheels, complete Body Kit incl. fairing, partly new painted, new windshield, very good condition, runs great, race ready. Harley Davidson XR750TT Replika rolling chassis, complete except engine, Forcella Italia fork, Koni shocks, complete body kit, front wire wheel 18" and 16", many parts....

The Roadracer has been built in the late 90ies, based on a C&J Flattrack frame and a factory original 1993 XR750 engine.

Road racing fork Forcella Italia, Shock is Ohlins, brakes are high quality racing stuff. Equipped with the complete XRTT bodywork and Wire Wheels. This bike was raced by the pre owner in the late 90ies to middle 2000s at GrabtheFlag races and similar events in Europe.

The engine has been recently redone by the last owner and runs very good. I bought this bike 2 years ago and  rode this bike in 2017 only one day at a small race track for practice.

Additional there is a complete XRTT Replika Chassis with bodywork, only missing the engine. This bike was equipped with a XR1000 engine and was also raced in the late 90ies to early 2000s at european classic racing events. Fork is Forcella Italia, shocks are Koni, 16" and 18" front wheel.

My intention was to put the XR750 engine in the XRTT Replika Chassis, and ending up with a fine XRTT Replika, and buy a 90ies Sportster or Buell Engine for the C&J- Chassis and having a cool and powerfull Race Bike for Classic Races.

I would prefer selling as a package, for € 29000 OBO

Bikes are located in Berlin/ Germany.

Email: oldietech@t-online.de

The bike is across the Atlantic in Germany, but is very much worth the effort to import and turn into a once-in-a-while track day mount. With a full extra chassis waiting in the wings, there's little excuse to let it sit.

Featured Listing: Sorted Harley-Davidson XR750TT replica
Harley Davidson June 19, 2018 posted by

American Thunder: 1983 Harley Davidson XR1000 Race Bike for Sale

This bike is why I get frustrated by Harley's modern offerings. I'm not suggesting a sportbike is the answer to their financial woes, but trading on outdated "Bad to the Bone" Sons of Anarchy stereotypes clearly isn't working. Upstart [irony!] Indian already beat them to the punch with their new FTR1200, exactly the bike I've been saying Harley should build for years, a bike to cash in on the rich history of flat track racing both Indian and Harley have here in the US. Of course, Harley also has a much less rich but still significant history of road racing and, if the collection of trophies is to be believed, this Harley Davidson XR1000 race bike has the goods to compete against the best v-twin sportbikes of its era.

Let's be clear: this resembles, but is not an XRTT, Harley Davidson's production road-racer, although it obviously looks to the 60s and 70s for inspiration. The XR1000 was actually a limited-production, flat track-inspired bike with a solo seat, unusually good brakes, legitimate power, a left-side exhaust that will probably only seem odd to Harley fans, teeth-rattling vibration, and the worst ergonomics this side of an MV Agusta F4. It was actually a pretty fast and fun bike, drawbacks aside. So of course it didn't sell very well when new. But that's a stock XR1000, which this obviously is not. In fact, it sounds from the seller's description like it's really just the transmission, bottom end, and maybe some other engine parts that carry over from the street bike.

The frame on this XR1000 is claimed to be a Buell unit, which is a great place to start if you want a Harley to handle, but I'm not really sure how this bike came to be. Buell was working on racebikes in 1983, but they were powered by an odd square-four engine, not a big v-twin, and the race wins shown in the photographs are from the late 1980s. The frame and swingarm do appear very much like the S1 Lightning, and less like the original Battletwin, which seems to more closely resemble Buell's original two-stroke racebike. In any event, I'm not challenging the bike's authenticity, I'd just love a bit more information about how this bike came to be.

From the original eBay listing: 1983 Harley Davidson XR1000 Race Bike for Sale

We have listed here is a 1983 XR1000 but it really is not one year, it is a handbuilt engine that is not like any other engine. Bill of sale ONLY from Robison Harley Davidson. RARE 1 of a kind XR1000 race bike- you will not find another Harley Davidson like this. It’s named the “unicorn” because of its rarity and uniqueness in the engine department. Although it sits in a Buell frame it is far from it- it’s a Harley Davidson xr1000 engine built by race tuner John Ward (who actually produced the very first xr1000 engine out of Robison Harley Davidson in 1979 and presented it to the Motor Company) they produced the engine to the public in 1983 after testing Johns. This engine was built by John and has rare 1 of a kind Sundance Harley Davidson xr1000 heads specifically for this bike. It has been ridden by Roger Reiman, Pat Mooney, Yavon Duhamel,  Richie Morris, Bobby Bossardet and a handful of other lucky riders. It has won more races than I can list but we have walls full of winner plaques and trophies around our shop. If you know anything about our shop and the history that it has produced you understand this bike and how rare it is. For this thing to actual come on to the market is a miracle and it’s time for us to pass it on to a new owner. You can watch this thing all you want but you have to bid to win- it will sell during this auction so don’t try to wait it out and get lucky then miss out on it- once it’s gone it’s gone. Good luck to everyone and if you have any questions we will do our best to answer them. 

