Posts by Category: Harley Davidson

Harley Davidson October 30, 2012 posted by

When Harley made racing bikes – Aermacchi HD 350 in Italy

Between 1960 and 1978 Harley Davidson controlled first and owned later, an Italian firm in the area of Varese. This wasn't MV Agusta which eventually was also owned (for a very short time though) by HD.  Instead, it was called Aermacchi. Just like MV Agusta, also Aermacchi used to be in the aerospace business.  After the war, the company started to produce motorbikes that turned out to be very successful on the race tracks giving Harley Davidson a few world championship titles in the 250 and 350 cc categories.

Here we have a modern cafe racer/scrambler interpretation of a 1978 AMF HD 350 2 stroke powered bike:

The bike is on sale on eBay and located in Italy. the starting price is 2100 Euro (about 2700 $). Shipping is offered across Europe for an extra 400 Euro and the bike will be delivered by pallet.

The seller describes the bike in good condition and like its motor:

AMF Harley Davidson HD 350 cc epoca 1978. Motore ottime condizioni,come pure tutto il resto. Spedizione in italia 190 euro. International shipping europa cost 400 euro. Per qualsiasi informazione basta chiedere. Invio altre foto guarda il video su youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIhONxusiRw&feature=youtu.be 

He also includes a video as a proof of that:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIhONxusiRw

If you want to know more about the bike or would like to position a bid, please follow the link below:

1978 Aermacchi Harely Davidson 350 

Buon divertimento !

Claudio

Harley Davidson October 2, 2012 posted by

Ring A Ding HD: 1976 Harley Davidson 250RR (Aermacchi)

Ring A Ding HD:  1976 Harley Davidson 250RR (Aermacchi)

 

Volley balls and two strokes:  the 70's were an interesting time for AMF Harley Davidson.  It is kind of easy to joke and poke fun but at least HD was dabbling in racing/sport bikes which is more than can be said nowadays.  Buell barely survived their fumbling and bumbling last year.  KTM should not be the only racing orange out there.  Looking through the secured and encrypted RSBFS files it looks like we've featured more 35o than 250 road racers from HD.

 

As you may know, these are HD's with an asterisk.  There wasn't a top secret HD two stroke development arm but instead they came off the design table at Aermacchi in Italy.  In fact, HD bought a 50 percent stake in the company.  I had trouble finding how many 250's brought to the States; anyone know the actual number?

 

Mmm, naked is good.  I've seen several bikes come out of this work shop and they all have looked top notch.  Here is a little example.

Here is the story on his current listing:

This is a older rebuild I purchased 2 years ago for my collection. I have done the rebuild on some of the parts, such as all the hydraulics on the Scarab front calipers and master cyl. Also replaced the rear drum brake with the correct replica as the bike was missing the drum brake and was fitted with a Disc. The engine top end looks new, but I did not split the casses. All feels good and everything turns free.

Bike will come with Bill of Sale only. Please ask any question you may have and I will try and answer them.
The bike is very clean and shows well. A nice addition for a race collection, asssss only 20 of these 250`s were imported into the US.
I have the original Manual for this bike with all the settings as last raced.

 

 

That shock/swing arm setup almost looks dated for 1978.  It couldn't have been too dated as works rider Walter Villa won three world championships on the 250.  Not that this bike needs it but it looks like Airtech makes replacement bodywork for this bike.  No end cans needed in those days.

 

 

Is the seller tempting us because the vintage festival is coming up at Barber Motorsports Park this month?  If not, I just gave you a reason to throw in a bid.

 

Here is the auction.

 

 

Ian

 

Harley Davidson October 1, 2012 posted by

What could have been: 1994 Harley Davidson VR1000

For Sale: 1994 Harley Davidson VR1000

Unless I am mistaken, RSBFS readers are pretty much a collection of homologation junkies: RC30, RC45, OW01/02, and the like. Well here is a homologation bike that we see even less frequently than the Japanese variety; a US-born bike that never make it to the top of the big league steps. This is high hopes and history all rolled up into one black and orange thundering monster. This is the H-D VR1000.

The original VR1000 concept started in 1988 between H-D and Roush racing, but it was not until late 1993 that the first racer turned a wheel in anger in competition. Despite the long gestation period, the VR1000 race bike was fraught with failure and generally underperformed. Despite being ridden by some of the best racers of the day - Miguel Duhamel, Doug Chandler, Chris Karr, Pascal Picotte, Tom Wilson and Scott Russell - the VR1000 never officially won a race. There were certainly bright spots in the program with Duhamel leading at Mid-Ohio, Carr on pole at Pomona, and Tom Wilson actually winning at Mid-Ohio ('96) before the red-flag finish reverted back to the last lap running order.

From the seller:
HD#25 VR1000

The VR1000 was the product of a Harley-Davidson skunkworks, which produced Harley's first from-the-ground-up road-racer, using no existing Harley-Davidson parts and sourcing what it did use from outside parts suppliers, some that had no experience in racing. The project began at Roush Racing, but once a running engine was developed, it came back behind the walls at Harley.

Title will be an offroad title as this is a racebike

This bike is clearly one of the original 50 homologated streetbikes. Back in 1994 these carried an MSRP of $49,995. One sold in a Minnesota auction for $94k back in 2007, and another was on the block at a Las Vegas auction in 2011 when bidding stalled at $64k. Pound for pound these are every bit as rare and collectable as Japanese homologation material, although race victory bragging rights are generally not included.

