Posts by tag: XR1000

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

Harley Davidson December 5, 2011 posted by

Jay Springsteen Special: 1983 Harley-Davidson XR1000

For Sale: 1983 Harley-Davidson XR1000

Walking the halls of the RSBFS corporate office is an interesting affair: Doug's office sits empty (we store boxes of hats, shirts and koozies in there now), Ian is buzzing around like one of his beloved two strokes, Rem chatters on about Gixxers (I do have a soft spot for those early 750 slabbies), Jared has his head down doing research, Andrew pops in occasionally and the Boss man is busy playing around with Facebook. It's a great group of like-minded enthusiasts. Which brings us to today's bike: A 1983 H-D XR1000.

In all of the years of RSBFS we have never listed an XR1000. That made me think a little bit. We seem to post a lot of Ducati v-twins, and this H-D is a two-banger in similar fashion. We are big on rare bikes, and this XR is as rare as most; fewer than 1,800 were created world wide over a short, two-year time span. RSBFS is all about sport bikes, and this HD is, uh, sport-like, depending on your definition of sport. It is just like a homologation racebike - unless you consider dirt tracking right up there with lawn mower racing and monster trucks... You see, this XR1000 has all the elements of what should be on RSBFS. Still, I'm keeping my Nomex nearby in case a flame war erupts...

The Motor Company created the XR1000 to be a street-going equivalent of the all conquering XR750 dirt track racebike. Utilizing alloy heads with bigger valves atop what is basically a Sportster bottom end, breathing through 36mm Dell'Orto pumpers fitted with K&N filters from the factory, the XR1000 was reported to enjoy a 10 HP increase over the Sportster of the day. With uppright seating position and huge mufflers tracking down the left side of the bike, the bike looked the dirt tracker part.

Sadly, what might have looked good to the buying public did not work as well in real life. Interest in the XR1000 was limited, and dealers struggled to sell their stock of these race replicas at just under $7,000 a pop. This is a rehash of the XLCR story; the H-D buyers didn't want a sport bike, and sport bike riders didn't shop at H-D dealerships. Jeff Karr of Cycle and Motorcyclist fame wrote an excellent piece about the XR1000 in his April 2009 "Stupid Money" column which can be viewed online HERE.

From the seller:
this is an exceptional bike in fine condition, has all original parts available. Passenger pad not shown but is here. all original paperwork and manuals included. If you are looking for a rare collectable ridable bike, this is it! email me with any questions.

The amazing thing about this bike is that as I sat and debated about posting it to the rabid fans that are the RSBFS readers, the bidding caught fire. With only a few days underway, there have been more than 20 bids on this bike. And what started as a $1,000 opening ask has exploded to $10k plus with reserve still in place. When all is said and done, my guess is $12,500 - $15,000 will buy this bike. Say what you want about the suitability of this bike on RSBFS - the eBay community has certainly spoken.

To check out this oddball wonder from H-D, you can visit the auction here. Look, learn, read and enjoy. It might not be Italian and it might only strafe apexes on the left hand side of the track, but this is one rare bike that you won't find every day.

MI

Buell May 19, 2011 posted by

Bullish on Buell: 1989 Buell RR1200 Battletwin

For Sale: 1989 Buell RR1200 Battletwin 1 / 34 NOS never titled

Erik Buell started his engineering career at Harley Davidson, but left H-D to pursue an opportunity to market Buell Motor Company 750cc two stroke racebikes to privateer teams competing in the AMA Formula 1 series. The racebike stint was short lived, as the AMA discontinued the series in favor of Superbike less than a season later.

Buell then turned to streebikes. He obtained a large quantity of XR1000 motors via his contacts at H-D, and he used these to create the RR1000. Between 1987 and 1988, Buell delivered 50 bikes to customers, placing the Buell Motor Company on the map. When his supply of XR1000 motors ran out, Buell adopted the new H-D 1200cc Evolution engine, upgrading the bike and making the necessary changes to package the new powerplant. Through the 1989 model year, Buell created an esitmated 65 RR1200 bikes; this is one such machine.

Notice how these early Buells contain many of the iconic features seen on later bikes. The Uniplanar engine mounts - to allow the engine to be used as a stressed member while still isolating the vibration of the big twin - continues to be a patented feature on modern Buells. This bike also shows the under-the-engine suspension and exhaust - both necessary compromises to package the big twin.

From the seller:
The history of this RARE motorcycle is part of Harley-Davidson's success in Canada. Legendary enthusiast, racer and man behind the largest importer of Harley's in the world(Trev Deeley) brought this machine into Vancouver as one of only three ever to be imported into Canada. I am sure that Trev did all he could do to promote Buell, simply becauce of Buell's brillance and innovation as a motorcycle racer. Stories of this RR1200 in the window of Deeley's east Broadway motorcycle shop are consistant..."so many traffic rear-enders distracted by the Buell in the window"...the machine was removed from it's display. From the spot light to the warehouse; that's where the RR1200 sat for some time. One of Trev's racing pals eventually purchased the RR1200 and moved it into his private collection.

Never registered. 152 miles of demo. Sales brochure and original price tag included. Serviced and ready to show or vintage track.

Very rare, very low miles, and never registered - to be honest I'm not even sure where to begin concerning pricing on this one. Thankfully, there are many bidders out there who are currently showing the way. While the auction opened below $1k, bidding has been very brisk; at the time of this writing the price has risen to over $14,000 and the reserve is still in place.

This bike is a very unique piece of motorcycle history. With its aerodynamic wrap-around fairing, color scheme straight out of the 1970s, thundering performance and interesting back story, the next owner will be very lucky indeed. To check out the pictures and details or to watch the sprited bidding,

. Good luck!

MI