Posts by Category: Harley Davidson

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
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
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





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