From Pat Mooney who was the last racer to ride it. "The chassis came from Don Tilley and it’s a Buell tube chassis. John Ward built the engine, which came from that Mert Lawwill chassis that you have there. We won the Daytona Battle of the Twins class in 2000 on that bike. The cylinder heads on that engine came from Take San (Zak) in Japan (Sundance Harley Davidson). Let me know what you want for it as I know Zak in Japan would love to get those cylinder heads back and he may buy the bike to get them back"

So it's not really a classic factory Harley racebike, and it's not a road bike. It sure isn't pretty, but many racebikes are pretty rough around the edges since their primary goal is to be fast, not look good, and teams on a budget have better things to spend money on than cosmetics. But it is absolutely a genuine race bike, and one with an established track record of success. So it's proven, but not especially pedigreed: a very fast mongrel. So what's it worth? Well the seller hasn't set a Buy It Now or reserve price and this really is one-of-one. But there is interest in the bike and bidding is up north of $10,000 with another few days left on the auction.

-tad

American Thunder: 1983 Harley Davidson XR1000 Race Bike for Sale
Harley Davidson August 24, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing – 1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000 AMA Superbike

Update 9.5.2017: SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc
Update 8.24.2017: Back on eBay and with a big price drop to $55k buy-it-now. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc
Update 5.9.2016: eBay listing updated with buy-it-now of $65,000. -dc
Update 2.15.2016: Now on eBay. Good luck to buyers and seller. -dc

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In the late 1980's, Harley-Davidson was in a bit of a resurgence - bought back from AMF by Willie G. and out of the motorhome business, the company had recently introduced the softtail chassis and was concentrating on its core market, the big-displacement twin, retro-styled cruiser.  Their long competition history gave headquarters the notion to develop a factory superbike to fly the flag on the AMA circuit.  The VR1000 project was an astonishing string of achievements, but stretched over too many years, leaving a hand full of racebikes and fifty homologation specials as its legacy.

1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000 for sale on eBay

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Most of Harley's racing success had come at long dirt ovals, on machines developed from production models.  The VR1000 stepped into new territories of AMA Superbike racing, bespoke racebike development, and use of engineering contractors, all at the same time.  With a 1000 cc 60-degree bottom end designed, the company hired the expert who had worked on the engine at Roush Racing to complete development of the 4-cam heads, and the bike had about 150 hp on tap when it took the grid at Daytona in 1994.  The massive aluminum perimeter frame held Penske suspension and Wilwood brakes, and handled well for Miguel DuHamel before an engine failure early on.  Fits and starts dogged the effort, and though the bike was in the top five often in 1996 and on the podium once, the factory reduced support to the teams in 1997, and ended the effort in 2001.

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On consignment at Automania in Oregon, the #60 race machine was campaigned by Mike Canepa and 10-K Racing in 1996-97.  Automania has a comprehensive history of the bike, and the package includes plenty spares to return the bike to the vintage racing circuit, even a spare chassis and zero-time engine.  Here is a short excerpt from Automania's outstanding history:

Mike had 3 race prepped bikes that were ridden by both riders. The last time #60 was raced was at Sears which won the Sound of Thunder race in 1997. Along the way, the factory rebuilt the engines and updated everything except the frame and cases. The oil pump was changed, cams, pistons, rods, a 6 speed Gear box, anything the factory built Mike had within a week while Harley was involved. In 1996, Harley gave Mike an extra chassis (included with the sale) which had been raced the previous season by Chris Carr, the one that he won the pole at Pomona with. When Harley closed up shop, they offered Mike the last reiteration of the engine which has not been run and all of the latest electronics, factory quick shifter, the factory built the engine in bike along with the engine on the stand included with the bike.

The bikes have all factory race stuff. This bike has a carbon carbon AP Slipper Clutch. There is another slipper clutch in the spares. The carbon slipper clutch was one of the best slipper clutches ever at cost of $10,000 each. It has PI System 3 Plus acquisition system, same as the factory bikes. Mike told me he bought every update the factory had during his time running his team. The lower cam drive has been changed to a gear drive. The bike has the AP rotors. The rear sub frame and front sub frame are new for 97. Body work is from the original to the last version, all made by Gemini. The last set is Carbon Fiber and has not been drilled or painted. It has a Penske shock installed but a FOX shock is included as a spare.

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The story might have been much different if development had stayed on schedule and the VR1000 had taken the Daytona grid in 1991, but the delay allowed the other factories' more dedicated efforts to eclipse Harley's gains.  As an epilogue, the company retained the engineering done for the water-cooled 60-degree 1000, and after some massage by Porsche, used the engine as the base of their very successful V-Rod and pro-stock drag racing team.  In that light, the amazing VR1000 and its race development live on.

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Complete details and pictures can be found on the Automania website.

Donn

Featured Listing – 1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000 AMA Superbike
Harley Davidson October 6, 2016 posted by

Pre-Harley – 1990 Buell RS1200

In the wild west days before Harley-Davidson had taken a proprietary interest in Buell, the race engineer and developer designed an amazing string of sport-oriented machines.  Very rare these days, the RS1200 is a memorable low production special, almost handcrafted in appearance with interesting design elements in every system.

