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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 February 15, 2016 posted by

Featured Listing – 1994 Harley-Davidson VR1000 AMA Superbike

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 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.

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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
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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
Harley Davidson July 3, 2014 posted by

Orange & Black Attack! 1994 Harley Davidson VR1000

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Until the resurgence of a non-HD powered Buell (such as this awesome 1190RS), this was The Motor Company's sharpest racetrack weapon ever offered. Given that EBR is now an independent, this may remain the very pinnacle of homologation in a Harley-Davidson world. But don't let the turn signals and headlight fool you - AMA homologation rules stipulated 50 road legal examples, but no requirement as to where that road legality needed to occur. HD did some homework and found the path of least resistance was Poland. If you are in the US hoping for an easy DMV registration, this is not the bike for you.

1994 Harley Davidson VR1000 for sale on eBay

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The VR1000 was a veritable buffet line of American components. Roush was consulted on the motor design (60 degree, 996cc, liquid cooled, fuel injected v-twin), Penske handled the suspension and Wilwood supplied the brakes. An impressive lineup of riders were also on the payroll: Miguel Duhamel, Doug Chandler, Chris Karr, Pascal Picotte, Tom Wilson and Scott Russell all plied their trade; despite their collective experience, nobody won a single race. Part of the problem was that the release target of the VR1000 was the 1990 season. Unfortunately, it didn't hit the track until 1994 - at which point a bike that was competitive with 1990 specs was sorely outclassed. HD never managed to catch up with the competition, and finally threw in the towel in 2001.

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From the seller:
Here's a not only an extremely rare bike, it's very possibly the only new (never been started) VR1000 on the planet! This auction is for a 1994 Harley Davidson VR1000 Superbike that has NEVER BEEN STARTED! It's brand new. Only 50 VR1000's were produced for AMA Suberbike racing. This model has all street legal (legal in Poland, Google it) components intact. The bike is in perfect condition, although slightly dusty for years in storage (heated) Please check out all pics.

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We have seen a surprising number of VR1000s for sale on the pages of RSBFS. Most have very low mileage (i.e. a few hundred). This might be the first zero mile bike. It's not unusual to see one sitting in a museum. It is a bona fide rare machine with a very interesting history. But would the RC30 be as sought after if it never won a single race? This bike has a $79,900 opening bid, reserve in place, and no takers as of yet. Check it out here. This is a great piece of history and certainly a great looking bike. What do you think? Be sure to hit the comments and let us know!

MI

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Orange & Black Attack! 1994 Harley Davidson VR1000
Harley Davidson September 15, 2013 posted by

Fish And Chips HD: 2009 Harley Davidson Sportster XR1200 Race Bike


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I'll come clean; to me, this is about as exciting has adding Ohlins and Termignoni's to a shopping cart but RSBFS has taught me to appreciated all variations of sport bikes. Having read reader comments I know the RSBFS masses are a varied bunch with wide ranging tastes. This XR1200 is residing over in the U.K., enjoying retirement after its' days on the track there.

The seller explains what we have here:

HARLEY DAVIDSON XR1200 CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER !!!!!!!!!!!!

THE BIKES TANK HAS BEEN SIGNED BY THE CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER !!

A very collectible investment !!

THIS BIKE WON H/D XR1200 challenge which televised and ran on the back of British super bike !!!!!
THE BIKE WAS RIDDEN AND WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP WITH JAMES WEBB ON BOARD !!!!!
The bike comes with a full set of DVDs with all the races that it ran !!!! And believe me they are quite amazing !!!!!

I have as in the photos a collection of posters of this motorcycle promoting the xr1200 challenge
The original number from the bike and a letter of year of manufacture should you wish to road register the bike ?

IF YOUR A HARLEY FAN WHAT BETTER BIKE TO HAVE IN YOUR COLLECTION ????
THE BIKE WAS BUILT FOR RACING AT A COST £22,000 for racing !!!
IT RUNS SUPERB, NOT EVEN A PUFF OF SMOKE AND NO NASTY NOISES, IT'S A CREDIT TO HARLEY ENGINES !!!
Just a few random things on this bike are as follows

Quick action throttle
Termignoni full stainless exhaust system with carbon cans
PVM racing light weight 17inch wheels
Oberon rear sets fully adjustable
Oh links rear shock absorbers
Onlins front internals
Ohlins adjustable steering damper
Harris performance billet yokes
Protaper bars
Carbon components
Performance disc brakes
Screaming eagle ignition unit
Good ridge lines
Etc etc etc etc
The bike also comes with a Harris stainless paddock stand
This bike is an amazing piece piece of history on wheels !!!
FANTASTIC ROAD BIKE OR GREAT INVESTMENT
WHY MAKE SOMETHING LOOK THE PART WHEN YOU CAN HAVE THE REAL THING ?

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Now who the hell is Jimbo? Has to be a mechanic with a name like that.

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That is pretty darn stout with an assist from Ohlins if she gets the shakes.

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The BIN is an eye opener at $19,800. Click here to see the listing.

Ian

Fish And Chips HD:  2009 Harley Davidson Sportster XR1200 Race Bike