This bike is avialable now with the current price up to $26,100 in very light bidding. The reserve is still in place (which I would expect it to be at double the current bid), so there is a long road to go for this one. For your chance to check out the pictures and the details, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Special thanks to RSBFS reader Martin who spotted this piece of Americana looking to go to a new home!

MI

Ducati September 8, 2012 posted by

Catching Up at Classic SportBikes For Sale (Diana, Aermacchi Sprint, Racecrafters Replica, S2 350, KZ900)

Good morning guys! If you're on break between college football games, check out the past week at our sister site ClassicSportBikesForSale.com

Have a good weekend,

dc

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dc

Harley Davidson May 22, 2012 posted by

Old School: 1972 Harley-Davidson XR750TT Road Race Replica

For Sale: 1972 Harley-Davidson XR750TT Road Race Replica

Here at RSBFS we generally stick with rare factory bikes; there are simply too many modified and hot-rodded machines out there to consider them all. Every once in a while we come across a custom build that is worthy of - or even better than - factory. This XR750TT replica build is clearly one of those cases. Even if you are not interested in the bike, check out the pics and enjoy the quality of this offering. You will not be disappointed.

Just because this mighty giant does not have factory paperwork does not mean it does not have real history. This very bike has been raced successfully in AHRMA and WERRA series, and has triumphed under the likes of none other than Jay Springsteen. If there is a guy that knows what a XR750 should feel like, I reckon that Jay is that man. Given that the bike looks killer, it is nice to know that it has the potential to run like it looks!

From the seller:
Here is one of the Hourglass Racing XR750TT racers that many of you have seen on the tracks over the years. It is, as all our race bikes are, in immaculate show winning condition. It is also ready for the track by adding oil and race gas. If you do a search on "Hourglass Racing" you will find a great deal of info on this bike.

In the last few years it has been raced in AHRMA and WERRA road races. The riders have included myself, Chuck Davis, Tim Joyce, and of course most famously three time AMA National Champion and Hall of Famer, Jay Springsteen. Every rider has won races on this bike, with multi-time AMRMA champion Tim Joyce and "Springer" being the most successful. It has also been ridden in practice and parade laps on tracks throughout the country by the following racers: Mert Lawill, Mark Brelsford, and most recently at Road Atlanta by Chris Carr. Several journalists have also ridden the bike for articles about what its like to race an XRTT.

The bike was NOT born at Harley Davidson. It was assembled using parts and pieces, bought, found, and fabricated by many friends who were interested in seeing one of these bikes compete once again on American race tracks. The bike was built in the Hourglass Racing shop, and always maintained by us. The XR750 engine was bought new in boxes from Harley, and built by Carl Patrick in Ohio. Carl has always done our engines, and in our opinion, there's no one better anywhere with an XR engine. This engine has done a practice session at Barber but no races.

This is a race ready showpiece that can win on the track or in any show. To build a racer of this quality would cost in excess of 70K not including your time. We have built three of these racers over the years, and until now, never sold one. If you want to own a piece of art, that you can win on the track or at a show, this is your bike. To verify this info do an internet search on Hourglass Racing, XR750TT, and/or Springsteen.

Springer can pretty much win major events riding a moped held together with duct tape and zip ties, but his history on this bike must have an impact on the collectability and indication of performance of this amazing build. This looks to be choc-a-bloc with top notch componentry, and the fit and finish look far beyond that of the usual historic race bike.

All of this quality, performance and history does not come cheap - but then a base XR750 is a pricey foundation to start with. This auction is going on right now, and the seller has set a BIN of $45,000. I would think it would be very difficult to source all the parts at that sum, much less put it together into a working, effective racer. Throw in the documented history of riders, and you have a very complete package for vintage racing and collection at a relative bargain.

Here is a great video of Jay Springsteen racing against the late Gary Nixon. Jay is astride an Hourglass Racing HD (it might be this very bike), with Gary seated on a Triumph 750. Some great stuff from those legends.

For more info, click the link and jump over to the auction. Check it out and share your thoughts on this one, as I think you will agree it is an exceptional build indeed!

MI

Harley Davidson February 2, 2012 posted by

American Iron in a To Go Box: Crated H-D XR1000

For Sale: 1984 Harley-Davidson XR-1000

Boxes can be tricky things. They seem to ignite the imagination of collectors and cats alike. Take for instance, this particular packing crate. The bidding on this box is currently in RC30 territory. The bike inside is indeed quite rare - a 1984 Harley Davidson XR1000 similar to the one recently written up here. I know I should have learned from the last H-D experience, but RSBFS is all about the rare and collectable and the recent bidding on this box tells me this bike belongs here - even if only in a "freak show at the carnival" type of capacity.

From the seller:
Up for auction is a 1984 Harley Davidson XR-1000 Motorcycle. This bike was delivered to Thurnalls Harley Davidson in Clarksville Indiana. Due to slow sales at the time, the motorcycle remained at Thurnalls warehouse in its shipping crate. Mr Thurnall passed in 2003, and in 2007 the bike along with other motorcycle related items were purchased by the current owner. When the bike was transferred in 2007 a small C shaped cut was made in the crate so the local sheriff could inspect the VIN number. Other than that, the Motorcycle has been undisturbed in its crate. I was able to take some pictures by inserting my camera through the C shaped hole. We have a clear Ky title in the current owners name showing 3 miles.

I'll keep this short so I can still show my face around the RSBFS offices: A bike is only new in the box once in its life, and this one is perfect for collectors who value such things. There are a lot more pictures and detail in the auction - which at the time of this writing was up to $21,000. Jump on over and take a look.

MI