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1990 Buell RS1200 for sale on eBay

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With concepts originating from his Formula One and Battletwin designs, Erik Buell took aim at the supersport segment with the RS1200.  Using Harley's 1200cc pushrod engine, the bike had plenty of torque if not overwhelming horsepower numbers.  Buell's Uniplanar frame design attempted to channel the big v-twin's vibrations into the vertical element.  The RS1200 came with Marzocchi front end, an anti-dive system, and bespoke front brakes, complementing Buell's aluminum wheel design.  Using mass-centralization before it became cool, the muffler and rear monoshock are way forward.  The fairing sports Vitaloni mirrors and little shin pads, and the swoop of the seat ends in a peculiar though effective pillion seat and sissy bar.

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Preserved by a former Harley dealer, this RS1200 has under 2,300 miles and looks ready to ride.  The billet-cut parts testify to the low production numbers, their raw lack of finish making a serious statement.  Earlier RS's had a four-speed transmission and it would be worth inquiring whether this machine has the 5-speed.  Though not much history is given, it's a one-owner bike with some engine work as they state in the eBay auction -

This engine alone has had over $10K in upgrades! Sputh Crank, Aluminum Jugs, Coated Pistons, Andrews V8 Cams, STD Race Heads, Roller Rockers, Shorty E Carb, MSD Ignition, Buell Racing Pegs. Only 2279 Miles! Was bought new from us when we were a Harley-Davidson Dealer. Meticulously Maintained! Needs nothing but a new home.

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Tailoring expectations to reality, you wouldn't expect the RS1200 to stay with a comparable sportbike in anything but maybe a 3rd gear roll-on contest.  There's no denying the big twin or hiding from its big mass.  But if you were a fan of sportbike development engineering before computer aided design and additive prototyping, this domestic supersport might be a great way to show it...

-donn

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Pre-Harley – 1990 Buell RS1200
Harley Davidson May 29, 2015 posted by

Italo-American GP Machine: 1977 Harley-Davidson RR250 for Sale

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Today's Harley-Davidson RR250 may be new to most of you. We don't get the opportunity to feature Harley-Davidson motorcycles on this site too often, unless we're talking about throbbing pushrod v-twins hiding in quirky Buells. And all the "boat-anchor" jokes aside, Harley has plenty of racing heritage, although mostly outside of what interests most of us: roadracing. But back in the 1970's, Harley took advantage of its partial ownership of small-bore specialist Aermacchi to mount a successful Grand Prix racing program.

1977 Harley Davidson 250GP R Side

These bikes were basically a pair of Yamaha dirt bike engines welded up, and that kept running costs very reasonable and should make parts relatively easy to source today. The resulting motorcycle was actually lighter than the Yamaha's TZ machines and proved to be very competitive: starting in 1973, Harley-badged Aermacchi two-stroke parallel twins won three 250cc championships in a row, and bikes were raced as late as 1978.

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From the original eBay listing: 1977 Harley-Davidson RR250 for Sale

Harley Davidson RR250

Gran Prix Year 1977

Bimota Frame

Water cooled

Twin Cylinder

Ex-Official Machine

Fully restored

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The listing is obviously very spare, and doesn't tell us much about the bike. Does it run, or is it intended as a display piece? If it's an "ex-official machine," were there any notable riders or successes?

The bike is located in Rimini, Italy, but that's no surprise, since there weren't too many opportunities for these bikes to race in the US. And since it's never going to be registered for road use, importing it shouldn't be too difficult. Regardless, it looks like it's in excellent physical shape, so collectors can be sure it'll look great displayed in your living room.

-tad

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Italo-American GP Machine: 1977 Harley-Davidson RR250 for Sale
Harley Davidson November 1, 2014 posted by

Mutually Exclusive? 1975 Harley Davidson RR250 Racer

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Put the words "racer" and "HD" together in a sentence and visions of dirt tracking will likely come to mind. If road racing jumped into your head, it was likely a smokey failure or a Buell - or both. Truth be told, The Motor Company's history with sport bikes and racing same has been a pretty consistent catastrophe (to put it kindly). However it was not always this way. There was a short time in history when HD owned a stake (and from 1974 - 1978 outright as AMF) the Aermacchi brand. Aermacchi was an Italian aircraft builder that branched out into motorcycles post WWII. Offering small two strokes (including race bikes like the one pictured), Aermacchi was to be the small bike direction of AMF HD moving forwards. Success was was not to be found in smaller displacement models, and HD divested itself of its satellite brands (including Aermacchi and DKW) to focus on the big iron. This survivor of that AMF era claims to have Daytona racing history and would look great in any bike collection.

1975 Harley Davidson Aermacchi 250 Racer for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
1975 Harley Davidson RR250 Daytona Road Race Bike
Motor turns nicely. Over all bike shows little use.
2 stroke water cooled 2 cylinder
No race damage, excellent over all condition
#1F100xxH4
Race #53 raced at Daytona in 1970s, some history.
Has not been run since 1970s.
Dealer owned since new

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-MI

Mutually Exclusive?  1975 Harley Davidson RR250 Racer




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